How To Post Longer Videos On Instagram

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Instagram has grown in popularity since its launch in 2010, and users enjoy the emphasis on communication through photographs and videos. The app is mobile-optimized, making it the ideal social media platform for today’s technology. It’s never been simpler to capture and share high-quality images. Instagram has gradually added new features in response to user demand for more ways to engage with friends and followers. Instagram, on the other hand, continues to restrict the same functions, requiring users to jump through hoops to achieve their aims. Longer-length videos are one such goal. Here, we’ll take you through steps on how you can post longer videos on Instagram.

The Duration of Instagram Videos

Instagram short-form videos can be 3 to 60 seconds long, while long-form videos can be up to 60 minutes long. In any case, whether normal Instagram users or Instagram video marketers, knowing the length of various Instagram videos is critical.

  • Instagram Stories: The video can only be 15 seconds long.
  • Instagram Reels: allow you to record and edit short films of up to 30 seconds in length.
  • Instagram Feed: Feeds have a time limit of 3 to 60 seconds. That means your videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and no more than 3 seconds.

Instagram allows you to present a live video for a maximum of one hour.

This can be inconvenient when you wish to share something that doesn’t fit within these time limits.

So, how can you circumvent Instagram’s video restrictions? There are a couple ways to get your longer videos on Instagram where they belong! It all starts with determining which alternative is the best. You can’t make Reels, Lives, or Videos any longer than their default lengths, but you can make Stories “appear” longer.

If you have a pre-recorded video that fits within Reels’ time limits (currently 90 seconds versus 60 seconds), it is advisable to upload it there so that the complete video is seen. If you must use Instagram Stories, it can overlap to seem as one (up to 100 clips at 15 seconds each with a little, virtually imperceptible pause between them), giving you plenty of time to use it in a 24-hour period.

How to Post Longer Videos On Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories video uploads are limited to 15 seconds per clip. If your video exceeds that restriction, it is chopped into 15-second parts (up to a total of 60 seconds). Use a third-party app to trim your videos before submitting them so that you can clip longer videos that exceed the 60-second limit. In this manner, it will auto-play the way you want it to, with you setting the duration for each clip rather than the 15-second increments.

To make your IG Story longer, clip the first segment at 10 seconds, then 15 seconds for the second clip, and then continue beyond 60 seconds. According to Mashable, the maximum number of Stories (segments) allowed each day is 100.

Despite the fact that Instagram limits your Story to 60 seconds in total, you can keep adding clips/segments to make it as long as you need—up to the 100 Story limit. Instagram plays each piece one after the other with near-perfect timing. Here are steps on how you can post longer videos on Instagram:

#1. Directly upload your long video to Instagram Stories.

Adding your lengthier video directly to the app is the easiest way to submit it to Instagram Stories. Keep in mind that Instagram only takes the first 60 seconds and divides the portions into 15-second intervals. As a result, only the first minute of your film is published, which is frequently undesirable.

Add the lengthy video to your Instagram Story. IG automatically makes 15-second segments that can be extended to 1 minute in total. The remainder of the video is cut.

#2. Make Longer Instagram Stories by Using Multiple Clips

The best and simplest way to create lengthier videos for your Instagram Story is to manually post your video in increments. You can use this method to publish segments/clips that are longer than the 60-second Story restriction.

Many third-party programs will break your video into 15-second parts or fewer for you, and others will ensure that your video is Instagram-qualified (quality, framerate, etc.). If they are not, Instagram will automatically convert them to the needed specifications. Here are some of the best apps that help you post longer Instagram Stories.

InShot

InShot is one of the better solutions because you can add stickers, transitions, soundtracks, filters, and other effects to your video before uploading it. In addition, InShot for Android and InShot for iPhone are available. Add your video to InShot, make any necessary adjustments, and then choose to share it on Instagram. You then share it on your Instagram Story.

Story Cutter for Android

Story Cutter by Cubetix Private Photo Vault is an ideal second choice for Android users, owing to its ease of use and speed. We give the publisher names to protect you from piracy and to ensure you download the correct app. With Story Cutter, you pick the video, Instagram as the desired source, tap Done, and then wait for the splitting process to begin. Then you post each clip/segment to Instagram Stories, and IG combines them to create your lengthier movie.

Split video for iOS/iPhone

Split Video by New Marketing Lab, Inc is a good iOS/iPhone app. The app is completely free and fully functional. The controlled/limited advertisements set it distinct from others.

CutStory for iOS

CutStory is a product of LLC. Sport Star Management is another iOS software that has received positive feedback and provides more editing options when creating sequential 15-second clips for Instagram Story videos. However, unless you pay a premium (very low) or subscribe, CutStory includes a watermark, but there are no adverts.

Continual for Instagram for iPhone

If you have an iPhone, consider paying $7.99 for Continual for Instagram. This program automatically cuts longer recordings into 15-second chunks for distribution on Instagram Stories. The clips can then be uploaded collectively or individually.

It doesn’t get any easier than this for cutting and uploading large movies to Instagram.

StorySplitter for iPhone

If the price of some video editing apps is too much for you, StorySplitter is free for iOS users (.99 for the premium version). It effectively performs the same thing, dividing videos into 15-second segments.

However, unlike Continual for Instagram, it does not allow you to publish movies in landscape format, and it will watermark your photographs unless you pay for the premium edition. Still, for a free software, it should be enough.

Built-In Video Editors

You may also be able to trim the video into 15-second increments using your phone’s video editing features, although this is difficult. It can be tough to determine when to clip, and you may overlook pieces during the process. If you choose this option, you must create a 1-minute video and then cut it into four (or more) 15-second (or fewer) snippets that you can easily publish to Instagram one at a time.

Here’s how to use your phone’s image gallery to upload clips to Instagram Stories. Third-party apps may have an Instagram button that will instantly send you to Instagram Stories.

  • In the top-right area, tap the icon (add icon).
  • Choose Story from the dropdown menu.
  • Tap on the video you wish to add to your Story, or long-press one of them to reveal the multi-select option and select numerous films and images.
  • To proceed to the next step, tap Next in the bottom-right area.
  • Select Separate for videos, images, or both, or Layout for only images.
  • At the bottom of the new screen, the selected files show as clips/segments. Tap Next to go to the next stage.
  • At the bottom, the Share screen appears. Check the box next to Your Story, then hit Share.

The conversion/upload procedure will begin on Instagram.

When someone views your Story, they will see your video segments/clips in the order you submitted them, regardless of the strategy used to make Instagram Stories longer. It won’t be completely smooth, but it will be quite close to your desired storyline.

#3. Go Live

The one major disadvantage of the two approaches stated above is that your videos will not be completely smooth. Although Instagram Stories will play in chronological order, the transitions between clips may appear moderately choppy.

Try doing it live first if you want your video to be complete.

Instagram live videos can last up to four hours.

Is IGTV Removed From Instagram?

Instagram discontinued IGTV in October 2021 as the social network moved its attention to video content. Instagram Video was created by combining IGTV and in-feed videos.

In Conclusion,

Instagram is extremely popular because it provides a great platform for taking and sharing photographs and videos with your followers. However, if you wish to publish a video that is longer than one minute, Instagram’s time constraints can be inconvenient.

If you need your video to be displayed on your Instagram feed, take the effort to make it as compelling as possible. It’s difficult to fit a catchy, high-quality, and compelling video into 15 seconds, but it’s doable.

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