Need to convert videos for Instagram?

If you’ve selected your video to post on Instagram but you can’t click Next in the app, it’s possibly because your video was recorded in a file format that Instagram doesn’t support.

For example you might see a screen like this where even though video files preview in the Instagram gallery, when you click Next the following step will not start and the video you selected will not upload:


The most likely reason for this is that Instagram has specific formats, frame rates, dimensions, length and size limits.

To help you make sure that your videos get accepted, consider the following format settings in order to upload them successfully.

  • Preferred video format: MP4 (with H.264 Codec & AAC audio, 3,500 kbps video bitrate)
  • Frame rate: 30fps or below
  • Maximum dimensions: 1080px Wide
  • Playback length: Maximum of 60 seconds
  • File size limit: 15 MB

If your video is in another format or is using a different video or audio codec, you’ll have to change it to MP4 first before posting it on Instagram.

Our recommended tool that allows you to convert videos for Instagram if they aren’t already in the correct format is our free converter on


Convert videos for Instagram using the Clipchamp video converter

Here’s how to use it.

Step 1: Log in to and select the video you want to convert

After creating a free account and logging in, just select or drag and drop your video into this box in the Clipchamp dashboard to get started.

The converter accepts a wide range of video formats as input. It works best in the latest version of Google Chrome on a desktop or laptop computer. If your video file is not on your computer yet, use Google Drive or Dropbox to copy it from your phone or AirDrop if you’re using Apple devices.



Step 2: Next, select MP4 as the output format

Go through the customization settings and make sure that MP4 is selected, which is the best file format that is suitable for Instagram uploads.

Here you can also edit your videos to suit Instagram’s video ratios. We’ve covered free online video editing in another blog post.




Step 3: Then, convert your video

After selecting the output settings or leaving the defaults, which includes MP4, your video will get processed, resulting in a clip that Instagram supports.

When the processing is finished, you can save the file and then upload it to Instagram by copying it back onto your mobile device and selecting it in the Instagram app!


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About our video converter

Clipchamp is an online video compressor and converter, making sharing of video files easier than ever. It’s free and all done in the browser, no prior experience or software installations needed! Read more about how you can edit and rotate your #instagood videos for free in our latest post.


Editing videos for Instagram on your mobile device

In addition to converting files and getting them ready for publishing, another important aspect is the video content itself. Here are a number of useful suggestions of how best to go about making Instagram videos that stand out if you’d like to edit them on your phone – Best Instagram Video Editor: Make Your Videos Pop.