How to Fit Whole Video on Instagram [Post, Story, IGTV]

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Instagram used to only accept square videos and photos and automatically crop portrait and landscape videos into square while uploading. Recently, it catches up with most mainstream aspect ratios due to the changes of video shooting mode and our viewing habits, like say, 16:9 mode for magnificent scenery footages, 4:5 and 9:16 for close-up shots.

However, the Instagram feed still takes a video down to square by default. So here we come to share the most effective methods of how to fit a whole video to Instagram without cropping and help you build the most pleasurable viewing experience for your audience.

Part 1. How to Fit Whole Video on Instagram Post

Instagram feed supports videos in square, landscape, and portrait formats, individually, with aspect ratios of 1:1, 16:9, and 4:5. When you select a video from your phone library, tap the expand icon in the bottom left corner, and it will fit the whole video at full size.

how to fit video on Instagram post

However, if you are trying to upload a 9:16 video to your Instagram feed, your large vertical video will always be cropped into 4:5 mode, which sometimes gets the important area out of the screen just like the lower left image.

Instagram feed crops vertial video
Instagram feed crops 9:16 video into 4:5

Fortunately, VideoProc, an easy yet powerful video editor designed for users of all levels, comes to your rescue now. It has a bunch of video processing features including but limited to cutting, resizing, cropping, merging, converting, downloading, etc.

VideoProc can make videos fit Instagram post perfectly becasue it supports all video dimensions compatible with Instagram. By adjusting video dimensions instead of directly cropping, you can upload full size videos on Instagram regardless of their original aspect ratios.

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  • 100% free and easy to make videos fit on Instagram posts.
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  • Support all sorts of Instagram videos - in-feed, stories, lives, and IGTV.
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Now download and install VideoProc to get prepared for the following tutorial on how to fit a full size video on Instagram without cropping.

Step 1. Launch VideoProc and select "Video" on its homepage to open its video editing panel.

Import video to VideoProc

Step 2. Drag and drop a vertical video (or multiple videos) you want to upload to Instagram without cropping to the interface of VideoProc. Move to the "Video" option on the bottom and choose "MP4" as the output format.

Choose MP4 at the output format

Step 3. Double click on the MP4 format icon to open the "Format" panel. Move to "Video Codec Options" > "Resolution" > "Custom".

Set the video resolution to 1080×1350, the maximum resolution for Instagram 4:5 portrait video, so to change the aspect ratio from 9:16 to 4:5 while keeping the best video quality. (Also, you can use an aspect ratio calculator to customize the resolution to other values as long as you keep it in the ratio of 4:5.) And click "Done" next to the resolution option.

To avoid video distortion after changing the aspect ratio. Check the box before "Expand Video" and choose "keep original" in the Aspect Ratio option. This is going to make your video fit Instagram vertical format by adding black borders. Then click "Done" in the bottom right corner to save changes.

Make video fit Instagram without cropping - VideoProc

Step 4. Then get back to the main UI. After selecting an output folder, smash on the "RUN" button to export the video. Ultimately, you can upload the full size video on Instagram without cropping nor distortion.

Upload full size video to Instagram
Upload vertical video to Instagram feed without cropping

Part 2. How to Fit Whole Video on Instagram Story and IGTV

Although the in-house video editing tool of Instagram does not perform at a professional level, it does offer a surprising amount of controls for both subtle and dramatic enhancements. So first, we'll show you how to make a video fit on Instagram inside this app.

Instagram Story and IGTV display videos in a vertical mode, but they do not crop out any part of a video in a different aspect ratio. You can select any video from your iPhone or Android without editing it, and they'll make the video fit on the screen by adding background automatically.

fit whole video on Instagram Story while uploading
Instagram Story fits video by adding borders automatically

But if you don't like the borders, you'd better resize the video for Instagram by cropping it into 9:16 and expand it to the full screen.

FAQs

1. How to make iMovie fit Instagram?

iMovie only edits and exports videos at 16:9 which was unsupported on Instagram. But now you can upload a video from iMovie to Instagram directly without cropping. If you prefer square or vertical videos, you should use editors like VideoProc to change the aspect ratio or the video dimension.

2. How to fit video on Instagram on Android?

For videos in aspect ratios supported on Instagram, you can fit the video while uploading it from your Android phone. While for incompatible ones, you can resize them by adding white borders with the Clideo online resizer, which does not ask you to install any app on your Android.

3. Can you upload 1920x1080 to Instagram?

Yes. 1920x1080 videos fit the Instagram post, stories and IGTV well. As for 1920x1080 photos, you are only enabled to post them on feed and stories because IGTV doesn't accept images.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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