How to Make a Video Longer in 4 Effective Ways

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Great news: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter canceled the so-called minimum video length requirements for feed videos, of course, on the latest versions.

But users who stick to older versions can't upload videos shorter than 3 seconds. Even though you are allowed to upload short videos, you'd better share videos of 15 to 30 seconds on Instagram feed because they can win more comments. After all, a 2-second video is too short to show something really attractive.

How to make a video longer

Today, we are going to show you how to make a video longer with VideoProc. It is an all-in-one video editor to offer you multiple solutions to make a video longer for Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, etc. In this post, we'll show you 4 methods:

  1. Slowing down the short video.
  2. Looping the video multiple times.
  3. Combining royalty free footage with the video.
  4. Adding transitons and images to the video.

VideoProc - Best Software to Extend Video Length

  • Make a video longer in varied ways: slow down, merge, and loop the video.
  • 370+ supported video formats: MP4, MKV, HEVC, 4K, live photos, GIFs…
  • 47x real-time faster to edit UHD 4K footage without quality loss.
  • Multiple presets for output profiles to meet all your needs.
  • Simple, safe, and fast to edit videos on all recent computers.

Download VideoProc on your PC/Mac to make a video longer in the best quality!

Method 1. Make a Video Longer by Slowing It Down

In VideoProc, the speed of a video can be reduced to 0.1x to the utmost. It means you can make a 3-second video into 30 seconds. But taking into account the video final video quality, we recommend slowing down the video by 0.5x, and you can get a video twice longer than the original. Here's how.

Step 1. Open VideoProc on your computer. Click "Video" and "+Video" to import the original video.

Load a short video into VideoProc

Step 2. Click "Target Format" to select an output format. We choose MP4 H.264 and MP4 HEVC in most cases.

Choose a format for the short clip

Step 3. Go to the video editing toolbar, and navigate to "Effect" > "Audio & Video" > "Video Playback Speed". Grab the slider to slow down the video from 1x to 0.5x.

Exten video length by slowing it down in VideoProc

Step 4. Click "Done" to close this tab. Then select a folder on your PC to save the file. Hit "RUN" to export the video.

Method 2. Make a Video Longer by Looping It

Some social media apps will replay your video again and again under a good network connection. That's absolutely good for short videos. But it doesn't work on some platforms, like say, YouTube. So if your video is too short, you can increase the duration by looping the video. In VideoProc, you can loop a video as many times as you like.

Step 1. Launch VideoProc and open its "Video" option on the homepage.

Step 2. Click "+Video" in the upper side panel to load the video want to extend from the local storage. Then repeat the step to import the video to this software again. If you want to loop it 5 times, then import it 5 times.

Make video longer by looping it with VideoProc

Step 3. Tick the "Merge" option on the right side. This is going to combine all clips in the editing panel while exporting.

Step 4. Browse an output folder and run to export the video.

Tips: By choosing GIF instead of formal video format, you can make your short video into a GIF that loops forever.

Method 3. Make a Video Longer by Enriching Content

Another way to make a short video longer is to add more clips. Check your computer, smartphone, and external hard drive to find some footage that could fit to this video. Alternatively, you can download some videos, intros, and outros without copyright. And then merge them into one video with VideoProc.

Step 1. Search and download video materials you need from free stock video websites.

Step 2. Open VideoProc, click "Video" and "+Video" to import your original video together with footage you just saved.

Step 3. Copen the "Video" option in the lower tab and select a format for your final product.

Step 4. Click the arrow icon to rearrange these video clips. Put the video intro in the first row and outro in the last raw.

Increase video duration by adding more video clips

Step 5. Check the box before "Merge" on the right side.

Step 6. Browse the "Output Folder" to select a folder to save your video. And hit "RUN" to export the video.

Method 4. Make a Video Longer by Adding Transitions and Images

Transitions and imagers are also good complements to make your video longer as well as touch it up. Since VideoProc does let you add images and transitions, we'll use a handy online video editor Kapwing in this part.

Step 1. Go to Kapwing video editor studio, and create a new project.

Step 2. Load a short video to its media bin. Kapwing accepts videos from your computer or online with a URL.

Step 3. Play the video and split it into 2 or more clips by hitting the "Split" icon above the timeline.

Step 4. Open the "Images" option on the upper sidebar. Now you can find an image with its built-in search engine or upload one from your PC.

Make a video longer by adding image to it

Step 5. Put the image on the timeline to place it between two cuts. You can extend the duration by dragging it longer.

Step 6. Open the "Timing" option on the right sidebar to set the beginning and ending times of a transition. Then you can choose an effect for the transition – "Cross Blur", "Cross Dissolve", or "None". To further increase the video duration, set the transition speed to "Slow". And add transitions to other parts in the same way.

Make video longer by adding transtion

Step 7. Hit "Export" and wait for Kapwing to render the video for a while. When it is over, you can download the extended video from the browser.

Disadvantages of the Method

1. It degrades the video quality because the free online video editor CANNOT export videos in UHD 4K and 1080P.

2. Your video will be watermarked with a Kapwing logo.

Bonus: How to Make a Video Longer on iPhone

You prefer making a live photo longer than 3 seconds on your phone? Well, the methods above are also workable on iPhone by using iMovie. To get better a view of the interface of iMovie, you need to turn off the portrait orientation on your iPhone before we start editing.

Now let's open iMovie on your iPhone. Tap the "Create Project" option and choose "Movie".

1. Make a Loop on iPhone with iMovie.

Load a short video from your camera roll. After tapping on a video clip, an editing toolbar will show up. Press the scissor icon and choose "Duplicate". Keep doing so and you can get multiple copies. When you play the whole video seems to be a short clip looping again and gain.

Make a video longer on iPhone by duplicating clips on iMovie

2. Merge multiple clips on iPhone with iMovie.

Hit the plus icon beside the preview windows. You can load either a video or a photo from Moments, Video, Photos, and Albums. Repeat this step to add as much media content as you wish. If you've added an unwanted clip, just swipe it up to remove it.

Add more videos to iMovie on iPhone

3. Add Transitions to the video on iPhone with iMovie.

Tap the space between 2 clips. Select an effect for the transition – "Dissolve," "Slide", "Wipe", and so on. To make the transition longer in iMovie, you can set its time to 2.0s.

Add transtion to video on iPhone with iMovie

4. Slow down the video on iPhone with iMovie.

Hit the speedometer icon to open the speed slider. Just drag the dot towards the turtle icon to speed down. Hit "Add" to apply the slowdown effect to the video clip.

Slow video down in iMovie on iPhone

Finally, hit "Done" to save the video to your camera roll. Also, you are allowed to upload it to Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, or send it via email.

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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