Upload MP4 Files to Instagram from Mac

Put MP4 on Mac to post to Instagram

“I have a short video (11 seconds) I made with imovie on my macbook pro that I would like to post to Instagram so it is high quality. I used HandBrake to convert the video from .mov to .mp4 at 640×640 to fit instagram (didn’t know how to change file type in imovie). I tried several things and cannot seem to get the mp4 on my Mac to post it to instagram. So can someone please tell me how to get high quality MP4 videos on your Mac so you can post them on instagram? Thanks.”

Upload MP4 to Instagram

Best video uploading settings for Instagram uploading

To answer above question, you should be clear of what are the best uploading formats, settings such as codec, resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc are preferred by Instagram. The following part will list them one by one for you.
– Video codec: H.264 codec / MP4
– Audio codec: AAC audio codec at 44.1 kHz mono
– Size: maximum width 1080 pixels (any height)
– Frame rate: 29.96 frames per second
– Video bit rate: 3,500 kbps video bit rate
– Video length: 3 to 60 seconds
– Apsect ratio: 16:9 or 1:1

Post unsupported MP4 to Instagram

If the MP4 video that you try to share on Instagram doesn’t meet the requirements listed above, Instagram will fail to load the videos or the uploading process will be not that smooth or you will get a uploaded video with poor quality. To eliminate all those incompatible issue, you will need to perform a format and profile settings adjusting process. Here, you can get the job easily completed with our best Mac Instagram Converter - Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, which can powerfully convert all MP4 files with different video and audio codec to Instagram readable MP4 file format with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec.

Adjust output video profile parameters for Instagram

Besides that, it also helps to beneficially generate Instagram most favorable uploading settings. You can easily make that achieved by flexibly adjusting the output video file resolution as 1080×720 or smaller resolution, output frame rate as 29.96, video bit rate as 3500 kbps.

Trim or adjust output video aspect ratio

As the maximum video length for Instagram is 60 second, If the MP4 video length is over 60 seconds, you can use the trim function to cut off video to remove unwanted comments, trailers or ads from the video. If the original video soure aspect ratio doesn’t match with Instagram video uploading aspect ratio standards, you can change the output video aspect ratio with the crop function under the video editor window.

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac works perfectly all all Mac OS including macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitian, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.9 Yosemite. The program can produce high quality results, you can’t tell the difference between the converted video and the original MP4 video. In addition, the batch conversion mode allows you to batch load multiple MP4 files or other files into the program to save your a lot of time.

Step by Step to Convert and Upload Unsupported MP4 Video to Instagram from Mac

Step 1: Load unsupported MP4 video into the program.

Start the program on your Mac computer, click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to import unsupported MP4 video into the program.

Load unsupported MP4 video

Tips: If you want to batch load multiple MP4 files, make sure to place all your MP4 files in the same folder, then click “File” > “Add from folder” or press the “Add from Folder” button on the top tool bar to batch importing them into the program.

Step 2: Output Instagram supported file format.

Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down list, select to output Instagram compatible “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output Instagram supported file formats

Step 3: Adjust Instagram compatible profile settings.

Click “Settings” icon on the main interface to open the “Profile Settings” window, under video section, set the output video codec as “H.264″, audio codec as “AAC”, output file resolution as”1080*720 or smaller resolution, frame rate as 29.96fps, bit rate as 3500Kbps, sample rate as 44100, channels as mono.

Step 4: Trim video length or adjust output video aspect ratio.

In the video editor window, choose the “Trim” tab and this tab is selected by default when the editing window appears. You can use the trim function to cut off unwanted parts from start and end. You can either drag pointers on the process bar or set exact time point in Start and End boxes to set to reduce video length to no more than 60 seconds for Instagram uploading.

Trim video length

Change output video aspect ratio

Go the “Crop” tab in the “Video Editor” Window, switch to the “Advanced Mode”. To change output video aspect ratio, there are several aspect ratios for you to choose from, including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, and 2:1, you can choose Instagram accepted 16:9 aspect ratio. Once you select a “Display aspect ratio”, the “green crop frame” will keep this ratio to crop video and you are able to preview the final effect in real time. If you want to keep the same aspect ratio in your final output files, do remember to set the Video “Size (pix)” in “Settings” section as the same ratio as display aspect ratio.

Change output video aspect ratio

Step 4: Start the conversion process.

After all settings are done, click right-bottom “Convert” button to begin to convert and compress unsupported MP4 video to the best formats and settings for Instagram.

When the conversion is completed, you can smoothly upload and share any mp4 video on Instagram from Mac computer.

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