Exporting for Instagram

Has anyone else had any trouble exporting for Instagram? It seems nothing I do can persuade Instagram to accept a vid I've edited using HitFilm. It always hangs, either in that filter phase or on upload (no progress).

If someone can share their standard settings for an Instagram export, I'd really appreciate it.


  • Sorry if this is addressed elsewhere in the forum. I'm surprised that I couldn't find it because I assumed that this would be a common problem. I guess I'm just too inexperienced. This is my first go at using Hitfilm4Express.

    An exported  vid that plays fine on my PC and my phone and plays in the Instagram preview hangs on upload (no progress at all). Previously I used VSDC and had no Instagram problems with that so I took the Hitfilm export and ran it through VSDC, exporting to .mov. This time it uploaded fine but played the music without playing the vid.

    * I'm using the MP4 export, 4:3 aspect ratio, 1024 pixels wide, 24fps, profile Main, Level 4, variable bitrate (tried fixed).
    * Duration is 00.59.22. File size just over 40Mb or 35Mb. The vid is a single track which I have cut here and there, changed rate, and added music to.

    Anyone else had the same problem, managed to solve it?

  • I can't figure it out either

  • So I just uploaded 2 videos to Instagram and its kind of a pain but here it goes.

    I had exported my edited video to .mp4 as standard 1080p video and then started a new file in HitFilm brought that .mp4 and framed it for Instagram 640 x 640. I guess you could have done that first but in any case it will compress it a tiny bit more however I found that it is easier to do this twice as the next step is where it makes it less than 25MB 

    I used a program called ClipChamp its a free video compression software that works incredibly well. Basically sign up for that (I believe you get 5 free uploads before you need to pay a small fee/month)

    Upload the 640 x 640 file to ClipChamp and then verify that it will compress the file as 640 x 640 and as long as the file is less than 25MB you can email it to yourself and then from the phone save video and upload to Instagram

  • I think I read somewhere that the said clip cant be longer than 60seconds... not sure how true that is.... hth

  • Click the edit export preset and click ignore aspect ratio

  • edited May 12

    Thank you! Figured it out


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