When you record a full-size video as an Instagram story by holding and pressing on Normal, the video would only record up to 14-15 seconds. I use an iPhone 6 Plus and I would notice even at the maximum of 15 seconds the full-size video would freeze and disappear and I could not add any text or emoji to it.
Sometimes I find it makes sense to record a single longer video using the iPhone’s camera options rather than recording it via Instagram’s Add Story options. However, even if you record a shorter video on the iPhone camera and subsequently add it as an Instagram story, you would find that Instagram story feature does not support full-size videos and you end up with cropped ones instead. (Users with Business accounts on Instagram can upload videos longer than 15 seconds on their Instagram stories.) Some users are faced with a technical issue when uploading videos as an Instagram story and the solution to a successful video upload largely has to do with compressing the video first. Here is my solution to uploading full-size videos as Instagram stories.
In the following video, I would be splitting a 50-second video into 4 parts so it would still meet the time limit for the IG story. In order to do this, I would need to duplicate a 1 50-second video into three more. I do this by selecting the full-size video and choosing Duplicate.
Now that I have all four videos, the next step would be to go to CropVS to re-orient the video to make it fit for Instagram story sharing. I recommend going to CropVS first rather than trimming the video on iMovie because iMovie automatically crops the video once you trim it and it doesn’t look good. CropVS, on the other hand, has “fit width” and “fit height” options and it results in a full-size video once shared as Instagram story. In the video below, I selected the first 50-second video from Camera Roll and CropVS compresses it. After CropVS compresses the video, all I do is tap on Share and wait for the app to render the video and the full-size reoriented video is instantly saved to my Camera Roll.
Now that I have the full-size reoriented video from CropVS, I would click on Edit and choose iMovie. From there I would trim the video to the first 11-15 seconds.
Having gone through the full-size reorientation in CropVS and trimmed process in iMovie, it’s time to share it on Instagram as a story.
I repeated the process for the other 3 duplicate videos. Here is how it showed up on my Instagram story:
You can actually select CropVS from the Edit part on your Camera Roll. However, I would not suggest doing that because it crops the full-size video to a miniature version. Here’s an example:
I recommend opening the CropVS mobile app first and selecting the video from there.
Video of my mother and my niece is taken by my youngest sister whose voice is also heard on the video.
CropVS has in-app purchases so you may get watermark on your videos if not upgraded. iMovie is a free mobile app pre-installed with your iPhone, of course. Instagram is a free mobile app.
Update: July 6, 2018
There is a mobile app that makes splicing videos for Instagram stories and it’s called Cutstory. Go ahead and download it now.
If you still want to crop videos first before uploading them to Cutstory for cutting and saving, I do recommend CropVS still for cropping purposes. Sometimes there are parts of a video we want to omit and CropVS would work well for that.
Another question you might have is about how to upload full size photo to an Instagram story. There are mobile apps out there that can accomplish that task for you but if you want the basic method without a mobile app’s help, you can do so by first selecting the photo and tapping once on the center until the top and bottom parts of the screen appear black. Tap on Screenshot.
You can compare how the original photo and the screenshot image appear here:
If you want to know how to add music on Instagram stories, check out this related post as well.