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How to upload videos edited in iMovie to Instagram?

iMovie is a video editing software application sold by Apple Inc. for the Mac and iOS. Many Mac users love to edit their videos with iMovie then play them or share them. Some of the people love to share their iMovie videos to Instagram, which is one of the largest social media platforms with 800 million active daily users. However, you can directly share iMovie video to FaceBook but not to Instagram. To upload iMovie videos to Instagram, you can export a file from iMovie then make the video compatible with Instagram to upload it.

Part 1: Export a File from iMovie

To export your video, start by clicking on File in the menu bar, hover over Share and then click File.

The Exporting options dialog box will open. If you are using a Lab computer uncheck the box next to Add to Theater. You can change the export size of your video by clicking the current size next to where it is labeled Size.

The size, or resolution, will effect how big your exported file is and how long it takes to export. You generally will want to use the Large size but one of the HD options would be better if possible. Choose the size you want or leave it as the default and click Next.

Now you can change where your file will be saved. Click where it says Documents to get the drop down of where else to save it; Desktop is a good place to make your file easy to find.

You can also change the file name if you want to and then click save.

While it is exporting a small blue circle in the upper right hand corner of iMovie will show the progress of your export. A notification will pop up when it is complete.

Part 2: Make iMovie Videos Suitable for Instagram

Sometimes, the exported iMovie videos are not compatible with Instagram or have some parameters that not fit in Instagram. In this case, you can use an instagram video converter to convert the iMovie video to Instaggram supported video with perfect video settings according to Instagram video specifications.

The Best Settings for Instagram Video

Size: maximum width 1080 pixels (any height)

Frame Rate: 29.96 frames per second

Bit rate: 3,500 kbps video bitrate

Audio: AAC (Advanced Audio Coding). 128kbps is the best for Instagram

Video length: 3 secs - 60 secs.

Filesize: 15MB. If your video is larger than 15MB, you need to compress the video file size, trim or split it to separate parts.

Best video codec: H.264. Instagram accepts H.264 video compression.

Best video format: MP4 and MOV. Instagram supports MP4 and MOV container format.

Best Video Converter for Converting iMovie Video to Instagram

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is one of the best video converter that convert any iMovie video to MP4 for Instagram. It transcodes iMovie MPEG-4 (h.264), QuickTime video, MPEG-2 video and DV/HDV video to H.264 MP4 videos for Instagram. Aside from iMovie, it also can convert Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro CC, Davinci Resolve, Shotcut video to Instagram. In the conversion process, you can adjust video size from 1080p to 720p, video bit rate to 5,500 kbps or 3,500kbps, video frame to 29.96 frames per second or 30fps and adjust audio codec to AAC, audio bitrate to 128kbps to meet all the specs of Instagram.

Since Instagram limits video length, you also can use Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to trim video footage, crop black bar, split video to several video clips in 50MB for Instagram. For Windows users, Pavtube Video Converter is the equivalent iMovie to Instagram converter for Windows 10.

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Step by Step to Convert iMovie Videos to Instagram

Step 1: Load iMovie video files into the program.

You can directly drag and drop the video files with audio into the program or click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from Folder" to load iMovie video files into the program. Other NLE software export files also can be loaded here to convert to Instagram.

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Step 2: Output Instagram best uploading format.

Click "Format" button to open drop-down list and there you can choose MP4 format. You can choose MP4 format for Instagram in "Common Video" and "HD Video" categories.

Instagram video format

Step 3: Set videos more compatible with Instagram

Now, click "Settings" on the main interface to start to adjust video and audio parameters to fit in Instagram according to the below specs. You can choose the right settings in this window. When you can't find the settings you want, you can simply tap it in.

Video Size: 1080p

Video Bitrate: 3,500 kbps

Video Frame Rate: 29.96 fps

Audio Codec: AAC

Audio Bitrate: 128kbps

Step 4: Start iMovie to Instagram conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom "Convert" button to begin the iMovie video to Instagram best compatible uploading settings conversion process. After the conversion, you can click Open output folder to popup output directory with the converted files.

Part 3: Transfer Converted iMovie Video to Instagram on iPhone

1. Upload your video to Google Drive from your desktop.

2. From your iPhone open the Google Drive app and locate your video.

3. Select the three dots next to the video you want to upload to instagram.

4. Select the "Send a copy" menu item

5. Select Instagram from the apps you would like to send the video to. Done.

6. If Instagram isn't available as an option, select the "more" option and turn on Instagram so it will show in your list of apps to share with.

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