How to Get Your YouTube Video on Instagram?

Summary: In this video tutorial I show you how to upload a video from youtube to instagram.


Instagram is one of social's long-running examples of a mobile-only platform, and that can pose some interesting challenges for businesses. Especially now that videos are becoming as common as still photos. But when people want to upload their YouTube video to Instagram, they met some troubles. So here let's we talk about the way to get your YouTube video on Instagram.


The Easiest way to do this is definitely the website was made specifically for this purpose. You can also use it on your mobile device.


1. Go to

2. Select Instagram

3. Paste Youtube video link

4. Use orange slider to select the section of the video you want to download

5. Press start download.

6. For Android users select download on mobile, you can scan the qr code or paste the link in your phone browser to automatically download the video.

For ios users enter your email and you can download the video from your mail attachment.

7. Post to Instagram from your phone.


However, for those who have downloaded some YouTube videos on hard drive and find the video can't accepted by Instagram due to unsupported format or the YouTube video is too long for Instagram, what can they do? Actually, If you meet the issue, you just need to convert YouTube video to Instagram supported format and compress the size to fit in Instagram limitation.


How to Make YouTube Video Fit in Instagram?


If you want to upload a YouTube video to Instagram from computer/phones without losing quality and aviod andy uploading being stuck or not working problem, you'd better choose the right settings for the videos that are to be uploaded to Instagram. Therefore, learn the Instagram limits on upload videos in file size, length, resolutions, codec and other settings, together with a Instagram video uploader to help you on how to make your videos qualified for Instagram upload.


A. Instagram video upload limits


Size: maximum width 1080 pixels (any height)
Frame Rate: 29.96 frames per second
Codec: H.264 codec / MP4
Bit rate: 3,500 kbps video bitrate
Audio: AAC audio codec at 44.1 kHz mono
Length: 60 seconds
Filesize: 15MB


B. How to make Instagram accepted video from YouTube?


To upload YouTube video to Instagram without losing quality, you are required to make sure that the output video files are in the limits above. However, some users are bothered by the large size of videos recorded with HD cameras or incompatible video formats. In those cases, you're suggested to convert/compress the Instagram upload videos first. Here we use the Instagram video uploader Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate.

  • Convert HD/SD videos in WMV, MOV, MKV, MTS etc to Instagram upload video limits MP4 with world's fastest speed.
  • Compress 4K/HD XAVC, TS, MTS, etc videos with large file size that are shot with HD cameras to smaller video size without losing quality for smooth uploading to Instagram.
  • Convert HD/SD/4K, even Blu-ray, DVD videos to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and more.
  • Advanced editing features like trimming, subtitle adding, effects adding, multiple parts merging into one clip etc
  • Output format for editing software, HD media player, Tablets, Smartphones, Game consoles, 4K TV, 3D TV, Projectors,
  • Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP.
  • Mac version is Compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard



Step 1: Copy the downloaded YouTube files to your hard drive. Drag & drop video files usually FLV to the program after launching it. Or click the "Add Video" or "Add from folder" button to locate the files you want to add.



Step 2: Click Format bar to select HD MP4 for uploading to Instagram

MP4 video format




1. You should click "Settings" to reset the video parameters to fit in your Instagram requirement.


Size: maximum width 1080 pixels (any height)
Frame Rate: 29.96 frames per second
Codec: H.264 codec / MP4
Bit rate: 3,500 kbps video bitrate
Audio: AAC audio codec at 44.1 kHz mono


2. Click Edit button and you can trim, crop or adjust the YouTube video with the built-in video editor to get the very part and effect of the movie you want.

Trim – Choose to reserve the part you need. Just choose the chapter which you need to trim, to set “start time” or “end time”, type the portion which you want to save.

Crop – Remove black edges of your video or just get the scale of this video you want.

Effect – Adjust the effects by adjusting the parameters, such as:

Deinterlacing– If there are some stripes on the picture, you can check this option to make a better picture effect. (Checked by default)


Instagram Video Aspect Ratio


Instagram will allow you to display your video with a 16:9 widescreen ratio or with a square 1:1 ratio. So, what does that mean?


To those of you with experience working with Instagram, you may remember that the canvas size was once 640 x 640. While that holds true for mobile, Instagram can now be viewed from a desktop at a max size of 1080 x 1080. A good rule of thumb is to always use at least a 1080 canvas. Instagram will automatically convert the footage for you, so it’s best to max out the size to get the best look.



Let’s assume you are working with HD 1080 footage. That means Instagram can display the video at 16:9 (1920 x 1080) or 1:1 (1080 x 1080). In reality, Instagram will automatically adjust the video size for the type of device. A 1920 x 1080 video will play on a desktop at 1080 x 680 and on a phone at roughly 648 x 365.


You can adjust the aspect ratio in Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. Go to "Edit"> "Crop". Then click "Advanced Mode" in the right panel, then select "Keep Ratio" option in the left panel, then from "Display aspect ratio" drop-down list, you can keep the cropped aspect ratio such as 16:9, 1:1, etc from the aspect ratio lists.



Transfer to Mobile


No matter if you used a 16:9 or 1:1 ratio, the final compressed mobile video will be 1920 x 1080 — this won’t be a problem. When you upload to Instagram, you will choose crop settings. More on that later. 


Now that you have a compressed Instagram mobile file, you will need to transfer the file to your phone. For Mac/iPhone users, the best way is to use Apple AirDrop. For Mac/Android or PC/Mobile you can use programs like Google Drive or Dropbox. As a Mac/Android user, I personally prefer using Google Drive since it’s faster.


Apple AirDrop


Mac users with iPhones will find it easiest to send files using AirDrop. You will just drag the compressed Instagram video file to your iPhone. On your iPhone, you will now find the file under Photos.


  1. Open a Finder Window
  2. Click on AirDrop
  3. Drag and Drop the compressed Instagram video file to your iPhone
  4. On your iPhone, open Photos and verify the file transferred

Upload to Instagram


We’ve finally made it. It’s time to open Instagram and upload the video.

  1. Open the Instagram App on your phone
  2. Tap on the Camera icon
  3. Go to the Gallery
  4. Select your Instagram video file

Instagram defaults to the 1:1 aspect ratio. Here is the only step that applies to the type of video you made.


1:1 Aspect Ratio


Remember how your 1080 x 1080 1:1 video file was compressed down to a 1920 x 1080 video? Instagram will automatically crop out the excess black bars on the sides, and you will have a perfectly square video ready to share. The result is like the middle image above.

  1. Tap the blue arrow
  2. Add a filter if you’d like, change the cover image, and/or mute the video
  3. Tap the blue arrow
  4. Add a captionhashtaglocation, or send as a Direct message
  5. Tap the check mark, and you’re done.

16:9 Aspect Ratio


Instagram defaults images and videos to 1:1. If you want a 16:9 aspect ratio like the right image above, you will need to adjust the crop.

  1. Tap the Crop button to change to 16:9
  2. Tap the blue arrow
  3. Add a filter if you’d like, change the cover image, and/or mute the video
  4. Tap the blue arrow
  5. Add a captionhashtaglocation, or send as a Direct message
  6. Tap the check mark, and you’re done.

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