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How to Upload 4K & Large MOV to Instagram without Errors

While MOV has been a popular format among modern high-quality devices like DJI drones, iPhone, Canon EOS, Nikon, and JVC DLSR cameras, photographers find it's harder to share their works online, especially when it comes to uploading MOV videos to Instagram. Sometimes the videos seem to be perfect in size, format, and length for the app, but when you upload the MOV to Instagram, the attempt is refused with an error message saying "There was an issue importing your video, please try again." In this post, we will show you how to post MOV files to Instagram without problems.

To upload MOV videos to Instagram, you need to go through the following steps:

Learn the Instagram Supported Video Settings

Instagram has offered different options to upload videos, including Instagram Stories, Live, IGTV, and In-Feed videos. They vary slightly different in the length, aspect ratio, file size limits, etc. Before we learn how to add MOV to Instagram, check its general video setting requirements:

● Format: MOV or MP4 
● Audio codec: AAC, 48khz sample rate maximum, 1 or 2 channels (mono or stereo)
● Video codec: HEVC or H264, progressive scan, closed GOP, 4:2:0 chroma subsampling
● Frame rate: 23-60 FPS.
● Aspect ratio: 16:9 maximum, 4:5 minimum
● Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels maximum
● Duration: 60 seconds maximum, 3 seconds minimum
● File size: 100MB maximum

Note: It has been a common complaint that MOV videos fail to post to Instagram sometime. Below are some user feedbacks:
"I exported a video from my iPhone with .mov extension and every time I try and upload the video to Instagram, the app closes."
"I have a Nikon D850 to capture some videos that I wanted to upload to Instagram. The MOV file uploaded to Instagram play without audio."
"The .mov videos saved from my drone is so hard to share on Instagram or edit, why?"

If you want to post MOV to a specific Instagram video type, check the detailed table below (check full Instagram formats list):

Instagram Video

Supported Settings


● Minimum dimensions: 600 x 315 pixels (landscape), 600 x 600 pixels (square), or 600 x 750 pixels (vertical)
● Aspect ratio: 1:91:1 (landscape), 1:1 (square), or 4:5 (vertical)
● Format: .mp4 and .mov
● Video length: Max 60 seconds
● Video size: Max 4GB
● Video frames: Max 30 fps

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● Minimum dimensions: 600 x 315 pixels (landscape), 600 x 600 pixels (square), or 600 x 750 pixels (vertical)/ 600 x 600 pixels (Max 1080 x 1080 pixels)
● Aspect ratio: 1:91:1 (landscape), 1:1 (square), or 4:5 (vertical)/ 1:1(square)
● Format: .mp4 and .mov
● Video length: Max 60 seconds
● Video size: Max 4GB
● Video frames: Max 30 fps


● Recommended dimensions: 1080 x 1920 pixels
● Aspect ratio: 9:16
● Format (recommended): .mp4 and .mov
● Video length: Max 15 seconds
● Video size: Max 4GB


● Video format: MP4
● Videos should be vertical (not landscape) with an aspect ratio of 9:16.
● Minimum frame rate of 30 FPS and minimum resolution of 720 pixels.
● Maximum file size: 10 minutes or less is 650MB; 60 minutes or less than 3.6GB.

Prepare MOV for Instagram Upload

[MOV is complicated] MOV format is less compatible than MP4 because of its structure that can store different types of media in different codecs. This allows further editing of a single media track without affecting the entire file. More than that, MOV files recorded by today's HD & 4K cameras are usually associated with advanced specifics such as FHD, 2.7K, 4K, 60fps, HEVC codec, Apple ProRes 422, H.264 (HD/SD), MPEG-2 (HD), Linear PCM, etc., not to mention the 3:2, 5:4, FOV, other confusing recording settings. By comparing these codecs of MOV files to Instagram supported video profiles listed above, you will find there is a good chance that you can't upload MOV to Instagram easily.

[How to] How to upload MOV videos to Instagram? You need a tool that is able to convert MOV to Instagram video with perfect video & audio codec, aspect ratio, resolution, size, and length. It should be able to process intensive 4K and HEVC/ProRes, etc. without problems. Considering all those factors, try WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is an easy & fast 4K/HD MOV to Instagram converter.
● Updated with codecs incl. HEVC/H.265, Prores, VP9, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AVCHD, and other advanced and standard codecs.
● Smoothly support SD, HD, FHD, 4K, and even 8K videos @60fps, 120fps from DJI, DSLR, iPhone, etc.
● Convert MOV videos into Instagram H.264/HEVC, or 370+ other video & audio formats.
● Cut long recordings, compress large MOV to 90% smaller, adjust aspect ratio, edit, crop, etc.  
● Level-3 Hardware Acceleration ensures fast large & intensive conversion, about 5x faster than others.

How to Convert MOV to Instagram for Easy Upload

Free download the MOV to Instagram video converter and run it:
Free download the Windows version
Free download the macOS version

Step 1. Convert MOV into Instagram MP4
Click the +Video button and select the MOV files from your local computer. Don't worry if it's a 4K/8K MOV file in any codec, it will take care of it. Once loaded, the "Output Profile" window pops up. Scroll down the list and select to convert MOV to MP4 h264+aac profile.

convert mov to Instagram
Convert MOV to Instagram MP4

Step 2. Adjust MOV video settings for Instagram
Normally, when you upload a high-res video to Instagram, it will automatically compress the file and there will be a quality loss on Instagram. So you'd better do it yourself to save the best quality. Click the button with a gear icon to enter into the video parameter page. Instagram supports 1080X1920p and 60fps maximum, so click each option and select the right setting for Instagram from the dropdown menu.

MOV to Instagram settings
Adjust MOV to Instagram settings

Step 3. Cut, crop, and compress
To ensure the MOV falls in Instagram upload size and length, click the Edit button. Click Trim to cut unwanted parts from the MOV videos and cut long recordings into shorter pieces, edit mov files, etc. Click the Crop & Expand button to resize MOV into 4:5, 16:9, 1:1 or other apsect ratios. After all the steps, click Run to start MOV to Instagram video converting.

how to post mov to Instagram
How to upload MOV to Instagram

Other tips
● Don't forget to enable the Hardware Encoder on the main interface to ensure the fastest MOV to Instagram MP4 conversion speed.
● By lowering the resolution, bit rate, cutting out unwanted parts, and converting MOV to MP4, the file size will be much smaller.

Sart to Upload MOV to Instagram

Now the MOV videos are well prepared for Instagram upload. But there is no way to post videos to Instagram from PC/Mac directly. You will have to transfer the converted MOV videos to iPhone, Android, other mobiles for upload. You can transfer via USB cable, Dropbox, or a third-party tool like WinX MediaTrans. Once the videos are synced to your phone's roll, follow the guide on how to post mov file to Instagram below.

Step 1: Provided you have the Instagram mobile app installed, open it and log into your account.
Step 2: Then tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen in the app. Then your phone library will open.
Step 3: Your phone library will open. Tap to select the mov files saved on the phone and the selected MOV videos will be uploaded to Instagram.

If you still can't upload MOV to Instagram, check:

● If the network connection is too weak
● If your account is in normal status
● If your video content contains something not allowed


Kaley Torres

Kaley Torres is a self-motivated, creative editor with eight years of marketing and SEO experience, specializing in writing on DVD, video, audio, images, new digital contents etc. With a partiality DVD collection, Kaley also enjoys digitizing DVD and is keen to share her DVD video conversion solutions as well as video sharing tips on social media.

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