Here’s how you can make vertical videos for IGTV

Here’s how you can make vertical videos for IGTV

Instagrammers and influencers love IGTV for its engaging nature and the ability to cover more content than regular short videos on Instagram. If you’ve never done an IGTV stream but would like to start, you need to first make sense of all the requirements and master taking vertical videos.

What are the requirements for IGTV videos?

The requirements for IGTV videos are not too strict – all you need to do is shoot an MP4 video between 15 seconds and 10 minutes in length if you have a small account, larger accounts can go up to 60 minutes. The maximum filesize for small accounts is 650MB and for larger profiles it’s 2.6GB. Lastly, the videos need to have a vertical orientation and an aspect ratio between 4:5 to 9:16. The vertical orientation and the aspect ratio is where most people face issues. Things are simple enough if you film the video for IGTV on your smartphone – all you need to do is hold it vertically and you’ll get a video with a suitable aspect ratio. But everything gets complicated if you used a camera to film the video, as you need to edit to create the right aspect ratio and orientation.

How to create vertical videos for IGTV?

Shoot IGTV videos on a smartphone

As we’ve mentioned above, if you’re using a smartphone to make your IGTV videos, you job is basically done since most smartphones already shoot videos with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Simply hold your phone vertically, shoot the video and upload it to IGTV.

Shoot IGTV videos on a camera

Using a camera to shoot your IGTV videos means that you will need to spend a little bit of time to edit your video to make it vertical. You can shoot your video on a camera vertically by rotating the device, but the resulting video will still most likely have the wrong aspect ratio. You can also shoot the video horizontally but you will need to edit it in post-production, plus, since a lot of the video will need to be cropped out, you need to keep this in mind when shooting and make sure that the object you’re filming is located in the center of the shot the entire time.

How to edit video in iMovie?

If you want to use your smartphone to edit your IGTV video, the easiest way to do it is to use iMovie on an iPhone or a similar free video editing app on Android, for example, Perfect Video. If you’re an iPhone owner, start by downloading the RFV app from the App Stone. Next, open your video in the app, rotate it to a horizontal orientation and save the file. If your video is already horizontal, simply start with the next step. Once you have a horizontal video, open the iMovie app, create a new project and open the video. Now you can crop the video to adjust its aspect ratio to fit Instagram’s requirements. Plus, you can add filters, change the speed of the video, crop different fragments and more. Once you’re done editing, export the video to Camera Roll, use the RFV app to rotate the video to a vertical orientation and you’re done!

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