Instagram Stories is one of the best storytelling tools we have right now. It’s just a 15-second clip but using text and GIFs, you can do a lot more with it. But on the other hand, it’s quite limited. The 15-second limit can be frustrating sometimes, especially when the video you want to share is 30 seconds long. What do you do? It’s quite simple really. Just cut the video into 15-second sections.
Now, you can do that manually using a video editing app but that’s going to take a lot of time. Thankfully, there are utilities to help you out.
How to Split Videos into 15 Second Chunks
There are a lot of different apps that let you do this. But many are limited in one way or the other. Either by time limit (30-second videos only) or by splits (some apps only let you export the first split file for free). Some apps add a watermark to exported video as well.
The app we’re talking about today has none of that. You can pay to remove the ads from the app but that’s it.
Step 1: Go to the App Store and download Split Videos for Instagram app.
Step 2: Open the app and give it access to your photos.
Step 3: Tap on the middle part to start using the app.
Step 4: Tap on Select Video.
Step 5: From the picker, select the video you want to use. You can trim the video from the top if you want and then tap on Choose.
Step 6: Tap on Split Video. Let the app do its thing. You’ll get a popup saying the video has been split in parts and is available the Photos app.
Now just open Instagram, go to Stories section and swipe up. You’ll see the split videos right there.
Download: Split Videos for Instagram
Alternative: Long Story for IG
Another good option for cutting longer videos for Instagram is the Long Story for IG app. It works similarly to the Cut Story app. What sets Long Story for IG apart is that it’s totally free to use. While the app features ads, it won’t add a watermark to your video, or limit you in any way. You can pay $0.99/year subscription to remove the ads, but that’s optional.
Download: Long Story for IG
Have You Tried IGTV Yet?
If you’re looking to post longer horizontal videos to Instagram, you should look into Instagram’s new app: IGTV. It’s an entire app based purely on vertical long-form videos. The only difference is that the videos won’t disappear after 24 hours. They’re going to stay there for a long time.
How do you use Instagram Stories? Do you use the additional features like GIFs? Share with us in the comments below.