Instagram is one of the best mediums for sharing videos. But they’re quite limited. You can only share videos of up to 15 seconds, in vertical format, and they disappear in 24 minutes. We previously talked about how you can use third-party apps to split longer videos into 15-second chunks. Now, you don’t need to do that anymore. Instagram will split your larger videos for you.
How to Post Longer Videos to Instagram Stories
Using the Instagram App (Up to 1 minute)
This is a side effect of Instagram new Multiple Select features that came to Instagram Stories. It lets users select up to 10 photos to share as stories. But if you select a video that’s longer than 15 seconds, Instagram will itself divide it into multiple parts. But there’s a catch. In our testing, we found that this feature only works for up to four stories. Which means that if your video is under 1 minute, you’re good. If not, you’ll need to use a third-party app.
Assuming your video is under one minute, read the instructions below.
Step 1: Open the Instagram Stories view and swipe up to select from the library.
Step 2: Find the video you want to post and tap on it.
Step 3: You’ll see a new Instagram Stories editing view with four thumbnail previews at the bottom. These are the four parts of your video. Tap on a thumbnail to switch to the story. You can edit all four individual stories with all the tools that you’re familiar with.
Step 4: When you’re done editing tap on the Next button tap on the Share button next to Your Story to post the stories.
How to Cut Longer Instagram Videos Using CutStory
Cut Story is a feature-rich app for splitting longer videos in chunks of 15 seconds, 30 seconds and more. The app works very well. But by default, it puts a watermark on the video. You can pay $0.99 to remove the watermark.
Step 1: Open the CutStory app and tap on Video.
Step 2: Select the video and use one of the editing tools if you want.
Step 3: Tap on the Download button and choose the Instagram format.
Step 4: Now just wait while the videos are split, processed and saved to your Camera Roll.
Step 5: Open the Instagram app and go to the Instagram Stories view.
Step 6: Swipe up and find all the 15-second videos. Before doing anything, tap on the Select Multiple buttons at the top-right corner.
Step 7: Now select the videos that you want to post, in the order that you want to post them. You can select up to 10 videos at a time.
Step 8: Once you’ve selected the videos, tap on Next. Here, edit the stories if you want and tap on Next again. Then tap on Share next to the Your Story button to post all 10 video stories at one go!
Download: CutStory (Free)
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
How Do You Use Instagram Stories?
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