The best Premiere Pro Export Settings for Instagram videos

Your Instagram videos look awful?

Make your Instagram videos look great with the best Export Settings for Instagram videos inside Adobe Premiere Pro!

A lot of users complain about the quality and crop of videos on Instagram. First of all, that is because Instagram adds a lot of compression to your uploads. Another reason is the fact that video aspect ratio and resolution is probably also different compared to the footage that you upload. As a result you might be a bit disappointed when you upload you your videos.

Luckily there is a solution! Watch this tutorial video (on top of this page) and learn all you need to know about the best settings for exporting videos to Instagram. You will learn everything about bitrate, aspect ratio and resolutions. It’s really import to understand these basics to get the best results.

Video aspect ratio

The 3 Video aspect ratio options for Instagram are:

  1. Landscape (1.91:1)
  2. Square (1:1)
  3. Vertical (4:5)

… and that is different compared to most of the footage that you probably record, which is 16:9 or 4:3 for the average users.

Video resolution

These are the standard Instagram resolutions related to above mentioned aspect ratios:

  • Square Dimensions: 1080 x 1080 pixels (1:1 aspect ratio)
Instagram Square Dimensions: 1080 x 1080 pixels (1:1 aspect ratio)

Instragram Square Dimensions: 1080 x 1080 pixels (1:1 aspect ratio)

  • Portrait Dimensions: 1080 x 1350 pixels (4:5 aspect ratio)
Instagram Portrait Dimensions: 1080 x 1350 pixels (5:4 aspect ratio)

Instagram Portrait Dimensions: 1080 x 1350 pixels (5:4 aspect ratio)

  • Landscape Dimensions: 1080 x 607 pixels (standard 16:9 aspect ratio but as shallow as 1.91:1)

Definitely go for 4:5 option if you can another good solution would be the 1:1 option. I would certainly avoid the last option (1080 x 607 pixels (standard 16:9 aspect ratio)) if possible. That would make your video really small, and that would be a ‘waste’ of your Instagram space.

Please not that at the moment Instagram doesn’t display video in the above dimensions.

  • Square video (1:1) is capped at 600 x 600 pixels.
  • Portrait video (4:5) displays at a peculiar 481 x 599.484 pixels
  • Landscape video (1.91:1) is displayed at 600 x 336.5 pixels

It’s also good to know that Instagram seems to store a higher resolution, probably because they want to be future proof. So I can highly recommend to upload in the higher resolution.

Also, If you want to learn more about the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro, then check my 20 minutes tutorial about the Adobe Premiere Pro basics.

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