How to Upload Prerecorded Video to Instagram on the iPhone | Explainer Video Production

Posted 7/15/13 by Ryan Lindner


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{Check out this article on Online Video Marketing where you can find a uploaded 15 second Movie Trailer of the New Movie “Jobs” staring Ashton Kutcher on Instagram!. This is an official movie trailer uploaded by the movie studio and its only a taste of things to come. It looks like Instagram has given the ability to upload prerecorded video to some…but not to us commoners. Well for now we will just have to use this hack so watch the video carefully!}

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Instagram’s new ability to record video on the fly  and upload to your picture feed is a really great feature for any business. However, as a business wouldn’t it be great if you could upload a pre-recorded, edited, polished, and  professional video to your Instragram account. At the moment Instagram only allows on the fly recordings, which is not optimal for the video marketer.  Think about it..if it was possible…. you could upload your made for t.v. ads, testimonials, movie trailers, explainer videos, your newest product presentation, all to the enormously huge audience that is Instagram.  You would also have an advantage over your competitors. So what is the solution (and or hack) to get your external and saved videos onto the Instagram platform. Read below for instructions and watch the newly updated video tutorial.

The first step is that we want to prepare the video we have so that it will work on Instagram. To do this I will us adobe after effects to get the correct format and look for our video. Lets take for example a TV ad that you might have in a normal quicktime format. This video will have to be resized in After Effects

to 640×480 and a quicktime .mov file with a codec of H.264, Audio set to Mono and at 44100 HZ. The Frame rate will be 29.96 frames per second. The bit rate we output our video to should be no more than 3,550. Also remember the video can be no more than 16 seconds long.

To ouput the video we will use the same settings that you see in this image below:

Output Settings for Instagram Video

If your using an iPhone:

1)First make sure you phone is in airplane mode.
2)Then Open instagram, tap on the video icon and record anything for about 16 seconds.
3)Click to “Share” the video. Instagram will try to upload but because your in Airplane mode this will not work at all. (Thats what we want :) )
4)Now use a program on your mac or pc that can see the actuall files on our iPhone. For example, iFunBox or iFile.

iFunBox will let you navigate to the Instagram Video folder on your iPhone

iFunBox will let you navigate to the Instagram Video folder on your iPhone

Find the application folder on your iphone. Then go to: Instagram/ library /application support / instagram/ videos…There will be one files there (.MOV.locked)

iFun Box User Applications to Instagram Video

iFun Box User Applications to Instagram Video

5) The file we are going to replace is the “MOV.locked” file. We want to swap this file out with the file we made in After Effects.

6)The file we made from after Effects will add a “.locked” after the “.Mov”

7)You need to make sure the filename ends in .locked and doesn’t have an invisible .mov at the end. To do this use the finder to get file info (⌘i) and rename the end of the file there to make sure it end in the original .mov.locked

8)Now replace your file with the one in the instagram video folder.

9)Finally Turn off airplane mode and resume the upload of your video. And remember this hack will not change your original thumbnail for the video.

If your looking to upload video to Pinterest, check out the link here for some great tips.

And always remember the video you upload will only be as good as the time you put into making it. What this means is that most of if not all the video you would want to put on instagram is not created in the acpect ratio of Instagram nor is it ment to be a complete video at 16 seconds. So it is well worth it to take the time and create original content for your Instagram page or modify your existing branding and video marketing efforts solely for this Instagram use.

What are your thoughts on the new video feature for Instagram? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Ryan Lindner

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  • Mike

    It might be my bad english, but i don’t get step 5 & 6 :/

    “Now Go to var/mobile/media/DCIM” where is that destination?

    Otherwise this tutorial looks really good!!!
    But please can you help me to understand?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Hey Mike thanks! Yes the file directory I have here is just where I keep my custom videos on my personal computer. So this directory could be anything on your home computer. Sorry about that! Let me know how it works out.

  • Sunny

    This didn’t work :(

    I saved the video in Instagram/ library /application support / instagram/ videos but it did not show up in instagram. Can you please assist

    • Ryan Lindner

      You are replacing the video that instagram made with the same file name of the video on your computer. So it should appear as the same file. The thumbnail of your video on instagram will be the old video thumbnail but when you play the video it will be the new video you just uploaded.

    • Ryan Lindner

      You have to take the iphone Out of airplane mode first and then resume the upload to instagram.

  • Guy

    You need to be FAR more descriptive in your step by step. It’s not working. If you cold make a video shooting over your shoulder on your screen doing this with iFunBox it’d be extremely helpful.

    • Ryan Lindner

      Good idea. I will try to shoot a screen cast of this later today.

  • DJ Luis

    The thing about seeing 2 files named the same, I see that if the phone isn’t in airplane mode and I’ve yet to Share the video, but with your instructions, you don’t get 2 files with the same name, it’s about 4 files and are all named completely different.

    • Ryan Lindner

      Open ifunbox first and delete everything in that folder so that it is empty. Then put your phone in airplane mode and record a video. You will see there are two files there with different numbered names. Do not replace the 0byte one. only replace the one that is about 2 to 5mb in size. Hope that helps!

  • julian

    what if you dont have adobe after effect

    • Ryan Lindner

      You can use other software that can edit video. It just needs to have options to output the video in the correct codec. For example iMovie might work, or an editing program that outputs in quicktime etc..

  • Ben Spencer

    Awesome this worked for me!

  • Sarahh

    Is there a way you can make a video of this?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes I will do that late today and post it here in the same blog.

      • Ryan Lindner

        Ok Video is now uploaded to the this post! Let me know if it helps.

  • Candygirl

    This can only be done on a Mac…correct? I’m stuck on number 7. I’m using Quicktime Pro. iExplorer, Windows. How can I rename the file without “the finder”

    You need to make sure the filename ends in .locked and doesn’t have an
    invisible .mov at the end. To do this use the finder to get file info
    (⌘i) and rename the end of the file there to make sure it end in the
    original .mov.locked

    • Ryan Lindner

      This will work on pc also. Check out the updated video

      • Candygirl

        I watched the video but I still can’t figure out how to find “the finder” I am new to all this. I used Google for more info on finding the finder but didn’t have any luck. Not even on Apple. Only thing I found was how to locate the finder on Mac.

        • Ryan Lindner

          If you look on your computer and open any folder to see what is there you are using the “finder”. The “finder window” is just that a way to see the files (or find files) on your computer nothing more serious than that. The same is on a PC but a PC its called the Explorer Window.

          • Candygirl

            Ok this the part where I’m confused. How do I make sure there isnt an invisible .mov at the end? This is what I did, rename the video and dragged it to the insta folder thinking that it was going to replace the other video. That didn’t work. Of course I have no idea what to do. I’m stuck on #7

            *******You need to make sure the filename ends in .locked and doesn’t have an
            invisible .mov at the end. To do this use the finder to get file info
            (⌘i) and rename the end of the file there to make sure it end in the
            original .mov.locked****

          • Candygirl

            It worked for me but the quality sucks

          • Ryan Lindner

            To improve quality make sure the original file you need to compress is top notch or at full resolution. Otherwise, if the file you compress is already compressed to start with the final result will look bad.

          • Candygirl


      • Ace

        what is the link to the updated video?

        • Ryan Lindner

          The updated video is the video that is In this very post. :)

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  • Julian

    Where can I download After effects for free ? Or can you provide a different software that does the same thing as after effects please

    • Ryan Lindner

      Hi Julian, You can use just about any media converter. One that is free (for PC) is at this link or you can get quicktime pro and do the same thing.

  • Tom

    Hi, I greatly appreciate this tutorial and info. Keep up the good work. I would like you to keep us updated on whether or not you find the thumbnail hack as well. Please inform us if we can have the same thumb as the video we imported. Thanks.

    • Ryan Lindner

      Hey Tom! Thanks for the kind words! Bookmark or google + the webpage here. I’m working on the update now for the Thumbnail hack.

      • Tom

        Any news yet about the thumbnail?

  • Vin

    Nice vid. but Can we change the thumbnail?or does it sill show the original one?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes for now it will still show the original thumbnail image. I’m working on an update now to fix that issue. Bookmark this website and google + the page so your notified on the update! In the meantime you could just record the thumbnail with instagram so that it will match your uploaded video.

      • Vin

        Awesome bud! I’ll wait for the update in the thumbnail. Keep us posted :)

  • Princess Sparkle


  • Güney Ylk

    Hey, awesome tutorial, got one issue….when I replace the files and then turn off the airplane mode and tap on the “try again upload” button it uploads to 90% and then shows up that it didnt work….any idea ?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes it should work fine. The problem you are having might be that your video file is not correct. Make sure that the bit rate, frame rate, codec, and audio is all correct. Also if your using AE make sure that the compression of the video file is less than 90%

  • John Marston

    Thanks for the guide. I am going to try this out!

  • Moniee

    I didn’t have the oddly named file. What did I do wrong?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Make sure that you actually took a video.

  • Aaron

    Pretty sure im lost, I finished my edited file on after effects. Only thing is that once I was done editing the clip I couldn’t find the updated edited file anywhere..btw im using a PC mot a mac

    • Ryan Lindner

      Hi Aaron,
      When you render your video just choose Output and save to any folder.

  • BeckyM

    Finally a Good Post and video about how to do this! Thanks for this!

  • Pinksugarichigo

    This was great! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    • Ryan Lindner

      Thanks!! Glad you enjoyed it! Please “like” the page! :)

  • Vin

    Bro, any luck with fixing thumbnail?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Just about there! I think I’ve got it.

      • Sunny

        Awesome! Can’t wait to modify the thumbnail

  • Deena

    Great tutorial! My question is when you get to the iphone, how do you re-upload it?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Thanks! You should take your phone out of airplane mode and then continue the upload.

  • tonny

    does your iphone or ipad have to be connected to your computer?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes it should be connected.

  • mt

    if i have a video taken from my iphone do i just have to rename the file or do i have to change the setting too?

    • Ryan Lindner

      You will have to output the file again with the correct settings and rename file as well.

    • Ryan Lindner

      You still have to change the settings.

  • Brandi

    Is there any way to upload a Vine video like this?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes I’m working on a video now to show this.

      • Brandi

        Ok. Thank you! I recently tried a technique that used to work but now the videos will not stay.

  • Thai Nguyen

    i cant rename the file in iexplorer for windows in the instagram folder..

    • Ryan Lindner

      Copy the name of the file first. Then delete it. Then re-name your file and drop it back into iExplorer

  • alex_aaa789

    does this work with Sony Vegas Pro 9.0?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes just make sure the output settings are correct.

  • gabriella

    im lost :( is there any other program like after affects?

    • gabirella

      and does it have to be 16 seconds?

      • gabriella

        oh and im using a PC

        • Ryan Lindner

          Yes you can use Quicktime Pro but its about $30 dollars. Or you could use just about any freeware that will output video in different formats.

  • Sonny

    Hey great video! Will it still work if I shot something in 24p instead of 30p? Thanks!

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes it will work for sure. Just make sure the “output” settings are correct and you will good to go.

  • Alex

    Hi, when I go to Format Options, I do not have a “Video Codec” section like you do.. what do I do about that?

    • Alex

      I figured that out. but AAC is not an option in the audio codec section…

      • Ryan Lindner

        What program are you using to reformat the video?

        • jsin

          can you use imovie to reformat?

          • Ryan Lindner

            Yes that should work

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  • Krissy

    Any updates on how to change the thumbnail? :) Other then that, excellent video!

    • Ryan Lindner

      Hi Krissy we are working on that now. For now you can “like” our facebook page so that you will know right away when the new hack is posted here.

  • linn

    Thank you so much!!!!!

  • Jazmynn

    it didn’t work for me.. once i took it off airplane mode & to upload it, it wouldn’t work..

    • Ryan Lindner

      Check to make sure your output settings are 100% correct on the newly uploaded video.

  • Candygirl

    Nice! how did u figure out the thumbnail?

    • Vin

      He’s prolly on android

    • Ryan Lindner

      Instagram had an update today so that you can upload video from your camera roll. So that will work now with out a hack. Thumbnail and all!

  • ben

    did u get the thubnail to change

    • Ryan Lindner

      We are about to publish that. Please “facebook Like” the page so you will be notified immediately when it comes out.

      • Diamond233

        did you publish it yet?? im working on chae it threw ifile on my jailbroken ipad3

        • Vin

          Wohooo I’m excited to get rid of this thumbnail issue !:D

          • Ryan Lindner

            Hi Vin, Instagram had an update today so that you can upload video from your camera roll. So that will work now with out a hack. Thumbnail and all!

    • Ryan Lindner

      Hi Ben, Instagram had an update today so that you can upload video from your camera roll. So that will work now with out a hack. Thumbnail and all!

  • John

    I’m using the program Super to change the formats and its asking me for an Aspect, what do I put for it?

    • Bobmansfield

      Choose Locked Aspect Ratio

  • Kam

    My thumbnail makes the people think I’m capturing a video on my laptop.

    • Ryan Lindner

      We are woking on the thumbnail hack now. If you would like you can… “like” our facebook page so that you will know right away when the new hack is posted here.

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  • QuestionsBeforeActions

    Are there any other programs besides After Effects and Quicktime Pro that will change the settings of the video? I have Final Cut Pro, but can’t figure out how to change the settings with it.

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes for sure with Final Cut Pro. Read the instructions at this link below. But use the Output Settings you see only in this Post.

      • QuestionsBeforeActions

        I may have a different version of FinalCut, it doesn’t allow me to export that way. Is it possible to use Compressor, the program that comes with FinalCut, to change the settings?

        Thanks for the quick response, by the way!

        • Ryan Lindner

          I”m not sure about compressor. But you could go to the mac app store and try a free software option like “Any Video Converter Light”

  • Diamond233


    • Ryan Lindner

      Regarding the Thumbnail issue. You can”like” our facebook page so that you will know right away when the new hack is posted here.

  • banessa

    i need help i’m on a windows 8 computer where do i copy the file to?

    • Ryan Lindner

      In the video I show you where to put the file. Is this what you mean?

  • Lili

    Hey, how can I see the video output on windows? And how do I change the .mov to a .locked file so that it isn’t a normal mov file anymore? Because everytime I try to rename my to .locked it’s still a quicktime video. Please help !! :)

    • Ryan Lindner

      Download VLC Player for free. You can find it with a google search. Your file naming issue is because the file extension is hidden. Search google for “how to change file extension on windows” Also Please “Like” or facebook page so you will have the latest updates.

  • Jayson


    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes for the thumbnail issue this is an additional hack. “like” our facebook page so that you will know right away when the new hack is posted here.

  • julian

    everytime i save the new video with the same settings and put .locked at the end it still shows up as a quicktime video not locked im using the program SUPER by erightsoftware help please !!

    • Ryan Lindner

      This is an issue in your OS where it is Hiding the true extension name of the file. Search google for “how to rename a file extension”

  • Joseph

    I’ve done everything correctly, but when I try to change the file back to a .locked it still stays as a .mov file. What’s up with this? I’m on a Mac. Thanks in advance.

    • Ryan Lindner

      Highlight the file and hit Cmd-i (thats command/apple key left of the space bar). Change the filename and other file characteristics in the pop up box.
      Click on the Red button to close.

    • Ryan Lindner

      This is an issue with your OS hiding the true file name. Search google for “how to change a file extension”

  • Vanessa

    How do I upload a video that failed to post to instagram? It’s already in the size needed it just didn’t upload.
    Ps – I have a windows laptop. No mac, just iPhone.

    • Ryan Lindner

      Make sure the audio settings are correct also.

      • gomez j

        And how do u edit the audio settings then bro?

  • Andrew

    When I put the video that I want on After Effects it only shows me half of it, it doesn’t let me scale it or anything? Anyway I could fix this?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes you just highlight the layer and hit “s” on your keyboard. There you will see a “scale” modifier.

  • J Claud

    I have heard of people getting their account banned/deleted for doing this. has anyone else experienced the same thing?

    • Ryan Lindner

      No that will not happen. This fits in the terms of Instagram because you do not have to Jailbreak your phone to do this hack.



    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes now you can just update your instagram app with the new version.

  • Franky

    How do I save the file I changed on after effects??

    • Ryan Lindner

      You need to go to the top file bar and choose “Composition” >”Add to Render Que”> Then go to “Output Settings” you should save the file to your desktop

  • Ben

    Thumbnail hack tonight, maybe?

    • Renzi

      Thumbnail hack = Loch Ness monster

      • Ryan Lindner

        Hi Renzi, Instagram had an update today so that you can upload video from your camera roll. So that will work now with out a hack. Thumbnail and all!

        • Renzi

          Cool. Have you noticed any restrictions set in place by the update?

  • Neo So Wavy

    Great article!! One question tho… can the video from the computer be shorter (time) than the original video ? for example.. if i record a video for 15 seconds.. can i replace it with one thats 9 seconds long ?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes that should work also.

  • Ben

    Okay let me ask this then, does the thumbnail work for android

    • Ryan Lindner

      The issue is the same on iphone or android. You can “like” our facebook page so that you will be notified when we post the update on how to choose your thumbnail.

  • kathy

    how do you do all of this instead of using after effects? my computer doesn’t support it. is there any way else maybe by using imovie?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes you can use imovie

  • Janet Lin

    does it have to be 16 seconds can it be like 6

    • Ryan Lindner

      It should be 16 seconds.

  • Alex

    i got up to 6:20 where you say go back to the finder window and delete the old file. i have no idea what the “finder window” is

    • Ryan Lindner

      finder window is just your window where you see any file on your computer.

  • Janet Lin

    im using super right now but im so confused on the birtrate kps part and teverything and how do i save it

    • Janet Lin

      and what is the sampling rate and the output container

      • Ryan Lindner

        emm how do you mean. you can see in the image in the post what settings it should have.

  • Jason


  • Renzi28

    Hi, PopstopTV

    Please share how you solved the thumbnail replacement issue. Thanks in advance!

  • Ignazio

    Thanks a lot! Works just fine! Pity for the tumbnail, but I’m sure the hack will come soon. Just uploader this video on IG, let me know if you like it :-)

    • Ryan Lindner

      Very Awesome! Like us on Facebook so that you will get the Thumbnail update as soon as we publish it.

  • Ben

    PopStoptv nobody likes a braggard. Please tell us your method on you got the thumb to change, ifunbox, instachooser, did u swap out a .buffer file in the video folder?

  • Tim

    When I try to play the quicktime file after deleting “.locked” it says that the movie file format isn’t recognized… I can’t even transfer it into after effects.. any suggestions?

    • Ryan Lindner

      The file should end in .mov when you bring it to after affects. Your OS might be hiding your true file name from you. Search on Google for “how to change my file extension”

  • Jonathan

    Is there another program that I can use instead of after effects ?! I’m finding it hard to download it

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes you can use some freeware or quicktime pro

  • staci

    im getting really frustrated! everything is good until i dont know weither or not to save the document manually after you’ve changed all the video and audio settings. i do every step even though i dont know if this video/file automatically saves itself. after adjusting everything, i go to finder and i change it back to .locked and then delete the old video off iFunbox and then drag the new video onto iFunbox. at the end of the file it automatically changes to (i am not sure if thats supposed to happen). but i go to add it to instagram and it will not let me add the video. what am i doing wrong? lol

    • Ryan Lindner

      Your true file name might be hidden from you on your OS. Search google for “How to change a file extension name” And please “like” us on facebook for updates!

  • Victoria

    Did I do something wrong? I know the thumbnail is supposed to stay, but when I uploaded it stayed for the entire 16 seconds and only the audio came through. Help please! Thanks in advance :)

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes try again from the start. For some reason your uploading the same video.

  • jenita

    its too hard :

  • misterlung

    hey what’s the deal with it leaving a
    it doesn’t ask me if i want to make it locked or anything. also when i go to hit the refresh to upload nothing happens. HALP! thanks in advance…

    • Ryan Lindner

      The file extension should only be “” with no extra “.mov” Also your OS might be hiding the true file name from you. Search on google”how to change a file extension name”

      • misterlung

        Hey Thanks! So now my issue is with uploading. I go to re-upload and hit the re-fresh button but nothing does it. I did it once and it worked, but that was when I accidentally switched out of airplane mode and then back into it. Now I can’t remember when I switched it.

        Thanks again.

    • Ryan Lindner

      There is a new update today on Instagram that fix’s this

  • Dre

    Can someone upload a video for me I don’t feel like doing this lol. email if you’re serious about helping me out

  • motionadkt

    I feel like I am following every direction here to a T and I keep ending up with a 16 second thumbnail video instead of the file im swapping for. Im replacing the video file 100 percent but im still seeing it after the failed upload? What am i doing wrong

    • Ryan Lindner

      Try deleting the unneeded files and then putting the good file in a new folder to hold it there before you add it back to the instagram folder.

      • Hamad

        Hi Ryan, Great Tutorial
        I’m having the same issue. tried deleting the original instagram file .locked from my iphone and then replaced it with my own file with the exact same name. still no luck. it just upload the thumbnail video and not my premade video. please help

        • Ryan Lindner

          Hey Hamad. Now you can just update Instagram and it will work.

  • A

    Any suggestions on other applications we can use other than After Effects or iMovie? I’m using a PC. Will Movie Maker work? Thanks!

    • Ryan Lindner

      you can download quicktime pro

  • Mimi

    After tweaking all the setting at 6:40, do we click save or render and whatnot? That’s the part where I’m lost. Does it save automatically or something?

    • Ryan Lindner

      You need to render the file. In the menu bar you go to >Compostion>Add to render que> In the render panel set the output settings to your desktop and click render

  • Pilot NYC

    When i try to edit the video on a Mac running AE CS6, i have problems with teh output of the video. When i try to have the format in H.264 the video is mp4 and not MOV. when i try to render it as a Quicktime file with MOV, i get errors on IG. It’ll be really nice if you could update the images and show the actual settins with screenshots. thanks bud

  • Kirralee

    post the adobe after effects link?!?!

  • Nasser Ali

    What is the name of the program that you used in the amendment to the video?

    • Ryan Lindner

      After Effects

  • janet

    when i click on the lossless output module seetting, it doesnt say quick time, it says AVI. and my video is .mov. what do i do?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Make your original file a .mov file first. Then make the new file from that.

      • janet

        what do u mean make the new file from that? both my files are .mov but it keeps saying AVI.

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  • Bryan

    What’s with the thumbnail update?

  • Kyle

    Is this possible using Final Cut Pro

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes that will work

  • Samantha Casaol

    anything else beside

  • Samantha Casaol

    thing else besides after effects???

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes you can use Quick Time pro

  • Stphnsr

    my friend, ive upload several videos using this method, thank you so much for explaining us.. now i ahve one quesion… every video i uploaded came with thi thumbnail preview. please help me

    • Ryan Lindner

      Very cool! Like us on Facebook so that you will notified when we post the thumbnail update.

  • D-WIN ®

    what if you dont have after effect is there another way to do it?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Yes you could use quicktime pro or just about any freeware from

  • D-WIN ®

    dope as fukk

  • Eric

    Everytime I tap to reload on instagram it doesn’t @ryanlindner:disqus

    • Ryan Lindner

      Is your video the full 16 second longs. Also are your audio settings correct.

      • Eric

        It’s 14 Not 16… is that a problem.

        • Ryan Lindner

          ok just add a few seconds to the video and make it 16 seconds long and it needs to have audio even if it’s silent.

  • Emily

    When i’m changing the format of the video there is no “quicktime”. How can i add quicktime?

    • Ryan Lindner

      try Quicktime Pro

  • jason

    can i replace the 16 second video with a video that is like 6 seconds???

    • Ryan Lindner

      It should be 16seconds

    • Lenny

      You can. I tried it.

  • Adam

    Thanks bro worked for me!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lenard


    Film at least 1 second of the video you want on Pause, than stop, and film black for the rest of the 15 seconds…. well that’s what I did.

  • carlos

    ****thumbnail fIx anyone? willing to pay though paypal******

    • Ryan Lindner

      no need to pay. We are working on the fix. “Like” us on facebook so that you will get the update as soon as it come out.

  • Michelle

    Love the post! I thank you very much for the help, how long of a wait until the thumbnail issue is fixed?? Filming from the computer screen to make a thumbnail makes the video kind of sketchy,I’m following you guys on facebook. Looking forward to see a fix :)

    • Ryan Lindner

      Thanks man! We are working on the details for the thumbnail hack now.

  • Wawa

    Hi Ryan,
    Great tutorial!! I’m following you on Facebook and G+ :)
    Can you tell me which program to use if I’m still a Windows user? :)
    Regards and congrats again for the website!

  • Emily

    ok thanks about the quicktime thing now it is ok… now i have another problem.. have a video that is 406×720 and I tried for days to change the size and I couldn’t. I make the compositon to 640×640 and I make the video to be 640×640 but it still doesn’t work! Please help me with that i’m stuck with that for days

    • Ryan Lindner

      emm are you using after effects?

  • Milena Milano

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. The only other problem I find is how do we change the cover frame?

    • noecuhh

      record one second of the video from the screen of your computer and just use that frame :)

      • Milena Milano

        the quality is not the same ;)

        • Ryan Lindner

          Hi Milena, Yes we are working on this new update. Please “like” us on facebook or google plus so that you will be notified of the update.

          • Milena Milano

            Saw that! thank you!!

    • Ryan Lindner

      Hi Milena, Instagram has an update today that will fix this.

  • darryl

    Tried it numerous time no go, when i turn off airplane mode and attempt to upload. I refreshed and it doesnt work. I made video settings same as the one i got from instagram in IFUN due to the fact the settings were different from yours. You also have two sets of instructions, one says turn on airplane before u start and another when u reach share screen. Tried both. What can you recommend?

    • Ryan Lindner

      Just update Instagram today there is a new update to do this.

  • noecuhh

    I have Adobe Premiere cs5 for windows, I can crop the video perfectly but i just noticed it doesn’t save as mov it saves as mp4. How do i change that? It uploads to instagram but really funny zoomed out and centered, nothing like the file on my laptop.

  • sb

    im stuck!
    does After Effects automatically save the file were changing the settings to?

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    • Renzi

      I keep checking for this thumbnail hack every 2 hours #obsessed :-(

      • Ryan Lindner

        LOL ok Renzi. Its coming you can “like” us on facebook or google plus so that you will be notified as soon as its available.

  • Kate Goldsmith

    how’d you change the thumbnail??!

  • João Reis

    Hi I just got here googling, checked out the tip and uploaded the video, and what about the Thumbnail, have it been fixed already?! THANKS ANYWAY!

    • Ryan Lindner

      Hi its coming. Please “like” us on Facebook so that you will be notified when we post it up here.

  • Alex

    on a PC don’t have h.264 on the drop down menu

  • Rosa

    How long will it take for you guys to get the thumbnail hack going? My god

    • Ryan Lindner

      Sorry Rosa,Instagram keeps changing its protocol. We will have this updated video uploaded soon. Please “like” us on facebook or Google plus so that you will be notified as soon as its uploaded.

      • Rosa

        The jailbreak users have an app called instachooser where you can upload prerecorded videos onto instagram no problem. You think you could take that idea and run with that? or maybe change any settings before you share the video , like replace any file using ifunbox? Or figure out a way to put an IMAGE of the custom video as it’s thumbnail ?

        • Renzi

          A thumbnail imported from an image editing software like Photoshop would be ideal!

    • Ryan Lindner

      Hi Rosa, Instagram had an update today so that you can upload video from your camera roll. So that will work now with out a hack. Thumbnail and all!

      • natos

        hey i have a pre recorded video i took from my computer and its in ivideo how do i upload that to instagram

  • tariksykes

    THUMBNAIL FIX: Just make your video shooting something that is same as ur video your importing. If it’s a promo video just shoot the logo of the promo from video.

  • Claire

    Please help me @ryanlindner:disqus! I have a windows 7 laptop. I typed in locked on the file but I didnt lock? how do I lock it?

  • Mary

    is there anyway I can make the cover frame look like the video instead of what I recorded? please help!

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  • Renzi

    Check out this video I downloaded from Vine, edited, then uploaded to Instagram:

  • Michelle


  • :)

    Looks like we don’t need your hack anymore thanks to the IG update! sweet!!

    • Ryan Lindner

      Awesome!! Finally.

  • charley

    you dont make it easy for pc users… cant quite get from the part where you have edited everything in after effects and you are transferring it to the desktop to replace the old file. help please!

  • Makayluvxo

    Even with the new update when i post saved videos from my cameral roll the sound quality sounds robotic…is there a way to prevent that?

  • Curious

    Now we need an explanation on how to export a compatible video from after effects that will save to the camera roll :)

  • Cuong

    I’ve tried the tutorial but to no success. When in Ifunbox I find the video located in the “uploads” folder rather than the videos folder. The video is labeled .mov and not locked as well. I’m thinking this is the step I am having issues with. Any tips?

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  • @dtrean

    So with the new instagram update can we put a video from our computer onto our phone and upload it to instagram? Does it still have to be formatted in the same way that you format with the hack? Im afraid to update in case the answer is no and in case the hack method doesn’t work with the new update… Would the hack method work with the new updated Instagram? Thanks!

  • Dru Major

    How can I get pre-recorded video to my iPhone camera roll thn on to my iG…thanks in advance

  • Jennifer

    Is it possible to use a FREE program to make the video changes (aka not AfterEffects)?

  • autumn

    Can you post videos that are already saved to your camera roll?

  • autumn

    K den.

  • Latrasha

    Hi Ryan I’m having a terrible time with Instagram and video. I want to put in the end of a 27 minute video however when I crop it to be the 14-16 seconds I will either click the play button or share button and my app will freeze and do nothing. It really frustrating because nobody else seems to have this problem and I don’t know if I need to wait for the next update or not? Please please help!?

    Btw I’m doing this on an iPhone five

  • Leah

    Hi Ryan! Great tutorial! I’m looking to shoot something on a 5D camera for a friend’s start-up business and then edit it in Final Cut Pro to the format you specified so that I can upload it to Instagram. Do you know once we edit it in FCP what the work flow would be to get it up to Instagram from there? I want to be able to post from my iPhone if possible, and i’m assuming I can email the .mov file we create in FCP to an iPhone and then upload it to Instagram from my camera roll? Or is it better to trick the phone using I Fun Box as you orginally suggested?

    ((And if you think I Fun Box is best, I downloaded I Fun Box on my Mac but I can’t seem to figure out how to access my iPhone from my Mac!!! My iPhone is plugged in but doesn’t appear on IFunBox.)

    Thanks you so so much!


  • Amaya

    ain’t nobody got time for this !

  • Quint

    Thank you very much!!! One slight change… when uploading the video from an iOS device, the .mov file can be found in the Application Support/Instagram/Uploads/ folder. And there isn’t a “.locked” file to deal with anymore. Just replace (following your other helpful instructions) the one that’s in the Uploads folder and it works perfectly. Thanks, again!!

  • Cookie

    I have question✋if you are watching a video on your iphone and u want to record it do u just hold down the power button and home? Like u would for a screen shot?

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  • Marco

    I follow your tutorial with my iPad but I can’t see the file .locked. Anyway after all the process when I try to publish de photo not work! :(

  • Marco

    Hello! right now ok! but only a questione. The first frame is the old video why?

  • Ouederni Amina

    i can’t find the video :/ on the library , i kep following the instructions but nothing had changed :// can u help me plz

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