Instagram video: Create, edit, share

With Descript’s video editing tools, you can easily convert your projects into eye-catching Instagram videos. An all-in-one Insta video editor, Descript makes it easy to create, edit, and share video clips for any platform. Download the free app and get your Instagram videos online right away.

Upgrade your video quality with Descript

High-quality content is what stands out on Instagram and other social platforms (a good haircut helps too). Descript’s free video editing app is ideal for creating quick, sharp, scroll-stopping clips. Descript lets you edit your video just like a doc — and add captions, animations, and waveforms in a few clicks. It makes creating online Instagram videos for your reels, IGTV, or stories easy — and no more messing around with complicated timelines.

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How to edit Instagram videos

Step 1

Create a composition

Instagram video editing starts with dragging your video or uploading it into Descript. To clip a new Instagram video from a longer video, select the text in that portion of your transcript, right-click, select “View media,” and click “Create Composition from file” to create a new Composition.

Step 2

Edit your video

Use Descript’s editing tools to convert your content into an Insta-trending vid by adding slow motion, keyframe animation, or colorful captions. Switch from landscape to portrait by toggling orientation and resolution in your video settings (top-right corner of your video screen). You can add shapes like waveforms or progress bars, add text in your brand’s font and colors, or add music or photos.

Step 3

Save, export and share!

Once you’ve completed your video, you can export it in high-quality MP4 video format to your iPhone, Android, or whatever mobile device you have. Share your well-edited video to keep your followers engaged and coming back for more.

Upgrade your video quality with Descript

High-quality content is what stands out on Instagram and other social platforms (a good haircut helps too). Descript’s free video editing app is ideal for creating quick, sharp, scroll-stopping clips. Descript lets you edit your video just like a doc — and add captions, animations, and waveforms in a few clicks. It makes creating online Instagram videos for your reels, IGTV, or stories easy — and no more messing around with complicated timelines.

Download the app →

Edit like a pro with Descript

Layer audio

Descript lets you easily layer and mix audio like sound effects, voice-over, and other non-audio media. You can easily layer multiple video clips, presets, images, and fun stuff like stickers and GIFs.

Add titles and captions

Descript’s Fancy Captions feature makes it one-click simple to overlay text on your video, for accessibility or for fun. As many as 60% of Instagram users watch videos without sound — so make sure they know what you’re saying with titles, subtitles, and captions.

Smooth transitions

If your video is a slide show or splices multiple clips, you can create a hierarchy between section breaks by adding crossfades between cuts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I use Descript for Instagram?

Descript is a powerful editing tool that’s simple enough for beginners who want to produce high-quality videos who don’t require the effects, or the complexity, in Adobe Premiere Rush. Everything you need to make a professional-quality video is here. However, you can also easily export your timeline to Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut if you need to include green-screen, color correction, or other effects.

What are the Instagram video sizes?

When you’re optimizing video content for your Instagram feed, you can set your videos to three possible aspect ratios:

  • 1:1 – Square (1080 x 1080)
  • 1.91:1 – Landscape (1080 x 607)
  • 4:5 – Portrait (1080 x 1350)

Instagram stories, reels, and IGTV use a 9:16 aspect ratio of 1080 x 1920 (though Instagram reels appear in 4:5 on the home screen).

Hot tip: Since TikTok uses the same aspect ratio as Instagram’s reels, you can export your video directly from your Mac or Windows desktop or mobile to use on both social media platforms.

Can I resize a video for Instagram with Descript’s free version?

You can. Descript's free version lets you create, edit, and export videos, and comes with three free hours of video transcription.

With a $12/month subscription to the Creator package, you receive 10 hours of transcription and watermark-free exporting. With the $24/month Pro package, you’ll get the same features with 30 hours of video transcription. Contact us, and we’ll negotiate pricing for the Enterprise package, including a dedicated account representative, onboarding, and training.

What is a video embed code?

The video embed code connects a video to a page and determines how it appears in the inline frame (iframe). If you know your way around CSS, Javascript, or HTML5, you can resize the video or add elements like autoplay.

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Create a podcast, a video, and all your social assets using Descript. It’s as easy as editing a doc.