Going from YouTube to Instagram is easy

If you want a story trending across social media platforms, it’s easy for content creators to post YouTube videos to Instagram with Descript. Make teasers for your YouTube video with Descript’s free Instagram video converter capabilities

Edit a YouTube video to post on Instagram with Descript

Different platforms mean different audiences and aspect ratios. What looks great on your Mac will look cramped on iPhones and Androids. Descript is an incredibly efficient way to make your YouTube videos ready for your story, IGTV, and reels. Follow our step-by-step YouTube to Instagram story tutorial below.

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How to post a YouTube video on Instagram

Step 1

Once you’ve created your project, you can change your video’s aspect ratio for Instagram. Select the video property button that appears when you hover your cursor on the top right corner of your playback window. Descript has square (1:1), portrait (9:16), landscape (16:9), and custom (?:?) ratios. Portrait is perfect for Instagram stories, reels, and IGTV.

Step 2

While Descript can upload directly to your YouTube channel, there’s an extra step for getting videos to your Instagram account. Hit the share button and select the video export to create a video and send it to your mobile device. You can use the Descript’s cloud service to send a video link that you can download.

Step 3

After you’ve got your YouTube content on your phone, you can upload your YouTube video to Instagram in the Instagram app. Upload your video to the camera roll (Instagram and YouTube both use the MP4 video format, so there should be no problem there). From there, you can put it onto your Instagram feed, stories, reels, or IGTV.

Edit a YouTube video to post on Instagram with Descript

Different platforms mean different audiences and aspect ratios. What looks great on your Mac will look cramped on iPhones and Androids. Descript is an incredibly efficient way to make your YouTube videos ready for your story, IGTV, and reels. Follow our step-by-step YouTube to Instagram story tutorial below.

Download the app →

Share videos on every social media & grow your audience

Video editor built for teams

Descript makes it easy for your team to share YouTube videos on Instagram without hindering your video editing workflow. Let someone else who has the bandwidth be your designated Instagram converter in charge of managing the hashtags and arguing with your Instagram followers.

Live collaboration

The best YouTube videos take a village (or at least a small team). Your teammates can comment on the project, upload work to the cloud, or even edit videos with you.

Work offline

Keep editing, even if there's a power outage. Your work will sync with the cloud once the city fixes the power lines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add stickers with Descript?

You can definitely download PNGs of stickers and overlay them on a track and resize them. You can even use keyframe animation to move them around the screen. However, you could also do that on Instagram. You do you, boo.

How can I go from YouTube to Instagram to TikTok editing?

Let’s stop right there. You’re already editing for TikTok when editing for Instagram reels since both use the same portrait (9:16) aspect ratio. And you can even upload TikTok directly from your computer. Think about how much time you’ll save.

Can I convert YouTube videos to posts on Instagram for free?

You can use Descript as an Instagram converter unlimited times and have three hours of transcription with Descript’s free version. For watermark-free exports and 10 or 30 hours of transcription a month, subscribe to the $12/month Creator and 24$/month Pro packages, respectively. Go ahead and contact us to negotiate pricing for the Enterprise package, including a dedicated account representative, onboarding, and training.

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