If you sometimes upload videos to your Instagram stories, you have probably ran into the 15-second limitation. That means that no matter what the length of the video you’re posting to your story, Instagram will automatically crop it to a maximum duration of 15 seconds.
This is great for shorter videos, but what happens if you want to post a video that is longer than this 15-second limit?
Splitting long videos into 15-second clips
I recently ran into this problem myself when attending a
soccer football game between France and Germany. I wanted to publish the French national anthem being sung by 80,000 people to my story, thinking the limit was one minute. The next day, I realized that limit was only 15 seconds and that Instagram had cropped my video by more than two thirds.
That’s when I started looking into an app that would automatically split videos into 15-second segments that could be uploaded to an Instagram story consecutively, making it look as if it was one continual seamless clip.
There are tons of apps in the App Store that can do that. Some are free. Some are expensive. Some literally try to scam you into buying an in-app purchase, some have watermarks, some have ads. None were perfect, so I decided we should create our own, which we did.
Enters Long Story… The app is free to use with limited ad support, which makes it totally bearable. It doesn’t add watermarks to your videos, and it works flawlessly. It’s also elegantly designed and very easy to use.
How to post videos longer than 15 seconds to Instagram Story
1) Download Long Story and launch the app.
2) Tap Select Video to select the video you want to split.
3) Browse your library and choose a video longer than 15 seconds. Confirm this is indeed the video you want to slice by tapping Choose.
4) The video will then be imported into the app, which will slice it into 15-second segments. As you can see on the screenshot below, the video length is 63 seconds, and it is being split into 5 segments (15+15+15+15+3).
5) Tap on Split and Save Clips.
6) The shorter clips are then saved to your library, and a confirmation message tells you the export is complete.
7) You can now publish these 15-second clips to your Instagram story, making sure you are doing so in the right order.
8) As you can see on this last screenshot, my 5 clips have been uploaded to Instagram, which now sees that story as a one-minute story.
And that’s the trick to upload longer videos to Instagram Stories.