Upload Videos To Social Media

Upload Videos to Social Media
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Social Media is a great tool to share your stories, thoughts, images—and videos!

Video platforms like YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion are meant for uploading, sharing, streaming and watching videos from users all over the world. But you can share your funny little clips with your Facebook friends, Twitter and Instagram followers and on Pinterest as well!

In today’s article, we from Online-Convert.com will tell you everything you need to know about uploading videos to a social media platform like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Read more about optimizing videos for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion



Adding videos to Facebook is fairly easy. All you have to do is to click on the button that usually allows you to add a picture to your timeline. Then, choose the video from your hard drive. Before we have an in-depth look at what specifications you would need for a Facebook video, lets see what you can do to your Facebook video first!

Once you successfully uploaded your video, Facebook enables you to add a title, tag friends and choose a thumbnail still from the video. On pages, you can also add a call to action to the video using the according button. Furthermore, Facebook videos can be embedded in other pages. Some selected few as well as some verified pages are able to use the live video function that broadcasts a stream to their Facebook friends. However, this is only possible using iOS (i.e. an iPhone or iPad).

Max. File Size Max. Length File Formats Specifications
1.75 GB 45 minutes recommended:

  • MOV
  • MP4


  • 3G2, 3GP, 3GPP
  • ASF
  • AVI
  • DIVX
  • FLV
  • MKV
  • OGV
  • WMV
  • full list
for HD videos:

  • MOV or MP4
  • H264 video codec
  • AAC audio codec
  • aspect ratio: 1280px width
  • frame rate: ≤ 30 fps
  • audio sample rate: 44.1 kHz



Twitter features several possibilities on how to add videos to your Twitter feed: recording, importing and uploading.

Using the Twitter mobile app for iPhone and Android 4.4 (and newer), tapping the camera icon and, afterwards, the video icon allows you to record a video.
Using the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad, you can add videos to your feed using the “import” function.
From a computer or with an Android device, uploading a video from your phone or tablet’s gallery or hard drive is no problem either. Click on the button that allows you to add media to a tweet and choose the video you would like.

Before sending out the tweet with your video attached, Twitter enables you to preview the clip as well as doing some minor editing like trimming your video clip. Unfortunately, the direct messaging system does not support video-sending just yet. Furthermore, you can not tag people using their Twitter handle in videos yet.

Of course, just like an image that’s added to Twitter, a video will deduct 23 characters from your tweet.

Max. File Size Max. Length File Formats Specifications
512 MB 30 seconds
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • H264 video codec
  • AAC audio codec
  • min resolution: 32 x 32
  • max resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • aspect ratio: 1:2.39
  • max frame rate: 40 fps
  • max bitrate: 25 Mbps



A picture says more than a thousand words. That’s why Instagram is such a powerful social media platform. But, sometimes, moving images are needed to show off something great. Luckily, Instagram allows you to upload videos as well. Choosing either the video or gallery icon, you can record a video or upload it from your phone’s gallery.

Just like with pictures, Instagram allows you to add a filter to you video and fill in the fields for caption and location. Unfortunately, you can not yet tag people in your videos.

Max. File Size Length File Formats Specifications
15 minutes 3 – 60 seconds
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • H264 video codec
  • AAC ausio codec
  • resolution: 640 x 640
  • aspect ratio: 1:1
  • best frame rate: 29.96 fps
  • audio sample rate: 44.1 kHz



Want to share a video on Pinterest? That’s possible as well! However, only from video platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Using the “Pin It” button, you can pin the video to your board. The image displayed will be the thumbnail image of the video.

Sadly, uploading videos to Pinterest from your hard drive is not yet possible. It has to be saved somewhere online in order to be “pinnable”.


But what is, in sum, the best video format to upload to any social media platform? Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have a definite answer to this question: