With YouTube and Instagram being two of the most popular social media platforms, it’s a no-brainer you’d want to establish a rock-solid online presence on both. After all, YouTube is the world’s second most used social media platform with over 2.5 billion users. At the same time, Instagram is enjoyed by more than 1.47 billion people worldwide.

And even if you are laser-focused on building a strong online presence across both the platforms, sometimes you may find yourself not having the time or bandwidth to build dedicated videos for your Instagram & YouTube channels.

Don’t worry – you can always go ahead and publish your YouTube videos on Instagram and vice-versa.

But what if you have misplaced the original video that you uploaded on your YouTube channel? Also, it’s extremely important to ensure that videos downloaded from YouTube are presentable on your Instagram channel. After all, the standard YouTube video aspect ratio is 16:9, whereas it’s 1:1 on Instagram. 

Look no further.

Throughout this blog post, we’ll show you how to post a YouTube video on Instagram with BIGVU. 

How to Post a YouTube Video on Instagram with BIGVU

Before you download a video from your YouTube channel, it’s important to note that the ideal Instagram video post length is up to 59 seconds. For video posts between 1-10 minutes, your users will be able to see a preview after which they need to head over to your profile to watch the full video. That usually results in a poor user experience, so we advise our users to add videos that are less than a minute long on Instagram. 

If you try loading long-form video posts (more than 10 minutes), then you’ll get the “We could not process this video” error message on Instagram.

At the same time, if you try to do it on Instagram Story, you’ll get the “Video too long. Please try importing a shorter clip” error message. Luckily, with BIGVU, you can trim the video in a snap using the WordTrim.

But first, let’s learn how to download a YouTube video from your channel. 

How to Download a YouTube Video from Your YouTube Channel

To download one of the videos uploaded on your YouTube Channel, the first step is to head over to YouTube and log in to your account, if you aren’t already logged in.

Now, you’ll be able to access all your YouTube channel videos and download them from YouTube Studios. To visit YouTube Studios, click on your channel profile picture in the top-right corner of YouTube. As you do, you’ll see a drop-down menu with numerous options, including “YouTube Studio.”  

Click on “YouTube Studio” and you’ll be redirected to your channel’s YouTube Studio.

In the left-hand navigation bar, select “Content” to access your Channel Content. This includes both long-form YouTube videos and vertical videos called YouTube Shorts. Upon clicking on it, you’ll see all the videos you’ve uploaded on your channel, including Public, Private, and Unlisted videos. You will also be able to see Drafts.

Now, for the video that you’d like to download, hover over the video and click on the three-dotted vertical line. Upon clicking on it, you’ll see:

  • Edit title and description
  • Get shareable link
  • Promote
  • Download
  • Delete forever

You can click on “Get shareable link” which you can share on Instagram. But this link will redirect your Instagram followers to your YouTube channel, which isn’t the point here.

Since we want to upload the actual video, we’ll select “Download” and wait for the video to be downloaded. 

But now, here’s the big problem:

By default, it’s possible to upload videos on YouTube that are up to 15 minutes long. While verified accounts can post videos longer than 15 minutes, the maximum upload size is 12 hours or 256 GB, whichever is less. However, as we mentioned already, Instagram video posts can’t be more than 10 minutes in length. But the ideal video posts size on Instagram remains less than a minute long. 

As we mentioned above, you can trim the downloaded video with ease from within BIGVU, all thanks to advanced BIGVU functionality we like to call “BIGVU WordTrim.”

At the same time, it’s critical to make sure that your YouTube videos are presentable on Instagram. The ideal size of videos on YouTube is at a 16:9 aspect ratio. If you want to upload one of your YouTube videos as Instagram Reels, then you need to change the aspect ratio from 16:9 to 9:16. 

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Alongside this, the ideal size for Instagram posts is a 1:1 aspect ratio. To ensure that your YouTube videos look good on Instagram, we’d advise you to change it from 16:9 to 1:1 from within BIGVU. 

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You can also add music to your video or boost audio from within BIGVU.

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What if you want to add your brand’s logo to your videos? 

You can do that from within BIGVU as well. 

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Once you have downloaded the YouTube video, it’s time to make the much-needed edits. 

Let’s learn how to import your YouTube Video to BIGVU.

How to Edit & Level Up Your YouTube Video with BIGVU

Once you have downloaded the YouTube video, the next step is to head over to BIGVU. You can either access BIGVU’s Desktop or mobile application. 

We’ll do it on Desktop. 

To import your YouTube Video which you have now downloaded on your device, head over to “Projects” in the left-hand navigation bar. Click on “Create” and you’ll see the following options:

  • Script
  • Sequence
  • Import

Select “Import” and load the YouTube video downloaded on your device. Next, BIGVU will import and render your video, post which you can make the much-needed edits. Once the video is ready to edit, you’ll see the “Ready” mark highlighted in Green.

Click through the project. Now, to edit the video, click on the three-horizontal-dotted line. Upon doing that, you’ll see the following options:

  • Send to Sequence
  • Embed Video
  • Add Captions
  • Add to Uploads
  • Open in Composer
  • Style Your Video
  • Change Background
  • Export
  • Download
  • Video Page
  • Upload Thumbnail
  • Delete

Now, you can tap into BIGVU’s advanced video editing functionalities to build the best version of the video – which you can upload to your Instagram channel.

Whether you want to crop your video or add your brand logo or boost audio, you can do it by clicking on “Style Your Video.” You can crop the video using BIGVU WordTrim – which is only available on BIGVU mobile application.

One of the big benefits of BIGVU is that you can upload videos directly from BIGVU to your social media channels. If you haven’t already connected your social media channels to BIGVU, we’ll do that in the next step.

How to Connect Your Social Channels to BIGVU

The next step is to upload your social channels to BIGVU. To do it, click on “Social Channels” in the left-hand navigation bar. Under “Manage Accounts,” click on “Instagram Business.”

Now, from here, you can log in to your Instagram Business Account using Facebook. Log in to your Facebook account connected with your Instagram Business account.

Give the platform the much-needed permissions to post videos directly from BIGVU to your social channels.

Lastly, it’s finally time to upload your YouTube video to Instagram from within BIGVU.

How to Post Your YouTube Video to Instagram with BIGVU

Now, since the ideal video length for Instagram is 59 seconds, BIGVU only allows users to directly upload video posts that are up to 59 seconds long. 

To upload your video post, head over to Projects, select the project that you’d like to upload to your Instagram channel, click on the three-horizontal-dotted line and click on “Export.”

From here, you’ll be able to publish your video post on Instagram.

However, if you want to upload your video post as Instagram Reels or if your video posts are more than a minute in length, then it’s advisable to download the video from BIGVU and use the Instagram mobile application for the same.


And that’s how you can easily post your YouTube videos to Instagram. We hope we were able to help you out.

With BIGVU’s advanced functionalities, users don’t have to worry about using multiple applications to change their video size, boost their audio, add their brand logo, and make other critical edits. 

BIGVU simplifies the entire end-to-end process, all thanks to its end-to-end video recording and editing approach.

Already in love with how BIGVU simplifies the process for you?

Wait till you start using it.

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