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Video too long for Instagram stories? Here's how you split it up "Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



One of the latest trends in Instgram is splitting larger videos into digestible clips that can be used in stories. The stories are for a maximum of 15 seconds, which makes it very difficult to show anything useful in this short period of time. Fortunately, you can extend the duration of your stories on both your iPhone and your Android smartphone.

The ability to share your longer videos with friends and family is an invaluable tool when trying to express yourself. There are many apps and tools that can handle videos, but most are too complicated for such a simple job. To simplify matters, I'll show you two apps (one for Android, one for iOS) that simply divide your videos into segments that are small enough to fit your Instagram story.

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Method 1: Share a video on the iPhone

The preferred app on iOS to share a video for your Instagram story is Continuous, but that brings you a cool $ 8. Instead, I recommend the free CutStory from LLC Sport Star Management. While you can watermark your video, you can not beat it for nothing and you can remove it for only $ 0.99.

To install the app, you can search for CutStory in the App Store, or you can use the link below – I definitely recommend the latter because there are a ton of similarly named apps. Tap "Get" to install it and then open it.

Once you open CutStory, tap the "Video" button in the lower left corner. You will be taken to your pictures, where you can search in the folder "All photos" for the video you want to roll. Tap a video to select it, then tap Save to confirm that you want to use this video. Otherwise, tap the "X" in the upper left corner to cancel.

Next, select the length of time the video should be cut. Instagram ends at 15 seconds per story, but you could choose 10 seconds if you wanted to port that story to Snapchat. CutStory then breaks up the video into as many pieces as necessary and then automatically saves it in your photos.

When you're done here, jump to the following upload instructions to see what you need to do with your clips

Method 2: Share a video on Android

The Android counterpart for this task is called Story Cutter by Insocial8, also a free app. Tap either the link below or search for it in the Google Play Store. Tap "Install" to install it, and then open it.

Once you open Story Cutter, you have the option to either capture a video or select one from your gallery. If you are recording your own video, tap the red dot to start recording, and then press the square stop icon to stop recording. You can pause a recording in the middle by also pressing the pause button.

If you want to merge an already-captured video instead, tap the video you'd like to cut after tapping "Gallery" on the main screen

Next, you'll need to pick a length for your story. With the free version, you can only play for up to 10 seconds, which is not a big deal (just because your Instagram story can last up to 15 seconds does not mean it has to). Click on "Select" to confirm the length of the segment. Once processing is complete, the video shards will be stored in your gallery or wherever your photos and videos will be stored.

Uploading the split video

Once you've cut your videos, open the Instagram app and tap the camera icon in the upper-left corner. From there, click on the preview icon in the lower left corner to go to your camera roll. Now select the first segment of your shared video and tap the "+ your story" button to add it to your story.

Add the rest of the split video clips to your story in the order in which you recorded them. Tip: After adding the first video to your story, long press on your profile picture in the upper left corner to add your story a little faster.

Now you can fill your Instagram meets fulfillment, which does not limit you to a 15 second window. What are you planning with your story? Let us know in the comments below.

Cover image and screenshots of Brian Lang / Gadget Hacks

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