THE BEST INSTAGRAM VIDEO COVER IMAGE SIZE FOR 2024

Find below the best video cover image size for Instagram for 2024. The most optimal image size dimensions/pixels aspect ratio for Instagram video covers.

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THE BEST INSTAGRAM VIDEO COVER IMAGE SIZE FOR 2024

Before you find the best image size for your next Instagram video coverlet me tell you something you have probably been turning a blind eye to…

Instagram is not helping your business

  • Instagram wants you to pay for ads and that’s why your organic “free” posts are reaching just 5% of your followers (If you are lucky!)
  • You keep trying to build an audience on Instagram you will never own. 
  • You cannot transfer your hard-earned Instagram followers to your CRM.
  • Your customer acquisition costs from Instagram ads are through the roof.

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THE BEST IMAGE SIZE FOR INSTAGRAM VIDEO COVERS

Instagram ditched the IGTV section in October 2021 and now you should optimise the cover image for the new Instagram video section.

Below are video cover image examples of one of the top 10 most-followed brands on Instagram: Nike.

Nike video cover images on Instagram April 2022

Nike video cover images on Instagram April 2022

All your Instagram followers and profile visitors will notice your Instagram video section as long as you use the best and most optimal cover image photo size dimension.

Uploading the best image size for your new Instagram video section cover will ensure you show a very professional Instagram profile, especially for brands that bring massive sales from Instagram or influencers looking to expand their video services to brands.

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WHAT IS THE BEST IMAGE SIZE DIMENSION FOR THE NEW INSTAGRAM VIDEO COVER IMAGE? 

The most optimal cover image/photo size for an Instagram video is 650 x 650 pixels (or 1:1 ratio).

Note: Do not be confused with Reels as the best cover image/photo size for an Instagram Reel is 420 x 654 (or 1:1.55 ratio).

Below are video cover image examples of one of the top 10 most popular brands on Instagram: National Geographic (Natgeo) for desktop viewing the video cover photo/image is optimised with a square image.

NatGeo video cover images on Instagram April 2022

NatGeo video cover images on Instagram April 2022

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When uploading your video, Instagram will allow you to:

  1. Choose a frame from your video as a cover image or
  2. Choose an image from your phone’s camera roll

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HOW TO UPLOAD A CUSTOM VIDEO COVER IMAGE ON INSTAGRAM

Before you start, get your preferred video cover image ready in your camera roll. (Ideally square size so Instagram does not crop it). Below I will also show you what happens when I upload a video cover image size that is not square.

Steps:

  1.  Open the Instagram app
  2. Click on the + symbol (top right)
  3. Select “Post”
  4. Select your video from your camera roll
  5. Click next
  6. Two options will appear Post and Reel.
  7. Select “Post”
  8. Select a filter, mute your video or trim your video if you wish (optional)
  9. An initial image with the word: cover at the bottom of it will appear. Click on “Cover”

I selected a short sunset video and I want to upload a funny custom cover image to it.

Upload custom video cover image Instagram

Upload custom video cover image Instagram

  1. Instagram will show you multiple images from your video you can choose from or you can also click the + symbol and add an image from your camera roll
  2. Click on: + Add From Camera Roll.
  3. Select your preferred cover image from your camera roll.

I selected a sexy “Borat on a green mankini” image. The image size is 234 x 400 pixels.

Borat green mankini image size 234 x 400 pixels

Borat green mankini image size 234 x 400 pixels

  1. Click on “Done”
  2. A preview of the new (just updated) video cover image will now be shown.
  3. White your caption, tag people, ad location, add to a video series, etc.
  4. Click “Share”
  5. Viola! You have successfully added a custom cover image to your video on Instagram
Instagram video cover image size cropped

Instagram video cover image size cropped

Did you notice Borat’s face and shoes are not shown?

That’s because if you do not upload a square image as your video cover image, Instagram will automatically crop the image and make it square.

⭐️ Tip: if you are running a promotion, deal or offer, make sure you upload a video cover image square size 650 x 650 pixels. If your video is longer than 60 seconds, a preview of it (the first 60 seconds) will appear in the feed. Once the preview has finished, the video pauses and viewers will need to tap “Keep watching” to continue watching the full video. If you share a preview of your video, the preview will show a 4:5 centre crop.

CONCLUSION

Instagram’s video covers play an important role in capturing users’ attention, conveying the essence of the video content, maintaining a consistent brand identity, and ultimately driving video engagement.

Using the most optimal video cover image size for your videos on Instagram can significantly impact how users interact with your videos on Instagram.

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