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Always Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Video Specs

Last Updated: November 17, 2022

Staying relevant and capturing your audience’s attention is a constant challenge for marketers. And now that brands rely on video content more than ever, it’s critical to use the correct social media video specs and advertising video sizes.

However, we couldn’t find all the correct social video sizes in one place. So we decided to create a complete guide of every single social media video spec and advertising video dimension.

Before we start, here are some additional resources to help you keep the information in once place:

  • Easily reference our social media video specs in our always up-to-date Google Doc.
  • Looking for image sizes? Check out our social media image sizes guide for help.
  • Want to get better results with video? Download our social media video content workbook.
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Social Media Video Specs & Ad Sizes Per Network

We’ve gathered a plethora of information on each social network’s specific video sizes and specs. Simply click the links below to jump to your desired network:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • TikTok
  • Snapchat
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest


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Facebook Video Specs

Facebook video is consumed at higher rates each year, so it’s no wonder why so many marketers search for the correct Facebook video specs.

The challenge for marketers is that there are simply so many types of videos you can share on Facebook and the platform updates its design frequently. Each video format has different dimensions and specs, which can make it confusing to know whether or not you’re uploading the correct format for organic or paid posts. Follow the specs below to optimize your posts.

Shared Post Video (Landscape & Portrait)

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Easily the most common type of video on Facebook comes from shared posts. This type of video lives in your Facebook feed, and can be shared by brands or your friends. While it’s not as easy to get organic reach on Facebook, it’s still a viable way to share video. You can choose between two video orientations: Landscape and Portrait. Here’s a look at the video specs for both.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended video dimensions 1280 x 720 for Landscape and Portrait.
  • Minimum width is 1200 pixels (length depends on aspect ratio) for Landscape and Portrait.
  • Landscape aspect ratio is 16:9.
  • Portrait aspect ratio is 9:16 (if video includes link, aspect ratio is 16:9).
  • Mobile renders both video types to aspect ratio 2:3.
  • Max file size is 4GB (3 GB maximum in Sprout).
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Video length max is 240 minutes (45 minutes if uploading in Sprout).
  • Video max frames 30fps.

360 Video

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Facebook’s 360 Video allows users to get a complete 360-degree view by scrolling with a cursor on web, by touch or turning the device on mobile.

Video Guidelines

  • The resolution and aspect ratio depends on the type of content:
    • Monoscopic: 5120 x 2560 maximum, aspect ratio 2:1
    • Stereoscopic: 5120 x 5120 maximum, aspect ratio 1:1
  • Recommended max file size is 10GB.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Video length maximum is 30 minutes.
  • Recommended framerate is 30 fps.

Facebook Reels

The convenience of cross-posting your Instagram Reels to Facebook expands the viewership and reach of your videos. This format appears organically in feeds, but often gets “priority” on Facebook feeds.

  • Recommended video formats are MP4 and MOV
  • Allowed Frame Rate: 23 FPS minimum
  • Allowed Duration: 4 seconds – 60 seconds
  • Allowed File Size: No file size limit
  • Resolution: 540 x 960 (540p) minimum (1080×1920 or greater recommended)
  • Allowed Aspect Ratio: 9:16
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Facebook Video Ad Specs

In-Feed Video Ads

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These ads are the sponsored equivalent of in-feed posts and follow similar guidelines.

Video guidelines

  • Recommended to upload the highest resolution video possible.
  • Recommended resolution: 1080×1080.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9 (Horizontal: 16:9, Square: 1:1, Vertical: 4:5 or 2:3 and Full Portrait: 9:16).
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV (see full list here).
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Video length max is 240 minutes.

Character limits

  • Primary text: 125 characters.
  • Link description: 30 characters.
  • Headline: 40 characters.

There are more than 5 million advertisers now on Facebook and having the right specs for your ads can be tricky. Each type of Facebook video ad is different, so let’s go ahead and break down the specs for each type of video you can produce.

Carousel Video Ads

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Facebook Carousel Video ads allow brands to showcase multiple videos (or images) and a link within a user’s Facebook feed. It has grown in popularity because its unique scrolling feature allows users to see more content before clicking a link. In fact, Digiday estimated Carousel Ads to be 10 times more effective than standard social media ads.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended video resolution 1080 x 1080.
  • Aspect ratio is 1:1.
  • Max video file size is 4 GB.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Video duration range is 1 second to 240 minutes.
  • Video max frames 30fps.

Collection Video Ads (Mobile)

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The Facebook Collection ads showcases multiple images and a main video above it. This is perfect for displaying multiple products (or various colors of a single product) and a video as well. The ad type has been popular so far with retailers and clothing companies.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended video resolution 1080×1080.
  • Square aspect ratio is 1:1.
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Video length max is 120 minutes.
  • Video max frames 30 fps.

Character Limits

  • Primary text: 125 characters.
  • Headline max: 40 characters.
  • Landing page URL required.

Instant Experience Video Ads

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Facebook Instant Experience ads open up a full-screen experience after the first click, which can be further customized with a variety of interactive features. This can include multiple video experiences, including features to auto-play on loop.

Video Guidelines

  • Minimum resolution: 720p
  • Portrait aspect ratio of 9:16 with pillarboxing for all others uploaded.
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Maximum length of all video content must be 2 minutes combined.
  • Video max frames 30fps.

Slideshow Video Ad

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Facebook’s Slideshow videos were built for advertisers wanting to reach audiences with slower internet connections. Instead of a regular video, slideshows are just that–a slideshow of images or video in an ad display.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended video resolution 1200 x 720.
  • Aspect ratios available are landscape (16:9), vertical (4:5) and square (1:1)
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Slideshow duration max is 15 seconds.

Facebook Stories (Ads & Organic Posts)

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Facebook has also added the Stories feature, disappearing short photo or video updates that are only available for 24 hours. In addition to user-generated organic posts, Stories ads that run in between sets of user stories are also available.  While most users will be sharing immediate & organic updates from their phone’s camera without worrying too much about their video specs, the guidelines for this format are similar for paid & organic posts.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution 1080×1080
  • Aspect ratios: 1.91 to 9:16, with colored gradient bars rendered above and below videos under 9:16. The text field will also be placed under below videos smaller than this aspect ratio.
  • Max video file size is 4GB
  • Duration is 1 second to 2 minutes
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.

Character Limits

  • Primary text: 125 characters
  • Headline: 40 characters

For more information on the video specs for Facebook, visit the Facebook Help Center.

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Instagram Video Specs

Instagram launched video capabilities in 2013 and quickly saw enough success to start advertising on the platform in 2015. Since then, video only continues to grow as an engaging social format. So needless to say, Instagram videos are absolutely worth the investment.

In-Feed Video (Landscape, Square & Vertical)

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Since 2015, Instagram crafted its videos formats to allow three different styles: landscape, square and vertical. The predominantly-mobile social network is perfect to share videos of any size organically to reach your audience.

Video Guidelines

  • Minimum resolution for all formats is 1080 x 1080
  • Recommended horizontal pixel resolution is 1920
  • Multiple aspect ratios are supported: Landscape aspect ratio is 16:9, square aspect ratio is 1:1, vertical aspect ratio is 4:5.
  • Max file size for all formats is 4GB (*100MB maximum for Sprout Direct Publishing and 512MB maximum for Sprout Mobile App Flow Publishing).
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Video length is 3 to 60 seconds.
  • Recommended frame rate is 23 to 60 FPS.
  • Recommended data rate/bitrate for posting through Sprout: 5 Mbps (megabits per second)

Character Limits

  • Primary text recommendation: 125 characters.
  • Maximum number of hashtags: 30

Instagram Reels

These short-form, easily digestible videos are becoming the preferred type of content in Instagram feeds.

  • Allowed file extensions: .MP4 or .MOV
  • Allowed Frame Rate: 23-60 FPS
  • Allowed Duration: 3 – 90 seconds
  • Allowed File Size: 100 MB or less
  • Allowed horizontal pixels: 1920p
  • Allowed maximum bitrate: 5Mbps
  • Allowed aspect ratio: 0.01:1-10:1 (9:16 recommended)

Instagram Video Ad Specs

Instagram’s advertising revenue has significantly increased over the last year. In fact, Instagram predicts to earn $4 billion in mobile ad revenue in 2017 alone. The push for Instagram advertising is real and marketers have to be ready to take advantage with engaging videos.

In Feed Video Ad (Landscape, Square & Vertical)

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Much like the in feed organic Instagram video options, the network provides similar options for advertising. These video ads appear nearly identical to organic posts to blend in with users’ feeds. In fact, the Instagram video specs are the same for organic and paid content.

Video Guidelines

  • Same as In Feed Video.

Video Character Guidelines (Mobile)

  • Same as In Feed Video.

Carousel Video Ad

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Much like Facebook’s Carousel Ads, Instagram offers a similar feature. Carousel ads allow users to see more of a product or feature than a single image or video. With Instagram, your carousel video ads can have 2-10 cards with a full-width call to action below the ad.

Video Guidelines

  • Minimum resolution is 600 x 600.
  • Max resolution is 1080 x 1080.
  • Aspect ratio is 1:1.
  • Max file size is 4GB.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Max video length is 60 seconds.
  • Instagram allows 2-10 videos/cards per ad.

Instagram Stories (Ads & Organic Posts)

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It didn’t take long for Instagram Stories to feature ads within users’ story feeds. Brands can seamlessly integrate their video content between other Instagram users. Much like Snapchat, it’s smart to make these videos more raw and in-the-moment to avoid drastically standing out as an ad, especially since users can immediately swipe to leave.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution is 1080×1080.
  • Aspect ratio is 9:16.
  • Max file size is 4GB.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Video length max is 2 minutes for ads and 15 seconds for organic. If you upload a longer video on organic, it will be clipped into multiple Stories ‘slides.’

Instagram Reels

Introduced in 2020, Instagram Reels are another option for your video strategy on Instagram. These short videos are focused on ease of creation as well as shareability and discovery, similar to TikTok’s core offerings. Fortunately for social content creators looking to easily generate a lot of content for Instagram, most of the video specs for Instagram Reels are fairly similar to other formats on the platform, with the main differences being the short length and the ease of editing in-app to add effects and sound.

As Instagram has started to add separate tabs for different content types, thumbnails will be cropped differently on each view. If the viewer is on the first tab that has all content types, the thumbnail will be cropped to the traditional square post size of 1:1–center your subjects and plan to avoid undesirable vertical cropping.

Currently, paid options for Instagram reels are in early testing, so final specs and differences for paid content, if any, are not available.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution: 1080×1920
  • Recommended aspect ratio: 9:16
  • Video length: 3 seconds – 15 minutes
  • Maximum file size: 100 MB or less
  • Recommended frame rate: 23–60 FPS
  • Bitrate maximum: 5mbps
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.


Instagram TV (aka IGTV) videos display full-screen like Stories, the difference being that TV posts aren’t ephemeral and let you get into super long form content with a 1 hour maximum run time for larger or verified accounts.  This gives your brand plenty of room to create an organic story that delves into detail on your product, service or campaign.

Ads are currently being tested in some markets for IGTV, so final specs for paid content are not currently available. For now, the similarity between organic and paid Stories suggests specs will be fairly similar.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution is 1080 x 1920.
  • Minimum resolution is 720.
  • Aspect ratio is 9:16 (recommended), or 16:9 is also supported. In-feed previews show at 4:5.
  • Videos are minimum 1 minute and maximum 15 minutes long when uploading from mobile. You can upload a video up to 1 hour using desktop.
  • Max file size for videos less than 10 minutes is 650MB. For videos up to 60 minutes, it’s 3.6 GB
  • The required file format is MP4

If you’re looking for further information including images, check out our complete guide to all the Instagram ad sizes!

For more information on the video specs for Instagram, visit the Facebook Help Center.

TikTok Video Specs

TikTok has quickly gained attention in the social space, and some social marketers might be feeling caught off guard by the rush to understand what works and what doesn’t on the platform. Fortunately, TikTok’s focus on easy to create and share videos means it’s not hard to start producing video content for the platform, and there are plenty of trends to inspire TikTok content creation. Read on for the specs.

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TikTok Organic Videos

TikTok videos are all about the ease of creation, editing and sharing, so it makes sense that specs are more or less oriented around typical mobile phone dimensions. One key trait to keep in mind if you’re trying to repurpose video content across platforms is that videos uploaded from another file source, rather than recorded on the app, can be longer than 60 seconds.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution: 1080×1920
  • Aspect ratio: 9:16 recommended to fill a standard mobile phone screen (1:1 with letterboxing)
  • Length: 15 seconds recorded in-app, 60 seconds in-app (4 sections of 15 seconds), or over 60 seconds when uploaded from another source
  • Maximum file size: 287.6MB
  • Video formats: MP4 or MOV recommended

TikTok Feed Ads

TikTok ads are a rapidly evolving opportunity for brands. The in-feed option for paid TikTok content is fairly similar to the formatting for existing organic content. To fine-tune paid content for the best performance, be sure to consult TikTok’s business center for the latest tips.

Video Guidelines

  • Resolutions must be at least: 540×960, 640×64 or 960×540
  • Aspect ratio options: 9:16, 1:1 or 16:9
  • Length: 5–60 seconds, but 9–15 seconds is recommended
  • Maximum file size: 500MB
  • Bitrate minimum: 516 kbps
  • Ad description character limits: 1-1000 Latin characters or 1-50 Asian characters
  • Video formats: .MP4, .MOV, .MPEG .3GP, .AVI

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Twitter Video Specs

Twitter is a popular space to share and interact with different social media videos. For marketers, it’s all about keeping a user’s attention with enthralling and click-worthy video content. In the sports and entertainment industry, Twitter is often the go-to for sharing video content, so it’s critical to learn the correct Twitter video specs.

Twitter Landscape & Portrait Videos

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Twitter provides two formats of in-feed video content to share with your followers: landscape and portrait. These specific formats are only available for uploading video directly to Twitter, rather than sharing YouTube or Vimeo links. Luckily, Twitter makes it easy to share organic content, but the dimensions do change as the video bitrate alters.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended resolutions are 1280×720 (landscape), 720×1280 (portrait), 720×720 (square).
  • Aspect ratios recommended at 16:9 (landscape or portrait), 1:1 (square). 1:1 is recommended as the best route for rendering across devices with the best output.
  • Max file size is 512MB.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 for web and .MOV for mobile.
  • Video length max is 140 seconds.
  • Recommended frame rates are 30 or 60 fps.

Character Limits

  • Maximum count: 280 characters.

Twitter Videos Ad Specs

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Looking to promote your video through paid ads on Twitter? Luckily, you can use the same exact formats from Twitter organic videos. Stick to the same specs for both organic and paid video to ensure maximum visibility.

For more information on the video specs for Twitter, visit the Twitter Help Center.

Snapchat Video Specs

Snapchat is still an active network for younger generations to share video content. Whether it’s through FOMO-inducing disapppfilters, Snapchat is a hotbed for video sharing. And for your brand, it’s important to know the correct video dimensions for Snapchat.

Single video ad

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This video format is the most common across the channel and is the main way users communicate back and forth through the app. However, your business can post videos to its story so others can see what your business is up to. Just follow these specs:

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended dimension is 1080 x 1920.
  • Aspect ratio is 9:16.
  • Max file size is 32MB.
  • Accept video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Video length is between 3 and 10 seconds.

Long-Form Video Ad

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Snapchat currently offers one main video format for ads, which is known as the long-form video. While there are partner opportunities to put video within Snapchat’s discovery option, most dimensions are the same, but require your business to reach out to the social network for more details on advertising. However, the Snapchat Long-Form Video Ad is what users see in between viewing users’ Stories.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended dimension is 1080 x 1920.
  • Aspect ratio is 9:16 or 16:9.
  • Max file size is 1GB.
  • Accept video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Video length is 3 to 180 seconds.

For more information on the video specs for Snapchat, visit the Snapchat Ads Help Center.

YouTube Video Specs

Known as the second-largest search engine behind Google, YouTube is an essential network for video content. For marketers, YouTube is a great space to promote, educate and share video content around your brand.

As YouTube continues to grow as a destination for video content, it hosts everything from short form promotional videos to full-length movies and TV. This means users are streaming content on all sorts of devices, which could have different levels of zoom or overscan.

While there’s no hard and fast rules from the platform on how to approach the video editing concept of ‘title safe’ areas where text like titles and subtitles aren’t cut off, you do want to avoid placing these types of visual elements right at the edges of your video area. Read on for more specifics on each format available on YouTube.

Video Player (Standard YouTube Video)

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While YouTube allows users to upload various types of media formats and use plenty of different dimensions, organically, there’s truly only one format for the video player. Organic videos should all follow 16:9 ratio, but can be uploaded 4:3. However, the smaller ratio will automatically pillarbox the sides to still make it fit in the player. YouTube has seven recommended dimensions and ratios for standard YouTube videos:

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended dimensions: 426 x 240 (240p), 640 x 360 (360p), 854 x 480 (480p), 1280 x 720 (720p), 1920 x 1080 (1080p), 2560 x 1440 (1440p) and 3840 x 2160 (2160p).
  • Aspect ratio is 16:9 (auto adds pillarboxing if 4:3).
  • Max file size is 128GB or 12 hours, whichever is less.
  • Accepted video formats include: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, and WebM.
  • Video length max is 12 hours.

YouTube Video Ad Specs

Standard YouTube videos are pretty straightforward, but there are a few video ad formats to learn if you want to advertise on the network. According to data from Google, Brands advertising on YouTube often receive a 20% increase in traffic.

Skippable, Non-Skippable, Mid-roll & Bumper Video Ads

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We’ve put these four YouTube video ads specs together because in the end, they all play through the standard YouTube video player. That means all of these ad types follow the same dimensions as the non-ad videos, but only differ in video length. Let’s look at each ad type:

  • Skippable Video Ad: This YouTube ad type is played before, during or after the content and becomes skippable after 5 seconds. This ad format is the only one allowing advertisers to monetize views from any viewing device.
  • Non-Skippable Video Ad: This YouTube ad type is played before the content and users must watch the full 15 seconds (can also be added during or after video). However, views from TVs or game consoles don’t count toward a monetizable view.
  • Mid-roll Video Ad: This YouTube ad type is played mid-view (like TV commercials) and is only available for content longer than 8 minutes. Ads are added either manually or automatically and again, views from TV or game consoles don’t count toward a monetizable view. Mid-rolls can be skippable, but users must watch 30 seconds or entire ad (whichever is shorter).
  • Bumper Video Ads: This YouTube ad type is played before the content.It’s a small 6-second video ad that cannot be skipped, which is usually optimized for mobile views.
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Video Guidelines

  • Recommended dimensions: 426 x 240 (240p), 640 x 360 (360p), 854 x 480 (480p),1280 x 720 (720p), 1920 x 1080 (1080p), 2560 x 1440 (1440p) and 3840 x 2160 (2160p).
  • Minimum dimension is 426 x 240.
  • Max dimension is 3840 x 2160.
  • Aspect ratio is 16:9 (auto adds pillarboxing if 4:3).
  • Max file size is 128GB or 12 hours, whichever is less.
  • Accepted video formats include: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, and WebM.
  • Skippable video length max is 6 minutes (skippable after 5 seconds).
  • Non-skippable video length max is 15 or 20 seconds (30 seconds in some regions).
  • Mid-roll video length minimum is 30 seconds.
  • Bumper video length max is 6 seconds.

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