Snaps, Vines, live photos, GIFs: our camera rolls are flooded with 1-2 second video clips. But to post a video on Instagram, YouTube, or other websites, you might need to make your video longer to meet a platform’s minimum length requirement. On Instagram, for example, videos must be at least 3 seconds long, so very short clips don’t cut it. In this article, I’ll describe techniques for extending the length of your video.


Replay the video multiple times in a row to multiply the length. For example, a 2 second clip looped 4x creates an 8 second video. You replay the action of the clip rather than altering it. This video looper lets you loop your clip for free.

Slow down video speed

Slowing down a video clip makes every second last longer, literally. For example, you can transform a 3 second video into a 6 second video with a 50% slomo effect.

Add an intro or outro

Add a scene before or after the video. This intro can be something relevant to the video clip, like a fast photo slideshow, or just a black frame. You can upload the intro/outro scenes and the video clip to merge them together online.

Boomerang the video

Instagram built the Boomerang app to play short clips forwards then in reverse. You can use the Boomerang app to add the memorable effect or you can manually append your clip to a reversed version of itself to make a boomerang from an existing clip.

Thanks for reading! I hope this article helps you make the length of your video longer to make it funnier and more compatible with popular destinations.