How to Make a Video Square Online

Square videos are ideal for social media platforms, since they work almost anywhere. I'll show you how to make any video square online.

How to Make a Video Square Online

Square videos (videos with a 1:1 aspect ratio) are the ideal size for social media platforms, since they work almost anywhere.

Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and most other platforms support square uploads, so you can repost your content without cropping it every time. Plus, the extra padding above and below makes space for captions on videos recorded horizontally.

Different ways to display your video or picture on a square canvas.

In this article, I’ll show you how to use Kapwing's Video Editor to make square videos, GIFs, and images. Kapwing is a free media resizing website that helps you with basic video editing tasks in a few clicks, and you don’t need any expertise to know how to use it. Here’s how to make a video square:

  1. Upload your video
  2. Resize to square by changing the output size
  3. Export and download!

Step 1: Upload your video

The first step is to open Kapwing in your web browser by going to and clicking "Start Editing."

Now, upload your video into the editor. You can choose the video from your phone/computer, drag and drop the file into the Video Editor window, or paste a link to the video if you found it online. In my example, I'm pasting a link to a YouTube video and importing the video from there.

Step 2: Resize to square

Once the editor loads, you'll see your video on the canvas. Select your video and click "Lock Ratio" in the righthand toolbar. This will make sure your video won't be resized while you're resizing the canvas to a square. Under "Output Size" in the upper right corner, select 1:1 to make your project a square.

Lock Ratio for your video, then click on any space in your editor and select 1:1 as your output size.

Step 3: Create and publish

Once the video preview looks right, click Export Video in the upper right corner to process the square MP4 video. When it's done processing, just click the Download button to save it directly to your device.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final video.

After resizing, you can open your video in Kapwing’s Video Editor to add Text, add music, or make a meme for Instagram from your square video. You can also use Kapwing’s Subtitle Maker to add subtitles directly to your MP4 file. Subtitled videos perform better on social media than those without captions.