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 cropping it every time. Plus, the extra padding above and below makes space for captions on videos recorded horizontally.

In this article, I’ll show you how to use Kapwing’s Studio to make square videos, GIFs, and images. Kapwing is a free 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
  3. Export and download

Step 1: Upload your video

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

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Now, upload your video into the editor. You can choose the video from your phone/computer, drag and drop the file into the Studio 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. Under "Output Size" in the upper right corner, select 1:1 to make your project a square. Select your video, click "Lock Ratio" in the righthand toolbar, and drag the video to position it where you want on the canvas.

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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.

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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 Studio 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.