How To Upload A Video From Dropbox To Instagram And Make It Look Awesome


It’s always frustrating when someone sends you a video link and you can’t get the friggin’ thing to open. We feel your pain – and we also have to admit, being videographers, we’re sent our fair share of how-the-hell-do-I-open-this video links to people. So this is our attempt to right that wrong and show you in 5 easy peasy steps how you can make Dropbox your friend and share the amazing videos we’ve created for you on your Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and whatever else the kids are using these days.

Prepare to feel like a tech genius with these simple steps to help you upload a video you’ve received via a Dropbox link to your Instagram account.

Step 1:

Download the Dropbox app onto your phone. Ugh – we know – downloading apps you don’t usually use is the worst but it will make this process way easier and way less techie.

Step 2:   

Open your email (or text message or Messenger message or whatever you received the link in) and click on the Dropbox link.

The link should automatically open up in your Dropbox app. If it doesn’t then hold your finger on the link until this menu pops up and select ‘Open in Dropbox’:

Step 3:

Once you’re opened your video in Dropbox your screen should look something like this:

Next click on those three little magical dots in the top right hand corner (…) and select ‘Export’ from the pop up menu.

After you click ‘Export’ you’ll get another pop up menu (assuming your on an iPhone – I’m sure all the android users have a similar menu option) – select ‘Save Video’ – this will save the video to the camera roll on your phone.

Step 4:

Whoo – you’re nearly there. Now the video will be saved on your camera roll – just like any other video you have recorded yourself via your phone. Not only is your video now ready to be uploaded to Instagram – you could also upload it to Facebook, YouTube, Messenger etc just like you would with any other video on your phone.

Now open Instagram and create a new post.

Select your video from your photo library – and this is THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP – select your video and tap the double arrow icon in the left under the video:

This button:

This will resize the frame of your post so your entire video can be viewed and nothing will be cropped out.

Then press ‘Next’ and select ‘Cover’ at the bottom of the next screen – here you can scoot along the video timeline and pick the cover photo you’d like to appear on your post.

With our videos there’s no need to add a filter or trim because we’ve already colour corrected your film and set it up for Instagram.

Step 5:

Voila! You’ve done it – you’ve got your video from Dropbox to Instagram and you’ve set it all up to look gorgeous and awesome.

Now all you need to do is write your caption and post to all of your friends. Don’t forget to tag @pipewolf.weddings and #pipewolfweddings.

If you need any assistance getting your video to look this good on Instagram please contact us and we’ll give you a helping hand.