Audio Coding for Instagram Videos

Problem I tumbled into when posting my first Instagram videos: NO SOUND! WHAT THE HECK? After Googling around I found out that Instagram requires AAC coding for audio. This is how I managed to get best results for me:

  • Export audio from DAW (in my case Cubase) in WAV file with 44.1kHz/16 bit resolution

  • Import the WAV file to video editing software (in my case Pinnacle Studio 19) and add it as audio to the video project
  • Export video file from video editing software with the following audio settings: 44.1kHz/Stereo/16b/MPEG-4/192 (Pinnacle 19 can only export with audio codec MPEG-4)

  • Open video file in HandBrake software and encode with AAC codec and Bitrate 192

And it’s a wrap! This worked for me. Might be any number of other possibilities to achieve the same result. If you know better one, please leave a comment.

Programs used: Cubase Artist 8.5, Pinnacle Studio 19, HandBrake

One Reply to “Audio Coding for Instagram Videos”

  1. In my case “ffmpeg -i mvimp3.mp4 -acodec aac -strict -2 mviaac.mp4” does the trick:
    molkko@auriga:~/Desktop$ ffmpeg -i mvimp3.mp4 # original has mp3 audio
    ffmpeg version 2.8.11-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 Copyright (c) 2000-2017 the FFmpeg developers

    Stream #0:1(eng): Audio: mp3 (mp4a / 0x6134706D), 48000 Hz, stereo, s16p, 128 kb/s (default)

    molkko@auriga:~/Desktop$ ffmpeg -i mvimp3.mp4 -acodec aac -strict -2 mviaac.mp4
    molkko@auriga:~/Desktop$ ffmpeg -i mviaac.mp4

    Stream #0:1(eng): Audio: aac (LC) (mp4a / 0x6134706D), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp, 129 kb/s (default)
    Disclaimer: the output contains aac audio and plays ok in vlc but I did not verify it actually plays ok in Instagram.

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