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