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  • Fri, Mar 17 2023 10:45 AM

    Best Instagram workflow?



    I'm sure there are lots of editors on here who have to deliver square format versions of the films they're editing.

    I need to make some 1080 x 1080 content from some 4k cuts. 

    I haven't quite nailed the best way to do this...


    I was wondering if anyone could pass on some tips for best workflow, like:

    - Do people tend to make a mask to lay over the sequence, and help recompose shots?

    - Frameflex the best way to reframe shots?

    - Best export settings?

    Any other best practise appreciated!




  • Fri, Mar 17 2023 11:21 AM In reply to

    Re: Best Instagram workflow?

    Couple more questions:

    Is it better to create a new project with the desired export format?

    Any other resources out there? I've looked and found little of practical help


    Thanks again


  • Fri, Mar 17 2023 12:52 PM In reply to

    • AntCaladine
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    Re: Best Instagram workflow?

    I'm sure there's plenty of ways to do it. Depends on your tools/knowledge.

    When we've done it, we've just stayed in our main 16x9 edit project, drop on a 1:1 mask, and then reframe underneath using either flexframe or image resize to dve left/right etc.

    Then we've tended to export via our normal method (ama mxf export to dnx) then drop the mxf file into after effects in a 1080x1080 comp, then export from after effects to an mp4.

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  • Fri, Mar 17 2023 6:42 PM In reply to

    Re: Best Instagram workflow?


    I've dropped on a mask - though I'm probably being dumb but not sure how to measure it exactly! Just judged a square by eye.

    Reframed everything just fine.

    Issue is with export - I guess I can't export a square? Do I have to go via After FX which I don't know? I'm sort of shocked that I can't seem to export a 1080 x 1080 sized file.

    What am I missing?!



  • Fri, Mar 17 2023 8:14 PM In reply to

    Re: Best Instagram workflow?

    Best option so far seems to be creating a custom 1080 x 1080 project and importing bins into that.

    Very much open to better ideas though if anyone has any?

  • Sat, Mar 18 2023 9:44 AM In reply to

    • Armin
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    Re: Best Instagram workflow?

    Hello Dylan,

    for me the easiest workflow seems to be using mask margins. It allows to work in an existing 16:9 project. Be careful during export. MC takes the middle square of the 16:9 picture. You might need to reframe by using 3D warp in your sequence. As a Codec any of the ProRes family works great for 1:1 exports wrapped in a .mov container.

    MacOS drives me crazy... but WIN does even more... Wink

  • Wed, Feb 28 2024 1:37 PM In reply to

    • Pranav
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    Re: Best Instagram workflow?

    Using mask margins in a 16:9 project streamlines workflow, but export caution is advised as MC takes the middle square. ProRes codecs are recommended for 1:1 exports.story saver

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