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  • chawke
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    Joined: Apr 20th, 2022
    Green line appears in Instagram (FCP/Premiere)
    After exporting a vertical HD video using Final Cut Pro, and uploading it on Instagram to publish as a reel, in the second-to-last step of the reel upload prompt, Instagram displays a green line along the right edge, indicating how the video will look after it is uploaded. Resolution of Instagram reels is supposedly 1080x1920 so I don't understand why a green line would be added, seeing as the exported video is the same resolution so should fit 1:1. I tried exporting from FCP to different formats at the same resolution, including MOV vs MP4, H264 vs not, etc, as well as converting the FCP output to another format after importing into Adobe Premiere Pro. The solution that seemed to have a higher rate of success was using Adobe's Premiere free online MP4 converter. But even then, the online converter (1) didn't always work in preventing the green line at that step, (2) doesn't accept videos over 2 GB to process, (3) compresses slightly more than I'd like, which may be exacerbated by point #2, and (4) relies on an online service that could disappear at any time. I haven't had the green line issue with uploading the same video on other services I use including TikTok and YouTube. I presume it's probably an Instagram issue, and I already reported it to them. However, if anyone knows of any [other/better] workarounds involving FCP, I'm willing to try. Thanks in advance.
  • Joe A
    Posts: 1834
    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Green line appears in Instagram (FCP/Premiere)
    Hi - As I'm sure you also found when searching this issue, it seems to be a well-known problem without a definitive solution. A quick search suggested the most common consensus seemed to be that it's a(n apparently long-running) bug in Instagram -- some people report it as intermittent, others as consistently happening. From what I could see most suggestions seemed to involve reinstalling/updating/complaining to Instagram; one suggestion (from an Adobe forum where the problem was mentioned re vertical video) was to turn off hardware encoding, and the O.P. there seemed to indicate that worked for him, but I didn't see anything else that seemed to offer a consistent fix..
  • chawke
    Posts: 8
    Joined: Apr 20th, 2022
    Re: Green line appears in Instagram (FCP/Premiere)
    Thanks for the info. I tried using software encoding (instead of hardware encoding) in my Premiere CC trial, and the green line went away. In my owned Premiere CS6, there is no software/hardware encoding setting; nonetheless there was no green line using the H.264 export. So this seems a good workaround for now. Of course, it doesn't excuse the IG bug, which is why I reported it to them.
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