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Offline chipperpip

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Downloading HQ videos from Instagram
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:29:22 am »
(I posted this under a particular video clip on the site, but it's useful as a general note.)

One thing I just found out about Instagram is that for single-video posts (i.e. not as part of a gallery/multi-image post), there's a higher-quality version of the video than the one you get just playing it embedded on the page. The normal ones are 480x480 or 480x600, the HQ versions of the same videos are 640x640 or 640x800. Some downloaders automatically get the better version, like the site downloadgram.com or the Firefox add-on "Instagram Video Download" (which is what I use, it's the one by lumerias).

To use this video as an example, here's the 480x600 version that plays normally:

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=39629722268974846760

And here's the clearer 640x800 version I get clicking the download link from my browser extension:

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=40547828142998650678

Not sure if there's a way to download a HQ version from mult-image posts or if one even exists, I'll have to try some other add-ones or something.


EDIT:  Replaced the direct instagram example links with reuploads that won't expire.
EDIT2:  I confirmed that https://instasave.io/ does not get the HQ videos, so I don't recommend that site.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2019, 05:08:28 am by chipperpip »

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Re: Downloading HQ videos from Instagram
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2019, 06:47:18 am »
You can also use https://storiesig.com/ for stories or https://instasave.io/ for posts.
Really simple to use
« Last Edit: May 13, 2019, 10:15:24 am by chipperpip »

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Re: Downloading HQ videos from Instagram
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2019, 05:35:35 pm »
Important note, I've just found out this can also be the case for Instagram Story videos.  Saving the video directly off the website (by right-clicking or using the Media tab in the Firefox Page Info screen) does give you the full-resolution video, but most download sites (like https://storiesig.com/, which I was using before) get a lower-quality version.  It seems like in a lot of cases the LQ version is 480x852 and the HQ is 640x1136, which can make a big difference in clarity.

Of the other download sites I've tested, only these two:
https://ninja-copy.com
https://weynstag.com/instastory
get the higher-quality versions, the vast majority don't.  The Android app StorySaver also does, not sure about other apps.

On a side note, I've started using the free desktop program 4K Stogram, which can be set to just download all IG posts and stories from selected accounts automatically, and seems to always get the higher-quality versions of posts (EDIT:  That only applies for Story videos, see below).

I'm pretty irritated that using storiesig.com in the past means I've lost the chance to download the better versions of some Story videos forever, now that they've expired.


EDIT:  I've found out 4K Stogram only gets the HQ versions for Story videos currently, for standard posts it gets a LQ version, although it's easy to right-click the thumbnail and bring it up on the website for download of the HQ using a browser extension, etc.  I still recommend it, it's the only way I've found to download Story videos automatically so you don't have to worry about them expiring if they don't get moved to Highlights.
« Last Edit: May 13, 2019, 10:15:45 am by chipperpip »

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Re: Downloading HQ videos from Instagram
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2019, 06:31:24 pm »
So, for videos in gallery/multi-image posts, it's more complicated for some reason, but it turns out there is a higher-quality version of the videos available some of the time.  I haven't found anything that downloads them automatically, you have to view the page source and search for:

EDIT:  Instagram has changed their page encoding, my method here involved looking for the link after FBQualityClass=\"hd\" in the page source, but it and similar tags no longer appear, and there are no longer any alternate video links in the source as far as I can tell.  For the moment, for multi-image posts, what you see playing the video on the page seems to be the highest quality you can get.  Single-video posts are unaffected, everything else in this thread still applies.


On a side note to my original post, for single-video (non-gallery) posts, if you don't want to use a browser extension/etc to get the HQ video, you can also view the page source and search for the parameter "og:video", the direct download address should be right after that.  You need the whole link that's in quotes.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2019, 06:18:06 am by chipperpip »

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Re: Downloading HQ videos from Instagram
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2019, 07:09:19 pm »
To sum up my findings, there are 3 scenarios for videos being posted on Instagram:
Single-video posts
Multi-image/gallery posts
Instagram Story posts
(There are also Instagram TV/IGTV videos, which seem to work the same as normal single-video posts for download purposes)


Here are the different ways I've found to get the highest quality videos of each type:


Single-video post
Instagram Video Download Firefox extension
Searching the page source for "og:video"
https://downloadgram.com


Multi-image/gallery post
EDIT:  No longer any known method to get a higher-quality version for these, just saving it from the page or using something like 4K Stogram seems to be the best you can do.


Instagram Story post
4K Stogram desktop downloader
Saving the video while it's playing on the website, by right-clicking on it or using the Media tab under Page Info
https://ninja-copy.com
https://weynstag.com/instastory
StorySaver Android app


It would be nice if 4K Stogram would also get the better versions of standard single-video posts, since it can be set to download automatically.  I've emailed the developer about it, hopefully they can fix that.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2019, 08:09:36 am by chipperpip »

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Re: Downloading videos from Instagram
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2019, 12:08:07 am »
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