“Can I use Storyvine Videos on Social Media?”
Yes you can! Our file size, type, and dimensions work for all the social media platforms.
That’s the short answer. The long answer is that platforms differ in terms of video length they allow. Let’s go through each.
YouTube: We’ll start here first, because YouTube is the easiest way to share your videos – just upload them to YouTube right from your dashboard by clicking on “Upload to” in the upper right hand corner. You can even change the title and add a description from the dashboard before you post.
To add a Storyvine video to other social platforms, just download it from your dashboard. It usually downloads in just a couple of seconds. Insider tip: I like to download the thumbnail too, in case Facebook or LinkedIn doesn’t render the one I want. To do this, click on Inspect, and then Thumbnail Link, and right click to download.
Facebook and LinkedIn: Neither of these platforms has a video limit, or at least not one that you’re likely to hit. (LinkedIn allows videos up to 10 minutes, and Facebook up to 240 minutes.) Just upload the videos to Facebook and LinkedIn, and if you don’t like the automatically generated thumbnail options, then add the one you downloaded.
Twitter: Twitter has a video length limit of 2 minutes and 20 seconds, so if your video is that length or shorter then just upload to Twitter. But if it’s longer than that, then upload it to YouTube (if you haven’t already) and use the YouTube link in your tweet. Upload the video thumbnail so your tweet has an image.
Instagram: Instagram videos can’t be longer than a minute, so you have a couple of options:
1) Use our Instagram social template. This template is a 1080x1080 square, which is Instagram’s original specs for video. If your video is a minute or less, then this works great. Instagram now allows square, portrait, and landscape, so if you created a video in another template, as long as it’s less than one minute, just go ahead and upload directly. We kept the original template because some people prefer square.
2) If your video is longer than a minute, then switch to IGTV, which allows videos up to 10 minutes long. (Don’t have IGTV? If you have an Instagram account, you do have an IGTV account. Go to your profile and click IGTV. Click Get Started and follow the on-screen instructions.)
Upload to IGTV and set it to display on your Instagram. It will show the first minute on your regular Instagram feed and then prompt a user to go to your IGTV. Insider tip: The auto-generated cover image grabs a sliver of the left-hand side of the video, and probably won’t be something you want. Use a free service like Canva to create your own cover image using a template that has a 9x16 aspect ratio, and place the image you want (maybe the thumbnail you downloaded) in the middle.
Instagram and Facebook Stories: Storyvine videos can be used in Stories if you do a little editing yourself. Stories videos are limited to 15 seconds, and if your video is longer than that, Instagram/Facebook will break it into 15 second videos not to exceed 60 seconds. So if your video is longer than a minute, it won’t get fully uploaded.
To cheat this, break your video into 60 second (or less) segments, so you have a series of short videos instead of one long one. For example, our Pro Tips Instagram Story highlight was originally a 2:37-long video, but I cut it into 5 separate videos and uploaded them that way. Insider tip: Your video is already broken down by section. Just go to Edit, then scroll down to Uploaded Assets, and download each piece.
Hopefully this little social media primer helps! It covers the 5 primary platforms that our clients use, but if you have questions about other platforms, or any questions about using Storyvine on social media, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our social channels!
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