Here's Where You Can Shove It DBM's Guide To Getting Your Animation Out There

JUST GIVE ME THE HEADLINES

Fair enough.

to put your video on social media, upload it directly like a photo
to put your video on A website, first upload it to YouTube and then embed

GO ON, I'LL HAVE A READ

Nice one, much appreciated.

PUTTING VIDEOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Until quite recently if you wanted to upload a video file to Twitter or Facebook you'd first have to stick it on YouTube (or Vimeo) and then link to it from your post. Fortunately these days Zuckerberg and co. are tripping over themselves trying to get you to upload your masterpieces/cat vids directly to their platforms. This is a good thing as:

  • Your followers don't have to leave their timelines to watch your video
  • Videos will "auto-play" (very eye-catching as opposed to YouTube links which remain static)

ADDING VIDEOS TO YOUR WEBSITE

Generally you're best off uploading your video to a site like YouTube and then embedding that on yours. This means the video gets streamed from their super-fast, reliable servers. You can host it on yours instead but if too many people watch it simultaneously you may find your site grinding to a halt. Also, video files are usually pretty large, there's no point them eating up your storage if it's not completely necessary.

Remember: YouTube is the world's second largest search engine. It's important to have a presence on it.

Even if your video is only destined for Twitter, it's worth putting it on YouTube too even just for SEO (search engine optimisation) purposes.

SCHEDULING VIDEOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

DBM Motion Graphics recommends (and uses daily) Buffer for scheduling all social media posts including those with video. We've tried a fair few of the alternatives but Buffer always comes out on top. Their customer service (even if you're on their excellent free plan) is the best in the business.

SOME PLATFORM-SPECIFIC POINTERS

  • Twitter loops any video under 6.5 seconds
  • Instagram videos must be less than 1 minute and uploaded via app
  • Instagram will crop your video to a square unless you press the button in the bottom left corner of the upload screen (see pic)
Use the arrows icon to switch between square and original aspect ratios on Instagram

AND FINALLY...

Everything you've read is specifically about video files (file types like .mp4, .mov, .wmv). GIFs have their own peculiarities - lucky for you we made this guide:

We're pretty good at this animation lark but we're no experts on anything else so if you think we've made a mistake please get in touch and we'll rectify it. If you'd like to see examples of our motion graphics and post-production work please click on the button below:

Created By
Rob Birnie
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Credits:

Created with images by Unsplash - "movie reel projector" • gildas_f - "TV 44"

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