How to make videos for Facebook (by yourself, for free)
For many small businesses, the cost of hiring professional videographers and editors is out of the budget considering the cost of a 1-2 minute video can be upwards of $5,000.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make amazing videos for Facebook that promote your products and sell your services, even on a tight budget.
Want to know more? Follow these steps to create striking Facebook videos in a snap!
Step 1: Choose your video’s purpose
The purpose of your video determines the length and what crucial information to include in the script.
You can use videos on Facebook as:
- Posts to groups to increase engagement and showcase your products or services
- Posts on your Facebook page to make money through selling your products
- A Q&A answering the most frequent questions you get about your products or services
- An introduction video pinned to the top of your business page that introduces your company to new traffic
- Ads that promote your offerings
- An explainer video discussing your offerings
For example, a five-second Facebook video ad differs entirely from a Q&A video, which might end up being five minutes. Your video’s purpose will guide your creation process, so take time to define it before you jump into the video creation process.
Step 2: Find a Facebook video creator
- It’s usually slow and clunky and makes your laptop whir out of exhaustion
- The effects are limited and as a result, your videos may be dull and uninspiring to watch
- There is no ability to collaborate with other team members since your editing locally
Drag and drop your content onto Moovly’s stage.
Step 3: Write your Facebook video script
- Asking people to share, comment, or react to the video
- Asking people to tag someone in the comments
Step 4: Develop a storyboard
After finalizing your script, it’s time to develop your storyboard. A storyboard links your script to your visuals so you know which media elements go where in your video.
A storyboard doesn’t need to be anything fancy, and you can make a rough sketch with a pencil and paper.
At this stage where you’ll start planning what media you want in your video. Here are a few different ideas:
- Use stock media: Moovly’s library has millions of different media objects you can use in your Facebook videos, including:
- Cartoon images
- Handdrawn doodle illustrations
- Hand animations
- Stock photography and videography
- Various objects
- Film content yourself: adding your own footage to your Facebook videos gives them a personal touch. Upload any photos or videos you take to Moovly if you want to mix them with stock footage or make your Facebook videos entirely of your own content.
- Use a green screen: with Moovly you have access to chroma key technology, letting you remove specific colors from your videos, in this case, a green screen!
- Film yourself or your screen within Moovly: in Moovly you can film yourself (with your webcam) or record your computer screen.
When choosing your visuals, make sure they align with your brand and the message you want to convey through your video.
Don’t forget to include your call-to-action in your storyboard. Your CTA usually happens at the end of your video.
Step 5: Make your Facebook video
After all your planning and preparation, you’re now ready to make your video for Facebook. At this stage, it’s time to film your content (if you’re creating your media yourself) or search through Moovly’s library to find the media you need.
Moovly’s library is bursting with graphics, photos, videos, and objects to use in your Facebook videos
Since square videos perform best on Facebook, use Moovly to change your stage to a 1:1 aspect ratio to create a square video.
You can also automatically export your videos in different aspect ratios so you can test to see which size actually performs best for your brand.
Lastly, when you go to make videos for Facebook, keep these specs—taken directly from Facebook—in mind:
- File Type: MP4, MOV or GIF
- Ratio: 1:1 (for desktop or mobile) or 4:5 (for mobile only)
- Resolution: At least 1080 x 1080 pixels
- Video Captions: Optional, but recommended
- Video Sound: Optional, but recommended
- Maximum File Size: 4GB
- Minimum Width: 120 pixels
- Minimum Height: 120 pixels
Pro tip: when making videos for Facebook make sure you have a plan to repurpose them to save you time and money. Using Moovly you can quickly cut, crop, and remix your existing videos to create brand new content. For example, if you have a thirty-second video, why not take the footage and rearrange it into a ten-second Facebook video ad? Moovly helps you work smarter, not harder, so you can grow and scale your business!
Step 6: Add captions
85% of people watch Facebook videos with the sound off—if your videos don’t have captions, you’re potentially missing out on thousands of views.
And while Facebook does offer automatic closed-captioning, it’s only available in English and to Canadian and American advertisers.
Otherwise, there are two ways to create captions for Facebook. First, you can upload an SRT (SubRip Subtitle) file to Facebook to add your captions, but you need to make this file yourself, which is time-consuming.
However, with Moovly, you can automatically add captions to your videos where you can even adjust the font, size, background color, and set a language for your subtitles.
Optimize your video for search in Facebook’s video editor
You should optimize every video you make for Facebook for Facebook’s search function so as many people see your videos as possible.
After uploading your video, you can add different elements in Facebook’s video editor, like a title or tags. Let’s go over the different elements you should add to your video before publishing it.
1. Create an attention-grabbing thumbnail
Facebook automatically generates a thumbnail, so while you don’t need to create one, we recommend designing something catchy. You can use a free tool like Canva to design your thumbnail.
2. Add keywords to your video’s title and description
3. Add relevant video tags
Aside from keywords, another way to help your video show in Facebook’s search results is by adding relevant video tags. Video tags help Facebook understand what your video is about and help more people find you if the tags you’ve used are relevant to your video.
Back to our blueberry pie recipe example.
For this video, you might use tags like pie recipe, easy recipes, and blueberry pie recipe.
You can add up to eight tags for your video, so make them count!
Make entertaining videos for Facebook with Moovly
Dana is a freelance writer who works closely with B2B SaaS brands to create content people enjoy reading. When she’s not working, you’ll find her sipping on a warm cup of tea and reading a good book (the scarier, the better). See what she’s up at www.dananicoledesigns.com