How to Easily Create and Install a Facebook Cover Video

Posted April 19, 2018 | Laura Christianson

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Video has officially taken over the Internet, and Facebook is leading the way with features such as:

  • Live video
  • Native video (uploading videos directly to Facebook)
  • Video ads
  • Facebook Stories
  • Facebook Messenger video calls
  • Instant Articles
  • Instagram Live
  • Instagram Stories

It’s easy to upload a “cover video” at the top of your Facebook (business/brand) Page. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how.

Cover Video Benefits

Video allows you to share a story more thoroughly than you can do with a Facebook cover photo.

First-time visitors to your Page are likely to hang around longer because the cover video is the first thing they’ll see. The longer a visitor stays on your Page, the more likely they are to like or follow your Page.

The Specs

  1. Facebook recommends uploading a video of 820 x 312 pixels.
  2. Videos can range in length from 20-90 seconds and can loop.
  3. When people visit your Page, the cover video will automatically begin playing.
  4. The video will play with the sound muted; there is a mute/unmute option in the lower righthand corner of the cover video.

How to Add or Upload a Cover Video

Adding a cover video is as simple as adding a cover photo. I recommend doing this via a computer – my phone does not (yet) give me the option to upload a cover video, but my laptop does.

Hover over the upper left corner of your cover photo, and you’ll see a Change Cover icon. Click it.

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‘Choose From Videos’ option

Several options will pop down. To designate a video you’ve previously uploaded as your cover video, select “Choose From Videos.”

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Select a video you’ve uploaded to your Page and click Confirm.

Drag your video around in the cover area until it’s positioned the way you want.

Click Next.

Scroll through your video thumbnails until you find a thumbnail that you want to use as the first frame that displays.

Click Publish.

‘Upload Photo/Video’ option

After you select “Change Cover,” click “Upload Photo/Video.”

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Select a video that’s stored on your hard drive or flash drive and wait for it to upload to your Facebook Page.

Drag it to reposition it.

Click Next.

Scroll through your video thumbnails until you find a thumbnail that you want to use as the first frame that displays.

Click Publish.

An Easy Way to Create a Cover Video

I decided to create a video slideshow to promote my online course, Your Website Budget Blueprint.

I logged in to my Storyblocks account. A lot of their images are what I call “cliché stock.” In other words, they feature cheesy, stock-looking images of happy businesspeople shaking hands. I decided to create a cover video that intentionally featured cheesy stock images.

The whole process took 2 ½ hours, which included a bathroom break, snack break, and shooing away a door-to-door salesman who tried to sell me ant- and spider-killer services.

How I Spent My 2.5 Hours of Video Production

  1. Sketched out a story board on a piece of scratch paper (yeah, I’m high-tech!). My story board included a rough idea of the text/captions (the story I wanted my video to tell).
  2. Searched for quirky stock pictures that illustrated my story.
  3. Downloaded the stock photos and resized them.
  4. Logged in to Adobe Spark Video (It only takes a minute to create a free account).
  5. Picked a template (you can start from scratch with a blank slate if you prefer, or you can customize a template however you want).
  6. Uploaded my stock photos, slide-by-slide.
  7. Dragged-and-dropped slides to re-order them.
  8. Deleted the slides I decided not to use.
  9. Typed captions on each slide. I decided to let my captions tell the story instead of adding voice-over narration, as 80% of people watch videos with the sound muted. But narration is an option, too!
  10. Set the timing for each slide (my slides display from 1-4 seconds each).
  11. Listened to every single background music clip in the Adobe Spark Video library, and settled on a clip called, “Careful Scene.”
  12. Tested every single theme and selected the “Slideshow” theme, which shows off my pictures and captions best.
  13. Previewed my video at least 10 times.
  14. Downloaded the video to my hard drive.

This is the result.

Next Steps

Next, it was time to upload my masterpiece to as many social media channels as possible.

Facebook – I published it as an organic post and marked it as the “featured video” on my Page.

Then I created a video ad campaign.

And I uploaded it as my cover video, of course!

Twitter – Uploaded the video and tweeted it.

Google+ – Uploaded the video as a post.

Vimeo – Uploaded it to my channel.

YouTube – Uploaded it to my channel.

Pinterest – Linked to the YouTube video.

Instagram – Sent it to my phone and uploaded it.

LinkedIn – Linked to the video stored at Adobe Spark.

Blog – Finally, I embedded the video in this blog post. Adobe Spark gives you embed code that looks like this:

<iframe src=”https://spark.adobe.com/video/4kQbbBKztCI7D/embed”  width=”960″ height=”540″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Click the Text tab in WordPress or the HTML tab in other content management systems and paste in the code. (My embedded video displays near the top of this post.)

Did it Work?

I wanted my video to be fun, whimsical and to encourage people to visit the link to the landing page for my online course, WebsiteBudgetBlueprint.com.

What’d you think?

Are you ready to create a cover video for your Facebook Page? I know you can do it!

Give it a shot, and share the link to your Facebook Page once you’ve added your cover video – I’d love to watch it.

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Need ideas for how to use video? Check out 20 Ways to Use Videos in Your Social Media Marketing (Without Being a Professional Videographer).

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3 responses to “How to Easily Create and Install a Facebook Cover Video”

  1. Leah Finlay says:

    After searching the web, this is the first article to explain “how” to create a Facebook cover video, and I can’t thank you enough!! View my first try here… https://www.facebook.com/DigestionQueen/

  2. Nice job, Leah! I did notice a typo of slide #2 (thier instead of their). There is quite a bit of text on the pictures, so I’m glad you allowed each slide to display for several seconds so I could read the text. Another alternative would be to go with no text or just a short phrase on the slides, and to use Facebook’s caption generator to display the caption below the video. Glad you found my tutorial helpful.

  3. Leah Finlay says:

    Great suggestions, Laura, thank you.

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