Facebook Slideshow is THE answer if you want to create quick videos from your images – without any fancy tools.
In this post I share with you how to use the Facebook Slideshow tool – You’ll be wondering why you haven’t used it before!
Video is huge, there is no doubt.
And Facebook LOVES video. It’s widely accepted that Facebook is pushing video a lot on their plaform, so you’ll get good reach (and most likely engagement) on video content.
With all the tools and apps these days, we have a lot of choice for creating video… even if the idea of video freaks you out.
But it can also have a reverse effect of overwhelming us when we just need to create something simple.
Enter Facebook Slideshow: A tool that is sitting RIGHT under your nose and perhaps you haven’t noticed it before.
So let’s take a walk through how you can use it and I’ll show you, step-by-step how to create a video of up to 50 seconds using this fun tool.
The best part? You can use some of your old content to do it and I’ll show you a hot tip for that below too.
So let’s go through it Step-by-Step:
How to Create a Quick and Easy Facebook SlideShow Video
Creating a Facebook Slideshow is as easy as opening up Facebook, going to your Facebook Page and starting to “Write Something” on your page.
Facebook will lead you through the steps to create a Facebook Slideshow. Here they are:
1 Choose “Share a Photo or Video” on your Facebook Page
Open up your Facebook Page and you will see this selection of icons sitting below the “Write Something” field where you would normally create a status update.
You’ll see something like this:
As you can see above, it’s not just the Facebook Slideshow you can create. Facebook gives you a bunch of options. Currently they are:
- Share a Photo or Video
- Get Sign Ups
- Advertise Your Business
- Get Messages
- Help People find your Business
- Create an Event
- Create an Offer
- Write a Note
I won’t dive deep into the others in this post, but trust me, they are all worth investigating.
Let’s check out the first one: Share a Photo or Video. Click on it!
Now the easy part starts (trust me, it really is easy… as easy as joining the dots).
2. Choose “Create Slideshow”
Facebook will give you a bunch of choices again, including:
- Uploading Photos/Video
- Create Photo Album
- Create a Photo/Video Carousel
- Create Slideshow
- Create a Canvas
We want to choose Create Slideshow as follows:
Now Facebook will – again, easily – lead you through the steps to create your Slideshow.
3 Decide on Your Video Elements
This part is fun. Before you add your photos, you need to make a few simple decisions about a few key video elements.
You can see them below – and don’t worry, you can edit them again later. Just choose what you think works best for now:
- Aspect ratio (the size of your final video) – you can choose from original, square (1:1), rectangle (16:9) or vertical (2:3).
- Duration of each slide – you can choose from 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 seconds for each slide on your Facebook Slideshow.
- Transition – you can choose from having no transition or to fade your transition.
- Music – you can choose from a number of music styles.
Facebook has made it super simple to create a video by giving you simple choices for all the elements!
And besides, it’s not like you have to choose from the entire Spotify catalogue and a thousand transitions.
That’s the best part – this is super simple and designed to help you to get a video “up” .
Facebook wants you to create video! Here’s how your choices look:
Again, remember, you do NOT have to finalise these decisions now. Just choose the ones you think will work and then start adding images.
For me, it was a no-brainer to choose “square” for this project, as I wanted to recycle some old Instagram tip images I had previously posted.
(Full disclosure: I did have to go into Canva and create 2 or 3 extra images, but most of the work had already been done for me because I was using re-purposed images).
Note: Your size will be dictated (usually) by the images you want to use. The rest can be changed easily.
4. Upload Your Images in Order
Now the fun part happens. You can start uploading your images!
This is as simple as clicking on the “+” button and choosing “Upload Photo” from your computer or “Take Photo” if you are taking photos to add.
Facebook also suggests images from your timeline, cover photos, your photos from your Facebook Page….but usually you will upload your own!
Simply upload the photos in the order you want them to appear in the Facebook Slideshow.
5 Test Your Facebook Slideshow Settings
Once you have all your images uploaded, you can preview the video to see what your Slideshow will look like.
In this example, I uploaded 8 slides but you can add up to 10 in total (the slideshow requires 3-10 slides).
The slides can range from 0.5 second to 5 seconds duration per image.
To watch the video preview you just click the play button, and you’ll see how it will play when published:
Simply edit any image or element that you want before publishing. Note: You can’t edit it after you publish so double-check it’s how you want it. If you need to delete and replace any slides, you will need to delete all the slides back to that point. It doesn’t take long to upload them again, though.
After viewing the Facebook Slideshow I had created, I decided that the text slides needed a little longer in the slideshow, so I changed them from 4 seconds to 5 seconds in duration.
When you’ve checked everything and you are sure you are ready to publish, just click Create Slideshow.
6 Create Your SlideShow
It will take a few seconds for your video to render (depending on how many images you have and the duration).
Then simply add a description to your video.
You will also be prompted to add a title if you want to. This is highly recommended as your video will list in your “Video Section” on your Facebook Page, so people can find it easily.
You can also download the video as follows, to use on other platforms:
Now I can take this video that I created with images from Instagram, and post it on both Facebook and Instagram.
It’s re-purposing bliss!
7 Publish.. and enjoy the views!
All that is needed now is for you to publish your video. Here’s mine:
What do you think? I think Facebook Slideshow is a great tool for small business.
There is so much potential for you to create easy video with existing (or new) content, so get creative with it!
Over to You
Have you used Facebook Slideshow before? What will you create with it? Let me know in the comments below.
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