Facebook Slideshow – Create Quick Videos from Images

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!  

Facebook Slideshow – Create Quick Videos from Images
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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:

Get started. Choose "Share a Photo or Video".
Get started. Choose “Share a Photo or Video”.

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

Please note that these options have changed from time to time, so it may look slightly different and you need to be on desktop not mobile.

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:

Choose Create Slideshow to create a Facebook SlideShow
Choose “Create Slideshow”

 

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:

Chose your video elements to create a Facebook Slideshow
Choose your size, duration, transition and music

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.

Upload your photos to the Facebook Slideshow editor
Simply upload your photos

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:

Uploading images to create a Facebook Slideshow
Upload your images in the order you want them to appear.

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.

Finalise your Facebook Slideshow
Finalise your Facebook Slideshow

 

 

You can also download the video as follows, to use on other platforms:

Download your Video for later - Facebook Slideshow
Download your video for later!

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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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, winner of Best Business Blog in Australia 2014 and a Top 10 Social Media Blog for Social Media Examiner, 2015-2017. She helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.
  • Awesome, Donna! I’ve been wanting to give the FB slideshow a whirl. Thanks so much for the demo. I can’t wait to use it. 🙂 BTW, thanks for the shout out about Stencil in the email!

    • Cheers Lillian – no worries and yes, try it out….. you’ll definitely like it. This post seems long but in reality, once you have the images you can get a video up in minutes!

  • I’ve done a few of these. They are easy to create, fun, and they get excellent distribution in the News Feed. Plus, you can set the slideshow as a “featured video” on your Page, and give it a bit of extra oomph. You can also run them as ads.

    • Glad you like it! They are definitely fun + an easy way to create video which always givers great reach. I like the FB ad option too – you can easily boost the posts that start getting good organic engagement!

  • What an amazing idea, Donna! I can think of lots of ideas for using this! Thank you for the simple instructions.

    • You’re very welcome Jane – let me know what you come up with. I’ll definitely be playing with it a lot too….

  • Jenny Pim

    Donna this is amazing thank you so much for the detailed explanation. I’m off to try this now!

    • That’s what I like to hear! Have a great week Jenny!

  • Claudette Andrie

    Hi, I’ve just used this feature over the last week. But just wondering if you know how to edit the images in the slideshow once it’s been published. There is an image I want to delete but couldn’t find the option so I ended up deleting the whole slideshow and starting again. With my second slideshow the images move to fast and I want to edit it to 2 sec but again I can’t seem to find how to edit the slideshow once it’s been published. Would appreciate your help.

    • Hi Claudette – unfortunately this is a pretty simple app, and as I recommended above (and you probably learned the hard way like I did the first time) you need to check your slideshow thoroughly before publishing as I can’t see a way to edit the images once they are uploaded and published – you would need to start again. But then, most videos uploaded to Facebook can’t be “edited” after you upload them so it really isn’t that unusual. Saying that, I realised I had a typo on one of the slides and because I checked it thoroughly before hitting publish, I caught the error. Then all I had to do was delete a few, re-upload and it was a quick fix. You have to delete all the images back to the one you want to fix though, which is a bit of a hassle, but again, they don’t take long to upload again. So that’s my best advice, double check before publishing.

  • Simon Zaku

    This post got me writing, Donna!

    I’ve never heard about Facebook slideshare. All thanks to you. This feature/tool will go a long way to help.

    You can also repurpose the downloaded slideshare video to other platforms like Youtube & Instagram (as you said) binging more eyes balls & traffic to you work.

    Added this to my things-to-do for my upcoming blog’s Facebook page.

    Thanks again, Donna!

    Cheers!
    Simon Zaku

    • Hey Simon – I think you will love Facebook Slideshow – it’s so easy to use and the end result is the thing that helps with Facebook Reach – video. I agree that the download function is very handy – I didn’t expect to be able to download it, so it was a pleasant surprise. Enjoy playing with it!

  • When talking about captions, you said, “If you are taking in your video…” can you add a narration? I didn’t see that in your instructions. Thanks!

    • Hey Mark – thanks for the heads up. I have actually removed that section as the caption option doesn’t seem to show up now (I just re-tested) and there is no facility to add video – only photos. When I first wrote it I still had to test the final uploads and forgot to delete that section after. Thanks for letting me know. It seems that it’s only photos for now, but the good news is that we can now do Facebook live from desktop from that same initial menu. Good news!

      • Thanks! That’s what I thought, but was hoping I’d missed something.

        • haha no you didn’t miss anything I just forgot to remove it – I was hopeful at the time as video would be great… but I do like the simplicity of being able to just add a bunch of photos and produce a video Facebook is happy to give reach to. Thanks Mark.

  • Dear Donna: fascinating. I was going to ask you how and when you can add an audio narration, but I just saw Mark’s comment, and your response. Thanks for keeping us informed with all the options we have available!

    • Glad you like it and yes, it’s just visuals with Facebook’s choice of music for now. But that’s a good thing as it is simple to use!

  • Thanks, Donna. I don’t find the slideshow option in my personal fb page. Maybe I need a business one? What’s the advantage of this over just creating a slideshow and then uploading it?

    • Hey Don, yes it’s only on business pages. If you run a business and market on Facebook you should be using a business page and not purely your profile. And you can run ads through a business page, get insights etc. If you post to Facebook from Slideshare it’s fine but Facebook will not give it as much reach (push it out to as many people) as it will do it’s own native video content. Video uploaded natively to FB including their own slideshows are given a lot more reach… Hope that helps!

  • MARIE WATSON

    Oh my, Donna, you got my mind going ninety to nothing. I can’t wait to get home and try it out. Thank you for writing this. So Exciting.

  • Celeste Bowden

    Donna, how do you download the slideshow, if it’s still sitting in your ‘scheduled’ list?

    • Hey Celeste – Obviously Facebook has this tool to post on Facebook so first and foremost you need to publish it. If you want to get the download immediately the best thing I can suggest is to publish it immediately the download after you have published it. I do not believe you can download it until you hae published it, so if you are going to schedule it you will have to wait till it is publsihed then download it (it’s a drop down on the right hand side top corner of the video when it is published). Hope that helps.

      • Celeste Bowden

        Thanks Donna!

  • Tami Anderson

    I have created some content and posted it to my Facebook Page, however, when trying to “boost” the post it is rejected. Do you have any good advice for creating posts that won’t get rejected?

    • Hi Tami – that’s kind of like “how long is a piece of string” as there can be many reasons for a facebook ad being rejected. It’s not really the scope of this post (especially if it is an image) but the most common reason is for it having too much text on the visual. They removed the restriction but it still impacts on reach etc. But really I can’t say. They usually give you a reason though so I would reach out to them.

  • Monica MacLellan

    I must be living on another planet. NONE of your opening instructions include any of this on MY 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: Help People Find your Business //Share Photo or Video///Get messages !!!!
    This does not appear anywhere ! Is it because I do not have Windows 10 ?

    • Hi Monica… are you on a desktop – it’s not something you can create on a mobile. If you are on a desktop and not seeing it, then I am really not sure. Maybe there is a glitch or you are not seeing it where you are, but I haven’t had anyone not see the options before. Sorry I can’t help more with that one.

  • Elna Moller

    I have this option on a page i manage. I could also use this twice in a group i created, but then the option disappeared?
    It is, however, still available on the page i manage.
    How do i get it back on the group…?

    • Not sure sorry Elna – I have only used it on my page so that’s what I am referring to here, not groups. It’s not in my groups, and Facebook may have been playing with settings and had it show up in groups, as they change things all the time. Sorry, can’t help you with that one.

  • David Cooper

    Thank you so much for your clear explanation, Donna!! … I’d wasted a couple of hours yesterday going round in circles, but with your guidance it took just a few minutes!! 🙂🙂

    • This makes me happy to hear David – always great to know that what you write helps someone and I am definitely happy to hear you avoided going around in more circles ;o)

      • David Cooper

        Well deserved … Yours is the only site I could find that states we need to set up the slide show from a desktop. I started off by trying to do it on an iPad mini!! … Anyway, all’s well and thanks again … 🙂

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