Do you want to give your Facebook profile a bit more of your personality? Switching your profile picture to a profile video is an easy way to make your profile stand out above the crowd. In 2015, Facebook started allowing users to upload videos up to 7 seconds long instead of the standard profile picture, and this feature can be really helpful for a lot of purposes. In this article I’ll walk you through the steps you need to follow to create your own Facebook profile video, and I’ll introduce some creative new profile video ideas for you to experiment with!
I’m going to show you how to use a free online tool called Kapwing to make and edit your profile videos. Kapwing is simple and easy to learn, and gives you the functions of a high-powered video editing software. And since it works on your computer, phone, and tablet, you can create your profile videos at home or on the go!
Kapwing can also open up fresh creative avenues for your Facebook profile videos. You can support all the things that matter to you by use multiple borders or filters that toggle during the video. Need a fun way to send a message out to your Facebook friends? With Kapwing, you can add several lines of text without taking up too much of the frame! In this article, I’ll go over three things to help you create and polish your Facebook profile videos:
- How to Make a Facebook Profile Video
- Adding Custom Frames and Text with Kapwing
- Adding and Creating Filters with Kapwing
How to Make a Facebook Profile Video:
Unfortunately, it’s only possible to make profile videos on the mobile Facebook app at the moment. There’s really no way for you to create a profile video from your computer. But creating a profile video from your mobile app is simple and easy:
Open your Facebook mobile app, and find your profile tab – it should be the third one from the left on the bottom of your screen.
Tap the camera icon right next to your current profile picture, then “Select Profile Picture or Video.”
Browse through your camera roll or shoot a new video! If you’d like to use something from a website or social media account, Kapwing can help you download videos from Youtube, Instagram, and other places on Facebook.
- Trim, crop, and edit your profile video! Facebook provides a great interface for these tools – you can trim to any segment of your video that is 7 seconds or shorter. And to crop, select “Crop” from the bottom toolbar and simply pinch & drag the video until it looks perfect! From Facebook’s editor, you can also mute your audio and select which still from the video you would like to set as the cover photo.
But if you want to make any other edits to your Facebook profile video, you’ll need to find another tool. I’m going to go through some fun and interesting ideas for you to use to spice up your profile videos even more. To add custom frames, filters, captions, speed changes, and more, you can use the video editing tools in Kapwing.
Adding Custom Frames and Text with Kapwing:
The frames you can find on Facebook are great, but with Kapwing you can design and apply any frame you want! Here’s how:
Go to Kapwing.com and click “Get Started.” This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing’s editing functions in one place.
Upload your video! You can either choose a video that you have saved on your phone or tablet, or you can paste a link to a video from any online source, like YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.
- Edit to your heart’s content! Here are some of the great tools you can use to create fun frames for your profile video:
Shape: Most Facebook frames involve a circle (or several circles) around the outside of the picture. In the Studio, deselect all layers and click “Shape” from the bottom toolbar. Select the circle/oval, then “Fill Color.” Remove the fill color by selecting the last option in the color array, which looks like a white circle with a red X through it. Now you can adjust the size, position, color, and more!
Using a profile video instead of a profile picture allows you to toggle between different frames, displaying several messages in just one profile! Here’s an example:
Text: Want to spread your cause, give a life update, or send a message to your friends through your profile video or picture? Profile videos are really useful if you want to use more text than the amount that fits on just one frame.
To fit more captions in your profile picture or video, duplicate your clip by clicking the “Copy” button on the left side of the window (it looks like two little rectangles stacked on top of each other). You can add text to each scene individually, so your profile can say everything you want it to say! To add text, just click “Text” from the bottom toolbar and then “Edit text.” You can edit your text color, outline color, font, format, and more!
Once you’ve finished editing your profile video in the Studio, just click “Publish” in the upper right-hand corner of the window! Kapwing will begin processing your video. Since Facebook profile videos can’t exceed 7 seconds in length, this step will likely take only a few seconds. You’ll then be able to download, copy, or continue to edit your video!
Adding and Creating Filters with Kapwing:
Kapwing is also a great tool for you if you want to enhance the way your video looks! Facebook’s own profile video editor doesn’t allow you to apply filters to your video, and a lot of the best filter programs don’t work nearly as well with videos as they do with photos. With Kapwing you can choose from a ton of preset filters, or edit your video’s saturation, opacity, brightness, contrast, and blur. All these tools let you adjust the look of your video until it looks exactly the way you want it!
To apply one of Kapwing’s filters, click on “Products” from the Kapwing homepage. From here, scroll down until you find “Filter Video.” Now, just upload your video by pasting a link to it or selecting it in your file browser. In the Filter tool, you can choose from 18 different looks for your video!
If none of these filters look like what you want, just click “Adjust” from the top of the Filter Video tool. Here, you can change your video’s saturation, brightness, contrast, fade, and vignette. And if you need to make any other changes to your Facebook profile video, head over to the Kapwing Studio where you can trim, crop, animate, slow down, and edit your video with any of Kapwing’s Studio tools!
Once you’ve finished creating your video’s filter, simply click “Create,” and Kapwing will work its magic! After your profile video has been processed, you can download, copy, or continue to edit it. If you’d like to revisit your project later, you can find and edit your previous content by clicking on “My Account” from top right corner of the Kapwing homepage.
Profile videos allow you to inject some personality into your Facebook profile in dynamic and creative ways. But to unlock the full creative potential of the profile video, you need to use a platform like Kapwing, where you can create your own frames, animations, captions, and filters. Visit the Studio to experiment with some of these tools, and give your profile a boost!
Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your edited content on social media! We love to see what our creators are passionate about. And be sure to check back in on the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly publishing new and exciting articles to help you with all your content creation needs!