How to make an animated Story for Instagram
This was the first reason I downloaded Canva, I wanted to make a short clip to bring people from my Insta to YouTube to grow my subscribers.
I have a travel account called Travel Around the Country that has new videos every few days, I get lots of views on Instagram but not many were finding my videos on YouTube, SO I thought I could use links within stories to send people to my YouTube channel.
The example here is a few of my stories playing one after another, see the consistency of my branding and each story has both an active link and a location, these buttons or stickers were added in Instagram at the end of the process.
Insert a video
Once you have the background part of your design done, now you can insert a clip of a video. Go to the large + symbol and click Upload > Upload Files , once your file is there click it and insert. I insert a short clip from my YouTube video so people want to click to view the full video.
- Open Instagram and create a new Story.
- Select your new video file
- Click the stickers icon
- Click link
- Paste in your YouTube link
- Click Sticker text if you want to change what the button says.
- Position your link button
- Share to your story
- I’d also recommend saving your story to a Story Archive (the circles at the top of my profile), this will pin all your videos to the top of your Instagram page and they will stay there forever, instead of the usual 24 hours for a story.
That’s it, you have created a nice looking story template you can use over and over with just replacing the YouTube clip each time in Canva,
The finished Product
This is the video file that Canva exports, notice how I have left off any call to action links as you can add real active links to any page in Instagram Stories.
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