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You don’t need to be a video editor to create AMAZING Pinterest Video Pins.

All you need is some online graphic software or just your phone!

What are Pinterest Video Pins?

Pinterest Video Pins enable you to showcase your business, products and your brand in short videos that can be added to Pinterest in the same way you add a static pin.

How do Pinterest Video Pins work? 

Video Pins work in the same way as normal pins, but they play automatically in people’s feeds.

The sound is OFF, which is important to remember when creating any video that requires sound. You may need to add captions or add a reminder to turn the sound on. 

Pinterest Video Specs?

  • Pinterest will accept .mp4, .mov and. mv4 files

  • Don’t make your video pin any larger than 2GB

  • Keep your video pin between 4 seconds-15 minutes long. If it’s an ad, then keep it under 15 seconds

  • Size? Pinterest actually recommends that you use a square 1:1 ratio. However, it will also accept 9:16 (same size as Reels, TikTok and IGTV) or 4:5 or 2:3

Why are Pinterest Videos good for business?

Pinterest videos are shaking up the platform right now. Just as with every other platform people using video are seeing much better results.

Video can help convey your brand identity, personality, demonstrate a concept, give a how-to, or showcase a product in a much more engaging way.

Plus movement on the Pinterest feed is much more likely to stop people from scrolling.

Pinterest users can also search for content and filter just on video.

Views of organic video Pin are up 240% year on year—particularly driven by food and beverage, beauty, DIY, entertainment, and home decor.

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Pinterest Video Examples

Check out some Pinterest videos and see what people are posting in your niche.

In the example below I’ve searched for vegan food and can either add the keyword video or filter by video in the drop-down options on the right of the search bar.

Pinterest Video Pins - In the example below I’ve searched for vegan food and can either add the keyword video or filter by video in the drop down options on the right of the search bar.

Here’s a quick Pinterest Video Pin I made that took minutes to create using Canva Pro.

This is a really quick video pin I made using Canva Pro.  - All I’ve done is create a normal pin graphic, but added a Canva animation on the top by using the keywords “star animated”.

All I’ve done is create a normal pin graphic, but added a Canva animation on the top by using the keywords “star animated”.

5 Quick Ways to Make Pinterest Video Pins

Here are 5 quick ways you can make Pinterest Video Pins today.

  1. Create Video Pins using Canva

  2. Use Biteable

  3. Video it yourself

  4. Repurpose from Reels, TikTok or IGTV

  5. Screen record your phone

1. Create Video Pins using Canva

Did you know that Canva (an online graphic design tool for non-designers) is an official creative partner of Pinterest?! That means Canva is there to help you create engaging content, especially for Pinterest.

With Canva Pro you can create video pins very quickly for your content because it has loads of Pinterest Video templates that you can customize!

Pinterest Video Templates in Canva

So you can easily create engaging and on-brand Pinterest Video Pins for your content and use Canva’s millions of images, stickers, animations and stock video and audio to custom make your pins. graphics and stickers. Or upload your own content and your own font using Canva Pro.

Why not try Canva Pro free for 30 days.

The absolute quickest way to transform your Pinterest Pins into video pins is to add a Canva Animation.

To find animated graphics, just type in your keyword into the Elements search bar. In this example, I’ve entered “Star animated” and then clicked on Graphics to filter for just graphic elements.

I can then search Canva’s library and find the most appropriate animated graphic

You can also animate certain sections of your image. In the examples below, I’ve used Canva Pro and selected my text and applied a Typewriter animation. In the other image, I’ve put the “Pop” animation on my main character.

Check out this short video where I show you some other really quick ways to make Pinterest Video Pins using Canva.

2. Create Pinterest Video Pins using Biteable

Biteable is a simple online video editor for making bite-sized videos for social media.

You pick a template, then add your own images or video and text. Like Canva, you can also use a stock library of images and videos.

Biteable videos are VERY quick to make and you don’t need any video editing skills at all to make them.

Check out this one I made, it took no more than 10 minutes to create. 

Video made using Biteable - Check out this one I made, it took no more than 10 minutes to create.

3. Record your own vertical video for Pinterest

This is the simplest method of all. Just point the camera at yourself and start talking!

You could then import it into Canva and add any stickers or images over the top to make it more engaging.

Or why not try the Canva Record Yourself feature. It uses your own webcam to record video and INSTANTLY drops it into the image you are working on.

Canva Record Yourself - Just go to Uploads > Record Yourself and start talking. Once you’re done the video will instantly drop into the canvas you are working on.
Canva Record Yourself feature

Just go to Uploads > Record Yourself and start talking. Once you’re done the video will instantly drop into the canvas you are working on.

4. Repurpose from TikTok, Snapchat or IGTV/Reels

If you are already shooting videos for your other channels, why not repurpose them for Pinterest.

Why not try one of these tips to customize it specifically for Pinterest?

  • Add a Cover slide

  • Add in a Call to Action (CTA) end slide

  • Add captions

  • Add headings

5. Screen record your phone

If you have a screen recording app on your phone, then you could scroll through your website, social feed or do a tutorial using your phone.

Once you have some footage, just import it into either Canva or Biteable and start editing it to make your Pinterest Video.

Using a screen record - In this example I’ve screen recorded my phone and used a Canva mobile phone frame!
Making a video pin using screen record

In this example, I’ve screen recorded my phone and used a Canva mobile phone frame!

How to upload a Pinterest Video Pin

When you’re ready to upload, just go to Create on your Pinterest menu bar and upload your new video. 

You can also upload a video and schedule it to your boards using Tailwind.

How to optimize your Pinterest Video Pin for SEO

Just like a normal pin, you want to make sure that you include all that extra detail for Pinterest SEO that will help your video pin be found by potential customers and visitors. 

  • Keyword rich title

  • Keyword rich description

  • Up to 10 topic tags

  • Alternative text that explains exactly what people can see

  • Links to your core content (i.e. website, landing page or social media channel)

  • Once you’ve completed this, just hit publish. 

  • Pinterest will then review the video before it’s finally published, so don’t worry if you can’t see it immediately.

Conclusion

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Hopefully, you’ve been inspired to create your own Pinterest Video Pins using one of these simple methods.

If you are creating multiple pins for a single piece of content, remember the guidance about Fresh Pins will apply to video too!

If you need help setting up your Pinterest account or creating video pins for your blog content – check out my services here.

Want to learn more about Pinterest? Check out these blog posts.