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How to Upload Video to Pinterest


How to Upload Video to Pinterest

Finally, for those of you who’ve been dying to learn how to upload video to Pinterest, here’s your step-by-step tutorial!

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How to Upload Video to Pinterest

Many of you have been asking how to get the native video player for Pinterest. Up until recently, you could only get access if you ran a video ad. Things have changed! Now you can upload video to Pinterest organically and get the player!

You will need a Pinterest business account, so make sure you’ve converted as regular user accounts will not have this option. In addition, “only advertisers with a valid billing profile can upload a video on or”. While you don’t have to promote it, having an account set up is how you get access to the option.

First, make sure the following specs are in place:

  • File type: MP4 or MOV
  • Max size: 2GB, or less; 30 min, or less
  • Aspect ratio: Square (1:1); Vertical (9:16)
  • Resolution: Min 240p
  • Frame rate: Minimum 25fps

*Big thanks to Kristie Hill for this.

Second, what types of videos do well on Pinterest? Food videos, the quick style we often see on Facebook that gives users a glimpse of how easy the recipe is to make. Craft or DIY videos that showcase how the project unfolds will inspire people to attempt creativity. Think about how your video can inspire your audience to take action.

Now, how to do it! A second thanks to Lindsay from Cotter Crunch for the step-by-step.

Step 1: Click on the ‘+’ sign in the upper left of the screen to “upload a video”.

screenshot of uploading an image on Pinterest

Step 2: The next screen will pop up for you to upload your video and they’ve given all the right specs needed to the right of the upload box. Upload a square version of the video. (1:1) Note that it could take a while for the video to upload.

screenshot of uploading a video on Pinterest

Step 3: Capture the thumbnail shots you want while it’s uploading or choose a custom thumbnail.

screenshot of video loading on Pinterest

Choose from the thumbnail options below the video.

screen shot of uploading a video to Pinterest

Step 4: Add your description and website URL.

Step 5: Pick a board for your video.

screenshot of cajun smoked salmon

Step 6: Wait for it to upload. It will say it’s creating your promoted video, however, your video is not a promoted pin.

screenshot of Pinterest promoted video instructions

Step 7: Share the video with your people! Grab the pin link and share on other social channels or your email list.

screenshot of smoked salmon recipe

That’s it! Now you know how to upload video to Pinterest. Easy peasy, right?

If you’re a food and recipe blogger this is such a great tool for drawing in new followers. Create a board dedicated to your videos. Instead of titling it your blog videos get creative with the keyword search. Something like gluten-free recipe videos.

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