Adding animations to Instagram is an awesome way to add variety to your stream, but it’s not straight forward. They don’t allow gifs, but you can upload videos.
So what we need to do is convert the gif to a video, and to do that we can either:
- Convert the Gif to an MP4 on Brush Ninja (may not work in all web browsers).
- Use a third party desktop app. Personally I use Screenflow.
Using the Brush Ninja converter is the best option but it may not work for everyone. You must be using the latest version of Google Chrome.
Giphy is great, and free. But the workflow is a little cumbersome.
Using a third party app is easy, if you know how to use the software, but if you’re not into video editing then there can be a learning curve. Plus you have to pay for the software.
- To use Giphy you will need an account which is free to create.
- Then upload your animation
- You can then follow the instructions on the Giphy website for posting to Instagram.
How to Use Brush Ninja
- Brush Ninja Interface
- Select Mode - Move, Scale, Rotate, Skew, Group, Duplicate, Copy and Paste
- Shapes & Stickers
- Colours - Fill and Line colours, and how to pick custom colours
- Keyboard Shortcuts
How to Upload Animations
- How to Access Downloaded Animations on Android
- How to Convert an Animated Gif to a video
- How to Export your Animation
- How to Save your Animation
- How to Upload Brush Ninja Animations to Google Docs and Google Slides
- How to Upload Brush Ninja Animations to Instagram
- How to access downloaded animations on iOS
- How to Upload Brush Ninja Animations to SeeSaw
- How to Upload Brush Ninja Animations to Twitter