Pretty much everyone has a Facebook page at this point, and you can only add flair to your corkboard so many times before you’re ready to move on to something a little more meaty. It’s time to upload a video, and with a little work it can be entertaining for all your “friends.”
1. Start with a video you already have on your computer, or make a new one. If you choose to make a new one, you’ll need a digital video camera or a digital camera that can record video. Make sure that whatever video you’re uploading, it’s at least mildly entertaining – your kid making a goal, waterskiing with friends at the lake, or maybe your drunk boss at the office Christmas party. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something people will want to watch
2. Download Windows Movie Maker for free. If you have Vista, go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d6ba5972-328e-4df7-8f9d-068fc0f80cfc&displaylang=en. There is also an XP version.
3. Import your video into Movie Maker. The program makes it very simple. Using the task menu on the left, choose what you want to import – at this point, if you have already uploaded the video to your computer, choose “Video.” If the video is still on your camera, make sure your camera is connected to your PC and choose “From digital video camera.” Once you see the file, just drag and drop to the “Timeline” at the bottom of the page (in the row specified for video.)
4. It’s important to keep your video short, under 3 minutes. Facebook has limits on uploading, and longer videos will lose your audience anyway, so less is more. Use Movie Maker to “Trim” the beginning or end of your video. You can also cut out middle portions by using the “Split” command. Both are under the “Clip” pull down menu. Split the video into segments, then delete segments you don’t want using the regular delete key.
5. It’s time to add music. If the original audio is necessary (your friends NEED to hear your drunk boss!), skip this part. However, if you want to give your video a cool music video feel, you can edit in music in Movie Maker. Again, you will Import, but this time choose “Audio or music.” Most audio files will work in Movie Maker. Once imported, drag and drop into the row for audio in the timeline at the bottom of the page (into the row below your video). You may find a certain portion of the song works most effectively, and if that’s the case, you can edit the audio file the same way you edited your video file (split and delete). Finding just the right segment of music can be extremely time consuming, depending on how meticulous you are. Play the video in the box in the top righthand corner to review your work.
6. Once you have the audio and video the way you like it, you need to look again to the task menu on the left and under “Publish to”, choose “This computer.” It will ask you if you want to compress the file. This is really only necessary if you plan on emailing it to someone. You don’t need to do it for Facebook.
7. Sign on to Facebook and go the Profile page. Click on “Upload video.” For most people, it’s on the top of the page.