How to Make Instagram Stories like a PRO!


– Do you wanna learn how
to make Instagram stories like Peter McKinnon, Jon
Olsson, or Jesse Driftwood, right from your iPhone or Android device? Well in this video we’re gonna run through a step by step tutorial
showing you how you can easily create professional Instagram stories, including some of my
favorite tricks and apps, and how to create
multiple Instagram stories quickly and easily. Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. We release a ton of content
to help you get better results with your videos faster. If you’re new here,
then make sure you click that subscribe button and all the links to everything we mentioned in this video. You can find linked in
the description box below. So let’s jump into it. Now one of the biggest
benefits with Instagram stories is how quick and easy they are to create. Simply record and post. So most people then just shoot and upload. But if you’re looking to take the quality up a notch, or five, then
there’s some simple ways you can easily edit your Instagram videos with just a little bit of extra work to create something
that really stands out. So in this video, I’m
gonna show you exactly how to do it, and my favorite apps on both iPhone and Android. And stick around to the end
because I’ll also show you my favorite Instagram story trick. A quick and easy way to
break your videos down into multiple 15 second segments to make the most of
your Instagram stories. Now while we’re stepping through, why not grab your phone,
head over to Instagram, and follow my Instagram account. Once you’re done, give you’re
Instagram handle a plug in the comments below to
share it with the rest of the primal video community. And I’ll be down in there as well. So first off, we need some apps. Now we recently released a full break down of the best apps for Instagram video on both iPhone and Android. And I’ll put a link up in the cards now if you’re interested
in seeing the options. But if you’re just
looking for the best ones that we recommend, then if you’re on iOS, check out Lumafusion and
if you’re on Android, check out Powerdirector. All right so the first area
we’re gonna focus on is with the filming of your
Instagram story content. And this is where you wanna step away from your Instagram app and use
either your built in camera app on your iPhone or Android device, or you can grab a third
party or an after market camera app, something like Filmic Pro, which will give you a
whole heap of more control over what your video
files are gonna look like. Now in this video, we’re not gonna get to
in-depth with Filmic Pro, we have done a full walkthrough
on the best settings and how to get the best out of it, and I’ll link that up
in the cards as well. There’s gonna be a lot of
things up in the cards. So open up the camera app on your phone, or Filmic Pro if you’re
gonna be using that. And the most important
thing to remember here is that the content that
you’re creating needs to be filmed in portrait,
or vertical, video. Which I never ever
thought that I would say. You don’t wanna be using landscape videos for your Instagram stories
because then you’ve gotta crop in, you gotta lose quality to be able to get them to fit and match
the rest of your story. So stick with vertical video. I know it sounds obvious, but there’s a lot of
people that miss that step. Now there’s three big
advantages with using the built in camera app or Filmic Pro to create your Instagram stories. The first is that it’s higher quality. The second is that you
don’t have a record time. You can actually record for
much, much longer periods of time because we’re
gonna be cutting that down. And the third is the control that you have over your shot. So you can lock off your exposure, you can set your focus, or if you’re using Filmic
Pro, you can do a heap of other stuff that would mimic what you could do on a
DSLR or video camera. So you’ve got a heap more control over the look and feel of the
videos that you’re creating. But it’s still really
important to keep in mind that you are creating these
for Instagram stories. So you will still wanna keep your shots nice and short wherever possible. Or film for a longer period of time, but with the intention to edit that down, so it will be nice and seamless to watch for someone watching your stories. Okay, so once you’ve got all your footage, the next step is to edit that down. Now as I said, on iOS
we’d recommend Lumafusion. On Android we recommend Powerdirector. So for this example,
I’m just gonna show you on power director on Android, but the process is almost exactly the same for Lumafusion on iPhone. Okay, so here were are in
Powerdirector on Android. The first thing you’ll wanna do is create a new project by pressing
the button in the middle of the screen. And we’ll give the project
a name, let’s call it JB. And here’s where you get
to choose if you want a widescreen video or a portrait video. So we choose 9 by 16 or
portrait, and we’ll hit okay. And you can see that this
is your editing interface. So down the top right hand side, you’ve got your export,
your settings button, you’ve also got your play, you got your timeline down the bottom. On the left hand side
you got a back button, you got your import media,
you’ve got your layers, and you’ve got your
effects button as well. So I won’t dig into too much detail, we do have a walkthrough on Powerdirector. Taking you through step by step with that. And I’ll put a link up in the cards. But the first thing you wanna
do is import your footage. So hit the media button there, and we’ll come through and
we’ll find our footage. So for us, it’s under FilmicPro. And here’s a few quick clips
of me making an iced coffee. Very exciting stuff here. So what we’ll do is we’ll
just tap on the clips, and hit the plus to drop
them down into our timeline. Next one. Next one. It doesn’t really matter
what order you’re adding them down to your timeline here. I’m sure there’s some extra
footage that I’ve shot along here as well. Once you’ve got all your footage down, we hit the back button in the top left. Now we’re back to our edit. That doesn’t matter what
order that you’ve dropped them down in as I said, because you can pick the
clips up and move them around. You can see I’m zooming in and out, just a pinch to zoom, to zoom
in and out in that timeline. So you can see that we’ve
got around three minutes of footage. It’s a lot of footage. We’re gonna cut this
down to a 15 second story so it’s short, it’s
sharp, and it’s snappy. For Instagram. Snappy for
Instagram. Makes sense. So the biggest thing
to keep an eye on here as we zoom back in is the time. So you can see here, 15
seconds is about there. So we wanna finish our video at that 15 second mark. To keep it short and sharp
for Instagram stories. Okay. So the first clip here. We’ll scrub through to see what happened. Open the freezer. And we get some ice out and
we put it down on the bench. So we’ll start this clip,
scrub along to where we want to start. Probably about here. So we’ll select the clip at that point, you can see on the left hand
side we’ve got a razor blade. So when you press that,
it’s actually split our clip in two. So I’ve got two clips. Out of that one. So we can delete the first one. So press on that and press
the trash can on the left. That clip is now gone. So we’ll come through. Open up the freezer. Grab the ice tray. And
we’ll stop it there. The other way that you
can shorten your clips is select your clip, you can grab these green
handles on either side of your clip. So we’ll grab the handle
on the right hand side. And we’ll slide that back along to where we want our clip to finish. Let’s just say … about here. And when we let it go, that’s applied that cut. So you can see now that longer clip, only goes for around three
seconds. Four seconds. And then it’s on to the next clip. So add a short bit of
this next clip as well. We’ll shorten it. So I’ll select it. And we’ll grab that handle at the start. And let’s start the clip about here. Get a bit of the walking. And we’ll finish it about there. So we’ll select our clip,
we’ll add a cut at that point. And I’ve got a short little clip in there as well now too. So it’s just a matter of going through and cutting down all the footage so that you’ve got a really
fast edit of your longer video. So I’ll give this a play now. You can start to see what we’re doing. So you can see we’re about
nine seconds in at this point. We’ve really shortened a
lot of that footage down to make it a really fast edit. So we’ll keep going through. We’ll shorten these clips down. So we’re just going through, adding cuts, removing the sections that we don’t want. It’s that simple. We’re just using those
really basic trim tools in Powerdirector. Okay, so we’ve done
our first pass on this. You can see that we’re
down to around 20 seconds. Spot on 20 seconds. So that’s five seconds too long, so maybe just go back through and cut out and make this more refined
to get it down to 15 seconds. So we’ll shorten up a
couple of these clips. Okay, so there’s a heap of time on here. We can probably shorten
this one right down. Right to the coffee
just about to come out. So there you have it. You can see out clip now
is down to 15 seconds. If we play that through. Now you can obviously keep editing this and really get crazy. There’s some really awesome
effects and tools inside of Powerdirector and
Lumafusion to really take these up a notch as well. So you can get into color grading. So just to show you some of that, if we tap on one of these clips and we come up to the pencil here. We’ve got a heap of control. You can adjust the speed, speed it up, slow it down, the volume, you can flip it, you
can play it backwards. You can adjust the color. Let’s have a good color. So then we can add some filters to it, to make it look a bit different. A bit better. Let’s go back original but
with something like this you’ll also get more
advanced color controls. So down the left hand side, you can adjust the
brightness, the contrast, the saturation of each individual clip. But you’ve also got white
balance adjustment as well. Where you can change the
look and feel of the shot and make it warmer and
cooler. Adjust the tint. To really dial in the
look that you’re after. Now you can also do
things like add in titles and graphics as well. So if we come over here
to this layers button, then you’ve got titles,
video, image, or stickers. Let’s add in a title. And you can see here you’ve
got a heap of pre-sets that you can use. So you can pick the one that you want. Let’s just amplify the
vertical and hit plus. Dropped it down in your timeline. We’re going back to get back to our edit. And you can see that is
there in our timeline. And we’ve got some text
that appears there. Says Cyberlink. So if we tap on that, we can edit the text up here. Let’s just type in coffee … coffee time. It’s always coffee time. Press okay. Now you can
use your pinch to zoom. To scale it up, to rotate it. And just the same with all the other clips that you’ve got in here. You can tap on them, you can pick it up, you can move it around. Maybe move it to the start. So you’re gonna adjust
the start and end time for your titles as well. But this is also the same
for additional footage that you wanna add on there. So we’ll make this really really short. And let’s just play that back now. Of course you can also
add in things like music. So if we come back up
here to the media button. Then go over to music. Over the horizon, that’s Samsung’s song. So we’ll hit on that. You can press the plus to
drop it down in your timeline. You can see it’s actually gonna generate a waveform as well, so you can see the visual
representation of that music track once that’s done, we can move it around and adjust it, put it where we want it. Make it zoom out. We can chop it off at the end here. We can delete the rest of it. And there you go. And then I’ve got some music in behind it. And we play that. Lovely music track, that one. Okay, so when you’re done, all you need to do is
hit the produce button in the top right hand corner. And hit save project
is always a good idea. But you wanna go produce video. And in here, all you need
to do is go save to gallery or SD card. And choose full HD. You don’t need to choose ultra HD. We can produce video. And that will save the video out. And save it to your phone. Okay, so we go over to Instagram, we go across to stories. We swipe up to bring in our video clip. There is our clip there in
the top left hand corner. We’ll select that. I’m gonna mute it though. So that we’re not infringing
on Samsung’s copyright for their music. And this is our clip. You can see it’s gonna play through. All you need to do then
is post it to your story. And the process, as we
said, is almost exactly the same in Lumafusion on iOS. When you’re editing your videos down. Okay so that’s the process
for creating professional looking Instagram stories. Now if you’re creating
longer than 15 second videos, or you wanna create videos
that stack in sequence over multiple Instagram stories, then follow the exact same process and edit a longer video
and then you’ll need one of these two apps. So if you’re on iOS the
app is called CutStory. And if you’re on Android,
the app that I recommend is called Story Split. And what these actually do
is to import your video files that you’ve just created
and they will automatically create smaller video clips
from that bigger video clip down into 15 second chunks. So then, once you’ve gone
through that process, all you need to do is open up Instagram, go to post your story, and you’ll have all the little chunks of that bigger video in the right sequence for
you to run out and post your Instagram story. So it’s such a simple tool, but really really powerful. And a really easy way to up
your Instagram story game. Especially across multiple
Instagram story posts. So now that you’ve got
the editing side sorted. If you’re interested in
getting the most out of your iPhone and Android camera,
when you’re filming your Instagram stories, check out the free guides
to getting amazing results when filming with smart phone, which are linked on screen now. And I’ll see you soon.

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