The Truth About Instagram Video #IGTravelThursday

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So, let’s talk about Instagram video for a second. When it first came out, I was overjoyed and excited to eliminate Vine from my social profile, however I still have yet to do so and don’t post nearly as many videos as I originally thought I would. Why? It’s a completely different dynamic. Video posted on Vine is a completely different entity compared to video posted on Instagram.

First off, Instagram is my happy place. This is where I scroll through beautiful images taken by friends, colleagues and people that I admire. It’s calming and inspirational. When it comes to video, what may seem amazing to one person could very well just be visual noise to another. Thankfully, Instagram has an option that allows you to eliminate auto play. Bottom line – if you want to watch the video all you have to do is click on the play button. But, what makes people click? If you have a fuzzy image on the screen, I can guarantee you most people will skip your video and move on to the next thing. It has to look pretty.

Once your video is ready to publish you can choose from dozens of stills taken from that video. Just be sure to keep your hands steady as you take shots of your main image. Take the video I took last night for example.

I was dining in Tainan restaurant at Azul Beach Hotel last night and wanted to showcase the floating sushi boats. It was amazing and such a fun and entertaining aspect to the restaurant. Since the boats were moving, the stills weren’t very appealing, however there was a magnificent bubble chandelier that was definitely Instagram worthy. Had I not had the video option, I would have posted a picture of that chandelier, rather than the sushi boats. At the end of my video, I focused on the chandelier, moving slowly all the way down. At the end, I was able to capture a clear still that was still a pretty Instagram shot and if you wanted to watch the video, you had a cute surprise waiting for you thanks to the sushi boats.

Bottom line – if you want to create great Instagram videos, get creative and make sure you have a stellar still to highlight it with!
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A mom to two girls and a baby boy, a writer and the publisher of Child Mode. As a lover of style and fashion, Nadia found her ‘niche’ and love of children’s clothing while searching for quality items for her family.


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  1. Kymri

    September 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I saw your insta-video this morning and thought it was brilliant! I too continue to use Vine when I can, but when there’s no internet you get kinda stuck on one until you can upload it, then miss other opportunities. At least with instagram you can save a video and post later from the camera roll.

  2. Chasing the Donkey

    September 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Ah huh! So that’s the trick…..!

  3. Kim-Marie Evans

    September 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Ok, now I’m dying to see this video. Why didn’t you put it in your story.?Also, you have very cute toes.

  4. Nadia Carriere

    September 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I did! Can you not see it? Hit refresh maybe… Oh and thanks. The color is “Trophy Wife” by Essie. Hee.

  5. Leigh Powell Hines

    September 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I watched your video last night. I don’t watch a lot of videos for the same reasons you stated, but yours worked last night. I watched it.

    Great post.

  6. Elena

    September 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Great points- I was just starting to get better with Vine when IG video came out and although I have experimented with it here and there, I am not quite “there” yet.

  7. Ciaran Blumenfeld

    September 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Love those glass bubbles! My daughter is always showing me videos on insta done by teens that blow me away. So much in such a short time. It’s inspiring. Trip looks great. Can’t wait to hear more.

  8. Katja of Skimbaco

    September 13, 2013 at 3:56 am

    I actually had to take Vine out of my phone, was running out of space. I have not really gotten into IG video yet, but maybe all I need is some sushi boats to get inspired? ;) (which look amazing by the way!) I love your point about the good still image and video being “added surprise”.

  9. Satu VW / To Destination Unknown

    September 15, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I’m still to try the video option in Instagram, I agree with what you said, it HAS to look pretty in the preview image. Often times the videos don’t play properly for me on my phone, so I have to be very intrigued to even watch them. Loved yours though! :)

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