Posted in Mobile App, Music, Social Media, Tutorials

How To Add Music To Instagram Stories

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There are several ways to add music to Instagram stories. You may even have seen one of them involves playing a song of your choice on the Apple Music or Spotify app, pausing it to go to Instagram story and resume playing it via the Control Center. There are also mobile apps out there that will allow you to add music to your Instagram stories by picking from a song list within the app itself.

Once when I had too much time on my hands, I used to populate my 15-second Instagram stories with snippets of songs to emphasize the specific lyrics that came to me subconsciously. Of course the feature to add music to Instagram stories is already available but only for select countries for the meantime.

I would usually add music to Instagram stories in the following manner:

1 – Play the song on my Apple Music app and screen record the part of the song where the specific lyrics are. iOS 11.4, however, has blocked screen recording of songs being played on Apple Music and if you attempt to screen record it, you’ll get a screen recording with the sound turned off.

The reason why I do not play it on the Apple Music or Spotify app, pause it to go to Instagram story and resume playing it via the Control Center is the quality of the audio/sound. If you’ve tried this you can hear the big difference. So I go for the other option, which is playing the video of the song on YouTube and screen recording it from there.

2 – I go to the screen recorded video on my Camera Roll and, click on Edit and at the bottom of the screen would tap on the circle with 3 dots inside, which would lead me to CropVS and iMovie options for editing. I would select iMovie for trimming the recorded part to 15 seconds only.

3 – I would then open CropVS and import the trimmed screen recording. CropVS would compress it and the compressed version always makes for a quick Instagram story upload.

4 – Upon opening my Instagram story, I would select the screen recorded video. I would then tap on the pencil icon and colour selection that comes up. If my mood tells me to pick blue, I would tap on blue and press on the screen for a while until the colour blue fills the screen to cover the video. Sometimes I would add emojis or GIFs or edit it with  another mobile app called Vimo for more animated emojis.

Here are a few samples:

In A Big Country by Big Country, © Mercury 

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Intro to I Don’t Want To Live Without You by Foreigner, ©Atlantic (I edited this with Vimo mobile app)

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Intro to Lucky Star by Madonna, ©Sire Warner Bros. (Edited with Vimo)

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Posted in Mobile App, Social Network, Tutorials

Viewing Instagram Stories

Instagram already has new fonts available for Instagram stories but for now the update for this feature has not been rolled out yet for some locations. My friend in the Philippines has already started using the new fonts for Instagram stories and they look really awesome it makes me jealous for not having this update yet.

Some may not know this so I will mention it anyway. When viewing Instagram stories, you can go back to the previous story by tapping on the lower left part of the screen and forward to the next story by tapping on the lower right or upper right part of the screen. So if you want to fast forward a story (I do not know if this affects the viewing numbers), you can do so by tapping on the lower right or upper right part of the screen. Continually tapping on the upper left part of the screen would enable you to repeat a particular story from its very beginning – useful in case you didn’t catch the first part of the message of the story during the first viewing. If you want to pause to be able to read everything in the story, of course, you’ll simply hold tap on the screen and release if you’re ready to move on to the next story. These gestures, of course, work with past live stories – stories from users who recently went live which sometimes show up as a blinking play button for a while after the live session has ended.

When viewing Instagram stories, your name would be registered as a viewer on an IG public user’s story even if you do not follow each other. Even if you only had few comment exchanges in either one of your or his/her post, your name will still be registered as a viewer.

I sent a Feedback to Instagram regarding the story viewers feature and requested an option where a user can have the option to toggle between seeing all viewers’ thumbnail display pictures and simply numbers of viewers at the bottom of each story.

Posted in Mobile App, Social Media, Tutorials

How To Upload Full-Size Videos On Instagram Stories

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When you record a full-size video as an Instagram story by holding and pressing on Normal, the video would only record up to 14-15 seconds. I use an iPhone 6 Plus and I would notice even at the maximum of 15 seconds the full-size video would freeze and disappear and I could not add any text or emoji to it.

Sometimes I find it makes sense to record a single longer video using the iPhone’s camera options rather than recording it via Instagram’s Add Story options. However, even if you record a shorter video on the iPhone camera and subsequently add it as an Instagram story, you would find that Instagram story feature does not support full-size videos and you end up with cropped ones instead. (Users with Business accounts on Instagram can upload videos longer than 15 seconds on their Instagram stories.)  Some users are faced with a technical issue when uploading videos as an Instagram story and the solution to a successful video upload largely has to do with compressing the video first. Here is my solution to uploading full-size videos as Instagram stories.

In the following video, I would be splitting a 50-second video into 4 parts so it would still meet the time limit for the IG story. In order to do this, I would need to duplicate a 1 50-second video into three more. I do this by selecting the full-size video and choosing Duplicate.

Now that I have all four videos, the next step would be to go to CropVS to re-orient the video to make it fit for Instagram story sharing. I recommend going to CropVS first rather than trimming the video on iMovie because iMovie automatically crops the video once you trim it and it doesn’t look good. CropVS, on the other hand, has “fit width” and “fit height” options and it results in a full-size video once shared as Instagram story. In the video below, I selected the first 50-second video from Camera Roll and CropVS compresses it. After CropVS compresses the video, all I do is tap on Share and wait for the app to render the video and the full-size reoriented video is instantly saved to my Camera Roll.

Now that I have the full-size reoriented video from CropVS, I would click on Edit and choose iMovie. From there I would trim the video to the first 11-15 seconds.

Having gone through the full-size reorientation in CropVS and trimmed process in iMovie, it’s time to share it on Instagram as a story.

I repeated the process for the other 3 duplicate videos. Here is how it showed up on my Instagram story:

You can actually select CropVS from the Edit part on your Camera Roll. However, I would not suggest doing that because it crops the full-size video to a miniature version. Here’s an example:

I recommend opening the CropVS mobile app first and selecting the video from there.

Video of my mother and my niece is taken by my youngest sister whose voice is also heard on the video.

CropVS has in-app purchases so you may get watermark on your videos if not upgraded. iMovie is a free mobile app pre-installed with your iPhone, of course. Instagram is a free mobile app.

Update: July 6, 2018

There is a mobile app that makes splicing videos for Instagram stories and it’s called Cutstory. Go ahead and download it now.

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If you still want to crop videos first before uploading them to Cutstory for cutting and saving, I do recommend CropVS still for cropping purposes. Sometimes there are parts of a video we want to omit and CropVS would work well for that.

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Another question you might have is about how to upload full size photo to an Instagram story. There are mobile apps out there that can accomplish that task for you but if you want the basic method without a mobile app’s help, you can do so by first selecting the photo and tapping once on the center until the top and bottom parts of the screen appear black. Tap on Screenshot.

You can compare how the original photo and the screenshot image appear here:

If you want to know how to add music on Instagram stories, check out this related post as well.

Posted in Lifestyle, Mobile App, Psychology, Social Media

Alex Wallet Purchased From Instagram Seller

We all know not only is Instagram a great place for sharing photos but it has also been a burgeoning marketplace mainly because of its straightforward marketing capabilities, rivaling Facebook at that. I have purchased from Instagram resellers for a few years already and with some of the sellers I’ve done repeat purchases. The purchases I made from Instagram sellers were mainly beauty/hair products, smartphone accessories, food products and wallets. It is for the wallet department that I want to raise awareness about so other Instagram users can be made aware.

Sometime in April this year I made a purchase of the popular Alex wallet. It supposedly holds more cards than the regular wallet I had. I had seen the Alex wallet before from Instagram sellers I have followed and after a year it was still being advertised. Determined to purchase the Alex wallet at the time, I painstakingly looked through my backup OneDrive gallery to look for the screenshot I took of a few Philippine resellers who were advertising it. Browsing through hashtags for Alex wallet PH was easier though because the results gave me the updated resellers.

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Transaction was swift and soon I received the Alex wallet I purchased at PhP400. However, I did not even use it for more than a month when I opened the portions with zippers and found that from the inside the thin brown cloth lining it had been torn.

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I finally decided to purchase the card wallet at Daiso Japan two days ago and it holds the same number of cards as the Alex wallet one. For PhP88 it does seem to hold the promise of being more reliable than the Alex wallet which I purchased for almost 4x its price.

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Posted in Mobile App, Photography, Social Media, Tutorials

How To Send Uncropped Images Via Instagram Direct Message

When I first started sending out group direct messages to my friends on Instagram, I didn’t mind that the images sent via direct messages are partially cut off. That is, until I started to send more images or photos with text on them and the obsessive-compulsive personality in me inwardly protested. I found a workaround for it and it does solve the partially cut off dilemma in most images.

 

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Right within the DM feature when you select a photo, an arrow up button sends the photo. From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 

 

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From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 
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Instead of uploading the image directly within the DM platform, an alternative would be to go to the photo feed or the home menu of Instagram and click on the Plus button which serves the same function of uploading photos. 
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After clicking on upload photo, this is what you would then see on the screen. On the left side is the adjust image button. Just click on it to retain the original size of the photo. 
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A look at the adjusted photo just before clicking on Next
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After clicking Next, you’ll see Filter options
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Don’t forget to click on Direct. 
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Compare the uploaded photos.