I walk you through how to add and create animated backgrounds for your livestreams.
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How to add animated backgrounds for your live streams – Video Transcript
Let me show you a really quick and easy way to add animated backgrounds to your live stream. Hi, I’m Sara Nguyen, and on this channel, I’ll help you grow your business using video on social media with ease.
Animated backgrounds are a nice way of adding a little bit of colour and design and movement to your live streams. I’m going to show you how to create your own and add them to your live stream.
The software that I’m using today is Restream and they’re an incredibly easy to use and robust live streaming software that I’ve been using for years. They’ve got free and paid plans.
And if you’d like to try them out and get a ten dollar credit when you sign up, you can check out the link in my description for that. Let’s go over to my computer now and I’ll show you how to add animated background and how to create your own and upload them as well.
This is what it looks like with an animated background in Restream. I’m currently in the Restream live studio at the moment, and you can add animated background within Restream by going to the graphics tab in the top right-hand corner here.
And you can see that they’ve got a couple of already preloaded animated backgrounds that you can use simply by clicking on them and they will start to show during your live stream. At the moment, we’ve just got my camera and the animated background on the screen.
If I was to share a screen or use another layout with another presenter, then you would still be able to see the beautiful animated background. The second alternative that you can do is that you can create and upload your own.
How do you create your own animated backgrounds? I’m glad you asked. The tool that I would recommend to help you create your animated backgrounds for live streaming is Canva.
If you check out the link in the description, I’ve got a link to a 45 day free trial of the Canva Pro version. Once you’re in Canva, you can go to create a design and here you can select video or you can type video in the search.
And this will automatically open up this design type, which is also sized in the correct dimensions, which is 1920 x 1080 pixels. Go ahead and click on that and this will open up the Canva editor.
Now from here, on the left-hand side, what I want you to do is to go down to videos and then once you’re in this section, I want you to click on backgrounds. If backgrounds doesn’t appear for you here, search for background in the video search here.
I’m going to select backgrounds. And now you have access to so many different video backgrounds that you can then add to the canvas. I’m going to keep searching for something that I like.
As you can see, they have a massive range of videos that you can use from different geometric backgrounds to nature background. Keep scrolling and find one that suits you. I like this one.
All you have to do is click on it to add it to the actual canvas and then drag it to resize it. And then once you’re ready, you’re just going to title it here all you would do is click on the down button here or the download video button.
I’m going to click on the down arrow here. I’m going to download it as an MP4 video. And this will save the file to my actual desktop, which I can then go back and upload into Restream Studio to use during my live streams as an animated background.
Uploading your animated background that you created is really easy. From the Restream studio, you’ll want to go to the graphics tab and scroll down to background and then you’ll want to click on this plus icon here.
Click on that. You’ll be able to open up and choose the video that you’ve just created and then it will add it to the background section here. And once Restream has finished uploading and processing it, you’ll be able to select it and add it to your live streams.
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