How to Make and Add Thumbnails For IGTV Videos

How to Make and Add Thumbnails For IGTV Videos

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We all know how important it is to have a YouTube video thumbnail. They are the most important aspect of loading up a video to the platform. Well, Instagram is no different. Having a great IGTV video thumbnail is essential if you really want people to watch your video. That is why you uploaded it, right? Well, today, I am going to show you how you can upload your thumbnail for your IGTV video.

thumbnails for IGTV videos

Making Thumbnails for IGTV Videos

If you don’t already have a square image for your thumbnail, it has to be 1080 x 1080 pixels. However, whatever image you have available will be automatically resized to fit the right dimensions.

You can also make a thumbnail for your IGTV image on You can also get images from a site such as Yay Images, Shutterstock or Big Stock.

Here is the thumbnail that we have used for Enchanting Woman on IGTV…

How to Add Your Thumbnails to the Videos

  • Firstly, you need to use a video editing software. Personally, I use Camtasia, but any video editing software will suffice.
  • Open a new project window and add your thumbnail and your video into the video
  • Next drag the thumbnail down to the start of your video timeline
  • Now drag the video down and make sure it starts immediately after the thumbnail has appeared.

  • Now click Export in the top right corner of the Camtasia window
  • Follow the prompts and then hit Finish.
  • Wait for your video to render. The time it takes to render depends on the length of the video.

How to Upload Your Video to IGTV

When it comes to uploading your video to IGTV, you need to follow these steps.

  • When you are logged in to Instagram, you need to click your profile.
  • Then click IGTV
  • Now click Upload and upload your video to IGTV
  • Once you have finished uploading your video and completed the information, you can click Post.

Now you have finished uploading your first video to IGTV. Congratulations!

Here is what your video will look like on your IGTV tab.

Here is what your posts page will look like with the new video…

As you will see in the image immediately above, the IGTV post is the one in the top left corner.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any more time today, you are welcome to listen to Alex’s song, Enchanting Woman here…

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