Tips & Tricks

How to Turn a Video Into a Link (100% Free)

Sendspark, #1 video platform for business
May 7 2022

Looking for an easy way to turn videos into links? You’re in the right place. Sendspark is a free 3-in-1 Chrome extension that records videos and screencasts; uploads them to our server; turns them into shareable links. 

On this page, we’ll show you how easy it is to turn videos into links using our service. 

Method 1: Turn an Existing Video Into a Link

If you already have a video, you can turn it into a link in seconds using Sendspark. Just follow these steps to upload for free.

Step 1 - Create a Free Account

Get Sendspark to Turn Videos into Links

Visit Sendspark's website. Log in using Google or create a free account, then log in using your credentials.

Step 2 - Upload Your Video

Create a new video URL

Once logged in, click "New Video" in the top right corner. You'll be taken to a new page.

Upload your video to turn it into a link

On this page, click the link in the "Upload or select a video here" box... And drag your video file into the pop-up screen - or use the "Browse" feature to find it on your computer.

Step 3 - Copy Your Video Link

Share video with a link

Click the Share Video button in the top right corner. 

Multiple Options to share video with a Link

To get a regular text link, click Copy Link

To get a link with an image or GIF thumbnail, click Copy Still Thumbnail or Copy Animated Thumbnail. 

Method 2: Record a Video and Turn It Into a Link

Step 1 - Create an account and install Sendspark

Sendspark is available as a Google Chrome extension. It's compatible with all operating systems and requires no download to use. Start by going here and installing it for free. 

Once you're done, go here and create a free Sendspark account. You'll need it to record and manage your video.  

Step 2 - Get ready to record

Before you record your video, take a minute to plan ahead. You might want to...

Organize windows and tabs. Minimize or close any you don't want viewers to see. Open windows and tabs can be a distraction. 

Set logo and brand colors. If you have the Pro version of Sendspark, customize your recording with your logo and brand colors. 

Prepare your presentation. Open any apps, documents, and web pages you'll need. This will make your video smoother and more engaging to watch. 

Step 3 - Record your video

Launch Video Recorder

Now click the Sendspark icon in your browser's top right corner. 

Start Recording

Choose to record your face, your screen, or both...

And click on "settings" to toggle the countdown feature or choose your camera and mic.

Hit "record" to start recording whenever you're ready... 

And click the Sendspark icon to stop once you're done. 

Step 4 - Get Your Video Link

Get Video Share Link

Wait for your file to upload. 

Copy URL to share video via Link

To get a plain text link, click "Copy link". 

To get a link with an image or GIF thumbnail, click Copy Still/Animated Thumbnail. 

You can now paste your link anywhere you want!

Why turn a video into a link with Sendspark?

There are 3 main reasons to turn videos into links using our app.

The fastest way to upload videos

Uploading to other services - like YouTube and Vimeo - involves multiple steps.

First, you need to record and format your video. This means finding and installing third-party apps, e.g. a screen capture tool.

Once you're done with that, you have to log into your video sharing service and find the "Upload" page. Only then can you turn your video into a link.

With Sendspark, you can do all of the above quickly and with no fuss. You can record or upload your video, style it, and turn it into a link in seconds - and on one page.

High-quality videos with no compression

E-mail services and messengers - WhatsApp, Gmail, etc - compress your videos. This affects video quality and video length. Your viewer is likely to get a grainy, low-quality recording that's shorter than the original.

With Sendspark, your videos always stay high-quality and full-length. You can be sure the viewer sees every detail of what you're trying to show them.

Omnichannel videos

Turning videos into links with Sendspark lets you share them over any channel. It doesn't matter if you're sending through SMS text message, e-mail, social media, or another channel. A Sendspark video link will reach recipients in seconds - and can be sent out to as many people as you want.

Do you need a video file instead of a video URL? Not a problem. Just hit the download button after recording or uploading your video and Sendspark will serve you a ready-to-download mp4.

Create engaging content

With Sendspark, adding captions, headlines, brand colors, and logos takes seconds. When you're done, you can customize your video thumbnail. All things that help our customers increase engagement with their audiences.

The cool part is that no video editing software is required. You can quickly add these visual elements in the Sendspark web app.

When should you turn a video into a link?

Video links are useful when you want to improve...

  1. Sales. Share high-quality videos without asking prospects to download them. Attach video links to channels that don't support attachments - including SMS and corporate e-mail. Add videos to presentations and e-mails to increase engagement and conversions.
  2. Customer success and happiness. Educate, help, and empower customers by sending them links to useful videos. Once you identify common questions, create a library of Sendspark video links to guide users through common sticking points.
  3. Onboarding and L&D. Add video links (or embedded video links with video thumbnails) to your internal educational materials to enrich them.

Best practices for turning a video into a link

Share Video URL Best Practices

Add a thumbnail to your link. Visual previews increase view rates. To add one to your link, go to your video page. There, click “Edit Thumbnail” to customize your thumbnail and share using the Animated Thumbnail or Still Thumbnail buttons. More info here

Use your screen and your camera. This replicates the feeling of sitting with someone while sharing a screen. Seeing you and your screen boosts engagement and makes videos feel more personal.

Get a quality microphone. Many modern headphones come with excellent microphones. If yours don't, get a quality external microphone. This will help reduce background noise and make you easier to understand.

Clean up your screen before recording. Remove all clutter - personal tabs, windows, and apps - before recording. The fewer distractions, the more engaged and focused your viewers are going to be.

Lighting. If you record often, do so in well-lit rooms. If you can't make your room well-lit, consider getting a tabletop lamp or a more powerful light bulb for your room. It's not a big difference maker if you only record here and there - but for regular videos, lighting helps.

Bottom Line

Now you know how to turn videos into links. But that’s not all! You can use Sendspark codes to embed your video in apps like Mailchimp, Outlook, and Hubspot without uploading them anywhere. To learn more, check out our list of integrations

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