The latest version of Tasty Recipes (v. 2.6.0) includes support for step-by-step cooking videos in the instructional steps. ? ?

You may be thinking, “Wait, that looks hard… I already have way too many things to do for my blog!” We’re here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re already producing video, let’s JUICE IT! ?

You can get these little gems set up in no time. It just takes some clever editing and a little planning. 

Here to help us with our juicing (aka repurposing), we have Pinch of Yum’s Video Specialist, Emily Caruso, sharing her process and a few tips and tricks for making step-by-steps a SNAP! 

Here are the basic steps:

Break up the recipe into steps.

Before you start shooting, sit down with your recipe and make sure it’s broken up into clear steps. Identifying those individual steps ahead of time will ensure you get the right shots. 

Shoot overhead.

Get a good, clear overhead of the whole recipe, especially anything that might be confusing — we’re talkin’ about you, caramelized onions!  

Edit the entire video.

First things first, I always edit the full video. The one that is about 60 seconds long, has music and will be shared on IG & FB. Take the time here to adjust for color/exposure/any other stylistic edits you make to your footage. Basically, just edit the video as you normally would!

Chunk it up!

Follow along with the recipe steps you outlined, start pulling out those video chunks, keeping in mind these videos are purely instructional. Each of our steps is usually about 10-15 seconds, with a maximum of  30 seconds if the step is complicated. 

Edit the steps.

We already did the lion's share of our editing earlier in the process. For the steps, we like to slow them down (we prefer regular speed) and make any small adjustments to the length. Pretty easy stuff. And easier still—no music, no text! 

When you slow the speed back down to 100%, sometimes there can be bits at the beginning and end of the clip that can be cut down to shorten the overall video step. If the step is more than 30 seconds, consider adjusting your recipe steps in the recipe card to divide that up even more.

Upload to your video host.

Here we like to use Vimeo, because it gives us the most control over how our videos are displayed (autoplay, mute, loop and hide controls). In addition to the controls, we also like Vimeo because there are no ads or suggested content, both of which muck up what we’re hoping is a very clean, instructional experience for the user. And extra bonus points, the videos load faster without all that extra stuff. 

If you decide to use Vimeo for your steps, you can still use YouTube for your featured, full-length video. That's how we roll on Pinch of Yum.

While video step-by-steps might look intimidating, they really are so easy and simple. Repurpose all that stellar video content and get it working harder for you and your readers! ✨

Interested in Tasty Recipes? ?

If you’ve been tossing around the idea of giving Tasty Recipes a try, step-by-step videos might just make you pull the trigger! We’re always looking for new ways to improve Tasty Recipes, and you can be confident that we’ll keep supporting you on your blogging journey.

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