Due to security reasons, most major email clients and platforms do not allow you to embed videos in emails. While some do support HTML5 videos, it's a complicated process, and there's a chance that most recipients won't be able to see the video in their inbox anyway.
But by using a practical solution, you can ensure that all recipients of your emails can see your video if they choose to: use a static screenshot of your video and place a play button on it, or create a GIF instead. Then link it to your video.
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Once you've saved your screenshot to your computer, you can upload it to Canva and place a play button on it.
To create your screenshot:
If you prefer to do this process online, you can use programs like Photoshop or GIMP to achieve the same results.
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To download GIFS created with Gifs.com, you'll need to sign up for a free account, and if you're creating a professional email, you might want to consider the upgraded account for $7.99 per month. (That said, the watermark is somewhat inconspicuous, only in the bottom right corner of the GIF.)
To create your GIF, do the following:
Now that you have your image or GIF ready to go, you can upload it using your email client, platform, or newsletter service of choice. This process will vary depending on how you plan to email them:
What tips and tricks do you use to share video content via email? Let us know in the comments.