Posting a video longer than 30 seconds to WhatsApp Status is not possible natively. However, you can use a trick to put an entire video, either from YouTube or your image gallery, without missing a chunk.
The following tutorial consists of three steps. At first, we explain how to download the video from YouTube. In the second, we show how to split into parts to publish all in Status. In the third step, you can check how to post the video on WhatsApp.
Attention: When placing a YouTube video in Status, be aware of the content's playback rights. Many platform movies are protected by copyright law.
How to download a YouTube video to put in WhatsApp Status
1. Open the YouTube app and access the video you want to post to Status. Tap on To share, situated below the player;
2. Among the options that open, go to Copy link;
3 Now go to the video download site Online Video Converter and go in the option Convert a Video Link;
4 Paste the copied link into the box provided. Keep the option MP4 selected. If you wish, you can change the video quality, which is kept as automatic by default to between 240p to 1080p. Then touch Start;
5 Wait for the process to finish and go to Download to download the content;
The video will be stored in the Downloads from your smartphone.
How to split a video to put in WhatsApp Status
By default, only videos with a maximum duration of 30 seconds are allowed in WhatsApp Status. However, for larger movies, it is best to use tools that split videos automatically.
In our walkthrough we opted for the app Story split, which lets you indicate in parts how many seconds you want to split the video.
1. Download the Story Split app on your smartphone;
2. Open Story Split. In Select folder, choose the folder Download, to more easily find previously downloaded video;
3 Tap on the movie you want to split. A preview will be displayed, go to Next to continue;
4 On the next screen, put 30 below option Split per part (divide by part, in free translation). Check that the unit of measure is in Secs (seconds). Beside, the app tells you how many parts the video will be divided into. In the case of our tutorial, at 12;
5 follow on Continues;
6 Wait for the video splitting process to complete, which may take a few minutes. When completed, the video clips will be available in the folder. Story split.
How to publish an entire video to WhatsApp Status
1. Open WhatsApp as usual and tap the tab Status;
2. Comes My status to make the publication;
3 By default, the latest photo and video files appear in thumbnail. If you need to see older videos, drag your finger from the bottom to the top of the screen;
4 Tap on the last video clip in the sequence, which will be the beginning of the video, for a few seconds. Then tap on the other parts, always from the last to the first section;
5 Confirm on OKin the upper right corner of the screen;
6 Confirm that the video order is correct and add subtitles or editing to each video individually if you wish. End the post by tapping the circle with the green arrow at the bottom right of the screen.
Since Status displays the movies published in sequence, the video looks as if it is whole, without the user having to play each part.
YouTube Video Copyright
It is important to always be aware of the rights to use a video when sharing it. After all, publishing the protected content of others without your permission may be considered a criminal offense.
In its Help Center, YouTube explains some cases. The service reports that in many countries, "when a person creates an original work that is displayed in a physical medium, they automatically own the copyright to the work."
This means that only she can use the material or tell who can use it as well. The platform further explains that there are cases called Acceptable Use. That is, those in which it is possible to use a content without the prior permission of the author.
In the United States, reproducing works of commentary, analysis, research, teaching, or reporting may be considered acceptable by the authorities. They may also be so when used for non-commercial purposes and if reproduction is for educational purposes.
Still according to YouTube, if the material is factual and not purely fictional increases the chances of having its use as justifiable. The platform also lists the myths of acceptable use. Just them:
- "If I credit the copyright owner, my use will be considered acceptable automatically";
- "Uses for 'entertainment' or 'non-profit' are automatically acceptable";
- "If I add original materials created by me to someone else's copyrighted work, my use will be acceptable."
Detailed explanations of the Acceptable Use issue of third party work can be found on the What Acceptable Use? Page created by YouTube itself. Remember that each country has its own legislation, which must be respected.
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Journalist graduated from UFRJ, writes about technology for seven years. Carioca currently lives in Portugal, the country he adopted. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, reading, watching movies, and doing series marathons. Instagram is her favorite social network, but WhatsApp saves her from missing those who stayed in Brazil.