Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts written to help you create your own book trailer video.
You can, of course, pay someone to create a book trailer video for you, and whilst I am not denying that someone with design or film-making experience will do a much more professional job of it, it is perfectly possible to create a decent DIY book trailer video using photo stills, free music and a bit of imagination. I know because I created my own book trailer video, and I’m no design expert or whizz with a movie camera, yet I still think my trailer is pretty good. And it didn’t cost me anything to create it, only my time.
So if you want to give it a go, then head over to the Microsoft website and download their Movie Maker.
It operates on Windows 8.1, 7, Vista and XP, and is entirely free. Even if you’re not particularly tech-savvy, you will find it easy to use. It has movie templates you can use with title, scenes and credit frames, as well as captioning so you can add your own text.
There are also a series of effects you can choose, from the way each scene appears, say entering from the left, right or sides, to rippling and pixelating your images.
Once you have got a sequence of images, there is a button you can click to be taken to free music websites so you can choose a piece of music and add it to your video for its soundtrack.
Once your entire trailer, i.e. visuals and sound, are complete, you can click on a number of buttons, such as YouTube and Vimeo, to upload it for distribution.
There are other movie-making software out there, such as NCH's VideoPad Video Editor and Sony's Movie Studio, but not all are free and some are less easy to use than others. For the newbie on a budget, Microsoft’s Movie Maker is great.
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