So, you want to create a book trailer/video, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend? Thanks to some basic computer software that might already be on your computer – if you have a reasonably current version of Microsoft Windows-called Windows MovieMaker or Windows Live Movie Maker, it’s fairly easy to do. (Mac’s have something similar, but you’ll have to look for it.)
However, be prepared to spend at least several days on it. Yes, I said DAYS. Look down this page. If this looks daunting determine whether you really don’t have the money. Otherwise, go to step one…
10. Save your images into a folder in your Pictures folder called BookTitle Trailer, where BookTitle is the title of your book.
11. Open either version of MovieMaker. At the top of the page or on the left will be the option to import pictures. Once the pictures are imported, arrange them by clicking and dragging into the proper position. A screen will appear to one side or the other showing your video in progress as you rearrange it. Somewhere on the page will be the option to change the time. Take the time to experiment with the choices on the menu. In Movie Maker Live there’s preset options under AutoMovie that are a godsend.
12. Add a picture of the cover of your book at the beginning and the end. At the beginning add two title pages, one for the title of your book, one for your name. You want viewers to remember and be able to find your book. As they say in sales, for the information to stick you have to repeat it at least three times. (Your cover, and your title and cover at the beginning and end.)
13. Add your credits at the end, there’s a button for it. Just click in the slide. Remember to credit yourself for creating it, the cover artist, the source of the images, your webpage or blog, and eventually, the source of the music.
14. BTW, if you don’t know how to do any of this, spend the money to have a professional do it for you.
15. At best, when you’re finished, you only want to have taken a few minutes of their time, no more. Watch it, several times. Get a feel for the rhythm. Look at the length of time. Are there images you could shorten? Lengthen?
16. Now you’re ready for the music.
17. There might be more sites with available music for things like trailers, but the one that works for me is freeplaymusic.com. They’re even sorted by feel. You can also use classical music as long as it’s open source. Sooooo…if it’s Bach or Beethoven you might be okay. If Yo-Yo Ma is playing it, you’re not.
18. Do a lot of listening… look at the time of the pieces. MovieMaker will let you fade music in or out…but blending isn’t really an option, so understand that two pieces of music will break abruptly. Try to pick a piece that is close in time to your piece as it exists so you have to do as little adjusting.
19. Watch your trailer. Ask a friend who’ll be honest to watch it. (I use my husband. Bless him he’s always honest with me.)
20. SAVE YOUR PROJECT! THEN go to Save Movie – For Computer. Now you can upload to YouTube or whatever. I recommend YouTube because it’s easy to share from there, or copy and paste to other sites.
You’re done. Now, unless you’ve done this several times, wait a few days. Look at it again. If you’re proud of it, share it. Remember, as time goes by you can always make a new one. Or hire someone. This is just to get you off the ground.
Good luck, I hope this helps.