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Writing => Self-Publishing Central => Topic started by: Nick on November 08, 2011, 08:06:19 AM

Title: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Nick on November 08, 2011, 08:06:19 AM
My colleague David Robinson has just written an excellent guest post for my blog explaining how he uses free software to create his own video book trailers. If this is something that might interest you, you may want to check it out...

http://www.mywritingblog.com/2011/11/how-to-create-video-book-trailer-using.html
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Andrew Biss on November 09, 2011, 06:59:47 PM
Great information, Nick. I may finally have a go at one myself after reading that. Thanks so much for sharing!
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Nick on November 10, 2011, 05:21:56 AM
Thanks, Andrew. Glad you liked David's article. Good luck if you decide to try creating a video trailer of your own.
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: HPvD on November 27, 2011, 06:07:23 AM
I also thought about possibly creating an actual Book Trailer using somewhat similar techniques, to promote a tiny little ebook that I (pre) sell on my Blog(s), only currently I don't really feel like actually doing it now or have any specific approach or ideas for it, I wonder if possibly some sort of 'Screencast' video might be an idea for promoting it, combined with some of the techniques I used before for a slightly different type of (Promo) Video....,

I once made somesort of a 'Promo Video' (actually a Photo Slide Show) It was basically a bunch of Photo's I took during my 'Early Morning Jogging on the Beach'. (with somewhat weird selfmade background Music with bird sounds)

It was intended as a video to show some nice photo's of the Upcoming Sun, to help Inspire and Motivate people for Early Morning Jogging. (the Music I made myself wasn't specifically made for this video, it was just some 'Music Compose and Mix Experiment' I had been working on that I found on my harddisk, so it probably is better to buy specific suitable Music for a Video) For example I discoverd an interesting site for finding Royalty Free Music at: http://musicbakery.com/ On my - Home Business - Lifestyle Blog (that you can find via my -Writer's Lifestyle - Blog) at the 'Featured Posts' (scrolling down) you can see the Video (Photo Slide Show) I created and although the Music might be a little weird, I do think that at least the Photo's can Inspire for Early Morning Jogging :)






Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Andrew Biss on December 27, 2011, 11:09:22 AM
Well, Nick, having a little (and very rare) extra time on my hands due to the Christmas break, I finally went ahead and had a go at making a book trailer for The End of the World (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004RZ26E2). I used Windows Movie Maker, which was pretty simple to use once I'd played around with it for a bit. And I used music by Kevin MacLeod, as David suggested in his blog post. Anyway, I do hope anyone who's interested will take a look:

The End of the World (Official Book Trailer) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rECcib02NyQ)

Have a Happy New Year everyone!
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Grey Colson on December 28, 2011, 07:40:41 AM
I think book trailers are a great idea and I plan on giving it a shot. 'Code of Misconduct' will not be released until mid-summer, so I have a few months to play around with it. But I need to make some video at the beach and that will have to wait. I really, really need to retire so I can devote the time I need to it.

::bangingheadagainstthewall::  :-\
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Miss J Bouchard on December 28, 2011, 08:12:02 PM
Well, Nick, having a little (and very rare) extra time on my hands due to the Christmas break, I finally went ahead and had a go at making a book trailer for The End of the World (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004RZ26E2). I used Windows Movie Maker, which was pretty simple to use once I'd played around with it for a bit. And I used music by Kevin MacLeod, as David suggested in his blog post. Anyway, I do hope anyone who's interested will take a look:

The End of the World (Official Book Trailer) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rECcib02NyQ)

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

Great trailer! Thanks for posting it~
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Miss J Bouchard on December 28, 2011, 08:13:38 PM
My colleague David Robinson has just written an excellent guest post for my blog explaining how he uses free software to create his own video book trailers. If this is something that might interest you, you may want to check it out...

http://www.mywritingblog.com/2011/11/how-to-create-video-book-trailer-using.html

Thank you for the info, I was also wondering how to go about it~ Next stop, ebooks! :)
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Andrew Biss on December 28, 2011, 08:55:20 PM
Thanks very much indeed, MJB!  :)
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Miss J Bouchard on December 28, 2011, 09:32:03 PM
You are most welcome! Do you think it would work for a children's book? I am wondering if there might end up being more info in the trailer than there are words in my book! ha!
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Andrew Biss on December 29, 2011, 01:32:38 AM
Absolutely, MJB! The thought behind a trailer is to suggest, not to tell, so you should feel free to show images or video that give the feel of your book, rather than some step-by-step breakdown of it.

Give it a go - I'm sure you'll come up with something terrific!
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Miss J Bouchard on December 29, 2011, 01:56:13 AM
I did a mock up of one already :) I found a 54 second music clip that would work, now I need some good pics to insert so I can get it out there. I don't have the book totally completed to my liking or cost yet anyway, so I have time, but I was so excited to do it!  :D I'm going to work on the word clips next. I made a video with movie maker before and I enjoyed it, so this being for my book will be brilliant! I am super stoked! Your video was so rad that it put me in a silly mood and as a result I had a really cheesy status making my friends laugh with me!! This writing circle make me so happy! I am going to post your trailer on my fb! Now it's time for a glass of wine~
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Andrew Biss on December 29, 2011, 09:08:35 AM
That's quick work! Well done! Like you, I really enjoyed playing around with Movie Maker - it really is a lot of fun! Thanks again for the lovely comments on mine, and especially thanks for posting it on your FB page!

Enjoy the wine and have fun making the rest of the trailer!  :D
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Miss J Bouchard on December 30, 2011, 01:42:23 AM
:) You're welcome and you're welcome! I can't wait to have good pictures to upload, then I will post it for you to see before I present it to anyone, if you would be willing to give me your opinion, I would appreciate it! I do have to have the book on the 'shelves' first before I send it out, but it would be fabulous to have it done and ready to go! I think I love the particular music you chose. It just made it fun and gave it a sense of humor.

so, I am off to greet some newERbies so I can alter my profile ;) Have a great evening!
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Andrew Biss on December 30, 2011, 05:13:22 PM
I'd be flattered to give my opinion on your trailor! And I'm so glad you liked the music in mine. I wanted to try and lighten it up a bit as the subject matter is pretty dark, but the book itself is full of humor - so I'm glad it worked!

I used the royalty-free work of Kevin MacLeod:

http://incompetech.com/

He has so much to choose from, so there's something for everyone.

Hope yours is coming along swimmingly!
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Miss J Bouchard on December 30, 2011, 06:56:43 PM
I read that Nick used him so I went straight to his site, and after I watched your trailer the second time, I noticed that you had also used his music. It took over an hour of listeneing to his stuff but I found one that worked really well. My book is about a boy who is terminally ill with cancer so it had to be on the lighter side and ironically I found a song called 'happy boy end theme'... yikes, anyway, it worked and I just need good copies of the pages and have my brother edit the text to make sure it is relevent and catchy :) Then it will be ready to go! It's only 54 sec but I think for a picture book, I don't need much more :)

I am currently reading Nicks ebook on writing a proposal. I have not moved forward with writing my entire life because I did not know 'how' to get started. I am so grateful for getting hooked up with his page. I am not even sure how I did now, but I started a new book yesterday and I am so excited to learn that I don't have to finish it before I send it out! To think I wasted all these years just living! haha!

I always said I would grow up and be a writer, I am now wondering when I will grow up!  ;D

MJB
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: Andrew Biss on December 30, 2011, 07:29:43 PM
Your book sounds really interesting, MJB. And I think roughly a minute is great for a book trailer - enough time to get people hooked!

Anyway, I think all that living makes you a better writer  :)

As for me, I'll never grow up  :D
Title: Re: Creating a video book trailer
Post by: millsja on January 03, 2012, 01:18:09 PM
I would like to thank you starting this thread.

After reading it, I found a local podcaster's support group in the Boulder/Denver area.
We are going to have a meetup in one of their studios in just a few weeks.
In addition to trailers, I would like to learn to create podcasts of me reading my stories
(I might as well take advantage of almost 50 years on stage.)

Thanks again.

Yours,

... Jim