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Thursday, October 20, 2011

An Easy Way to Make a Video Book Trailer

I recently read a blog post by my colleague - and regular guest poster on this blog - David Robinson, explaining how he created a video trailer for his new murder mystery, A Halloween Homicide.

The approach David took is one any writer could adopt, even if they have limited videographic or technical skills. As he explains in his blog post about creating the trailer...

Turns out, it’s not as difficult as I thought. Using my latest release, A Halloween Homicide, I took the blurbs for the book and developed the captions from it. Then I selected a range of photographs to go with them, and set to work with Windows Movie Maker.

Choosing the soundtrack and then marrying the frame changes to match it was the hardest part, and all up it took me a full day, but the results, while not spectacular, are pleasing...

As indeed they are. Here is the actual trailer, so that you can see it for yourself...

If you are receiving this post by email or RSS, you may need to visit my blog to see the embedded video.

Windows Movie Maker is a free program provided on most Windows computers. You can also download the similar Windows Live Movie Maker free of charge.

If you've never used Movie Maker before, it may take an hour or so to get to grips with it, but really it's a very simple and intuitive program. I've used it myself for editing home movies, but not for book trailers (yet). Obviously, you don't get all the bells and whistles of professional movie-editing software, but for simply putting a quick trailer together, it's more than adequate (as David's example proves).

I look forward to hearing how successful the trailer turns out to be for David in generating interest in A Halloween Homicide. And I hope to persuade him to return in a few weeks' time with a guest post discussing the results he has obtained.

So have you tried creating your own book trailer, and did you use Windows Movie Maker or some other program? Please leave any comments below, including a link to your own trailer if available.

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