Tip #45: Making A Video Trailer

Inspiration made a call today, care of ihelenblog. It’s all about making a video trailer for your book, to post on YouTube or wherever else. More exposure and reaching a wider audience.

This is something I’ve been aware of in the past as a potential marketing tool. But it’s too much effort. Too costly. A fool’s errand, surely?

Here’s what I managed to knock together in about an hour after inspiration struck:

Still a work-in-progress, but I thought I’d share it here to give you an idea. As I said, this video fell together in about an hour and cost nothing.

Step 1: clips

You’ll see that I’ve used a combination of dodgy MS Paint captions and public domain images relevant to the Vikingr story as a backdrop. You could also experiment with royalty-free video clips, or video and pictures you took yourself. If you’re an artist, then lucky you! Design some backdrops.

Put all of your clips into a folder and give each a number, in the order you want them to appear.

Step 2: sound

I’ve used “Epic” from Bensound, a royalty-free music repository. The only requirement was that I mention the source at the end of the video. Pick a piece which fits the tone of your story.

Step 3: assembly

You may not be expecting this, but assembling your video is actually the simplest part. I used Windows Movie Maker (which wasn’t installed on my laptop, but only took a minute or so to download). Put in your clips, drag and drop to the correct order, upload the soundtrack and you’re pretty much finished!

One thing you may have to tinker with is the timing of your clips. I’ve heard that a video trailer should be 1 minute 30 seconds or less.

Give it a go yourself!

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7 thoughts on “Tip #45: Making A Video Trailer

  1. Woo Hoo! This is excellent. Good for you. It’s not so hard when you give yourself time and like you say … it’s absolutely FREE! I feel honoured to have inspired another talented writer as yourself. Your video is great! Loving the images and the soundtrack. Look forward to seeing more!

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