Hello everyone. Today’s Marketing post is about book trailers.
Here is the latest trailer I have made for my latest book Ninja School Mum.
The problem I came across when creating this video, is that I work from a Mac computer. This threw up all sorts of issues when I tried to save the file as a movie to publish on Youtube. Transitions were lost and the music disappeared. I searched the internet and there are not many solutions unless you download new programs onto your computer. I managed to get around the problem this way:
- I designed my sides and added transitions.
- I added music. This must be WAV and not MP3, as MP3 will not register on Youtube correctly.
- I also checked that the music was added to each slide by clicking the transitions tab, then clicking the sound tab, this is found under the duration tab. On the sound tab, scroll down until you find your uploaded music file and click to add.
- Make sure your timings and music match. If they don’t you can click the format audio tab and select ‘loop until stopped,’ on the playback tab.
- Next you need to convert the file.
- I downloaded a free version of Quick Time Player.
- Keeping your powerpoint presentation open to the slideshow tab, click on your Quick Time file tab and go to ‘New screen recording. A small recording icon appears in the window.
- Selected the tiny arrow next to the red record button and add your sound. This is the third option.
- Click the red record button.
- A box appears to tell you to click the screen to record. As soon as you click the play button on Powerpoint presentation, Quick Time Player records it.
- Play your whole book trailer.
- Click exit at the end, as you would to end the slideshow.
- Click on Quick Time Player and it will ask you to save the file.
- On Quick Time Player, open recent file and find your new file.
- You can trim the beginning and end of your video here. Click ‘edit and ‘trim’.
- You will be shown the video in still form.
- Drag the slider at the bottom across the video and click trim to take out the bits you don’t need at the start or end.
- Save your video and upload to Youtube.
- You will lose some fluidity, but this is the best result I had from the different practices I tried. I hope it helps!
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28 thoughts on “Making a book trailer.”
I love your trailer, Lizzie. This post is very interesting and helpful. Thank you! 😀 xx
Excellent work Lizzie. I don’t know how you even made this, lol. Who has time to learn yet another job for us self publishers? Even with your instructions, it frazzles me. 🙂
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Awesome tips, Lizzie. You did a fabulous job on this. Bravo! I love how the letters fall away. High five to you!
I’m working on my trailer for The Heart’s Lullaby. 🙂
Thanks Natalie. High five! I’m glad you enjoyed my book trailer. I can’t wait to see yours.
Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
Check out this great post from Lizzie Chantree’s blog on making a book trailer.
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Thanks for the tips, Lizzie. Your book trailer turned out GREAT!!!
Love your trailer! Excited about your new book! I am just learning to do trailers. My daughter comes over and blends it “Better” for me. I have a lot to learn. Thanks for sharing!
That’s great. Working with family is wonderful. I think most of us are still learning:)
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Thank you for the wonderful reblog Kim.
That’s a great trailer, Lizzie – when it’s all your own work it’s sweet to see it all come together! 😀
Thanks Jan! I wanted to have it ready for the #RRBC book trailer party:)
Thanks for the tips, Lizzie!
I did a trailer for the first book I published but haven’t done any since. I might have to play around with creating one again!
That’s great news Mae! I look forward to seeing it:)
Oh, it’s really old, Lizzie. I did it back in 2012 for my first published book, Weathering Rock. If you’re interested in taking a peek at the trailer, you can find it here:
Thanks Mae. I’ll take a look.
If you used iMovie (free on the Mac) – it should have provided options to save in several movie formats, including Quicktime, Lizzie 😀
Unfortunately, i’d already made the trailer in Powerpoint. I’ll give iMovie a try next time though. Thanks for the tip.
There are also quite a few video / slideshow maker apps in the Mac store, that are easier to use than iMovie, Lizzie – I try the free versions first, and if they’re any good, buy them (I have several) 😎
Which ones would you recommend?
The three I use most:
Photo Movie Maker Pro – Fine – to compose the slideshows and add sound
Photo Video – Photo Slideshow – as above
VideoPad Professional for final adjustments / merging videos and/ or add sound
Others I have, but not used enough to assess properly yet:
Movie Editor Ultimate – Mosaic Cut Lite
Movie Edit Pro – Merge Video Image Editor
Photo Movie Maker – Slideshow Lite
Photo Slideshow Maker-Pro Lite
Photo Theater Pro
Video Editor MovieMator Pro
Trailer turned out well, after all that!
Lol:) Thank you. I’m glad you liked it.
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Thank you for the wonderful reblog.