Friday, July 27, 2012

Editing Pictures or Video Part 1

Making A Book Trailer

You may look at me and say there is no way I can make a book trailer.  Trust me, it's easier than you think.  The hardest thing is finding the right pictures, and then getting permission to use them.  Every picture site can be different.  A lot of the free sites don't care if you use their pictures, but always read the fine print.  Some photographers want credit, others just say they don't want anything.  I always prefer to thank the person in print at the end of the book trailer for sharing their images.

Keeping up with everything  can become tedious. If you are like me and have a lot of images it's best to save the name of the photographer, and the site on the thumbnail for later use.  Then, at the end of your video, you can thank anyone and everyone for their contribution.  Everyone likes to see their name on the big screen, even if it's only a book trailer on u-tube.

My advise is pretty much the same when it comes to music. There are free sites that offer music, and some that charge a small or large fee.  Always read the fine print, and save any links or sites that you might possibly need in the future. 

There are so many ways to make a book trailer or a family video.  I have personally used, Windows Movie Maker, and Wondershare DVD SlideShow Builder Deluxe.  You can also Google movie maker and find all kinds of results.  Again some are free, some not so free.

I bought Wondershare, a few yeas ago for close to eighty dollars. I just love it.  I've made about fifteen videos with it.  Some of them have been for the family, some have been promo videos for the new Hangout Networks show hosted by Jason Matthews & AC Cruz, called Indie Authors

It's simple and easy to use.  I'll post links below to some of the videos I've made with theWondershare software. Also, let me say I am not being paid by them to advertise, and if you buy their product I don't guarantee anything, nor do I receive anything, when, and if you purchase one of their many products.  I just really think it's a very useful software. 

Full Hard drive ?
I will say that if you're computer is like my older computer, and your hard drive is filled with thousands of pictures, this software will not work very well at all.  I thought the software was defective, and it didn't use it much for about a year.  Then I got a new computer, moved the software to the new Lenovo, and was amazed at the difference.

It takes about fifteen to thirty minutes to make a short video. Right now I'm editing an hour long video and it's about 44 percent.  I'm guessing it will be about another thirty minutes or close, until it's done.

Known Bugs
I have one complaint. The upload button that is supposed to upload my videos directly to u-tube doesn't seem to work. I'm not sure why.  I haven't done much research but did learn others were having the same problem. 

You can save your videos in all kinds of formats, and even post them straight to Facebook, which I've not done yet.  Today I'm bringing my thought to a close. I'll get part two up in a few days with screen shots and more details on how the Wondershare software works.

My first Book Trailer  Street Justice Charlie's Angel
Promo for Indie Authors Here

Samantha Fury
Author of The Street Justice Series
Book 1 & 2