Create Book Trailers For Free
Posted On: 2014-04-30
by: Mercedes Tabano

April
30, 2014
There are many ways to create a book trailer. Most involve specialty tools, technical skills or a lot of money. However, if you don't have a lot of money, skills or tools, there are still ways you can create a book trailer for free.

Here are some of the best resources for creating your own free and easy book trailers:

Audacity

This free audio recording software enables you make a recording of your own voice just by speaking into your computer's microphone. Additionally, it also enables you to layer music, sound effects and more. Once you export it as an MP3, then you use it in any video editing software, including Microsoft Windows Movie Maker.

Archive.org

This site wants to catalog and store the whole world. Because of this, it has a large amount of public domain works in its collection. Not only images, but books, movies and even music which are in the public domain can be found here. It's important to note that not everything on this site is public domain. So be sure to look for the words 'public domain,' public domain mark' or a copyright date prior to 1921.

Pixabay

Of course, a movie needs images and that's where this next site comes in. This site features public domain images from modern sources. You can use these images for any purpose you like. Best of all, there's no need to worry about copyrights. Everything on this site is under one public domain license that can be used for any purpose, even commercial.

PowerPoint

Though not a free program, it does come with MS Office Suite. Therefore, as a writer, you probably already have one. PowerPoint is as easy to use as Microsoft Word. It also has several premade designs for you to use that determine everything from background, to fonts, to colors. This guarantees you a professional looking final video.

Plus, it has the added benefit of being able to export the finished slide show as JPGS. This makes them easy to import into Windows Movie Maker.

Microsoft Windows Movie Maker

This is one of the key softwares for creating free video book trailers. Though Microsoft discontinued updates to Movie Maker a while ago, it was always freeware. Today, you can download it from any number of reputable sites. It was free when it was supported, and it's still free now.

This software is one of the easiest to use for even non-technical types. Simply add your slide images, some transitions, audio and save. Then save it as 'best playback for my computer' and you have yourself an easy to use, professional looking video. If you'd like to get advanced with it, you can insert parts of other videos, such as ones from stock video sites.

CamStudio

If you don't have a copy of Microsoft Windows Movie Maker, another option is to use PowerPoint and CamStudio. CamStudio is a free video screen recording software. To create a movie with it and PowerPoint, simply record your slideshow as it's being shown. You can even get fancy using PowerPoints' own native effects for special effects. Effects like fly in/out and animated gifs can make your movie more animated.

Today, there are many options for creating your own video book trailers even if you don't have a large budget to work with. Even without a video camera, there are options for you. Free has never been so easy or yielded such a professional result.

Until Next Time,
Mercedes Tabano