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How to make a book trailer
how to make a book trailer
photo story 3
By Teacher Librarian Michelle Harclerode:
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Click above on the Prezi and learn how to make a book trailer
Quick tips about making book trailers
This is not a book report, it is an old fashion book talk.
Get really big pictures.
Use advanced searches for images.
Script writing and image searching go hand in hand.
Get the narration right.
Think end game - how am I going to share this?
Youtube, Schooltube, my own web or wikisite, school news.
- at bottom
- to use when making trailers
This is the big picture above. Scroll down for a 7 part break down on how to make a book trailer. Although these instructions are created for the simple but classic Photo Story the basics can be applied to many video editing programs. The book trailers I create for the Sunshine State Readers are done with Adobe Premiere Elements 14.0 and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, while most students are using Photo Story 3 or Windows Live Movie Maker. If you are a teacher or adult wanting to learn video editing please click on the Teacher Tutorials and Tips.
Video Tutorials on Various Editing Programs:
Photo Story 3 video
: free and easy
Photo Story 3 with windows 7
Windows Live Movie Maker
Adobe Premiere Elements
- Timeline editing
Video Resource tools
by R. Byrne
Free Online Editor - Stupefix: Richard Byrne
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
- what I use/ professional
Adobe Creative Cloud
Youtube version of student book trailer
examples with advice on right.
For schootube version go
Think: Get Your Idea
Pick the right book.
Watch other trailers and get ideas.
Write down your narration/script.
Get the basic book info for titles.
Author/ Title/ Reading Level
Watch other student made trailers
What did you like or not like?
Were the pictures fuzzy - narration too soft?
Was the image on too long? Story confusing?
Focus on just the main problem and characters.
Short sentence - 1 image.
Long Sentence - 3 images.
Really Big Pictures
Select Safe Search
Copyright Free/ or modifications allowed
Note the photographer
& the url for photo [credit document]
1280 by 720 or bigger
[no smaller than 640 by 360]
Search character:use the word portrait
Save full size to your folder.
Not the thumbnail.
Import your pictures.
Arrange the pictures.
This part takes time.
See these other image sites
recommended for reuse or public domain.
CC Search more than one site
LIbGuides with Joyce Valenza
complete and up to date list
to get correct image attribution
Add Narration & Titles
Import background colors for titles.
Go to narration & type your script.
You are matching pix to words.
Do you have enough pictures?
Try narrating in one setting.
Is you voice loud enough?
Improve: Edit & Flow
Does it flow?
Does it have focus?
Enhance your trailer with editing.
Crop pix [if needed]
Add a title:
Add an effect
Transitions - keep the same save dramatic transitions for dramatic part of script
Lay down your soundtrack
Add Background Music
Make sure it is real low.
Does it match the mood?
Enhance the story?
Other sources of background music
by Kevin MacLeod
Free Audio Music Youtube
List of free sound and music
complied by Larry Ferlazzo
Take Another Look
Evaluate and Redo
Hit the preview button again.
Check your narration.
Customize your motion.
NO DEAD AIR
Create your title frames.
Redo - and yes if you move a picture
you have to narrate it again.
Render Your Story
Photostory will render in wmv format.
This is fine for your own computer playback.
To send to video sites like schooltube or youtube you will need to convert to MP4 or
use Windows Live Movie Maker and choose recommended setting for this project.
Find out more about upload settings for video sites at Youtube
wmv upload tips
to youtube which will also work for other video sites.
Background on Book Trailers
Book Trailers are an excellent way to communicate the excitement of reading while promoting new or favorite books. Digital book talks or digital storytelling are examples of 21st century information skills in practice. You can make a book trailer using any film editing software.
Photo Story 3,
which has been around awhile, is highlighted here because its FREE and EASY for newbies to use. You can search for Book Trailers all over the web.
Student Made Book Trailers: Hints and Handouts
Look at our
Student Made Book Trailers
to get ideas. If you want to create a trailer with
Photo Story 3
this program has been replaced. You can download from a third party and photostory 3 has worked with windows 7. An excellent guide for photo story come from David Jakes you can link to
. And the following Diplomat Created handouts will also help you get started. If you have created a book trailer and would like to add it to this wiki please email Michelle Harclerode , Media Specialist at Diplomat Elementary School at
. Also check out the student
blog about making trailers
.Good Luck and have fun!
7 steps to making a trailer.docx
Steps to making a Book Trailer.docx
Title and Credits for Diplomat Book Trailers.docx
Diplomat Elementary Does Digital Storytelling.doc
Storyboard for Digital Book Trailer - blank.doc
Evaluation of Digital Book Trailers and Student Blogs.doc
What I have learned about making book trailers :
Go explore book trailer sites to get inspired. They are out there on Schooltube, You Tube and book literacy web sites.
Search for pictures [unless you use your own digital stills, film or art] and create a folder for them.
Flickr Creative Commons
is great to use for your pictures and most photos are copyright cleared with credit given.
Try using the
Creative Common Search
tools and remember to cite the image/video/ audio url
Think in terms of your main character and search teenage girl portrait, boy portrait or child portrait. Try to find more than one picture of your main character. Searching for your protagonist takes longer than object, landscape and even "feeling" photos.
Note who the photo is by to give proper credit. Also Flicker Creative Commons may not be available from the school environment.
Search for pictures 640 by 480 or larger. Google Images advanced search allows to search by image size.
Storyboard on your own or by using Photo Story 3 - which resembles a storyboard environment .
30 , 60 or 90 second trailers are best - think of making a commercial for your book. This is not a book report.
Also think pacing and continuity. The book trailers on this site average 20 photos, with most photo duration times in the 2 to 5 second range.
Open your editing program and upload your pictures.
Use any film editing software, I suggest Photo Story 3 because it is free and easier to use with anyone who is new to film editing.
Photo Story 3 Tips : We still use photostory 3 [with Windows 7]
windows photo live has replaced photostory 3
If you are new to Photo Story 3,
David Jakes' Guide to Photo Story 3
I still prefer PhotoStory 3 with elementary students as you can create narration just on that image and the music library included.
The program has defaults built in -- 5 second durations and cross fades which work fine.
If you want more control just go into the edits and start playing around.
When adding narration -a dialogue box may appear asking to
change audio settings
- say NO each time - and you will be fine.
Narration is linked to each picture - so be ready with the record and stop buttons to avoid any dead air.
After you put your narration in - you can tighten up the photo duration by selecting
under the photo.
Creating music is a great tool in this program and fun to use. Or download background music [free if you give credit] with
Music by Kevin MacLeod.
Save the story
is the last step. There are a variety of saving choices. Choose
save for playback on computer with the 640 x480 size
which is best for full screen playback. This will save it for playback in Windows Media Player.
If you want your video to be seen by a wider audience you might want to save your trailer in different formats for Mac users or to upload to Teacher Tube or You Tube. You can use
to change your file format or upload to another editing software. I have uploaded my photo story video [a .wmv file format] to Adobe Premiere Elements and quickly rendered and saved the movie to other formats : Quick Time.
Featured Websites to Explore:
Dakota State University Movies for Literacy
David Jakes' Guide to Photo Story 3
Examples of student made book trailers:
Music by Kevin MacLeod downloads free with credit byline
Zamzar for converting video files free
List of copyright friendly images and more
Other public domain free photo sites
Wes Freyer's Using Copyright
Creative Commons Search tool
Video resource tools by Richard Byrne
Keyword suggestion tool from Youtube for tagging your videos
help on how to format text
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