FYI – I have a macbook air.
Step 1: I licensed four HD footage clips from Shutterstock Cost $369 for five clip bundle
Step 2: I licensed one music clip from Shutterstock Cost $49
Step 3: I bought an app called Movie Maker from apple’s application store Cost $29
Step 4: I dragged the video clips into Movie Maker and trimmed them to approximately seven seconds each.
Step 5: I made an image, which consisted of a 3D book cover that my cover designer made for me and a freeze frame image that I grabbed from from one of the video clips. I wanted to change the coloring of the freeze frame image from the video clip, so first I opened the clip in iMovie and then using the adjust tool I was able to change the coloring so it better matched my book cover. Then I saved the modified video clip and opened it in quicktime and then pressing edit and copy when I found the frame I liked. I then pasted the freeze frame image along with the 3D cover image into power point (yeah I know – real ‘high tech’ of me), grouped them together and saved them as my final image and dragged that image into Movie Maker.
Step 6: In Movie Maker, I ‘trimmed’ the image so that it would only play for 2 seconds.
Step 7: In Movie Maker, I added transitions between each clip. The first transition I used was called ‘exposure’ and I used the transition ‘dissolve’ for the other three transitions.
Step 8: I tried to add the music in Movie Maker. But it would not work at all. I gave up.
Step 9: I built the movie (with no music) in Movie Maker. I then opened the movie in iMovie and dragged in the music clip. I trimmed the music clip to 30 seconds in iMovie. I ’rounded off’ the end end of the music in iMovie and then pressed the ‘share’ button and selected ‘file’, providing me with a 30 second video clip that I saved into my documents folder.
I provide these instructions with some hesitation. When I first started self publishing in 2012, I made my own covers using a combination of my mothers drawings that I ‘colored in’ and the ‘Kindle Cover Creator’. Suffice it to say, I found my covers on those websites where ‘bad covers’ are posted and a bunch of people laugh at them. In 2014, I found a cover artist. This year I invested in a nice website and Mark Dawson’s Facebook advertising class. My plan was to wait until 2016 and hire someone to make a video for me. I learned my lesson the first time. However, instead of waiting, I made a video. Sigh. I have no idea if it will help me sell books, but it was an amusing process.