Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Mirror Book Trailer

I made a new book trailer using Windows Movie Maker. It only took three hours instead of three days. Now, before you go crazy thinking that three hours is indeed, a really long time, let me explain. I'm sort of inept when it comes to technical things.

I put metal in the microwave. If an electronic is making a weird noise, I turn it off and keep my mouth shut. I used to hit the VCR when it started to screech, and it would usually stop. Seriously.

So it's a miracle I can make a book trailer at all.

I did have a teensy bit of trouble with the music. See my USB drive is broken (or something, it just stopped working. I have that affect on small devices.) so I had to email all my pictures and sounds to myself to get them from the Mac to the PC. This worked beautifully--except for the song I wanted to use. It was a m4p file. Yeah, I don't know what that is.

Neither did my PC. So I burned a CD. Popped it in the PC, ripped the songs using Media Player, budabing, budaboom, shoulda worked. Not so much. But when I ripped the songs, it put them in another file somewhere--I don't know where, trust me. Somehow I found it and dragged the song I wanted to the desktop. That's pretty much all I know how to do. Drag and drop.

Then I was able to import the song into Movie Maker. Whew. The song part took at least an hour. Oh, and then Movie Maker saves the file with like forty letters behind it as the file type. YouTube couldn't recognize it, neither could blogger or wordpress.

Just as I was about to give up, I read the help section. Sometimes that works. I was able to save my movie as a .wav file and upload it to YouTube.

That's all included in the three hours people. So it didn't take that long. Reading this probably made you want to take a nap, though. I sure feel like I need one!



H. L. Dyer said...

Yay for Windows Movie Maker!

Looks great, Elana!

ali said...

Oh. My. Gosh.

I had no idea!!!

That was fantastic! What a fun idea!

And really? When can I read your darn book? Now that I've seen that ... one chapter just isn't enough.

Jessica V. said...

LOVE it! Makes me want to READ IT!!

ElanaJ said...

You guys are so sweet...I'm still stewing about a couple of things. The fact that the durn thing in on the PC has kept me from changing it.

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