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How to make a book trailer video using Animaker?

Ever wondered how you choose to watch movies? Out of a myriad of ways, people usually end up watching a movie after watching its trailer. Similarly, if you are an author, a good book trailer can help create the necessary buzz needed to attract curious bibliophiles on Day 1 of release. That’s great, but how effective is video promotion? You’d wonder.  According to Impactbnd, A well-planned video promotion can fetch a whopping 66% conversion, which is the highest conversion in the market compared to other marketing means out there. Which means the probability for a better conversion here is more. In simpler terms, there are high chances for a bibliophile to purchase your book after checking out the book trailer for your self authored publication.  Now we can all agree that Book trailers are awesome at getting you the much needed pre-release hype. But, how does one get a book trailer made for themselves? Does one have to hire a video agency? And how big of a hole is it going to leave on my bank account? Well, worry not because you can use Animaker’s Book Trailer Maker to create your own trailer for Free! Yes! You heard me right. It’s Free. And making a Book Trailer by yourself is easier than you think.  You can make a book trailer in two ways on Animaker: 
  1. With an existing Book trailer template 
  2. Creating one from scratch 
To start, you can create a free account on this page

How to edit a Book trailer template? 

Editing & improvising the existing book trailer templates is easier than you think. It won’t take more than 10 minutes if you follow the below steps to create your own book trailer.   
    1. Once you login to your account, you will land on the application dashboard. On the dashboard, you will see various templates categorized according to their use cases. If you want to find a specific use case, you can use the search bar. In our case, we will be searching for “Book Trailer.” Book trailer maker dashboard
    2. Once you search, you will be taken to the moments’ page where you can find the available templates for the searched term. In our case, It is book trailers. You can preview each template by clicking on the ‘Preview’ button. If you wish to proceed with any template, click on ‘Use.’ Book trailer templates
    3. When you click on the ‘Use’ button, a new tab will automatically open, and the template you chose will be created as a new project.Book trailer maker interface Here, you can see the main project is split up into different sections : WorkSpace: The center space is the canvas where the different elements of the video like text, clips, images are assembled. Library: The section on the left is where you can find every kind of asset you need right from stock videos, photos, music, text, and even animated effects. The library section also has the upload option, which allows you to upload your own files. Scenes: The section you see on the right is the scenes section. You can use this to manage the different scenes in your project. You can also add, duplicate, or delete scenes in this section. Timeline: The section on the bottom is the timeline section. Here you can adjust the duration of visibility for each element used in the video. There are three different timelines: - Animation timeline - The specific timeline for the specific scene to manage and edit all elements & animations - Video timeline - The overall timeline for the complete project - Camera timeline - The timeline to manage camera effects

How to customize the Book trailer template?

Step 1: Upload and insert your media into the template.  Step 2: Customize the text that’s in the template  Step 3: Add background music Step 4: Download your book trailer Now Let’s dive a little deeper into the different steps involved in customizing the template!  Step 1: Upload and insert your media into the template  Upload all the media that you are planning to use in the book trailer in the ‘My Uploads’ section. And here’s how you can upload your media-  Add image to your book trailer In the uploads section, click on upload and select the media files you want to add in your book trailer.   Upload image to your book trailer   Once you click on the Upload button, a new window will open where you can select the images or videos to be uploaded.  Add image to your book trailer Once uploaded, click on the background image that is already in the template. Once you do that, an item menu will open which has several options. Choose the swap option to swap the current background to the one you desire from the uploads section. Add image to your book trailer Step 2: Customize the text that’s in the template  Now simply click on the text element to edit and customize the text according to your need. You can change the font size, font color, spacing, and more on the text using the text settings. Customize text in animaker In the text settings tab on the right side, you can change to different fonts or even upload your font. Add font from font library In the same tab, you can also change every aspect relating to the font, and even an entry & exit effect. Customize font animaker Alternatively, if you decide to add your own text instead of editing the existing one, you can pick one among the tons of Pre-built text options or you can pick a blank text box and edit it to look the way you want. pre built text animaker Step 3: Add background music Once you have modified the text, the next step will be to finalize the music track for your book trailer.  The premade template comes with its own music to match the theme. If you want to change the default one, first delete the existing music track. To do that, head over to Video Timeline view and tap on the music track to open its item menu and click on delete.  Add music to timeline If you wish to change the music, you can head over to the music section where you can find a massive library of tracks to suit your mood. Animaker music library To ensure the music plays throughout your Book trailer, go to the first scene and add the music. Once you add the music to your timeline, drag both edges of your track from the beginning of the first scene to the end of your last scene. Music timeline animaker You can also upload your own music in the uploads section or in the music section.  Step 4: Download your book trailer Now that you have created your beautiful book trailer, it’s time to download it to your computer. Before downloading, double-check for any mistakes or changes in the preview mode. You can preview the video by pressing on the small play button left to the share button. Once you are satisfied, you can download it/share it by clicking on the publish button. Download your book trailer

How to create a book trailer from scratch?

  Now that you know how to edit the template, let’s try creating a book trailer from scratch. There are a few things that you should know & learn to make a book trailer from scratch.  Are you ready to learn?  Get started by creating a blank project on Animaker. You can do one by heading over to the dashboard, click on ‘Create,’ and click on ‘Create a new video.’  Create new project Create a new video Animaker You can find different aspect ratios (Vertical, Square & horizontal) blank canvas on the top. Choose the horizontal blank canvas as it is ideal for a book trailer. Make a book trailer Once you create a new blank canvas, it's time to get creative. Right from a fully animated book trailer with your characters to a Book trailer with your images & videos.  1. Object Effects - This is the basic level of effect where you can control how objects enter or exit your scene. Object effects in Animaker Here, the pink portion shows how long the effect will last and the purple part depicts how long the object will stay in your scene. You can adjust the duration by dragging the black bars.  2. Motion effects - You can even take it a bit further by animating the element using motion effects. Motion effects here can be as simple as moving the product from left to right to adding complex animations to the selected element. You can find two options to animate your element : Motion effects in Animaker
  • Smart Move: It helps you add complex animations to your element quickly. Check out this video to know more.
  • Action +: It helps you put together a bunch of animations/expressions of a character and make a perfect looking animation. Check out this video to know more.
3. Transition effects - The massive animation library and special effects library can help you spice up your book trailer effortlessly. To add an animated transition to your slide, head over to the slide section on the right side, and click on the small box under each slide to add a transition. Animaker transition effects 4. Special effects - To add animated special effects to your slides, head over to the special effects library. The Special Effect library is filled with various effects that can make your Book trailer look beautiful. Animaker Special effects We have explained the necessary & the basic features for you to make your beautiful Book trailer.  The sky is the limit for the creativity, so get creative and make the bibliophiles turn their heads.  Got any doubts? Ask them in the comments sections below :)  


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