With a thrill of excitement yesterday I watched my very own video on YouTube.
For my first book, In the Wake of the Coup, I put together a Powerpoint presentation for the launch.
For my second novel, The Seaweed Cage, I was determined to produce a video to help promote it.
Some video footage in the can, I viewed it on iMovie (urrrgh! — lots to learn) but selected clips I could use. Then I produced stills to drip inklings of the story. Over the years I have put together many Powerpoint presentations, using numerous photographs, so that part of the process wasn’t difficult.
Linking video and stills, deciding on the length of the clips, inserting transitions, title and end shots and adding wording, was fairly time-consuming but enormously enjoyable. Slowly I began to see the video coming together, though it meant replaying the footage over and over, making minor adjustments until it seemed to work as one.
What was new was adding sounds effects and music, and working out how that could be done whilst preserving the sound on the video clips. With the house to myself one afternoon I set to, the room reverberating with hoots, honks, bangs and a library of music in short, medium and long blasts.
The book I had purchased to help me on my way seemed a little vague on this aspect, though I thought it was probably just my lack of knowledge. So best thing was to get stuck in and experiment. By the time my adding and deleting, shifting, shortening and lengthening and further adding and sound tweaking were finished, I began to understand what the book had been telling me.
So here is the finished result. Would be great to have your feedback.
And if anyone else is thinking of going down the video route, go for it.