So this week I set up a YouTube account and created a video from the still images I had illustrated for Inktober. To do so, I downloaded a free Windows Movie maker program. Then I imported all the images, as well as some music (with copyright approval) into the program. There are plenty of royalty-free music sites out there, such as Incomptech.
Windows Movie Maker program is great for really simple edits. However, I do recommend something more robust such as Protools and Final Cut Pro, if you want to do complex video and audio recording and edits. These programs are not free though.
Although the process I used was simple, it was time consuming to produce this video. For just under 1.5 minutes, it took about seven hours production time. Granted some of my time was spent learning this new program. Most of it was spent tweaking things such as the following:
- timing of images in relation to the audio – are they in synch to the rhythm?
- timing of the text - is it on the screen long enough for the viewer to read?
- using transitions between frames – are they smooth and appropriate transitions?
This article also appeared in Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) newsletter for The Bulletin, Summer 2015 edition (p. 22).