My Self-Publishing Adventure: Day BOOK TRAILER! (Part II)

Hi everyone!

As promised, I’m writing the second and final installment on my experience with creating a book trailer.

First, here is the link to view it on YouTube.

It’s a very short video, concise as a book trailer should be. Long enough to spark interest and hit on vital plot points, but short enough to not get boring.

Last time I covered basics such as including other peoples’ work (music and images, et. all), what kind of software I’m using, and etceteras. Today I’m going to give some more technical information that took me two days of research and trial and error to finally figure out.

YouTube is pretty great about uploads. Your video doesn’t have to follow too many conditions:

YouTube video requirements and recommendations

(Taken from

YouTube accepts video files from most newer digital cameras, camcorders, and cell phones in either an .AVI, .MOV, or .MPG file format. According to their site, videos saved with the following settings convert and display the best:

  • MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format
  • 320×240 resolution
  • MP3 audio
  • 30 FPS

There is no limit to the number of videos you can upload, but there is a file size limit of 100MB for “Standard” account members.

Videos can be up to 10 minutes long. If you have a Director’s Account, you can upload longer videos. The YouTube Director program is especially for musicians, amateur filmmakers, videobloggers, or professional content producers.

YouTube asks that you not upload “copyrighted, obscene or any other material which violates YouTube’s Terms of Use.”

I’ve found that uploading my trailer there and linking it is the easiest way to show it off online. Of course, this might be a “no duh” to many of you, but there it is anyway. 😉

So, 100MB isn’t bad, but my first render was well over that at 155MB. OUCH! I was following what many people recommend online: to render the movie at best quality and as an .mp4 file. Unfortunately, despite that my video is only a little under two minutes long, rendering it that way made it WAY too big a file for any kind of internet sharing. So I messed with the settings, researched probably at least fifty websites (most of which were so full of tech-eze that I wanted to tear my hair out: hey techies, if you want to help people, help them, but if you want to show off, don’t state that you’re willing to help people and then act all surprised when they don’t know what you’re talking about; thanks).

In the end, I found that rendering it as an .avi at “good” quality gave me a much smaller file size. Not only that, but I actually feel the quality is better as well. (When rendered at “best” the background images shook slightly and gave me a headache; they don’t do that under “good” for some reason.)

What just took a moment to tell you took me days to figure out myself. You’re welcome. 😉

My new file is 8MB, by the way. Like I said, big difference.

Now I’m off to work on the animated .gif for my banner ad at Childrens’ Book review, which I get to order tomorrow! EEE! If you watched my trailer and have questions about how I did any of it, please feel free to ask in the comment section.

I’m all about the love, yo.


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