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Making a promo?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Does anyone have experience making promotional videos?
    Without trying to sound stupid ... Is it hard to do?
    Can it be done with just computer software? What's needed?

    I have commentary, but I need to shoot B roll and scenery.

    My current employer tried to do this two years ago .. they spent $20K and got six people to sit down for an hour worth of raw interviews and shot three minutes of B roll on the inside of funeral parlor sitting rooming.

  2. SFIND

    SFIND Well-Known Member

    Not hard to do at all. I make promos, edit video interviews, and shoot highlight videos for my shop. I just use Windows Movie Maker on my Windows 8 laptop. Works fine and is very easy to use. It sounds like all you need is to place video clips into the editor and trim them, and add your commentary. There is plenty of "freeware" out there for what you need to do. I wouldn't sweat it. And certainly no need to spend 20K -- tell them you'll do it for them for 1/20 the cost!
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I might be the only one to have thought this, but I thought the thread title asked about making pornos.
  4. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    I think I know more people that could help make a porNo more than a proMo.
  5. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    You weren't. I was hoping for pics of Elizabeth Banks.
  6. PM me. ;)
  7. Is Windows Movie maker free?
  8. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Porno is better
  9. SFIND

    SFIND Well-Known Member

    Yes it is. Here's the download site: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/movie-maker

    There is some info about it on there. Also there are tutorials on how to use it on Youtube. This looks like a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGUvnsF6wyA
  10. THANKS!!!!!

    Can I edit the existing video?
    For instance, the video interviews have a black time bar at the bottom, can I crop the video to edit that out of the frames? How?
  11. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    What is the promo video for? What is the end format going to be?

    Yes, you can probably do it yourself virtually for free. If you have no experience with this sort of thing it will look like you did it yourself for free. That may be fine for your purposes, but if you need it to look good I would get professional help.

    With the proper equipment the black time bar can be switched off. Not sure you'll be able to do that with free editing software, but you might. You could crop it out, but you'll reduce the resolution and throw off the composition of the shot.
  12. Not sure yet what I'll do with it.
    Looking at splicing together material for a 2-minute promo.
    If it looks anything close to bad, I'll scrap it. Period.
    I am worried I will get what I pay for ... But I'd also like to learn how to do it.
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