I know I'm about a year late on this, but still want to put it out there in case there are people like me who finally decide to use the iMovie '11 movie trailer template and wonder if you can add photos to it. First the back story....as a big fan of the Orlando Magic who recently joined twitter, I've been following Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas and have been amused by their planks
. So I decided to make a movie trailer spoof over the 4th of July weekend and what better way to do it than by using the iMovie '11 movie trailer template.
After opening up iMovie '11 and creating a new project, I decided to go with the Blockbuster theme. I then proceeded to mess around with the Outline, Storyboard, and Shot List tabs and came to the quick conclusion that I could not add photos to the placeholder templates (Landscape, Action, Close Ups), only video. This was a little disheartening because my entire project would be based off of photos.
Since I mostly edit in Final Cut and am not too too familiar with iMovie, my first thought was to reword all the title screens to my preference, then export the movie into a quicktime (.mov) file [Share -> Export Movie -> HD 720p -> Export]. From there I would open up Final Cut, import that file, drop it into the time line, use the razor blade tool and replace all the placeholder templates with photos. But after messing around some more in iMovie, I found out how to do it without having to do that workaround. In iMovie it's as easy as [File -> Convert to Project]. Viola!
Now you have more range to edit, like adding or deleting clips (e.g. taking out the intro), adjusting the clip duration, adding more music, sound effects, PHOTOS, more title clips, transitions, even maps, backgrounds and animatics. Just mess around with it and have fun. Hopefully this will get the creative juices flowing even more and not limit you to just the default Outline, Storyboard, and Shot List tabs. And of course, you can always export the movie trailer and drop it into Final Cut for even more editing control. Have fun!
Btw, here's how my project turned out:
This past week I had the opportunity to work alongside talented filmmaker Jason Rin. We flew to Jamaica to help out The Issa Trust Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing medical care to the children in Jamaica.
Through donations, this foundation has been able to provide free medical care to kids and medical equipment to the hospitals and health centers that desperately need it. After spending 5 days there following around the medical team, Jason and I were able to create 9 vignettes from the Issa Trust Foundation's 2010 Medical Mission. For more information and to help donate to this cause, please visit www.issatrustfoundation.comClick here to view the 9 videos that Jason and I worked on.JR
Have a business with a location? Then you should take advantage of Google Places. Formerly known as the Local Business Center, Google Places allows businesses to be listed and displayed on Google Maps with their own place page describing their business to potential customers. Click here
to see an example of a business listed on Google Places. You can put specific details including your hours of operation, photos, YouTube videos (ahem), and even coupons. And best of all this service is free! (so far...)
1 out of every 5 searches on Google is related to location. If you have a business with a location, Google your business name to make sure that no one else has claimed your business and/or to verify that the information on there is accurate (i.e. phone number, address).
To claim your business on Google, go to google.com/places
and follow the steps.
This how to video below will guide you through the process (start the video at the 7:05 mark).
As part of our Facebook page Sunday Showcase - where we feature businesses that we've worked with - here's a special coupon from video-tap for Boston Coffeehouse. With 5 locations throughout Central Florida, Boston Coffeehouse offers breakfast, lunch, soups & salads, bakery & desserts as well as specialty drinks and of course great coffee. JC Chasez from N Sync says it's the "Best cup I ever had."
Try it out for yourself and get 10% off your purchase of $5 or more with this coupon. Hurry, offer expires March 7, 2010. Please feel free to share this coupon with your friends and family as well.
(Open the pdf file below to print out the coupon)
Some people have asked us, "I see your videos on YouTube, why not put it on Vimeo or Veoh or all those other sites?"
The answer is quite simple. YouTube controls the online video market. According to this comScore article
, YouTube continues to lead the U.S. Online Video market with 28% market share, with Fox Interactive Media ranked second (4.2%), followed by Yahoo! Sites (4.1%) and Viacom Digital (3.3%).
You can access YouTube pretty much anywhere now. Cell phones, iTouch, iPad, through video game systems (PS3, 360, Wii), even on your TV with some Panasonic models, LG models, Sony models and Samsung models. Although video quality is subpar at best on these devices, it's definitely a start in the right direction. Especially now with YouTube offering HD quality videos in 720p.
With more and more people watching online videos, businesses are leveraging the power of YouTube to reach out to a wider audience. This article by Darrell Zahorsky
explains part of the reason why video-tap productions was created.
It's been a long time coming, but we're actually LIVE! Thanks for stopping by and checking out the site. My name is Joe Rivera and I'm the Owner of video-tap productions, LLC.
The purpose of this blog is to provide you with insight to:
1. Our videos
2. News from the online video world
3. News from our company
Some things that you probably already know about online video, but I'm just going to reiterate it anyways:
- More and more people are watching online videos - internet coverage and speeds are constantly increasing. Heck you can even watch videos from your freaking cell phone!
- Audiences have the ability to replay, embed, and share videos with others - content is key...if they like what they see, why not? Ex: Jack emails Jill: Hey Jill! Check out this vid....we need to go there soon!
- Online video has become another form of advertising and businesses are trying to position themselves with this new form of media.
In summary: video-tap productions, LLC has a lot of plans in store for 2010.
Expect more website enhancements, more video projects, and more blogging! This is just the beginning!