Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 25, 2011

Free Video Creating Tools

5 Free Tools for Creating Book Trailer Videos

The traditional book report that asks students to critique the books that they read is a staple of many classrooms. If you would like to add a new element to book reports try having students add visual and audio components to book reports by having students create book trailers. Book trailers are short videos designed to spark a viewer’s interest in a book. A great place to find examples of book trailers is Book Trailers for Readers. If you would like to have your students try to create book trailers, here are five free video tools that are well-suited to that purpose.

Animoto   makes it possible to quickly create a video using still images, music, video clips, and text. If you can make a slideshow  presentation, you can make a video  using Animoto. Animoto’s  free service limits you to 30 second videos. You can create longer  videos if you apply for an education account.

Stupeflix  is a service that  allows user to quickly and easily create video  montages using their  favorite images and audio clips. In many ways Stupeflix  is similar to Animoto and Flix Time, but there are a couple of  differences that are worth noting. Adding text to the images is slightly  easier in Stupeflix than it is on Animoto. Stupeflix   offers only one default soundtrack so you have to upload your own  audio  clips. That said the advantage of Stupeflix is that you can use  more  than one audio clip within the same video.

Shwup is a service similar to Animoto and Stupeflix for creating videos based on your images and audio files. At its most basic Shwup   is a place for creating collaborative private photo albums. As the   creator of an album you can select the best images and create a video   for the group. You can choose to share your videos privately so that   only those you invite can see them or you can share your videos on   Facebook, Twitter, or embed them into your blog.

Flixtime is a video creation service that is quite similar to Animoto and Stupeflix. Flixtime   gives users the ability to create 60 second videos by mixing together   images, video clips, and music tracks. You can use your own images,   video clips, and music tracks or you can choose media from the Flixtime galleries. Flixtime also gives you the option to record voiceovers for your videos through their site.

Masher is a free tool for creating video mash-ups. Masher   offers a large collection of video clips from the BBC’s Motion Gallery   and Rip Curl video. There is a large music library, an effects  library,  and a good selection of video player skins. If you don’t find  content  that you like in Masher’s library, you can add your own images,  video  clips, and music clips through the Masher uploader. Masher also gives you the option to insert text throughout your videos. Creating with Masher   is a simple matter of dragging elements from the media gallery into  the  timeline editor. From there you can arrange the sequence of  elements  using the drag and drop interface. When you’re happy with the  sequence,  publish and share your production.

Hope this helps you give the tools you need to try your hand at creating a book trailer or a video to help market yourself and your book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. You are amazing, Kathy! Gracias muchisimo for my “someday.” 🙂


  2. Creating picture book trailers is a lot of fun. I used Windows movie maker live to make a book trailer for my picture book ‘How it came about’ check it out on my website



    • Adorable trailer, Bryan 🙂


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