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HOW TO MAKE VIDEO GAME TRAILERS
Video game trailers are becoming more advanced If anything you can always make your own if you
these days as technology moves and developers have the time. I tend to make a lot of my own
find new ways of making the games more graphics when I am feeling inspired but it really
engaging. A depends on how much time you have and how
good example enthusiastic you are.
of this is the
development STEP 2:
of God of War
3 on the Next you may want to source some transparent
Playstation 3 images. These are images with a see through
with its colourless
gameplay advancements. This is good news if which
you want to make your own game trailer or means you
indeed any kind of video presentation for the web. can add the
You can use these game trailers to inspire ideas image to any
for your own trailers as I have. other image
Here is the process I use to make my own video or
game trailers. background
colour without the two clashing. So say you have
STEP 1: an image of Kratos with a white background and
you want to put him on a black background
The first thing that I always do is to source good without the white showing. You will need an
graphics and if it’s for a game then it’s pretty image of him with a transparent background and
easy. There is always an abundance of high there are two ways to achieve this – one easy
quality desktop wallpapers on the internet. Just one not so easy and you will need the right
make sure that the wallpaper is of high quality to software to do it.
minimise degradation of quality when changing
the file format or editing size etc. Most should be contd……
ok to use as long as you aren’t using them illicitly.
The easy way: the net or if you are lucky enough to have cds like
the Uberschall or Big Fishaudio series.
The easy way is to go to Google images and type
“kratos png” (without the quotes). You will In some cases you are going to need the
eventually find the right images because most recommended software to extract the sounds if
PNGs are typically transparent images. they aren’t in WAV format. I use cinema scores
for many of my game trailers. It’s best to use
The harder way: software that can handle slideshows and music
and has good transitions eg Power Director,
The harder way is to get an image with clean well Magix or Corel Videostudio.
defined edges that don’t blur into white or any I would not recommend even trying to use the
other colour then use masking software like Adobe Premiere/Aftereffects unless you know
Fluidmask or Mask Pro. It will extract the image your way around them. They have a steep
from the background and save it as a png. You learning curve and a lot of the transitions and
can also do this manually yourself in photoshop if effects have to be done manually.
you have the patience and time.
Try to make your videos as original as possible. I
do all sorts of cuts, fades, transitions and keying
slide transitions to the music.
If you are like me and don’t like narrating then use
text to voice software. Liquendo is the best I have
Another technique I have found that works well is
mixing static slides with video. This is a bit tricky
to do because you need to extract precise
sections of video files that fit in into your
slideshow. If you want to take things even further
Use your transparent image in you slideshow you can take a still image of that video and
software or if you really want to go to town use it present it as a still slide then have it animate from
to do layering in software such as Adobe a still.
My Assassins Creed 2 trailer is a good example .
STEP 3: It has a mix of images, video, slow motion,
reverse shots, keyed effects and royalty free
Next I source the right music because the length music. Keyed effects are events they are
and mood of the music dictates the structure of sequenced to the music.
the slideshow. You can get royalty free music on
I also recommend you take a look at my God of
War 3 10 Minute trailer. (screenshot above).
All the sound effects in the trailer including
explosions and rockfalls were created by me and
I translated the original German dialogue into
English. I am a great fan of this game so that’s
what inspired me to put so much effort into it.
The above techniques although more involved
than a standard video, should result in a nice
effective video trailer that you can be proud of
and that others can enjoy.
Kevin jay: freegamebundles.com