Creating a game trailer

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Post » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:23 pm

Hi, can anybody tell me to make a good game trailer.
I want software i can use ive tried them all but they all seem to record very laggy. also any other tips would be appreciated like length, content esc.
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Post » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:04 pm

Good game trailers, in my opinion, are a dead art. These days, Developers/publishers opt to show flashy cutscenes from their game over the actual gameplay, which is 100x more important. An example is Dead Island's trailer. It had everyone in a frenzy, and people thought it would be an incredible game based on the trailer, which was basically all one big cutscene. In the end though? The impression I got from everyone who hyped it up was that the trailer kind of mislead them. The game wasn't bad, but not nearly what they thought it would be either.

What I take from that is that you should be more up-front with your target audience (Whoever that may be) and show more gameplay than cutscenes. There's nothing wrong with sticking story elements and cutscenes in here and there, but gameplay should be the most important thing.

And going back to your target audience, you need to show them in this trailer your biggest selling point (Which of course would have to be in gameplay); that thing which will separate it from every other game in the genre. If you were making a platformer for example, you'd want to show them why this game isn't another Mario game with slight differences.

Also, if you're looking for something to record with, I recommend FRAPS, but not the free version. The free version always creates bloated video sizes and can only record for 30 seconds at a time. The paid version (Which is pretty cheap from what I remember) doesn't have those problems.
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Post » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:10 pm

Here's one I created in about four hours using Premiere Pro and screen grabbing with a free package. Very rough, but will do for me as a stopgap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW3QJVG9vQM AndyWatson2012-07-08 20:14:18
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