Trailers are the new summer blockbusters — far larger audiences watch and discuss the previews than the movies themselves. Savvy marketing campaigns are making the release of the trailers as big an event as the release of the actual movies. So pop some real butter popcorn, keep your cell phone ringer on full blast, and blow off getting a babysitter – the teasers for the biggest 2012 summer movies are already online. Since you can download movie trailers, they’re all coming to a smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet near you.
With trailers like “The Avengers” setting a record with 15 million views in its first day online, the Internet has Hulk-smashed the movie theater as our favorite destination to watch movie previews. The Los Angeles Times estimates that viewers watched 5.3 billion trailers online last year. The movie previews are a thrill to watch, and rarely disappointing – even if the full-length movie itself doesn’t live up to the movie trailer.
BEST WEB SITES FOR MOVIE TRAILERS
The biggest trailer web sites are in fierce competition for exclusives and premieres. If you want to see the first-peek teasers of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated movies, chances are you’ll see them first on Moviefone, iTunes Movie Trailers, or Yahoo! Movie Trailers. These sites offer 1080p HD trailers, but not all allow free movie trailer downloads. Of these sites, only Moviefone allows you to download free movie trailers in HD with a free video downloader like RealPlayer.
Some of the more independent trailer sites offer movie news, gossip, or juicier content instead of exclusives and premieres. Trailer Addict and ComingSoon.net offer high resolution previews for current and upcoming movies, plus some saucier R-rated movie trailers you won’t find on the bigger sites. IMDB has a gallery of upcoming previews, plus a giant library of current and past trailers going back decades. All of the trailers on these sites are compatible with RealPlayer one-click video downloading.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD FREE MOVIE TRAILERS
Movie trailer sites are becoming more and more popular on the web – so popular that some won’t let you download previews without paying for a video player upgrade. You can easily download trailers for free, though, using the RealPlayer video player. Click the orange RealPlayer free download button on this page for an easy free movie trailer download process.
Let’s say you want to download the preview for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. (Yes, that’s a real movie. It comes out June 15.) When you watch the movie trailer online at a site like Moviefone, RealPlayer will display a “Download This Video” button at your command when you mouse over the video. Click that button, and the preview will download to your RealPlayer library in beautiful HD.
After downloading, you can also watch movie trailers on your iPod with RealPlayer’s iPod video converter feature.
THE “PROMETHEUS” TEASER
A few of the summer 2012 movies require so much advance hype that the studios feel they need more than just trailers. James Cameron’s “Alien” prequel “Prometheus” (in theaters starting today) released an Internet-only teaser trailer – that is, a mini-trailer for “Prometheus” that tells you to “Prepare to experience the new trailer for the most anticipated movie of the year.” Yes, the trailer for “Prometheus” has its own trailer and the trailer had its own release date.
Needless to say, many of these sites are trying to profit from offeriing free movie trailers. Some are likely to show you a brief advertisement first. So, ironically, you will often have to watch a movie trailer before you can actually watch your movie trailer.