How to create a picture slideshow in iMovie

Tonight I found myself wanting to take a series of pictures and edit them together into a video with music in the background. Seems easy enough, right? Well I’m no iMovie expert and it took a bit to figure it out, so I figured I’d share the process with you in case you happen to be having the same problem.

First of all you’ll want to create a new project.Screen Shot 2013-04-02 at 1.36.48 AM

I assumed I’d be able to find my pictures in the event library on the left side, however they were nowhere to be found. So I clicked import and thought I’d be able to get pictures into my library that way, however this method only allows you to add video files.

The easiest way to get pictures into your project is to open iPhoto and select all of the pictures you want. Next you’ll want to drag them over to iMovie and drop them right onto the project (the top left area where the timeline is). If you try to drop them anywhere else you’ll get a message saying you can drop them directly onto the timeline.

That’s basically it. You can edit the rest as you please and finalize your project to get a completed slideshow. I’ll post my final project below as an example once it finishes processing.

I hope I was able to help.


One comment

  1. yellipictures · April 2, 2013

    I movie if a bit of a headache though… it not easy to edit to the beat and it’s hard to do the motion. Try ‘proper’ editing software. FCP is probably the best for slideshows…

    Funny… coz I just posted a comment about making a slideshow through Java Script

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