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How to Make a iMovie Photo Slideshow with Music

Oct 16,2019• Proven solutions

Makings slideshow is a great way to share photos and videos with friends and families. The good news is that you can totally making a slideshow on Mac for free with iMovie. iMovie is the pre-installed program coming with every new Mac. It provides a simple yet professional way to make slideshow movies from your photos, videos and music. If you haven’t iMovie installed on your Mac yet, just go to the iTunes and download it for free. In the following part, I’ll share with you about the step-by-step tutorial on how to make a slideshow on Mac using the free video editing software iMovie. If you are an iOS user, check our picks of best photo slideshow apps for iPhone or iPad.

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Ways for iMovie Photo Slideshow with Music Making

1. Create New Project

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After launching iMovie, click the Project button and then click Create New. Select Movie to combine photos, videos and music to make a slideshow.

2. Import Photos, Videos and Audio Files

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Now go to the My Media tab and click the Import icon to add your photos, videos and music to iMovie, in this way, you can import any media files from any location on your Mac. But if you have arranged all your videos, photos and music tracks in Photos app, you can just switch to Photos under Libraries tab in the left to import.

3. Arrange Media in Timeline and Adjust

Now, it’s time to place all these photos and videos in the timeline in order and do some adjustment. You can use the Magic Wand tool to improve the photo quality automatically, do some color correction or add a filter to the photo. If you preview the video clip, you will see more options which allow you to do more editing such as changing speed.

4. Apply Transitions & Effects

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Transitions and effects will help you to create a slideshow in a more professional way. Some transition such as cross dissolve, fade and cross blur are very popular in slideshow, but remember don’t using lots different transitions in one slideshow since too many transitions will distract viewer’s attention. To apply a transition in the slideshow, just drag and drop it between two photos in the timeline.

5. Add Titles and Text

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Using some opener titles and credits at the beginning and ending part of your slideshow will make it cool as well. You can add some famous quotes and words to better demonstrate.

Just to Titles tab and select one of the title templates and drop it to the timeline first and then write your own words in the preview window.

6. Add music to Slideshow

You can download some royalty free music and sound effects from website such as Filmstocks stock media library or iTunes or import your own audio as we said before to use it as the slideshow background music. To sync with the slideshow, you may need to trim and edit the audio accordingly. For the detailed information about iMovie audio editing, you can check how to add background music to iMovie.

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7. Export and share your slideshow video

Play the slideshow and check the result in the preview window. If everything goes well, you can now export and share or save it. You can save the slideshow video in MP4 format, or share it to Vimeo or add the slideshow to Theater to load it on your other Apple Devices so you can easily watch it on your iOS devices or Apple TV.

I hope the above tutorial about how to make a slideshow on iMovie will be helpful for your stunning slideshow creation.

If you're running an old Mac OS version and having iPhoto installed on your Mac, here is the detailed steps about How to Make Slideshow in iMovie with iPhoto project.

Step 1. Make iMovie slideshow from iPhoto library

iMovie works seamlessly with iPhoto. You are suggested to drag and drop photos from iPhoto to iMovie project. If no any library exists in iPhoto, create one and import photos to iPhoto first. To add videos, you could go to either "File/Import" or Event Library, and then drag and drop selected videos to the timeline.

After photos and videos are imported to iMovie slideshow project, you can preview the raw slideshow simply by pressing Space bar on your keyboard. And then make adjustments to clips and transitions. For example, mouse over one clip or "double arrow" button and click on the settings icon, then you could access clip adjustment, video adjustment, transition adjustment, etc.

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Step 2. Add music to iMovie slideshow

Music set the tone of your slideshow. Adding musing to iMovie slideshow is just as simple as adding photos and videos. So click the audio icon in the bottom right corder, and drag and drop desired audio file to the timeline. Multiple songs could be added into iMovie. However, iMovie doesn't support multiple soundtracks. If necessary, you need to combine multiple song tracks with external audio editor before importing to iMovie slideshow. You can also apply audio effects and filter sound using an equalizer.

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Step 3. Export your iMovie slideshow

Movie makes sharing possibility endless. For those who upload their videos online, iMovie allows users directly upload to MobileMe Gallery, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, CNN iReport, etc. If you select to share iMovie slideshow using Media Browser, you will get slideshow appeared in other Mac applications like iWeb. It's a good idea to export iMovie slideshow to iTunes so that you can playback slideshow quickly and easily sync with your mobile devices like iPhone, iPod and iPad.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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