Filmora - AI Video Editor
Edit Faster, Smarter and Easier!
Ultimate Photo/Video Slideshow Guide
Try It Free Try It Free
1. Best Photo Slideshow Makers+
2. Slideshow Editing Tips+
3. Creative Slideshow Ideas for Special Occasion+
4. Slideshow Maker Reviews +
Creating a stunning Hollywood-like slideshow and share with your friends easily
  • Polish photo & video with 300+ built-in fantastic effects
  • Multiple tracks to place photos, videos, audios, titles, transitions and animations
  • Add titles, text, credit, music or your own voiceover to video clips
  • Intuitive user interface with basic and advanced editing features

How to Make a Slideshow Video with Music & Effects in Filmora[Step by Step]

author avatar

Jul 17, 2024• Proven solutions

The topics of slideshow presentations can vary from the highlights of your child’s birthday party to project proposals. Having a powerful slideshow maker software that offers all the tools you’re going to need in order to create a visually compelling presentation makes the process of creating a slideshow much more fun.

Making a slideshow video with music in Filmora is easy, you just need to import all your slideshow media files to it, add your own voiceover and background music, and save it. The ultimate guide of slideshow video making in Filmora will show you all the information you need to know about how to make a slideshow video in Filmora.

Making A Slideshow with Photos & Music & Titles & Effects with Filmora

There are so many different slideshow makers on the market, but most of them offer a limited amount of options. Wondershare’s Filmora is primarily a video editing software, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to create attention-grabbing slideshow presentations. The most important thing is to prepare all the materials you want to include in your presentations before you start a new project in Filmora. Let’s take a look at the steps you’ll need to take in order to create a new slideshow with Filmora.

Download Win VersionDownload Mac Version

Step 1: Adding Photos and Videos to Filmora

Since a slideshow may contain a number of photos, so it is recommended to place all the media files you would like to use in your slideshow in one folder first, and then proceed to launch Filmora and create a new project.

Once the video editor loads you should click on the Import menu that is located in the Media tab and select the Import a Media Folder option. Navigate to the folder in which materials for your slideshow are located, select it by clicking on it and hit OK to import that folder into your project.

Make a slideshow in Filmora9 - Import

All media files you’ve placed into the folder will become visible in the project media after you import them.

Step 2: Positioning the Media Files on the Timeline

Before you start placing photos, videos or audio files to the timeline you should head over to File menu and select the Preferences option. Go to the Editing tab once the Preferences window pops up on the screen and click on the Photo Placement drop-down menu.

Make a slideshow in Filmora9 - Photo placement

Select the Crop to Fit setting if you want to eliminate the black bars next to photos that don’t have the same aspect ratio as your project . Select the Pan&Zoom option if you want to add a camera pan & zoom movement to the image. While still in the Editing tab you can alter the default durations of photos, transitions or effects you add to the timeline, but you can also customize the duration of all media files by dragging one of their ends in an inward or outward direction after you add them to the timeline.

Make a slideshow in Filmora9 - Drag-n-Drop

In some cases, you may find that your photos are shot in vertical with 9:16 aspect ratio and the automatically Crop to Fit effect not work perfectly, you can then select Fit option.

Head back to the Media panel to start adding photos or videos to the timeline. Simply click on a file you’d like to place on the timeline and then drag and drop it at the desired location. Repeat this process for all images you’d like to use in your slideshow, then arrange the pictures in the exact same order in which they should appear in the slideshow and adjust their duration using one of the methods we described.

Step 3: Use Transitions to Avoid Hard Cuts Between Slides

A hard cut between two photos can disrupt the flow of your slideshow, but you can fix this issue easily by smoothly transitioning from one slide to another. The Filmora’s Transitions tab contains hundreds of customizable transitions you can add to the timeline by dropping them at the exact same spot on the timelines where two media files meet. Applying the same transition to all cuts in your slideshow can be a bit repetitive, which is why it is better to choose which transition you’re going to apply between to clips based on how it fits the footage.

Make a slideshow in Filmora9 - add transitions

After placing a transition to the timeline you can double-click on it if you want to gain access to the Transition Setting Window where you can set the default duration for all transitions you add to a slideshow or select the preferred transition mode.

Keep in mind that you can also customize the duration of each transition you decide to use in your project directly from the timeline by dragging one of its ends left or right.

Step 4: Apply Filters and Overlays to Enhance the Colors in Your Slideshow

The Effects tab that is located next to the Transitions tab contains a wide range of visual effects that desaturate the colors in your photos or make them more vivid. The visual effects Filmora offers are organized in Filter and Overlays categories that have their own subcategories like Lomography, Sepia Tone or Light Leaks.

Make a slideshow in Filmora9 - add filters

All you need to do to apply a filter or an image overlay to a photo or a video is place it to a track directly above the footage. You can see the result in the Preview Panel, and you can double-click on the effect in case you want to fine-tune its settings.

Step 5: Adding Motion Graphics Elements to Slides

Make a slideshow in Filmora9 - add elements

This step of creating a slideshow in Filmora is entirely optional since on most projects you have no need to add motion graphics elements to the footage you’re piecing together. The Elements tab offers hundreds of motion graphics templates you can quickly add to the timeline. Whether or not you’re going to use Elements in a slideshow depends on a number of factors that range from the visual style of the presentation to the reason why you’re creating a slideshow.

You may also like: How to add elemental effects to video

Step 6: Recording Voiceovers and Creating Soundtracks for Slideshows

Narration can be a great way to guide your audience through a presentation, but if you are not going to give a presentation in person, Filmora offers an easy way to record a voiceover and add it to a slideshow. Go to the Media tab, click on the Record drop-down menu and select the Record Voiceover feature>. Once the Record Audio pops up on the screen you should choose a microphone you will be using to record the narration and hit the Record button.

Make a slideshow in Filmora9 - record voiceover

The recording you created will be displayed in the Media tab alongside all other photo, video or audio files you imported into the project and you can just drop it to the audio track. Filmora features a huge library of music and sound effects you can use for free. Simply click on the Audio tab and start browsing through Electronic, Young&Bright or Rock subcategories until you find a perfect song for the slideshow’s soundtrack.

Make a slideshow in Filmora9 - record voiceover

Place all sound effects and music you’d like to add to the audio track on the timeline and proceed to adjust their duration.

Step 7: Exporting Slideshows from Filmora

The final step in the process of creating a slideshow in Filmora is to export the project. Click on the Export button and wait for the Export window to appear on the screen. You can then select the output file format, set a preferred frame rate or resolution for your slideshow or export the file directly to your account on YouTube or Vimeo.

Make a slideshow in Filmora9 - Export

The amount of time Filmora is going to need to render the slideshow you created, varies from project to project since exporting large video files usually takes much longer than exporting video files smaller than 500MB.


Filmora offers a quick and easy way to create a slideshow to Mac and PC users, but before you start making a slideshow, you should make sure that you have all the media files you’re going to need to create a presentation that is going to impress its viewers. Was this article helpful? Leave a comment and share your experiences with us if you are using Filmora to make slideshows.

author avatar
Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
You May Also Like
FREE Top 6 Best Apps for Making Photo Slideshow With Music on iPhone

We will explore some of the latest apps on the App Store that can be used on almost any iPhone model including iPhone X to create a slideshow.

by Liza Brown Jul 17, 2024 17:55 PM

Facebook Slideshow: How to Create a Slideshow on Facebook

The Facebook slideshow is a great tool for us to use. Check this complete guide to know how to create a stunning slideshow on Facebook with ease.

by Liza Brown Jul 17, 2024 17:55 PM

Best 11 Free Photo Slideshow Makers in 2024 [Desktop/Online/Mobile]

Want to make a colorful slideshow? Check the Best Free Photo Slideshow Maker for Desktop, iOS, Android, and some online slideshow makers without download.

by Liza Brown Jul 17, 2024 17:55 PM

author avatar

Liza Brown

chief Editor