How to Make a iMovie Photo Slideshow with Music
iMovie'11 is the preinstalled program coming with any new purchase Macs. It provides a simple yet professional way to make slideshow movies from your photos, videos, music and your talent. It's the right tool to tell stories in Mac (Mountain Lion included). With iMovie, you can create high quality shows to play on YouTube, TV, iPhone, iPod and more. Many people use iMovie to share their photos taken on wedding, vacation and family reunion. Also make your own iMovie slidleshows by following your amazing ideas. In this article, iMovie'11 is used for example.
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.
Step 2. iMovie Slideshow with Ken-Burns Effects
Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaker who is well known for the special effects he added to the documentary movie - mainly pan and zoom effects. In iMovie, simply click the Crop-like button under the preview windows to rotate, crop and add Ken-burns effects to your slideshow. It brings your slideshow to life and blows away others.
Step 3. 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.
Step 4. Export Your iMovie Slideshow
iMovie 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. To burn iMovie slideshow to DVD, first export to iDVD and continue editing or burning your slideshow with iDVD. If you select to share iMovie slideshow using Media Browser, you will get slideshow appeared in other Mac applications like iWeb or iDVD. 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.
iMovie includes lots of themes for you to create professional slideshow movies in clicks. But for a beginner, it's better to get started with no theme to learn using iMovie. If you are a slideshow theme addict, Fantashow for Mac also provides dazzling themes, which is a good complement to iMovie, but with easier workflow and faster performance. Here is a guide on how to make a slideshow using this iMovie alternative.
Step 1. Choose a Style for Your Slideshow
Run Fantashow for Mac. Sign in and choose your favorite slideshow style from the style library. Click “Apply” to start creating your own slideshow.
Step 2. Personalize the Style
Then go to the “Personalize” tab. You can directly drag and drop your photos or videos to the storyboard. Set the time duration of each photos or videos by clicking the “Set Duration” icon.
You either drag-n-drop your music to the slideshow or click the “Fantashow music” folder and use the free music library provided. After adding the music, a sound tracker will appear below the storyboard. Double click to arouse the edit window. Here you can trim, set start and end time, adjust sound volume and the fade in/out effect as you like. You can also add intro/credit or texts in the corresponding tab as you like.
Step 3. Easily Save or Share Your Slideshow
When finishing making the slideshow, go to the “Share” tab. You can either directly share your works to Facebook or YouTube or save to local disk and mobile devices. What’s more, you can also burn to DVD.