Make a photo movie

In Windows XP, you can make a movie out of your photos using Windows Movie Maker. Your photo movie can contain a combination of still photos, video clips, and audio.

To make a photo movie

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Windows Movie Maker.

  2. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Capture Video, click Import pictures, and then, in the My Pictures folder, select the photos you want to use.

    If you are using photos from multiple folders in the My Pictures folder, repeat this step until you have imported all of the pictures you plan to use for your movie.

  3. Click Import audio or music, and then, in the My Music folder, select the music file you are going to use.

    The Contents pane will display the photo and music files that you selected.

  4. Drag a photo to the first box in the storyboard at the bottom of the Movie Maker window. Continue to add photos to the storyboard in the order you would like them to appear in your movie.

    If you want to move a photo within the storyboard, drag it to a new position.

  5. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click View video transitions.

  6. In the Contents pane, drag transitions into the storyboard, placing them between your photos.

  7. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click Make titles or credits, and then click Add title at the beginning of the movie.

  8. Type your title, and then click Done, add title to movie.

    The title you created will appear in the first position of the storyboard. Remember to add a transition between your title and the first photo.

  9. In the toolbar located above the storyboard, click Show Timeline to change the view of your workspace to a timeline.

  10. On the Movie Maker toolbar, click the Location drop-down box, and then click Collections.

  11. Drag your music file from the Contents pane to the Audio/Music track in the timeline. Be sure the music file is positioned all the way to the left of the Audio/Music track.

  12. To adjust the music to end where your pictures end, click the end of your music file, and drag it to align with the end of your last photo.

  13. To add a fade-out effect, right-click the music file, and then click Fade Out.

  14. To add credits, in the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click Make titles or credits, and then click Add credits at the end of the movie.

  15. Type your credits, and then click Done, add credits to movie.

    The credits you created will appear in the last position of the storyboard.

  16. To preview your movie, use the controls in the Preview Monitor.

  17. If you're satisfied with your movie, click the File menu, and then click Save Project.

  18. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Finish Movie, click Save to my computer.

  19. In the Save Movie Wizard, type a name for your movie, and then click Next.

    By default, Movie Maker saves the movie file to the My Videos folder. To change the location, click Browse.

  20. On the Movie Setting page, select a setting to save your movie in, and then click Next.

    By default, Best quality for playback on my computer (recommended) is selected. This setting is recommended if you plan to just play your movie from your computer or save it to a CD.

    If you plan to send your movie by e‑mail, click Show more choices, and then select Video for broadband, Video for ISDN, or Video for dial-up access to best match the Internet access speed of those you are sending the movie to.

  21. When Movie Maker is done saving your movie, click Finish.

    You can make multiple versions of your photo movie by repeating this process and choosing a different setting for each version (one for e‑mail, another for CD, and so on) before you close your project file. Be sure to save each movie with a unique file name that you can easily identify later.


  • Windows Live Photo Gallery offers faster and simpler ways to improve your digital photos, with more capabilities to share your creations with your friends and family. To get Windows Live Photo Gallery—part of the Windows Live Essentials suite of products—simply upgrade to Windows 7.