Make a movie out of your photos

You can turn your digital photos and video clips into a movie with background music or narration using Windows Movie Maker. To start, you'll have to import your photos and music into Movie Maker.

To import your photos and music

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

  2. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Capture Video, click Import pictures. Select the photos you want to use from your My Pictures folder.

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

    The photo and music files that you selected will be in the Contents pane. The area at the bottom of the Windows Movie Maker window is the storyboard, where you can arrange your photos.

  4. Click and drag a photo to the first box in the storyboard. 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, click the photo, and drag it to a new position.

  5. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click View video transitions. In the Contents pane, click and drag transitions into the storyboard, placing them between your photos.

  6. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click Make titles or credits to add a title to your movie, and then click Add title at the beginning of the movie. Type your title, and then click Done, add title to movie.

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

  8. In the Movie Maker toolbar, click the Location drop-down box, and then click Collections. Drag your music file from the Contents pane to the left end of the Audio/Music track in the timeline.

    To add a fade-out effect to the music, click the end of your music file, and drag it to align with the end of your last photo. Right-click the music file, and click Fade Out.

    You can also add credits to your movie. For more information see, Add titles and credits to your movie.

  9. Click the File menu, and then click Save Project to save your movie.

    Movie Maker's Save Movie Wizard allows you to save your movies in different formats, depending on how you want to view or share them. For more information, Saving your movie in different formats.


  • Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 offers faster and simpler ways to turn your photos and videos into polished movies, with more capability to share your creations with your friends and family. To get Windows LiveMovie Maker—part of the Windows Live Essentials suite of products—simply upgrade to Windows 7.