How to Make a QuickTime Movie From Still Images

By Techwalla Computers Editor

If you want to convert your photos into a slideshow, you don't need to invest in expensive video editing or web software. For a small upgrade fee you can convert the free program QuickTime to QuickTime Pro and make professional looking slideshows.

Step 1

Open your images in a graphic editor and make sure they are all the same size (you may have to make some tough decisions). Scale to the smallest size image; never scale up. Save them all to the same folder in a QuickTime compatible format (e.g., JPEG or PICT).

Step 2

Rename your image files with the same root name and append a number with an increasing value (e.g., "photo1," "photo2"). Don't include spaced. They don't have to be in exact sequence (you can jump 5, 10, 15, and so on).

Step 3

Launch QuickTime player. Choose "Open Image Sequence" from the file menu and select the first file. A dialog will ask for a frame rate; 2 to 3 seconds per frame should be adequate. QuickTime Pro will create a movie from your image sequence. Your slideshow is complete if you want; it will get more difficult if you add sound and titles.

Step 4

Scrub the playhead to the end of the movie to determine the exact length. Open any audio file you want to accompany the movie into QuickTime Player. Select the audio file up to the point where it will be the same length as the slideshow and copy it to the clipboard.

Step 5

Select all of the frames in your slideshow movie ("Select All" from the Edit menu). Choose "Add to Selection and Scale." The audio will be scaled to the exact length of the movie (any slight tempo change shouldn't be noticeable).

Step 6

Load a text file with titles (separated by carriage returns). Export it using "Text to Text" with "Text With Descriptors" and selecting the "Show Text, Descriptors, and Time" and "Show time relative to start of Movie" options. Advance the playback head to each slide and note the slide's beginning time. Type the time into the time descriptor before each title and formatting into the "{QText}" descriptor (you can find a list of text properties on the Apple website).

Step 7

Open the text file, select all and copy to the clipboard. Return the playhead to the beginning of the slideshow movie. Paste the text using the "Add to Movie" command. The titles will play over your slides.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are mixing images with portrait and landscape orientation you will need to decide which size to use. All the images will stretch to the size and screen aspect of the first image.
  • You can also make your slideshow match the audio file by copying the entire slideshow to the clipboard and adding it to the audio file with "Add to Selection and Scale."
  • The exact command names may differ depending on your version of QuickTime.

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