How to Make Picture Video Clips

By Daniel Ketchum

Photography has become easier than ever, thanks to the digital camera. Many people like to show off their best or favorite photos by creating video clips based on them. You can quickly create these videos yourself using the basic Windows Movie Maker that comes with Windows. If you don't happen to have a copy of Movie Maker--perhaps you uninstalled it--you can get it from the Microsoft downloads site.

Things You'll Need

  • Movie Maker

Step 1

Load the pictures you want to use onto your computer by transferring them from a digital media source or by scanning them. If you scan, be sure to use a setting of at least 600 DPI in the software that came with the scanner.

Step 2

Open Windows Movie Maker. When it's open, you will see a menu at the top, a panel of functions on the left, a collection bin at the top, a preview on the right and a timeline at the bottom.

Step 3

Go to the functions panel and click on the “Import Pictures” option. In the dialog box that opens, browse to the images you loaded. Hold down the “CRTL” key and select the ones you want to use. Then click “Import.” The pictures will be loaded into the collections bin at the top.

Step 4

Click on the first picture you want to add to the video and drag it into the timeline. When you place it in the timeline, click on the little arrow at the end of the clip that represents the picture; drag it to adjust the duration to how long you want that picture to appear in the video clip. Repeat this to place all your pictures in the timeline.

Step 5

Click on “”Save to My Computer.” In the wizard that opens, name your file and then click “Next.” In the next dialog, click on “Show More Options” and choose the file type and settings for your video. Then click “Next” and your video will be saved.

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