How to Put Images on Top of a Video in Windows Movie Maker

By Erin McManaway

You can import photos or image files into Windows Movie Maker and place them on top of a video using the software's timeline feature. This allows you to customize your videos with images, which will fade in over the top of your video footage. You can use Windows Movie Maker to select a point before, after or between video files to display the image. You can also edit the amount of time the image will show during your video clip.

Step 1

Launch Windows Movie Maker on your computer.

Step 2

Click "Import Video" to browse your computer for the video, and then double-click the file to import it to Windows Movie Maker.

Step 3

Click "Import Pictures" to browse your computer for the picture, and then double-click the picture file to import it.

Step 4

Click on the imported video clip, hold the mouse button down and drag it into the "Video" timeline at the bottom of the screen. You will see the video clip appear in the timeline.

Step 5

Click on the image, hold the mouse button down and drag it into the timeline behind the video. The image will display as a thumbnail in the timeline.

Step 6

Click on the image and drag it to the left until it is overlapping the end of the video clip. The image will slowly fade in over top of your video.

Step 7

Click "File," and then choose "Save Movie" file to save your edited movie to your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can make the picture appear before the video by dragging on the image thumbnail and dropping it in front of the video on the timeline.
  • You can only apply a picture to the beginning or end areas of a video. You may need to clip the video into sections if you want to place an image in the middle.
  • You can adjust the amount of time an image displays by clicking on the right edge of the picture thumbnail and dragging the edge of the thumbnail left or right in the timeline.