How to Create a Photo and Video Clip Slideshow in iMovie

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Creating a video can be as complex or as simple as you would like it to be. iMovie makes it simple to create a powerful slideshow. I’m going to show you how simple creating a movie can be!

Begin by opening iMovie

how to create a slideshow in iMovie

Go to File>New Movie


Select the theme you would like, I always choose “No Theme”


Name your Movie


Should now look like:


Open the images you would like to create a slideshow from. I like to have all of mine ready to go in order in its own file. I then select all and drag them into my new movie.


Each image defaults to 4 seconds each. You can increase/decrease this allotted time simply by dragging the edge of each image.

By double-clicking each image, you can adjust how it plays in your video.

“Fit” means the image will appear as shot and black out the sides to fit.

“Crop to Fill” means the image will fill the full view of the movie, but parts of your image will be cropped…this is especially so on Portrait images.

“Ken Burns” means you can select a start point and and end point for your image to zoom. I think this can be a very effective option if used properly.


If desired you can choose Transitions such as fade, dissolve and blur to the next image.


Simply select the desired transition and drag between the two images you would like. Double-click the transition between the images to adjust the duration or “apply to all” images.


Select “Titles” to add a title screen or a black screen between images (I’ll use this option before/after the movie).


Add a music track to add a dramatic feel to your movie by selecting the audio track and dragging it into your movie. (Be sure to use non-copyrighted material or purchase a license for the audio you use! I recommend


I like to choose a song that fits the length of my video. You can scroll to the end of the movie to see how much time needs to be add/removed from the movie to make it fit. Slightly adjust the length of your images from there.


Once complete, go to File>Share and choose how you would like to export the video.


Add Title, Description, and META Data from there and you’re all set!



Here is a slideshow done by the Mayhews in iMovie:

Adorable 2 Year Old Girl Creating Her First Acrylic Painting from Phil Mayhew on Vimeo.

Contributed by P&W Photography

P&W Photography are Phil & Whitney Mayhew, a husband / wife team located in Lexington, South Carolina & dedicated to capturing moments in the surrounding area. P&W Photography are natural light, lifestyle/portrait photographers who make it their goal to capture raw moments & emotions. They are always eager to travel to new places & meet new people. Phil & Whitney are parents to an incredible, happy little girl & two sweet Morkie pups. They dream of one day restoring an old, historic home & their love of antiques will one day lead to their television debut on A&E’s Hoarders.

Phil was raised in the frozen tundra of the Nebraska sandhills. He happily packed his bags & headed South for warmer climate at the age of 19. He’s mastered the art of playing air drums while singing loudly off-key & credits his love of art to growing up watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He loves cheeseburgers, X-Files & roaming the cobblestone streets of Charleston. When he’s not snapping pictures with his camera, Phil is editing photos while listening to Jimmy Eat World’s “Clarity” on repeat.

Whitney can often be found wondering the aisles of farmers markets & knows the local mall employees on a first name basis. “Vintage” & “retro” are part of her daily vocabulary & she embraces the challenge of not killing off her house plants. Whitney can throw together a delicious meal by simply scrounging around the remnants of the kitchen cabinets. She has a newfound obsession for essential oils & enjoys binge-watching television series on Netflix. Whitney’s favorite restaurant is Zoës Kitchen & she loves having fresh-cut flowers on the kitchen table.

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Author: MarieMasse
I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

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  • Thank you for creating easy to follow instructions with pictures for using iMovie! It was clear, concise and easy to follow, especially because of the pictures. I’m creating a video for my son’s wedding rehearsal dinner and it turned out better than I expected.
    Thanks again!

  • Hi. Thanks for your instructions. I like the video of the little girl. Was it mostly 3 second slides with Ken Burns crop with dissolve 1 second transition? I’m trying to come up with a good default set up in my preferences. I can’t seem to find the right combination. I know I can change individual slide’s timing and transition but I need a good base to start.