Creating a slideshow using Windows Movie Maker

There is a post over at Mindy McAdams’ blog about converting Soundslides to video. The comments make for interesting reading too, especially the tips on Flash and Myspace. But the overriding question seems to be ‘why would you want to do this?’

My answer to that question is ‘you never know’.

Although Flash is getting close to 90% penetration in some markets,you would still have to question it’s efficacy at streaming video. Besides, why alienate some of your audience. If they want QuickTime then let them have it. Especially as someone has done the hard work for you.

I have lost count of the number of times I have surfed round the web looking for a little app that will convert, repackage or open some arcane file format. So I think little widgets like this are really useful; or should that be ‘will be’ really useful?

Moviemaker logoWindows MovieMaker

Still, reading the post got me motivated enough to post something I have been meaning to comment on for a while – Microsoft Movie Maker. I know. A Microsoft app! And there’s me a confirmed macademic and everything. But stick with me.

In the UK most large organizations rely on a Windows base for their IT provision and whilst things like Soundslides and flash are available for all platforms I think it’s a shame to ignore this little app, especially as it comes for free.

It will import a number of formats:

  • Video files: .asf, .avi, .wmv
  • Movie files: MPEG1, .mpeg, .mpg, .m1v, .mp2
  • Audio files: .wav, .snd, .au, .aif, .aifc, .aiff
  • Windows Media files: .asf, .wm, .wma, .wmv
  • Still images: .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif, .gif
  • MP3 format audio: .mp3

MovieMaker only outputs WMV and AVI files which some see as a limitation but file conversion is a fact of life these days. . You can if you wish output to a ‘full-res’ DV-AVI file which will run through any conversion app to make it QuickTime. (Rivavx is just one of them) That’s a process you would follow anyway if you where working on the output of an edit suite so I don’t see that as too much of a downside.

I’m not doing a hard sell here. I know it isn’t going to be the right solution for everyone.But it seems to me that there is a flexible, free and relatively easy to use package sitting on your machine. Why not give it a try.

Here are a few flash movies that outline the start of creating a sound/image slideshow with moviemaker.

Importing Images in to Moviemaker(Flash)

Changing the duration of images (Flash)

Adding fades to the images(Flash)

Adding movement to images(Flash)

Exporting to a movie file(Flash)


43 thoughts on “Creating a slideshow using Windows Movie Maker”

  1. Duration & Fade – same movie. I got clever and replaced _trim with _fade……not so clever…didn’t work. Great movies-very clear!

  2. Thanks for that Andy – yep, there’s two movies the same, but the process for both will be similar.

    Learnt alot from your blog!

  3. Hi Everybody,

    I want to make a video with audio when it plays it gives sound by our choice by help of some .jpeg files to make it as a slide show with sound effect.

  4. I have not used Movie Maker to create slide shows so do not know how ti convert the slide show for youtube. i am being using camtasia for a long time now and the results are very good. By the way a very descriptive information about moviemaker

  5. Hey!!! when i try to make a movie in windows movie maker(vista OS) it says invalid pointer. I am trying to use .mpeg images and i also tried with .bmp too. nothing is working. when i try to place image on the story board. Nothing appears. It behaves as nothing is been placed on it. I also tried to do with AUTO MOVIE. But nothing is working… Can any one please help me on this issue. Thanks in advance.

  6. Works perfect… but you need to make sure you have all the latest windows updates and latest patches installed. At first it did not work for me and after updating it's fine. Thanks you for a great artcile.

  7. Hello
    First i make a photo slide show from the windows movie maker but while i am going to put this slide show in the cd it will come anly song so at this moment what should do i? please anybody know about that please tell me i am very thanksful for them.

  8. it great ,i will test it to me,go to my MovieMaker only outputs WMV and AVI files which some see as a limitation but file conversion is a fact of life these days

  9. This info. was extremely helpful. I have been trying for two days to save this as a video but my computer kept stopping in the middle of the saving process. I followed your demo exporting and it worked like a charm. Thanks so much!

  10. Great benefits of using Windows Movie Maker to create a slide show is that you can add your own voice-over. We can always dub in an MP3 or other music file by clicking Import audio or music.

  11. I spend a lot of time reading blogs and I have to say I’m impressed with your posts. It’s refreshing to find a blog that has valuable content such as yours. I’ll be a regular reader from now on, you can count on it.
    Thanks,
    Dennis

  12. I just completed my slideshow with effects and transitions along with music using windows movie maker. When I play it back on full screen the show stalls at certain transitions and music skips. It dosent do it with small preview screen. How can I fix this.

  13. I know this is an old post but does anyone know how to MOVE pictures in a slide show? My 11 year old has made a slide show and wants to move a picture from say space 8 to space 15 and is there an easy way to do this???

  14. thank you for sharing your software, I’m one of user who download your windows movie maker ver.2.6 software, i satisfied using this software but there is little question that i wanna to know, is there the way to combine video transition image automatically, sincerely you to my best regard

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