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Turn your Artwork or Photos into a "video slideshow" using Movie Maker 2.0
If you have a series of images on your computer, say, from a digital camera, you can turn these pictures into a video. Movie Maker 2 has a storyboard mode that makes it really easy to turn your photos into a “video slideshow.” Simply import your photographs and drop them onto the storyboard in the order you prefer.

After you’ve placed your pictures, you can do a bunch of great things to your photos to spice up your video presentation:

  1. Rearrange your pictures.
    The storyboard shows little thumbnails of your pictures – this makes it easy to rearrange, move, and delete pictures from your movie. Just click on the thumbnail with your mouse, and drag it into position.

     
  2. Rotate your pictures.
    Some of your pictures may be rotated wrong (if you held your camera sideways for a vertical photo). Fortunately, Movie Maker has a series of rotation video-effects that will fix this. Simply open up the Video Effects collection, and drag the rotation effect onto your picture in the storyboard to make it right-side-up.

     
  3. Fix your pictures.
    The video effects that come bundled with Movie Maker will all work on your pictures as well. That means you’ll be able to perform basic photo manipulation … for example, you could lighten or darken your pictures if they aren’t exposed properly.

     
  4. Add transitions.
    You can add transitions between each of your pictures by dragging the transition effects onto the storyboard. Most of the included transitions are rather “over-the-top,” but they look great with pictures.

     
  5. Add music or a voice track.
    You can easily add a music track, or narrate your photo video. You’ll need to do one of these things because your movie won’t have any sound otherwise.

There is one thing you should keep in mind when laying your pictures onto the timeline … and that is picture duration. By default, when you place a picture on the timeline it will stay on the screen for 5 seconds before moving to the next picture. When you start add transitions (which take time, themselves) this time drops down to around 3 seconds. This may not be enough time for you, especially if you are trying to narrate your slideshow, so you may need to change the timing of each of your photos.

  1. By going into the timeline view and “trimming” each picture. Simply grab the beginning or end of each picture and drag it to the desired length.


     
  2. By changing your timing options. You can change the default 5-second duration to any length of time you like … you could even set your duration very short in order to make your own “stop motion” movie. Simply go to the menu bar, and click [tools – options], then click on the advanced tab and change this setting. Note that this duration change only effect new pictures as you lay them on the storyboard … and won’t effect the pictures you’ve already placed into position.

Related: Learn about using Microsoft's Photo Story 2 to create fantastic slideshows.

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