Now that digital camera are almost a staple in every home, we are more than ever capturing precious everyday photos. Turning your favorite photos into movies is a great way to share them has a digital movie. These digital movies are great gifts or keepsakes. iMovie is one of the best softwares out on the market that is easy to use and offers advanced features to help you create a one of kind movie.

Using iMovie Is An Easy Way to Turn Your Images Into A Movie

1. Creating Your Project File

First you will need to locate and open iMovie. Then select “File” and then “New Project”. Then you will need to give your project a name. Your projects name can be anything you like.

Once your project is open you will need to choose the aspect ratio that you want to use for your movie. The aspect ratio is important because this allows you to choose the dimensions of the photos that you will use in your movie. There is three different dimensions.

  • Standard (4:3) or (3:2) Size for viewing on an iPhone
  • Widescreen (16:9) Ideal size for viewing on a widescreen monitor or high definition TV.

It is important to keep in mind what device you or the other people who will be viewing the movie on. If the dimensions are different than their device, it can be hard for them to view the movie.

2. Select Your Photos

To select your photos you will need to open your photo library. To open your photo library you will want to navigate to the “Windows” button and then press the “Photos” button. This button looks like a camera. It is important to first make sure you have the Ken Burns Effect turned off and set the timing to 5 or 6 seconds.

Then you will be able to choose the photos you want in your digital movie. You will have the option to either add your entire folder or select the photos you want in your movie. You can choose from iPhoto or other locations on your Mac. You are able to import a variety of files into iMovie including, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PICT, PNG and PSD images from your Finder folder and then drop them into the Project pane.

To make the process a bit easier, you should save all the photo you want in one folder. Then when you go to locate a certain image you will know exactly where to go and find it.

Then you can import the photos to iMovie. You will drag the photo to the area in the Project pane where you want it to appear in the movie. Once you have the photos you want, place the Ken Burns Effect on each photo. Use a variety of zooms to keep it unique and interesting.

3. Add Background Music to Your Movie

Adding background music to your movie is a great way to enhance your movie and give it a personal feel. To add music to your movie, you will want to click on “Window” button and then click on “Music and Sound Effects”. You will then drag the music file onto the Project pane.

4. Add Transition Between Photos

Adding transition between your photos is a great way to make your movie look a lot better. To add transitions you will click on “Window” then “Transition” then choose the transition you want to apply.

5. Adjust iMovie Photo Clip

You can change the default settings of the photo. Click the gear in the lower left corner of the clip. Click “Clip Adjustments” and an inspector menu will appear. You will be able to set the duration of the photo displaying time and choose any video effects. Then click “Done”.

6. Title Your Movie

Once your movie is complete and you have done all the editing, you will want to title your movie. This can be any name that you want. To title your movie, you will first go to “Window” and then click “Titles”. Titling your movie will give your movie the last finishing touches that it will need.

Now that your movie is complete using iMovie, you will have your first masterpiece using iMovie. You will be able to send your movie to your family and friends or you will be able to store it on a video submission site for safekeeping.

50 Melisse Deering


Melisse Deering is a trained Mac expert as well as a passionate Mac user. She quickly realized the significance of Mac’s user friendliness and advanced features, motivating her to become an avid user and sequentially an expert.