How to Make a Slideshow With Windows Media Player

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How to Make a Slideshow With Windows Media Player
Slide shows are a great way to bring still images to life. (Movie girls image by Vojsek from Fotolia.com)

Slide shows are a great way to showcase memorable moments captured with a camera. You can add photographs and unique transitions, effects, audio and narration to enhance the viewers' experience. Windows Movie Maker software, which is included in Windows XP and Vista, makes building slide shows easy, affordable and professional-looking. Windows Movie Maker allows the user to easily import photographs, videos and audio that can be added to the slide show timeline. The software then permits the user to export the slide show to a DVD that can be viewed on any DVD player.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Digital photographs, videos or audio
  • Windows Movie Maker

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Windows Movie Maker. Click on "File" and "Import Media Items." Select the media file that you want to to import or select multiple items by holding down "Ctrl" while you click. Click "Import."

  2. 2

    Click the "Imported Media" folder on the left side to view all imported items.

  3. 3

    Click and drag each media image onto the timeline beginning at the 00:00 marker. Click the image on the timeline and hover to the right until a two-sided red arrow appears. Extend or trim the clip by dragging the image. The default view time is three seconds. Add additional media images as needed.

  4. 4

    Click "Transitions" in the left side bar to add transition effects between two clips. Click and drag an effect between two images on the timeline. Click the "Play" button to verify that the correct transition was added. Repeat this until a transition effect is added to each clip.

  5. 5

    Click "Effects" in the left side bar to add an effect to each clip. Click and drag an effect directly onto the image. Click the "Play" button to verify that the correct effect was added to the correct clip. Repeat this so an effect is added to all desired clips. All images that have a star icon contain an image effect.

  6. 6

    From the "Tools" drop-down menu, select "Titles and Credits..." Select where to add the title and enter the text for the title. Edit the title animation, text font and colour using the prompts for "More options." Review the preview and click "Add Title."

  7. 7

    To add credits at the end, select "Titles and Credits..." from the "Tools" drop-down menu. Select "Credits at the end." Enter credit text and edit the animation, text font and colour using the prompts for "More options." Review the preview and click "Add Title."

  8. 8

    Preview the slide show from start to finish and make any additional edits or adjustments.

  9. 9

    Click "Publish Movie" from the "File" drop-down menu. Select where to publish the movie. Name the movie and continue leaving all settings at their default positions. Click "Publish" and wait as the movie is compressed and saved.

  10. 10

    Check the "Play movie when I click Finish" check box, and click "Finish". The slide show movie will open in Windows Media Player and will begin playing.

Tips and warnings

  • Save progress frequently.
  • Organise media into folders to make image selection more manageable.

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