How to Create Awesome Slideshow Presentations in iMovie

Xiaobai Software  2022-04-14 18: 38  read 170 views

When you think of making slideshow presentations, you probably think of using apps like Microsoft PowerPoint or Keynote.But you should also consider usingiMovie.

iiMovieis a video editing application that allows you to make timed presentations very easily.It gives you plenty of audio controls so you can play music and record narration during your presentation.It also provides great title and transition options.

Next, let's take a look at how to set up, edit and export slideshow presentations in iMovie.

1. Have your demo photos ready

When making a slideshow in iMovie, the main things you can show are titles and photos.This is great for timed work presentations and showing photos in a fun way.

Before you start making presentations in iMovie, though, you may want to have your photos pre-edited and ready to import into the program.You can crop pictures and adjust color balance in iMovie, but other photo editing programs give you more options.

 

Once a photo is in the timeline, iMovie will treat it as a clip by default, staying on the screen for 4 seconds with a Ken Burns effect that starts with the photo zooming in and slowly zooms out over four seconds.

To adjust how long a photo stays on screen, hover your cursor to the right of the photo clip until it looks like two arrows moving away from each other, then click and drag it.Drag it to the right to make it stay on the screen longer, drag it to the left to make it shorter.

You can also set the duration of a photo by clicking on the photo clip and clicking the i icon above the media player window.You can set the "Duration" text box in it to how many seconds you want the photo to stay on the screen.

2. Set up iMovie to make a slideshow

Once your photos are ready, you can go and open iMovie.On a Mac, you can find it in the Applications folder.

Click the "New" button and select the "Movie" option in the menu that appears.You'll now be taken into an iMovie project workspace, where you can start importing your photos so you can combine them into your slideshow.

 

To import, click the "Import Media" button under the "My Media" tab in this workspace, or go to "File" > "Import Media".In the import window that opens, navigate to where you saved your demo photos and Shift-click each photo, or click and drag the entire list to highlight them.Then click the "Import All" button.

 

Your photos will now appear in place of the "Import Media" button under the "My Media" tab, with a camera icon on them to indicate that they are photos.

3. Arrange the slides in order

To start placing your slideshow presentation in sequence, find the first photo you want to appear in the My Media list, then click and drag it into the timeline area below.

 

Once a photo is in the timeline, iMovie will treat it as a clip by default, staying on the screen for 4 seconds with a Ken Burns effect that starts with the photo zooming in and slowly zooms out over four seconds.

To adjust how long a photo stays on screen, hover your cursor to the right of the photo clip until it looks like two arrows moving away from each other, then click and drag it.Drag it to the right to make it stay on the screen longer, drag it to the left to make it shorter.

You can also set the duration of a photo by clicking on the photo clip and clicking the i icon above the media player window.You can set the "Duration" text box in it to how many seconds you want the photo to stay on the screen.

 

To remove the Ken Burns effect on a photo and keep it static, double-click the photo clip, or click once and then click the crop icon above the media player.

Set the Style here to Fit or Crop to Fill to keep the photo static as it plays during the presentation.Selecting Crop to Fill will allow you to determine the dimensions of the photos in the slideshow.

You can also set the effect to Ken Burns, and adjust the "Start" and "End" boxes to determine how much your photo will zoom in or out during the slideshow.

 

Once you have determined the duration and cropping style for one photo clip, click and drag other photos into the timeline after the first photo and determine their duration and cropping style.

To change the order of the photos in the presentation, just click and drag the photo clip before and after on the timeline.To delete a photo from the timeline, click on it and press the Backspace key on your keyboard.Or Control-click it and select Delete.

 

If you want to adjust the view on the timeline to add and adjust clips more easily, click and drag the slider in the upper-right corner of the timeline to zoom in or out on the timeline.

4. Add titles and transitions to your iMovie slideshows

Once your photos are lined up, you can add any text you want to your presentation by adding a caption.Click the "Title" tab and choose the format you want your text to have.For a standalone title text card, try the slide title type.To show text on photos, maybe try Standard Lower Third.

Add a separate title card to the right or left of the photo by clicking and dragging the title type onto the timeline, just like you would any other clip.To add text to a photo, click and drag the title type onto the photo clip on the timeline.

 

Once a title or text has been added, double-click it, or tap it and tap the T icon above the media player.This will let you enter any text you want on the title.You can also adjust your font here, decide its size and orientation, and choose its color by double-clicking the white box in the T menu.

You can change the duration of titles and delete them just like you would delete photos on the timeline.

It's also easy to add transitions between photos and captions.Tap the Transitions tab to see all of iMovie's options, and tap and drag them between clips to animate photos and title clips and flow between each other.

5. Complete your Slideshow Presentation with some music

To add music to your iMovie slideshow, click the Audio tab.You'll see your Apple Music library, and from here you can click and drag songs to your timeline to have them play under your presentation.

 

Audio clips can be shortened and extended, just like the photo clips we showed you above.

To record your own voice for a presentation, click the microphone icon below the media player, then click the red Start Recording button to start recording to your computer's internal microphone (or a plugged-in microphone).

6. Export and play your iMovie slideshow

If you are satisfied with the slideshow you made yourself, then you can export it easily.Go to "File" > "Share" > "File" and name your project.Click "Next" and decide to save your project on your computer.

 

Click Save and your slideshow will be exported as an MP4 file in a few minutes.Don't forget to save your iMovie project in case you need to export again later!

Create stunning slideshows in iMovie

iMovie is a great program for making slideshows on Mac.It allows you to make presentations like videos instead of regular slideshows.This can give your presentation some creative freedom and give you more audio options.

 

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