How to edit a video with photos and music

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  • How to edit a video with photos and music (PC / Mac)
  • How to edit a video with photos and music (Android / iOS)
  • How to edit a video with photos and music (Online)

How to edit a video with photos and music (PC / Mac)

Movie Maker (Windows)

On Windows computers, one of the best solutions to edit a video with photos and music in a simple way e free is the use of the Movie Maker program. Surely you have heard of it, as it is a historical software available only on computers equipped with the Microsoft operating system that allows you to edit videos with tools within everyone's reach.



Even if Movie Maker is no longer available for download on its official website, this does not mean that it is no longer possible to download it and use it as it used to be. Although it is an old-fashioned program, it can still be useful to you to fulfill the purpose you have set for yourself.

Among the main features of Movie Maker is its extreme ease of use and the availability of different tools for editing videos with photos and music.

In fact, it is possible to import various multimedia elements into the timeline, adding special transitions and effects to them and inserting custom music as a soundtrack for the movie.

Once you have downloaded this program from the MajorGeeks website (in English), you can start using it completely free to allow you to test your creativity.

The movie you made will be exportable in one of the main predefined formats; alternatively it is possible to share directly on an online platform such as YouTube.


If you want to know more about how to edit a video with Movie Maker I suggest you read my guide completely dedicated to the subject.


Photo (macOS)

A great tool for editing a video created with a combination of photos and music is the macOS Photos application. This is a predefined application that is present on computers with the bitten apple logo, which offers several options for making movies with an attractive style.

The macOS Photos application is present inside the Launchpad and contains all the photos on your computer and those synchronized with other iCloud devices, if any.

Its tools for editing a video with photos and music are very simple and immediate, therefore I absolutely recommend that you try to use it, I'm sure you will have a lot of fun.

To use the macOS photo app, click the button Fillet from the top bar and then click on the items Create> presentation. You can then give your presentation a title, click on the button OK to confirm and thus have access to all the video editing tools.

To export the movie you made you will have to press the button Export and, once you have chosen one of the formats available for processing it, indicate the destination path and click on the button Save.

iMovie (macOS)

If you want to use a professional program and free to edit a video with photos and music and you have a computer equipped with the macOS operating system, then I can only advise you to take advantage of iMovie.


As you no doubt know, if you are a little familiar with Mac computer use, iMovie is a great advanced video making software.

Clearly on macOS it is not the only one: there are many other programs for editing equally professional videos, but I am of the opinion that the default editing program of Apple computers is a valid choice. The reason? It is soon said. This program is totally free and it is already installed by default on Mac computers. Consequently I don't see why you shouldn't use it.


Unlike many other programs, iMovie comes with a simple user interface. Editing a video with photos and music is really a breeze.

You can use this software in combination with one of the predefined templates, or edit a movie in every aspect, modifying elements such as the playback speed and transitions.

This historic program is updated frequently to keep up with the new standards of the Web; therefore its use is really recommended.

In this regard, if you want to know more in detail how to edit a video with photos and music, using iMovie I suggest you read my guide in which I tell you more in detail about its use.

How to edit a video with photos and music (Android / iOS)

Clips (iOS)

There are several possibilities to edit a video with photos and music on Android or iOS mobile devices, as the Play Store and App Store offer a wide range of free downloadable applications to do this.


Starting to talk about the applications that I recommend you use on iOS mobile devices, I would like to point out the presence of Clips.

You may never have heard of it, but it is an application developed by Apple designed for making videos with photos and music in a very unique way. It is no coincidence that this application winks at the tools integrated in other more famous applications: Instagram, Snapchat or Musical.ly, for example.

The application is designed for a young audience also from the moment in which it presents an atypical user interface that is intuitive only if you know well how the most recent and modern social networks work.

However, it is an excellent application from a technical point of view: there are several tools for editing a video with photos and music. So if you are a particularly creative person and want to try an original video editing application, then I recommend that you download it to your iOS device.


Alternatively, still talking about the possibilities offered exclusively by Apple devices, you can also turn to the traditional video editing application iMovie.

In the latter case, as you can surely imagine, it is the counterpart for smartphones and tablets of the well-known software for macOS that I told you about in the previous lines.

Magisto (Android / iOS)

Available for free on Android and iOS devices, Magisto is an excellent application that will allow you to edit a video with photos and music.

The application can be used after registering with an account Facebook, Google or through any other email address and allows you to create a montage of a video starting from some predefined themes.

However, it must be said that, in its version free, there are some limitations including the inability to use more than 10 photos for making the video. Furthermore, the exported video must necessarily be of short duration.

It must also be taken into consideration that the video can only be exported online; to be able to save it in the memory of your device you will be required to pay a subscription.

Payment of the subscription to the service Premium of Magisto is also required to remove the other limitations of the version free. Keep in mind that, to evaluate the characteristics of this application, it is possible to activate one free trial version.

WeVideo (Android / iOS)

Another application to consider for editing a video with photos and music is WeVideo. This app is also present on both mobile devices and you can then download it for free on Android and iOS.

You can use this app to edit a video with photos and music without recording, but you will have to keep in mind that there are some limitations given by using this application in a free. WeVideo applies a watermark to the exported video, which will also be created at low resolution.

To use additional features, a monthly or annual subscription must be paid with prices that differ according to the additional features included. However, it must be taken into account that the more expensive plan also offers support for exporting a movie in 4K Ultra HD quality.

The user interface of this application is only available in English language, however, its editing tools are traditional, so you shouldn't have any difficulty using it.

The videos made are exportable and shareable online directly through the app and automatically saved in the device memory.

How to edit a video with photos and music (Online)

Magisto

To edit a video with photos and music you can also use some web tools that are available for use through any browser for Windows or Mac such as Google Chrome or Safari.

Among the online tools that I want to advise you to use is Magisto, the Web version of the well-known application of the same name that I told you about in the previous lines.

Unlike the app which is downloadable for free, Magisto requires payment of a subscription to be used online. However it is possible to activate one free trial version to be able to start using its features without having to pay.

I therefore recommend that you connect to its official website and press the button Get Started. After that you will need to create an account free by registering for the service and click on the entry Start the trial corresponding to one of the subscription plans.

Once this is done, you can start using the Magisto editor by uploading the images you want to use to edit your video with photos and music.

Similar to other tools and applications, through this website you will be able to create a customized video based on selectable themes and styles.

Using the free trial version, however, you will not be able to download the video to your computer but only share online.

WeVideo

Having to make a choice on what are the best tools on the Web to edit a video with photos and music, I cannot avoid talking about WeVideo.

It is an online service for the video editor that works similar to the application of the same name for Android and iOS. If even in this case the name seems familiar to you, it is precisely because I told you about it in the previous lines.

Usable through any browser for Internet browsing, WeVideo is a tool that works after registering an account.

Then go to its official website and click on the button Facebook or on the button Google to register quickly. Alternatively, you can also create an account by indicating an alternative email address and filling in all the data required by the service.

Following registration, you will be offered the purchase of a subscription plan; however, please note that payment is not mandatory. Then click the button Try it if you want to use all tools in a manner free with the trial version.

It is clearly implied that additional features will be unlocked if you subscribe. In its version free, the service allows you to export movies at a maximum resolution of 480p and there will be a limitation given by a maximum of five minutes of video exportable per month.

In any case, the strength of this Web tool is the possibility of importing multimedia elements even from the main social networks or cloud storage services, as well as from your computer. The tools for editing video with photos and music are varied and there are also some predefined themes that allow you to edit a video in no time.

Even with the trial version, the movies that can be made will be exportable and downloadable for free on your computer using the button Video download.

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