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How to make a memorial slideshow with music

Edited by Ben Jacklin

Movavi Slideshow Maker is a breeze to use, even if you’ve never created a slideshow before. Give it a try, and celebrate the life of a loved one in a one-of-a-kind memorial video. In this article, you'll learn how to make a memorial slideshow with music and create your own, using the funeral slideshow template, in 4 simple steps.

Step 1. Download and install the software

Download the installation file for free, open it, and follow the on-screen instructions to install Movavi’s memorial slideshow maker.

Step 2. Choose the working mode

You can choose between two ways to work with Movavi Slideshow Maker. Select Slideshow Wizard and the program will guide you through making a memorial slideshow in a few easy steps. Pick Create a movie in manual mode to take control of the creative process and make a personalized slideshow for a funeral using the adjustable settings and options. Both modes have on-screen tips to help you bring your ideas to life.

Step 3. Make a memorial slideshow (Wizard mode)

Step 3.1. Upload photos

Click the +Files button in the Files tab to choose the images to include in your memorial photo slideshow. To add entire folders of photos, click +Folders. After adding the images, you can change the order in which they appear by dragging them around; you can also remove individual slides by clicking the appropriate icon on each picture.

Step 3.2. Choose an appropriate theme (optional)

When creating your slideshow, you can save time by choosing the ready-made memorial slideshow template. It includes custom transitions, captions, background music tracks, and more – you don’t need to create anything manually. Preview this theme by clicking on it. To continue working with your chosen theme, click Next аnd move to step 3.3 below. To use your own choice of music, captions, and transition style, choose No Theme, click Next and go to the next step.

Step 3.3. Add music

Open the Music tab, pick +Music to upload the sounds or music of your choice, or select from the examples.

Step 3.4. Preview your slideshow

Open the Preview tab. Here, in the corresponding drop-down tabs, you can write some kind words or quotes in tribute to the departed one by adding captions, adjust your video to the duration of the music, and remove any unwanted black sidebars from your video. Play your slideshow in the preview window by clicking the appropriate icon.

After you’ve completed your memorial photo movie, go to the Export tab, click Save the video and go to step 4 below.

Step 3. Make a memorial slideshow (manual mode)

Step 3.1. Import media files

Click Add Media Files and select the photos you want to use in your slideshow. You can use still photos and memorial video clips. All the images you add are automatically transferred to the timeline. Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop files into the working area.

Step 3.2. Add transitions

Continue creating your slideshow by adding your choice of transitions between the frames to create a flow for your movie. Open the Transitions tab, review appropriate styles, and drag and drop your selections onto the working area between the slides. You can also click on the little icon in the screen image to automatically add transitions between all the frames at once.

Step 3.3. Add music and titles

Now it’s time to set your soundtrack. Return to the Import tab, click Add Media Files, choose the desired music file, or select from the examples. Your music will be transferred to the Audio Track on the timeline automatically.

Write some kind words in tribute to the departed one by adding captions. Click the Titles tab on the left to open the title collection, then drag and drop the one you want onto the timeline.

To edit a title, double-click it on the timeline or in the Preview Area. Then double-click the text box in the Preview Area and enter the text you want to include in your photo slideshow, such as quotes and credits. To change the title settings, double-click the title on the timeline and specify the text parameters like font, size, and color in the preview window. To save the changes, click Apply.

То save your movie, click Export and go to step 4 below.

Step 4. Save your photo slideshow as a memorial video

Select the appropriate option from the tabs on the left in the export window. Save your slideshow quickly to watch it on your computer or mobile device, or upload it directly to YouTube by clicking Upload to YouTube. When you’re done, click Start.

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