Transforming pictures into compelling videos with music can make for great social media content. Podcasters can share snippets of riveting episodes on Instagram, and singers can post songs with flashy cover art for followers to enjoy. Whatever the reason, you can easily make videos with pictures, music, text, and more with the help of the right tools.  

In this article, I'll show you how to make videos from media using a free online video editor called Kapwing. Kapwing's Studio allows creators to turn pictures into videos with eye-catching effects and music that will keep all eyes glued to the screen. Here's how you can get started:

  1. Upload your photos and videos to Kapwing
  2. Edit and arrange your content
  3. Add your music
  4. Export and download

Step 1: Upload Your Photos and Videos to Kapwing

I recommend compiling your photos and videos into one space to make uploading files quick and easy in the next steps. You can create a new folder on your PC or make a new album on your phone.

Next, head over to the Kapwing Video Maker in your browser. You can use this free video maker on any iPhone, Android, PC, or tablet. From here, you can click Get Started to launch the Studio or click Upload Files to import your media right away. You can also paste an image or video URL.

A screenshot showing how to upload photos and videos to Kapwing.

If you're on your phone, click Upload at the top or center of the screen to add your pictures and videos to the Kapwing Studio.

Screenshots demonstrating how to upload content to Kapwing from a mobile device.

Step 2: Edit and Arrange Your Content

When the images and videos have been uploaded, drag and drop each file on the timeline to play in the desired order. You can drag the ends to trim a layer and use the split button to remove sections from a clip. Watch the montage a few times and assess if it needs anything else to make it stand out. Chances are, you'll want to add text, effects, and filters to create a visually-appealing video.

The Studio offers all of Kapwing's video and photo editing tools in one place. You can create a black and white effect with the grayscale filter, use the GIPHY text plugin to add colorful captions, and use the remove background tool to give a picture or video a new feel. Filters can be found by clicking Adjust and the remove background tool is in the Effects tab. Browse through the tool bar on the left side to explore the different plugins, elements, and fonts, then try a few different designs to get a feel for each tool.  

Step 3: Add Your Music

If you want to add music, select Audio from the toolbar on the left and click Upload to select a song that you've saved on your device, or paste a link from a website such as YouTube or Soundcloud. You can trim the track to make it shorter, cut out sections that you want to remove or only use, adjust the volume, and fade the sound. If you want to remove the audio from a video, right-click the layer, select Detach Audio, then delete the audio layer.

A screenshot showing how to edit audio layers in the Kapwing timeline editor.

Step 4: Export and Download

When you are finished editing, click Export Video in the top right corner of the Studio and Kapwing will process your video as an MP4 file.

Once your video has been processed, click Download to save it to your device. If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up for free with your email. Creating an account will save your video to the cloud for two days, and you can download a watermark-free video!

Thanks for reading this article! Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And if you're looking for more tips and tutorials on creating great video content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel, where we post multiple new videos every week.


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