Everyday, people have a still image, but want to turn it into a video. Most people have hundreds of photos on their phone, so converting these photos into videos can be a fun and compelling way to spice up your creative skills. It might be that you have many images and want to combine them into a slideshow. Maybe you have an album art picture or thumbnail and want to combine it with a song, soundtrack, or podcast to publish on Instagram and YouTube. Or perhaps you want to animate an image with moving text and shapes.

Whatever your use case, it's simple to combine MP3, MP4, JPG, PNG, and text files together to make pictures into videos.

In this article, I'm going to show you how to turn your pictures into videos with music, text, & more, using a free online tool called Kapwing. Kapwing's Studio allows any person to turn pictures into videos, add effects, merge files together, add music on pictures, and create montages.

Here's four picture to video formats and how to create them.

Basics: Convert PNG to MP4

If you just want to change the file format from an image to a video output, use Kapwing's Image to Video tool.

Upload your image (or images) and watch the video preview to make sure it looks correct. Then, click "Export" to get the Video Output. Kapwing will process the video and give you the MP4 to download.

You can change the duration of the output video by clicking "Edit duration" under your uploaded image or using the "Timeline" tool. Then, you can make the output MP4 last as long as you want it to.

Audiogram: Combine Picture and Audio

Podcasters, comedians, public speakers, musicians, voice actors, and many more may want to combine an audio track with an image to create a video output. These image + soundtrack videos are sometimes called "Audiograms." You may even add a waveform element and animated captions to engage viewers with visuals.

Steph 1: Start off in the Kapwing Studio and upload the image that you want to use. Drag and drop the file or use the "Upload" box to find the file. If you don't have a picture already, use the "Images" tool to search the web for stock photos. Or, if you prefer, you can design your graphics within Kapwing using the drag-and-drop interface.

Steph 2: Now, it's time to add the audio. Creators can upload MP3 files, drag an audio file directly onto the Kapwing canvas, or record a voiceover within Kapwing. If you want to import music from another website like SoundCloud, YouTube, or Google Drive, you can copy the URL.

Once the music is uploaded, use Kapwing's audio editing tools to trim it, change the speed, and adjust the volume. You can also choose to convert an audio track into a Waveform.

It's also possible to record audio directly in Kapwing. This makes it easy to do voiceovers and cover recordings within Kapwing.

Creators can adjust the timing of the music track relative to the video in the Timeline tab.

Steph 3: Spice up your audiogram with a "waveform" element or subtitles to make the visuals more engaging.

To add a waveform, open the Elements tab and click "+ Add a Waveform." Then, re-upload the soundtrack that you want to visualize with frequency waveforms. You can adjust the style, color, and positioning of the waveform on the screen.

To add subtitles that make your audio content more accessible, click the "Subtitles" tab. Creators can type the dialogue of their soundtrack to click "Auto Generate" to get the automatic transcription using AI-powered technology. This saves you time when making audiograms and syndicating MP3 content across YouTube and Instagram.

Slideshow: Combine Photos Together

Before you get started, you'll need to know where to find your materials. Gather the photos together on your computer or star them in an album on your camera role. It can be a good idea to make a separate folder for the files you want to use, especially if you're planning to use several photos or music tracks.

Next, upload your Photos to the Kapwing Video Maker. You can start in the Kapwing Studio and click the "Scenes" button or go directly to the Video Maker landing page.

Now it's time to upload all of the images to your photo slideshow to make a video. Drag and drop the files from your computer.

Or, if you're on a phone, select the photos from your camera roll.

When the images have been uploaded, you can preview what the video slideshow will look like. Play the montage through to see what the converted video will come out as.

Now you can choose to make additional Edits:

  • Timing: Adjust the duration of the images by clicking the "Edit duration" button and adjusting how long each photo lasts.
  • Background color: Click the color presets to change the background hue or enter a custom hex code.
  • Size: Use the Aspect Ratio buttons to adjust the dimensions of the output video, or define a custom size if you have a specific pixel value that you want to achieve.

Click the "Edit" button to go back to the Studio view. You can always return to scene view by selecting the "Scenes" tab in the main toolbar. The Studio offers all of Kapwing's video and photo editing tools in one place. Creators can add music, text, animations, overlays, and more to any one of their photos.

Click "Or, add a blank scene" button to introduce a blank slide in your slideshow. You can use this to create a decorative intro or outro. For example, in the below anniversary slideshow, I added "Happy Anniversary" text with an animation and hearts.

If you want to add music, select "Audio" from the top toolbar and either click "Upload" to select a song that you've saved on your device, or paste a link from YouTube, SoundCloud, or another place online. In the Add Audio window, you can change when the music starts, if you want to delay the beginning. You can also click "Trim Audio" to use just a portion of the audio track, or "Adjust Volume" to make your music softer. Once you're done editing your audio track, click "Add Audio."

Once you've edited your video montage to perfection, click "Export" in the top right corner of the Studio window. Kapwing will process your video as an MP4 file.

When your video has finished processing, click "Download" to save it to your device. From this page, you can also log in to remove the Kapwing watermark for free, if you haven't done so already. And if you want to send your video to friends, family, or followers, click "Copy Link" to get a short and shareable link to your content.

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