How to Make a YouTube Slideshow with Music?

If you own some high definition photos and/or video clips and want to upload them to, you can turn your photos or pictures into slideshow videos optimized for Youtube display, optionally you can add the video clips to your slideshow to display them in the same Youtube slideshow with other photos. You can also separate them into two or more Youtube slideshows, for example, you can make a Youtube photo slideshow, a Youtube video slideshow. And do not forget the music and text. A Youtube slideshow with music and text is more engaging and entertaining. In this guide, we will show you how to make a YouTube slideshow with music. Except the professional slideshow maker below, you can also make use of the free YouTube slideshow maker online to create basic photo slideshow for Youtube.

youtube photo slideshow

How to make a Youtube slideshow with music using the best Youtube slideshow maker?

Go to create a folder somewhere on your computer hard drive. Then put all photos or pictures, music songs, and videos if any in this folder. We will be using them in the Youtube slideshow making below. Now go to download the best Youtube slideshow maker on to your Windows PC. We will explain its features and benefits at the lower section of this guide. It is really powerful, useful and feature riched photo to video converter, slideshow creator and DVD movie burner.

Important Tips:
If you are on Mac or looking for a better slideshow movie maker for Windows, you should check out this page to easily create professional photo video slideshow movies on Mac and PC. This video maker comes with more stunning visual effects, useful features and much easier than the DVD slideshow builder.

Step 1. Run DVD slideshow builder

You will immediately see a dialogue asking you to choose between Standard and Advanced mode. Choose Standard mode for now. Under the Standard mode, you can make use of its pre-designed move styles and templates to convert still images into dynamic photo slideshows. The Advanced mode gives you greater freedom to custom all kinds of transition effects, motion effects and decoration. We will show you the easiest way to make a Youtube slideshow with it in this guide for beginners. If you like, you can try it by yourself later.

dvd slideshow builder modes

Under the standard mode of the DVD slideshow maker, you can find it has three tabs at the top: Organize, Personalize and Create. It manifests in a clear way that there are basically three steps to create a slideshow movie using the slideshow creator.

dvd slideshow builder main interface standard

Step 2. Add Photos to slideshow maker

Click on Add Files, you will be able to load photos from your photo album or library to this slideshow maker.

organize photos in dvd slideshow builder

You can click and drag any photos from the lower section of this DVD slideshow maker to rearrange the photo sequence. Well organized photos are very important to tell your stories. You can also rotate your photos. Sometimes when you transferred photos and videos from an iPhone or iPad to your PC, you may find they are upside down or sideways. In an earlier ariticle, we also talked about How to Rotate iPhone Video using Windows Movie Maker?

If your soource photos are not in the same size, you may want to edit them. This photo to slideshow converter software offers many useful features to help you modify source images. To do that, click to select a photo first from the photo thumbnail display area, then click on the Edit icon. You will get a new dialogue like below.

edit photos

Now you get a lot of options to customize and edit imported photos, such as rotate photo, flip photo, enlarge photo, photo auto repair, adjust photo hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, crop photo, apply filters to get special effects, repair red-eye, add title caption and choose one from the many built-in text effects, etc.

YouTube uses 16:9 aspect ratio players. If you are uploading a non-16:9 file, you will see black bars on the left/right, or top/bottom. You can refer to below Youtube video/photo resolutions list to set photo aspect ration, crop photos within this DVD slideshow maker program. You can find more tips on YouTube video optimization here.

Video Resolutions for Youtube Suggested

  • 1080p: 1920×1080
  • 720p: 1280×720
  • 480p: 854×480
  • 360p: 640×360
  • 240p: 426×240

Step 3. Personalize photo slideshow

This is the most interesting part when creating a photo slideshow with this powerful slideshow maker. There are so many options you can choose to customize. For beginners, however we can just leave most of them intact. Here is the screen capture of the Personalize tab.

personalize photo slideshow

Some options you may consider to customize

  • To personalize a photo slideshow for display on Youtube, the first thing you can do to change your slideshow a completely new look is to choose a pre-designed style or template. On the current version 6.2, we found there are 138 styles included under the Standard mode.
  • Clipart is another very useful tool to decorate your photo slideshows. The cliparts are dynamic, once added to your slideshow, they can be found in the timeline at the lower section. You can adjust its starting and ending point by simple drag-n-drop.
  • Similar to cliparts, there are many pre-designed effects you can choose to decorate your photo slideshow.
  • To make a photo slideshow with music for Youtube display, you need to add audios or music to your slideshow. You can choose audios from the pre-audio section. You can click the Music icon to load a music track from your computer music library to this slideshow maker. You can also record your own voice by clicking the Voice Over. Different sound tracks or channels can be mixed and played at the same time. You can drag and drop to adjust them in the time line. Audio fade in and fade out would be enabled automatically to make professional music slideshows.

After the changes, you can preview the result in the video preview window. Go to save and export the slideshow video when you are happy with all the customizations.

Step 4. Create and publish photo slideshow to Youtube

Go to the Create tab. Select Share to YouTube menu from the left navigation panel. You will then get a screen like this:

publish photo slideshow to youtube

Here you can input your Youtube account ID, password, and fill up some info for the Youtube photo slideshow. These info are important to help people find your slideshow video on Youtube, such as Category, Title, Description, Tags.

Finally hit the Publish button to upload the photo slideshow from the DVD slideshow creator to If you want to share videos other than photos on YouTube, you can check out this guide to convert YouTube videos.

That’s it! Now you know how to make a photo slideshow with music for YouTube. Download and make your first Youtube slideshow movie now.

4 thoughts on “How to Make a YouTube Slideshow with Music?”

    1. this slideshow maker software comes with both Windows and Mac versions. so you can download and use it on any desktop or laptop computers that is running on Windows OS or Mac OS X system.

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