Windows Movie Maker, a free and simple video editing software, can help you create and edit videos as well as to publish them on OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr. However, do you know to import your files to Windows Movie Maker to make a video? Now, this post shows how to import files from computer hard drive, Photo Gallery, a DVD, a digital camcorder or a smartphone.

Windows Movie Maker (formerly known as Windows Live Movie Maker in Windows 7), a free yet professional video editing software for beginners, can help you easily create and edit videos, and then publish them on OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr.

Download the best free video editing software and then add pictures and videos to Windows Movie Maker to create your own movie with ease.

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Before creating movie, you have to install your Windows Movie Maker 2012 in Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7. 

With the best free video editing software, you can import files, and add some special effects like transitions, visual effects, titles, captions, credits, automovie themes, and so on to make your own cool video easily.

However, according to a survey, we find many users don’t know how to effectively import pictures into Windows Movie Maker or add videos to Movie Maker. Now, check out this tutorial to find several ways to add photos as well as videos to the free Movie Maker 2012.

How to Add Pictures and Videos to Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker lets you create movies by using photos and videos imported from computer hard drive, Photo Gallery, a DVD, a digital camcorder or a smartphone.

Keep reading to find the detailed steps on how to add photos and videos to free Movie Maker.

You can import files with the following file name extensions into Windows Movie Maker to use in your project:

  • Audio files: .aif, .aifc, .aiff .asf, .au, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .snd, .wav, and .wma
  • Picture files: .bmp, .dib, .emf, .gif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, and .wmf
  • Video files: .asf, .avi, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, and .wmv 

Do not add a file that is not supported by Movie Maker. Otherwise, the best free video editing software will crash.

Case 1. How to Add Pictures/Videos from Your Hard Drive to Movie Maker

Launch Windows Movie Maker to get its main interface as follows:

main interface of windows movie maker

If you are using free Movie Maker in Windows 7, you can see this message “Click here to browse videos and photos” in the Storyboard Pane.

From the above window, you have 2 options to add video and pictures that are saved on your computer hard drive to Windows Movie Maker.

Click Add videos and photos button in the Home tab.

In the Add Videos and Photos window, locate and select the photo or video that you want to add. You can Ctrl click to select many files.

Finally, click on Open button to import files.

import files to Movie Maker

You can also directly drag videos and photos from Windows Explorer to Movie Maker.

Alternatively, you can click any place in the Storyboard Pane, and then add your photos/videos to Windows Movie Maker, as shown below.

add pictures from storyboard

After adding photos and videos, you will see your video clips in your Track in the Storyboard Pane in the following window.

view the effects after importing files

The Preview Pane allows you to preview effects added to your movie. Besides, you are able to view the precise frame the black Scrub Bar is located on in the Track.

The Storyboard Pane is your work window. In this place, you can edit your movie.

  1. Track not only contains all of your video clips but also shows edits and effects that you have added to your movie.
  2. The black Scrub Bar will slide along the Track. And, it will indicate precisely what frame you are viewing in the Preview Pane.
  3. The zoom bar lets you zoom in and out of your Track.
  4. Use the following button to change the size of your video clips’ thumbnails. It includes extra small icons, small icons, medium icons, large icons, and extra large icons.

change size

  1. You can use the play button to play your video clip in the Preview Pane, and use the previous-frame and next-frame buttons to move the Scrub Bar between frames.

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Case 2. How to Add Photos & Videos from Photo Gallery to Movie Maker

Windows Photo Gallery (formerly known as Windows Live Photo Gallery) is an application for Windows that allows you to easily view, organize and edit your pictures with a simple interface.

As we know, once you import your photos and videos, they'll appear in Photo Gallery. Now, you can add your media files from Photo Gallery to make your own video. However, how to complete this task?

The steps are:

  • Open Windows Photo Gallery by clicking Start > All Programs > Windows Photo Gallery.
  • Select videos and photos you'd like to send to free Movie Maker.
  • Click on the Create tab and then choose Movie.

Your selected files will now be opened in a new project in the best free video editing software. At this time, you can begin to create your own movie.

Case 3. How to Import Files from Removable Device

Do you know how to add photos and videos to Windows Movie Maker from USB device, camera or other devices?

Step 1. Connect your camera, USB drive or other devices to a computer.

Step 2. Launch free Windows Movie Maker 2012.

Step 3. Click File and select Import from device.

import from device

Step 4. Click OK button when you see the “Photos and videos will be imported into Photo Gallery” error message.

Photos and videos will be imported into Photo Gallery

Step 5. Select the target device and then click Import button. If you do not see your device in the list, make sure it is connected to the computer and turned on and then choose Refresh.

select device to import files

Step 6. You'll see the Import Photos and Videos dialog. Here, you have two options.

import photos and videos

Review, organize and group items to import.

This option gives you the opportunity to meticulously sort through and tag your photos before importing them. Select this option, and then click Next button to get the following window.

select the groups to import

In this window, you can see your photos and videos are grouped by date and the hour when you took pictures and recorded videos. You can move the "Adjust groups" slider to the left or to the right to adjust the number of groups.

Now, select the groups you want to import and then click Import button.

Import all new items now.

If you want to import all photos and videos, you can choose this option, and then click Import. The import process is started. At this point, if you want to erase the files from the camera after the import process is done, you just need to click the checkbox labeled "Erase after importing", as shown below.

erase after importing

Step 7. Now, you will enter into the Windows Photo Gallery window automatically. At this time, select the photos and videos you want to use in your movie, and then click Movie on the Create tab in Photo Gallery.

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See! It is very easy to add pictures and videos to Windows Movie Maker.

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How to add music to Windows Movie Maker

After importing photos, some users might be wondering: “how to add music to Movie Maker?”

Generally, it is very easy to add music to Windows Movie Maker. Supported file types include:.WMA,.MP3,.WAV,.M4A,.AIFF and.AIF.

You just need to click or tap the Add music button which is found in the Add section.

Select Add music option to add music to the entire project. If you want to place the audio at a particular point in the project, you need to navigate to that place in the project and stop, and then choose the Add music at the current point.

add music to video

You also can add online music from AudioMicro, Free Music Archive, and Vimeo.

Next, you can browse any compatible audio file and import it into your timeline.

Save and Share Your Video

After importing photos and videos, you can add some special effects to make your movie cool. Finally, you need to save your movie, or directly share it with others by uploading to YouTube, Facebook, etc.

How to Save Windows Movie Maker Video

Click or tap the Save Movie button found in the Share section on the Home tab.This step will bypass all the complicated video settings that you might not understand and bring you right to the Save Movie dialog, as shown below.

save video

Then, you can change the location to save your movie, and set the file name as well as file type.

How to Share Windows Movie Maker Video

By using the best free video editing software, you can directly upload it to on OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr.

Navigate to the Home tab in the Movie Maker interface.

Select the desired social media site like YouTube.

Select the resolution of your movie. If publishing fails at one resolution, try publishing again to a smaller size.

Sign into your Microsoft account and authorize the social media site, and finally publish it.

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Bottom Line

See! It is very easy to import files to Movie Maker.

If you have any questions or suggestions about how to add pictures and videos to Windows Movie Maker, please leave a comment below or contact us via [email protected]. We will solve it as soon as possible.

Photos to Movie Maker FAQ

How do you make a picture slideshow with music?
  1. Install the free slideshow maker, MiniTool Movie Maker.
  2. Import pictures and music files to this free photo slideshow maker.
  3. Drag and drop files to the timeline.
  4. Edit your video clips.
  5. Export your slideshow with music.
How do you make a slideshow on Windows Movie Maker?
  1. Download and install Windows Movie Maker.
  2. Launch it to open its main interface.
  3. Add videos, photos and music files to Movie Maker.
  4. Edit video/photo clips.
  5. Save slideshow on your PC.
Where can I make a video with pictures and music for free?
  1. MiniTool Movie Maker
  2. Windows Movie Maker
  3. Movavi Slideshow Maker
  4. Icecream Slideshow Maker
  5. Proshow Gold
  6. PhotoStage Slideshow
  7. CyberLink MediaShow
  8. Photostory Deluxe
  9. Photostory Easy
  10. iMovie
How do I add music to a video?
  1. Launch MiniTool Movie Maker.
  2. Import your video into this video editor, drag and drop this video to the timeline.
  3. Import your music file, and add it to the audio track.
  4. Edit music file like fade in or fade out music.
  5. Save the video with music.
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