Use this function to create a video slideshow out of your pictures or videos. It can include transition effects and a soundtrack. The video is saved in an MP4 file. Its image component is stored in H.264 format, and the sound in AAC.

Use the buttons at the bottom of the Video interface to instantly add all the pictures and videos (or just the selected ones) in the current folder to the video. Another option is to add the pictures or videos by dragging and dropping them from the Filmstrip. Use drag-and-drop to change files’ order as well. To remove a picture from the timeline, use the picture’s right-click menu.

To adjust settings for the video overall or for how individual files are displayed, use the items in the Side Panel. The Resolution, Quality, and FPS settings affect the whole video file – higher values mean higher quality, but also a larger file that takes longer to save. Background Color is used whenever a picture’s ratio of sides does not correspond to the video’s ratio of sides. Click “+” to add soundtrack files. MP3, WAV, and AAC files can be added. Click “” to delete soundtrack files. To change the order of sound files, click and drag them. The soundtrack is automatically muted at the end of the video. Use the Timelapse Deflicker option to resolve flicker problems in timelapse videos. These problems can occur because shooting timelapse source stills in Automatic mode can lead to varied exposures for these stills. That causes an unpleasant flickering effect when the stills are played back in quick succession; this option eliminates that effect.

Use the Parameters section to fine-tune the display of individual files. Changes you make here are instantly applied to all currently selected files. Transition effect sets the method to be used to display a file. The Pan&Zoom settings set up a special transition method that pans and zooms pictures as they are shown, and set the effect’s strength. Fit pictures sets whether pictures should be “letterboxed” if needed to fit the frame (Fit to Frame) or instead stretched to fill the frame and cropped (Fill Frame).

Time per picture sets the amount of time for which each picture is shown. The first part of this setting sets a number of seconds for which to show the picture; the second part sets a number of frames for which to show it. The overall photo display time is the sum of the number of seconds, plus the number of frames divided by the FPS setting. For timelapse videos, we recommend setting the number of seconds to zero and experimenting with the number of frames and the FPS setting. Click Fit Length to Soundtrack to set all pictures’ display times so that the video length matches the length of the current soundtrack.

Use the settings in the Video Clip Duration section to set the beginning and end of video playback. Click Trim Video Clip to set the beginning and end of a video visually using sliders under the video preview. Use Volume to set the volume for an included video clip.

Split a video clip by clicking on the scissors icon shown by the marker for the current position in the video.

Use the button at the top of the Side Panel to save a Preset based on your work in progress so that you can restore your settings later at any time. (Your most recent settings are stored automatically.)

Your video is created in the background so that you can keep working in the meantime. To see its progress, check the Notifications – see the bell icon towards the top right.

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