My top three tools for creating audio slideshow videos

The audio slideshow style for video is probably the easiest of all video formats to create. It’s also one of the most misunderstood when it comes to using it in the classroom. For a slideshow project to be effective, students must first plan the sequence, find the best images, apply appropriate text (but not too much), and select an appropriate soundtrack. If you want to take it a step further, you want students to make a script to tell their videos. Here’s a list of features you should look for when creating audio slideshow videos.

Here are my top three choices that students can use to make audio slide show videos.

Adobe Spark video

Almost since its initial launch five years ago, Adobe Spark has been my favorite recommendation for this type of video project. Adobe Spark makes it easy for students to create concise audio slideshow videos. Adobe Spark limits the amount of narration that students can record on each slide in their videos. Adobe Spark also includes a library of background music that students may have inserted into their videos. Finally, students can upload short audio clips to include in their audio slide show video projects. In this short video, I demonstrate how to make a video with Adobe Spark.

Canva

Canva now offers two ways for students to create audio slideshow videos. The first way is to simply put together a series of slides and then select an audio track to play in the background. That process is demonstrated here. The second method is to use Canvas’ full video editor to add narration and custom timings to an audio slide show video. That process is demonstrated in this video.

Microsoft Photos

Microsoft Photos includes a video creation tool for making short audio slideshow videos. You can find this by simply opening the built-in Photos app in Windows 10. The editor includes tools for adding animated effects to still images, inserting your existing video clips into a video project, and tools for adding audio to your video. There is also a great opportunity to search for Creative Commons licensed images and paste them directly into your video project. The best part of this feature is that attribution information is automatically added to the images you select via the built-in search tool. In the following video I give a demonstration of how to create a video in Microsoft Photos in Windows 10.

What about Animoto?

I can not write about making audio slideshows without mentioning Animoto, because otherwise I get five emails from people asking me why I did not include it. Animoto was one of the first tools to automate the process of making a fast audio slide show video. It still exists and is still good at what it does. Its free plan is just a bit more limited than what is available with the tools I mentioned above.

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