Turn Your Photos Into Music Videos on iOS

This is one of those times where you don’t know you need something until someone suggests it. Yet once it doesn’t work out, it now becomes a necessity. I saw an iOS app yesterday that looked like it would be fun for my daughter and myself to make videos from photos slideshows.

Once the app appeared to be a bust, I wasn’t okay to not have such an app. I became obsessed with finding an app that would do what the other one was supposed to. I finally chanced upon Photo Slideshow Director for iPhone and iPad. Since downloading it, I’ve spent the day making videos, editing videos, and fixing problems associated with the videos, and can’t seem to stop.


The iPhone app opens up with a welcome message and an interface that couldn’t be more simple. Choosing your photos, applying music and a theme to them, playing the video, then exporting it. The iPad app isn’t quite as simplistic-looking, but has all the same basic functions.


The first order of business is to add photos to your video. You can add them from your camera roll on your iPhone or iPod Touch, or Facebook, Flickr, or Picasa. Once the photos are added, you can drag them into the position you want them to be in. You can also set the transitions between the photos by clicking the die icon between them. Leaving it unchanged allows you to “roll the dice” and have a random transition.


Clicking a photo, then clicking the photo’s edit symbol in the iPhone app allows you the option to insert a blank page with a background and title, insert a subtitle, reorder the pictures, set a starting and ending point for the pan and zoom, and edit the photos. Clicking the edit symbol in the iPad app allows for some of the functions, while the others can be found in the edit symbol in the menu bar above.


Clicking Music allows you to add songs from your iTunes library. Initially I had a difficult time with this. While the music would play here, once I exported the music, I would lose it. Eventually I realized the songs needed to be downloaded from the Cloud first. Clicking Theme gives you several options with backgrounds, options, and pan and zoom. You can also customize the background with a blank page.


You may export the video to a number of different sources – to your camera roll, Facebook, YouTube, or a WiFi transfer to a PC or Mac. The last option gives you a URL to migrate to on your Mac or PC to download the video. There is also an option to play the video on HDTV, but you will need proper hookups to accomplish this. Without, it can also be done via AirPlay after downloading to your camera roll.

As a warning, these videos do take up some space on your device. This is the only negative. They are so much fun to create that you will find yourself creating several. I was warned at one point that I had run out of space on my iPhone. Downloading them to your PC, Mac, Dropbox, etc., will allow you to retain the space on your device.

Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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