Creating a Slide Show

I had some photos I took at the Huntington Beach Civil War Days that I wanted to combine with some audio from a video I took at the same event.

The photo part was easy as I had already selected my “pics” and post processed them to give them on old look (see my previous posts).

The tricky part was how to separate the audio from the video as I didn’t like the video portion but thought I could use the audio portion to bring in the sound of the gun battle.

I brought the video into Adobe Premiere Elements and after looking around the menus and help,  found that there are a couple of ways to export only the audio. In my case, in order to get the file format that I needed, selecting Share>Personal Computer>MPEG allowed me to export the audio from my video in mp3 format.

My plan was to import my photos from Lightroom to Animoto and have their software create a slideshow for me using my audio as my music choice. Normally Animoto creates a great slideshow faster (it only takes their software a few minutes to generate) and better than I could. Here’s the result

In typical Animoto style, it looks great except for one thing. It didn’t use all the photographs I had selected. It used my photos until my music stopped. I went back to check the settings to see if there was anything I could do but I didn’t find an option to repeat the music. I really wanted all the photographs to be used so…..

I went back to Lightroom and created a slideshow from there. It doesn’t have the fancy transitions that Animoto does but I could control the pace better and Lightroom allows you to repeat your music. I then uploaded to YouTube in order to share it.

Lessons Learned:

  • Use can use the audio from a video without using the visual portion ..if you have software that will do that for you.
  • When using “music” with a slideshow, the length of your “music” can affect your resulting slideshow. I put “music” in quotes, because you may be using other audio like I did in place of a song.
  • Lightroom’s slideshows can be exported to PDF as well as video. The PDF version, however,  doesn’t include the audio.


  • Check if your software has the ability to create a slideshow and read up on how to do it
  • Create a slideshow using either your own software or give Animoto a try. You can get a 30 second video for free.