How do I put images into an existing video?

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I have a video that is a narration of various outdoor trips I have taken.   I've been told that narration by an old guy sitting at a desk is not enough, and that I should put in some photos of the places I'm talking about.
How would I fit in an image that will replace the narrators face (and have that image last maybe 20 seconds as the narration goes on).

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Add the media to the project and drag to a new timeline. Then simply drag to the position on the time line to display the image. Play with the size and length until you achieve your goal.

I hope this helps.

Patty Deutmeyer
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Hi Gideon, I would agree - adding relevant supplementary images can really help to tell your story.

Like Patty says you need to add the images to your project 1st. The steps may vary slightly depending on the version you are using. What you want to do is 'Import Media' into your Media bin.

Then add the images to the timeline (right click the image or drag and drop) and place them where you want to appear. The Timeline works like layering, so media placed on a higher track will cover what's on a lower track, i.e. your narration and video on Track 1. So one way to do it would be to place the image on a higher track. You can resize the images to fit the canvas (right click). Default duration is 5secs, drag the end of the media to change the duration.

You may wish to use a Transition between the images to create a nice effect moving from 1 image to another.

Another way would be to split your video to make space to slot your image into. You'll probably need to separate your narration and video first (right click, separate audio/video). Be careful though as the audio can soon get out of sync with your video this way. Let me know if you'd like more detail on how to do it this way.

Best regards,


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The easiest technique,

Is to add an image with a high enough resolution. So it looks good at full screen.Covering the entire video without cutting it.So, starting with nothing applied.As in the first image.

You just add the image above the the video on the timeline, scale it up in size if necessary,  and reposition to taste.You can use the control handles around the image to drag the image to resize it as well.

Apply a couple of fade transitions to the beginning and end of the  images. And you have a nice smooth looking Segway between video and image.