“I am a photogragher, and I take a lot of photos every day. I would like to share those photos on YouTube. I heard that by creating photo slideshows with photos, I could then upload the slideshows to YouTube for sharing. Can you recommend some solutions to help me turn photographs into YouTube slideshow? I would appreciate your help.”

There are many ways to create a YouTube slideshow. Usually, people make use of a YouTube slideshow maker to make a slideshow for YouTube. It is a well-known fact that people can upload video file onto YouTube, but it is a rarely-known fact that people can create photo slideshow on YouTube as well. The post offers two solutions to create YouTube photo slideshow: with YouTube site itself and a third-party photo slideshow maker.

Solution 1: Create YouTube Photo Slideshow via YouTube Online

Many people don’t know that YouTube isn’t just for uploading videos. Google’s popular video hosting service also has a special feature designed just for photo slideshows. If you’ve never considered using YouTube for photos, you may have never noticed the option, but it’s right there on the Upload page.

Click it, and you’ll be asked to select the photos you’d like to use for the slideshow. This can either be photos that you’ve already uploaded to Google+ (or Picasa), or photos on your computer. Select the former, or drag and drop the latter into the form to begin the upload process.

Once the photographs are uploaded to Google’s servers and selected, you can arrange the photos into the order you want and then customize the slideshow. Basic options include slide duration, slide effect, and transition style. The page will also give you options to add audio to your slideshow.

That’s it! Once it’s created, you’ll be taken to the standard video editing page, where you can customize the video.

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Solution 2: Create YouTube Photo Slideshow via Third-Party Photo Slideshow Maker

Alternatively, you can also use a third-party photo slideshow maker to create YouTube photo slideshow. After getting the slideshow, you can upload it to YouTube for sharing. As the most popular online video sharing website, YouTube allows people to play, watch, download and upload videos for multiple purposes. It’s compatible with FLV, F4V and MP4 videos. If you want to upload your photos to YouTube, you could try to use Leawo Video Converter Ultimate to create flash FLV slideshows with your own photos and desired songs. As a professional media converter suite, Leawo Video Converter Ultimate features a photo slideshow maker inside to help create photo slideshow videos in a few clicks. You could even add your favorite songs to the flash photo slideshow.

Free download and install this photo slideshow maker software on your computer beforehand. Then follow the below guide to know how to make flash photo slideshow for YouTube. Mac users should switch to its Mac counterpart – Leawo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.

Guide on how to create YouTube photo slideshows with Leawo Video Converter Ultimate

Step 1: Import photos

Import source photos

Switch to “Convert” module on the submenu after you enter the main interface of the photo slideshow maker. Click the “Add Photo” button to browse and add source photos you want to turn into photo slideshows into this photo slideshow app. Selected photos would be automatically generated into a photo slideshow upon loading. You could click the thumbnail icon to play back generated photo slideshow.

Step 2: Edit photo slideshows

Edit photo slideshow video

Click the “Edit” icon on the preview panel to enter the “Slideshow Editor” interface, where you need to open “Video” panel to adjust Video Settings (photo duration, transition duration, transition effect). You could adjust photo position via drag-and-drop, and insert other photos into the created photo slideshow on the photo timeline.

Edit photo slideshow audio

Open the “Audio” panel on the editing panel. You could click the “Add Music” button or directly drag desired music from your computer into generated photo slideshow to create a photo slideshow with music. You could drag one or several songs as background music, change music position and adjust output audio effect.

Step 3: Set output format

Set output format

Next to the “Add Photo” button, click the drop-down box (named “MP4 Video” by default) and select “Change” option to enter the Profile panel, on which you could select profile as output format, such as FLV, MPV and other YouTube supported video formats.

Note: If needed, you could reopen the drop-down box and then select “Edit” option to enter the Profile Settings panel to adjust video and audio parameters of output profile, including: Video Codec, Bit Rate, Aspect Ratio, Resolution, Frame Rate, Audio Codec, Audio Bit Rate, Channel, etc.

Step 4: Output photo slideshow for YouTube

Output YouTube photo slideshow

On the main interface, click the big green “Convert” button, set the output directory in the “Save to” box and then click the bottom “Convert” button to start converting generated photo slideshows to desired format. When completed, you can find YouTube photo slideshows on the output directory.

After you get the photo slideshow, you should upload it to YouTube for sharing with your family and friends.