Microsoft Photo Story

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 11, 2009
Updated • Sep 19, 2010
Image, Software, Windows, Windows software

windows software Microsoft Photo Story is a free software program by Microsoft for the Windows operating system that can be used to turn digital camera photos and pictures into small videos. It is possible to make use of various photo effects, add voice recordings to narrate a story or add explanation to photos or to add background music.

The program itself is easy to use. Each photo story is saved as a project. New projects begin by adding digital camera photos from the hard drive of the computer system to the application. These photos are immediately shown in the interface of Photo Story 3.

The Microsoft Photo Story start screen:

microsoft photo story

The selected photo is shown in the preview window and photo thumbnails of every other photo that has been added are shown in the thumbnail bar. Basic photo editing options are available to rotate the photo, remove the red eye effect, correct color levels or crop it.

Various effects can be added to the photos after they have been added and edited by the user. This screen does contain the additional option to add text to the photos.

A story can be narrated in the next step. The recording can be started with a click on the red record button. The same configuration screen contains options to customize the motion of each photo in the video.

photo story

Music can be added to a set of photos in the last step before the save options become available.

photo story music

The video can be saved in various formats including. The settings in this step contain profiles for various computer resolutions, but also DVD and Video CD formats, email and Pocket PC and smartphone resolutions that support Media Player 10 Mobile.

photo story save

Microsoft Photo Story 3 is a free download available from Microsoft (with Genuine Advantage verification). It is a great easy to use software to turn digital camera photos into a video.


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  1. Becky said on July 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I have had Photo Story 3 for a long time and just recently upgraded media player to 11 and now i can not save the story as a wma with any new music. It appears to be a compatibility issue with media 11 and photo story 3. anyone else having this issue?
    I tried rolling back to media 10 and it won’t allow me says it is not compatable with my system.

    I have 14 years of phots in a story with music and don’t want to lose this or have to redo the whole thing in another program. Any Advice?

  2. simran singh said on February 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

    soooooooooooo good!

  3. Jack said on October 12, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Only works if you have Windows Media Player v10 – if you have v11, this won’t instal.

    1. gemma maraon said on July 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      I dnt have window

    2. Martin said on October 12, 2009 at 11:34 pm

      That’s strange. I do have Windows Media Player 11 installed and Microsoft Photo Story installed just fine.

      1. Pickwick said on October 13, 2009 at 3:43 pm

        Me too… I have Vista Home Premium with MP11. Photo Story installer just won’t play. Insists I need MP10.

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