Create Video from Images

Record and narrate a video to provide additional context for an image or series of images to:

  • Explain a process or concept
  • Provide feedback
  • Call attention to parts of an image
    Example Recording


  1. In the tray or library, Control+click (Windows) or Command+click (Mac) to select images to show in the video.
  2. Select Create button > Video from Images or File > Create Video from Images.
    Create Button
  3. The Recording toolbar appears.
    Windows and macOS 11 (Big Sur):
    MacOS 10 and older:
    Click and drag images to reorder in the tray.
  4. Click to select recording options from the Recording toolbar:
      • Video Background Color: Select a background color to display in the video. The background appears in the final video. Use dark or light colors such as dark blue, black, or white to improve contrast in the video.
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      • Cursor: Record the cursor.
      • Microphone Audio: Record the audio from your computer's built-in microphone or from a connected USB microphone.
    To enable the microphone or webcam on macOS 10.14 and newer, you must allow Snagit access. In the System Preferences, select Security & Privacy > Privacy tab > Microphone or Camera > enable Snagit 2021. See MacOS Permissions.
      • Webcam: Record live video from the connected or built-in webcam. Click the Webcam button to toggle the webcam on/off. Click the dropdown to select the camera device and webcam display settings:
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        • Picture-in-Picture: The webcam displays as a small video in the corner of your video. To change the Picture-in-Picture position, click the dropdown and select an option. To change the size of the Picture-in-Picture, drag a corner of the webcam preview in or out.
        • Fullscreen Webcam: The webcam fills the entire video display area. Screen video is not recorded when the fullscreen webcam option is enabled.

    On macOS 10 and older, the Webcam and Picture-in-Picture options can only be set during recording.

  5. To begin recording, click the Record button or press Shift+F9 (Windows) or Control+Shift+Space (Mac).
    Record button

  6. To change the image shown in the video, click the Next Image or Previous Image buttons.
    Previous and Next buttons


    Use the left or right arrow keys to change the image shown in the video.

  7. To pause recording, click the Pause button or press Shift+F9 (Windows) or Control+Shift+Space (Mac).
    Pause button
  8. Draw attention to an area by adding arrows, shapes, and other annotations from the Favorites tool while recording.
    • Click to select a Quick Style saved in your Favorites.
      Favorites Quick Styles


      Add Quick Styles to your Favorites before recording. See Snagit Themes and Quick Styles.

    • Click and drag in the recording area to add the annotation.
  9. To stop the recording, click the Stop button or press Shift+F10 (Windows) or Control+Shift+V (Mac).
    Stop button

The MP4 video file appears in the tray.

Trim the video to remove unwanted parts after the recording is finished. See Edit a Video.


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