Whatever the reason is, the good news is that adding image to video is pretty simple. We’ve found several ways to get the job done and are confident to make your videos more engaging and entertaining.

Nearly all apps add image to video in a similar way: drop the images and videos into project timelines, adjust the duration/filter/effects, and save or export. To make it simpler, we are going to specifically look at a step-by-step guide of using an easy video editor, and then you can pick your favorite app and add your images by taking the similar process.

Step-by-step Guide to Add Image to Video on Mac and Windows

Here we use Movavi Video Editor Plus 2022, a 3rd party video editor with plentiful features and controls to create or edit videos easily.

It has both Windows and MacOS versions, you can have a look at its feature list:

  • Create quick videos via wizard
  • Edit video: split, crop, rotate, combine, stabilize, chroma key, overlay, animate, highlight, conceal, watermark, etc.
  • Edit video and audio property
  • Record
  • Add filters, transitions, titles, stickers
  • Get creative effects from store
  • Save videos to different video format and share online

And Movavi can add image to video in different ways, it can add image to video at specific time, add image as background to video, add image onto a video. Whichever you like, following is the step-by-step guide that even works in different video editor apps.

Add/Insert Image to Video at Specific Time

If you want to insert an image in the middle of your video at specific time, trying to add some clarifications or supplements to the video, here is how to do it.

  1. Get a free trial of Movavi Video Editor Plus, install and run the app.
  2. Add the video and image to media bin, then drag and drop the video to Timeline.add image to video movavi 1
  3. Select the clip you want to insert an image, move the position marker to the moment where you want to insert an image, click the Split button.add image to video movavi 2
  4. Then insert the image between the split parts. Double click on it to add Fade in/out effect or change image duration.add image to video movavi 3
  5. Click Export to save the video with an image inserted at a specific time.

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Add Image as Background to Video

  1. Get a free copy of Movavi Video Editor Plus, install and run the app on your machine.
  2. Add the video and image to media bin, drag and drop the video to the 1st video track, then add the background image to the 2nd video track, you can add an image as background from Movavi Backgrounds or upload from your computer.add image to video movavi 5
  3. Drag the border of the image to the right until its length match with the video length.add image to video movavi 6
  4. Select the video clip, go to More Tools on the left toolbar, choose Overlay>Picture in Picture. Move and resize the video, or you can crop the video.add image to video movavi 7
  5. Click the Play button to preview result and click Export to save the video.

Add Image onto A Video

  1. Get a free copy of Movavi Video Editor Plus, install and open the app.
  2. Add the video and image to media bin, then drag the image to the 1st video track and drag the video to the 2nd video track, match the duration by dragging the image border.add image to video movavi 8
  3. Click on the image, go to More Tools>Overlay>Logo, move and resize the image on the video.add image to video movavi 9
  4. Click Export to save the video.

4 Free or Advanced Add Image to Video App (No Watermark)

iMovie (macOS)

It can:

  • Add image, music, text to video
  • Overlay image or video onto a video
  • Combine, split or trim video clips
  • Add background, transitions, filters, audio effects to video
  • Rotate, crop, stabilize, speed up, slow down, remove noise
  • Enhance color and brightness

Here is how you can use it to add image to video at specific time:

  1. Run iMovie on your Mac.
  2. Drag the video to Timeline, move the position marker to where you want to insert the image.
  3. Add the image at the specific time.
  4. Go to File>Share>File to save the video.

Openshot (macOS, Windows, Linux)

It can:

  • Create video with pictures and photos
  • Rotate, slice, animate video
  • Separate audio from video
  • Add filters

Here is how you can use it to add image to video at specific time:

  1. Get a free copy of OpenShot Video Editor.
  2. Import the video and image, drag the video to the 1st track.add image to video openshot 1
  3. Click on the video clip and move the position maker to slice the video first.add image to video openshot 2
  4. Then drag the 2nd video clip to the right to make a space for the image, drag the image to where you want to add the image, then stick the videos and image together.add image to video openshot 3
  5. Go to File>Export Project, choose video format.add image to video openshot 4

Adobe Premiere

It can:

  • Automated editing: auto pick aspect ratio, auto reframe, precisely select, real-time effects, match music lenth to video, smartly trim, etc.
  • Add image, text, music, mattes, animated overlays, filters, effects, transitions, etc.
  • Adjust shadows and highlights
  • Reduce noise, video collage, overlay, freeze frame, fix shaky footage
  • Speed up or slow down videos, create time-lapse videos
  • Animate skies, haze removal, remix music, face detection, double exposure, motion tracking, fix audio problems, burn DVD, a lot of advanced filters or effects
  • A lot of creative and stylish templates
  • Compress videos
  • Organize by date, subject, people, place or event for faster search
  • Export video on different formats
  • Support 4k editing and viewing

Here is how you can use it to add image to video in Adobe Premiere:

  1. Run Adobe Premiere on your machine.
  2. Add the video to the video track.
  3. Add the image to the video track, select the image and go to Effects Control to use the scale attribute.
  4. Then save the video from the File tab.

Also, you can refer to this video:

KAPWING (Online, Free, No Watermark)

It can:

  • Add layers, text, audio, images, elements, titles to video
  • Record screen, camera and audio
  • Trim, crop, rotate, split, combine, zoom videos
  • Offer media library
  • Incorporate with plugins like Giphy, Pexels, Google Photos, Pixabay, etc

But you can download 3 watermark-free videos only per month with 720P or 480P, unless you upgrade to its Pro version.

Here is how you can use it to add image to video online no watermark at specific time:

  1. Navigate to KAPWING in your web browser.
  2. Upload the video and image.add image to video online 1
  3. Move the position marker on the video, click Split to insert an image at specific time.add image to video online 2
  4. Insert the image between the video clips.add image to video online 3
  5. Click Export Video to download the watermark-free video.

Where to Find Free Images and Videos for Creating Great Videos

Not satisfied with your own images or the image stock in a video editor app? We’ve weeded through several websites and found several best websites to download free and legal images or intro footage for your videos.

Image Download Sites:

  • Pixabay: 2.5 million free images available
  • Pexels: 10000+ free photos available
  • Unsplash: 350+ free HD pictures available

Footage Download Sites:

  • Mixkit: extraordinary free stock video footage in 8 genres
  • Pexels: free stock of trending videos in different topics
  • Videvo: 180000+ royalty free and 4k stock video footage