Windows Movie Maker allows you to edit videos, pictures and music by adding effects, shortening clips or adding titles and credits. Whether you need a shorter audio file to use as a ringtone, you want to splice together two songs or you desire a shorter song to fit on a CD, Windows Movie Maker offers the tools to do it quickly and easily. As well, you can use the fade in and fade out feature on your audio clip at the beginning and end to create a cleaner or more professional track.
1. Click on “Start Menu” and “All Programs” and then scroll up and click on “Windows Movie Maker.”
2. Import the audio clip that you want to edit. Click on the “Import Media” button, navigate to the location of the audio clip and select it.
3. Select the audio clip and drag it to the “Timeline” window at the bottom of the screen. This will allow you to view your audio clip in a timeline view, which may make it easier to identify the exact moment in the track that you need to clip or edit.
4. Select the “Play” button in the mini “Windows Media Player” embedded within “Windows Movie Maker.”
5. Hit the “Split” key, located next to the “Play” button at the point in which you want to edit the song. For example, if you want to create a track that only includes the chorus of a song, split the track about a second before the chorus starts. This will create a new clipped file, titled (1). When the chorus ends, hit “Split” again. A new clipped file will appear, titled (2). However, file (1) will contain the track that has been clipped on either side.
6. Create fading by right-clicking on the audio file and selecting “Fade In” and “Fade Out.” Once finished, save your edited file by selecting “Save Project” under “File,” or by hitting “Ctrl” + “S.”