Edit Soundtracks For Videos

Add and edit the soundtrack to your home movies.

With the software already installed on your computer, you can create professional quality videos with extra features like scrolling credits, special effects and a customized soundtrack. The method for editing soundtracks will differ depending on what type of video editing software you use. Regardless of whether your computer runs Windows or Mac OS, you can easily add, edit and clip the audio soundtrack to your video with programs like Movie Maker and iMovie.

Instructions

Edit Video Soundtracks: Movie Maker

1. Open Movie Maker and open your video. If you do not have a soundtrack already, click “Audio/Music” in the task pane on the left, select an mp3 file, and click “Import.”

2. Click and drag the sides of the track–which appears behind the video thumbnails on the timeline–to adjust the start and stop point in the video. Right-click the track to choose a new start and stop point in the song.

3. Click “Clip,” then “Audio,” and adjust the volume and ducking of the soundtrack. Use “ducking” to reduce the volume of the soundtrack when you prefer to feature narration or other audio in the video itself. Set the length of fade in and out as you wish, then close the “Audio” window.

Edit Video Soundtracks: iMovie

4. Open iMovie and open your video. If you do not have a soundtrack already, click the iTunes tab and browse for one in your library. Click and drag the song you want up to the video timeline.

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5. Click and drag the sides of the track–which appears as a green block behind the video thumbnails on the timeline–to adjust the start and stop point in the video. Right-click the track to choose a new start and stop point in the song.

6. Click the audio tab (which has two music notes as the icon) to adjust the volume and ducking of the soundtrack. Use “ducking” to reduce the volume of the soundtrack as you would with Movie Maker (if there’s dialogue in the scene which you want to feature, for example). Set the length of fade in and out as you wish, then close the audio window.