Add music and sounds to Windows Movie Maker

This free guide to Windows Movie Maker shows you how to add a simple sound effect or an entire piece of music to your movie.

Contents
  1. Import an audio file
  2. Import audio file
  3. measures
  4. Audio clips can only be added to the timeline
  5. Add an audio clip to the timeline
  6. Audio files have their own timeline
  7. Audio/music chronology
  8. Align the audio with the first photo
  9. Match audio to picture
  10. View an audio clip in the timeline
  11. View an audio clip in the timeline
  12. Trim an audio clip
  13. Trim an audio clip
  14. Music and photos in a row
  15. Music and photos in a row

Import an audio file

Import audio file

Each music, sound file or spoken file is named sound file

measures

  1. under the link Record video select Import Audio or Music.

  2. Locate the folder containing your audio file.

  3. Select the audio file you want to import.

After importing the audio file, you will see a different type of icon in the window Collections

Audio clips can only be added to the timeline

Add an audio clip to the timeline

Drag the audio icon onto the storyboard.

Note the message box indicating that audio clips can only be added as a timeline.

Click OK in this message box.

Audio files have their own timeline

Audio/music chronology

Audio files have their own location on the timeline to separate them from images or video clips. This makes it easy to manipulate any type of file.

Align the audio with the first photo

Match audio to picture

Drag the audio file to the left to align it with the starting point of the first image. This will start the music when the first image appears.

View an audio clip in the timeline

View an audio clip in the timeline

The timeline shows how long each element lasts throughout the movie. Please note that this audio file takes up much more space on the timeline than images. Scroll through the timeline window to see the end of the audio clip.

In this example, the music ends at about 4:23 minutes, which is much longer than we need.

Trim an audio clip

Trim an audio clip

Hover over the end of the music video until it becomes a double-headed arrow. Drag the end of the music video to the left to straighten out the last shot.

Remark † In this case, due to its size, I have to drag the end of the music video several times to get to the beginning of the movie. It’s easier to do this if you zoom in on the timeline, so there isn’t much dragging. The zoom tools are located at the bottom left of the screen, to the left of the storyboard/timeline.

Music and photos in a row

Music and photos in a row

The music video is now aligned with the photos from start to finish.

You can start music at any time in your movie. The music video should not be placed at the beginning.

Save the movie.

This guide is part 4 of 7 Windows Movie Maker tutorials. Come back to share 3 this tutorial series.

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