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Video 101: Editing Sound & Music with Windows Live Movie Maker

December 16, 2010 by Mark Staff

Paying attention to sound can really make or break your video. You can edit the sound in your videos and add music to create a more dynamic feel and add a little extra emotion. Don't underestimate the power of sound. Try watching the scariest movie you can think of with the sound off just to see how much of the emotions you feel come from what you hear. See, pretty crazy.

Click on 'Video Tools' in the menu bar and there you can choose to alter your video volume as a whole, or to fade in and out between clips. Abrupt changes in sound can sometimes be distracting to your viewer so to help the flow, you'll sometimes want to add some fades. You can also choose 'Add Music' under the home tab to select music to add to your video. Once you add music, you can use the 'Music Tools' menu to alter it just as you can with your video's audio, including the main audio level as well as fades. If you're making a silent film, then this section does not apply to you. (I'm looking at you, Charlie Chaplin).

Let's Recap!

  • Great sound can really heighten the emotion in your video

  • Use the audio level tool to make the sound higher or lower

  • Use the fade tool to transition easily between sounds

  • Add music to your video for a more dynamic feel

  • Watch as your video comes to life! Continue to the next step, Adding transitions and effects

  1. 1.
    Text and titles can be added to your videos to create title cards, credits and anything else you'd like. Let's find out how to do that now!
  2. 2.
    Transitions and effects in moderation can really make your video pop! These can take an otherwise boring and flat video the next level. Let's learn how!
  3. You can edit the sound in your videos and add music to create a more dynamic feel to your videos and add a little extra emotion. Let's learn how!
  4. 4.
    It's time to learn the basics of editing. If you're on a PC, you can use Windows Live Movie Maker to take your videos from your camera, all the way to Vimeo. It's really simple!
  5. 5.
    Exporting your video is the final step before you upload your video to Vimeo. It's important to get these settings just right for an optimal viewing experience. It's really easy though, let's get star
  6. 6.
    One of the first steps to editing a video is getting that footage into your editing program. This lesson will show you how to import your videos into Windows Live Movie Maker so you can start editing
  7. 7.
    This lesson covers the basics of editing a video together in Windows Live Movie Maker. It's not that hard, I promise.


Zuzanna Musial

Informative helpful video..Thank you, / Zuzanna

Harold Clapsaddle

I use the Gimp 2,8 art program to make my frames and gif's and I am having problems adding gif's to any of my projects. Can you please show me how I may do this thank you

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