How to Use Songs on a Video

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Adding music to your video before you post it online makes it more noticeable, gives it more punch, and can help cover up those annoying soundtrack blunders that often arise (such as a loud car that drove by at the wrong moment!). You can also add music under narration or talking using built in mixing tools. Due to the popularity of adding music, most movie editing software programs make it very easy. One of the most popular programs is Windows Movie Maker, which has a pretty typical process for adding video to music.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Video file from your camera
  • Music file you wish to import
  • Import the video into your movie editing software.

  • Import the song into your movie editing software. In Windows Movie Maker, there is an Import Audio or Music option under Capture Video in the Move Tasks pane. Most programs will have something similar. If you're having trouble you can find the exact location of yours using the help menu. This will add the song to your movie-making program but it will not add it to your video.

  • Drag or copy the song into the video timeline. This tells the program when you want the music to start and stop. You can move the song around once it is in place and you can also shorten the space it plays in. If you need to cover more space, then reinsert the song from the beginning again, rather than stretching the end as sometimes stretching the song will insert silence after the song finishes.

  • Open the mixer for your song and make sure the volume is set for the correct level. In Windows Movie Maker, you do this by clicking on Volume in the timeline window. Move the sliders or adjust the knobs until your music is at the right level. You can preview the video with the music by pressing play.

  • Finish editing the other aspects of your video and then export it using the export command in the file menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful when putting music with words underneath people talking. Sometimes the two can clash and become confusing.
  • Make sure you have the right to use the music in your video otherwise your could be guilty of copyright infringement. Always check with the person or people who created the song before putting it in your video.

References

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