How to Add Music in iMovie

    A Movie can be never interesting without a song; a song added soul to your movie whether it is a theatre movie or your iPhone recorded movie. The song is something that adds a beautiful taste to your movie and enhances the view.  In this tutorial, you will learn “how to add music in iMovie” and make a better video as a result.

    iMovie software allows you to cut clips, add transitions, overlay titles, and much more you can do in iMovie-all for free. Fortunately, just not songs, you can also add sound effects, and voiceover narration to your iMovie project on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. You can add sounds to your iMovie project—in addition to or in place of the sound recorded with your video clips—to create a fun and professionally finished video.

    Add a variety of audio files to an iMovie project

    • Built-in soundtrack music and sound effects included with iMovie.
    • Songs you’ve downloaded to your device in the Music app.
    • Your own custom songs created in an app like GarageBand or custom sound effects stored in iCloud Drive, on your device, or in another location.
    • If you want to add voiceover narration, record it right into the timeline of your iMovie project.

    How to Add Music to iMovie on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

    As mentioned above, make sure you have ready your audio files. If all set then goes ahead on your device and start:

    1.Open your iMovie project and click on the Audio tab appearing on the top-left corner on the Media button +. Click Audio, and click an option:

    • If you want to add built-in soundtracks, tap Soundtracks.
    • If you want to add songs you’ve downloaded to your device in the Music App, click My Music.
    • If you want to add a song stored in iTunes, iCloud Drive, or another location, tap My Music, then tap Files.
    How to Add Music in iMovie

    2.Select a song to preview it. You might be prompted to download the song to your device before you can preview it.

    3.To add the song to your project click the plus button + next to a song. The song is added at the bottom of the project timeline, starting at the beginning of your project.

    How to Add Music in iMovie

    4.Once you’ve added to the song, it fit automatically with your project length. You can also edit the song like shorten the song, add multiple songs to the project. 

    5.If you add a song or other audio file that’s less than 1 minute long, it behaves the same as a sound effect in the project.

    Add Sound Effects in iMovie

    You can see that when you move a video clip the sound effects below it moves with the video clip, unlike songs, which are independent of video clips.

    On the playhead use a White vertical line to indicate where you want to add the sound effect. Tap the media button + icon, then click Audio, then tap an option.

    1. Click Sound Effect to find built-in sound effects.
    2. Click My Music to choose sound effects in your music library
    3. Click Files to choose songs saved in iCloud Drive or other locations.

    Take a preview of the sound effect and if you are satisfied with it add an effect’s plus button.

    How to Add Music in iMovie

    How to Add Voiceover in iMovie

    1. Scroll the timeline (the white vertical line) that appears over the location where you want to add your voiceover.
    2. Click the Voiceover button, then tap record. Recording begins after a three-second countdown. When you’re finished, click stop.
    3. Take a preview of your recording and if you’re satisfied with it, click Accept.
    How to Add Music in iMovie

    Note: If you want to redo the recording, click retake, or if you want to delete the recording, click Cancel.

    How to Add Sound in iMovie for Mac Project

    Adding sound in iMovie for Mac Project is a little bit easier than iPhone devices. You can drag audio files right into your timeline from the Finder. You can also use songs or other audio files from your music library and other locations using the media browser. You can add voiceover narration.

    You can directly drag audio files like mp3, wav, and other files from the finder and the Desktop right into the time of your iMovie project. We are going to explain this in two ways:

    How to Add Sound Effects to an iMovie on Mac

    Open the project on Mac, tap Audio at the top of the Window, then choose an option:

    1. To access your music library, click Music (or iTunes if you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier) in the libraries list, then find selections.
    How to Add Music in iMovie
    • To access built-in sound effects like footsteps or rain, click Sound Effects in the Libraries list.
    • You can take a preview before adding it to the timeline, click the play button next to each song or sound effect.  If you are satisfied with your editing, drag it from the media browser to the timeline.
    • It’s Done!
    How to Add Music in iMovie
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