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Adding music to a project

From: Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

Video: Adding music to a project

With Windows Live Movie Maker, you can add sound files to a project. This could be to add sound effects at certain points in the project. Or maybe it's to simply add a song that plays in the background of your entire project. We are going to look at that scenario right now, continuing to work with our SurfingUSA project. You'll notice in the Preview pane, the length of this project is 2 minutes 32 seconds to be exact. Wouldn't it be nice if we could find a song that is exactly this long that could play in the background? Odds aren't good, but we can deal with that in a moment.

Adding music to a project

With Windows Live Movie Maker, you can add sound files to a project. This could be to add sound effects at certain points in the project. Or maybe it's to simply add a song that plays in the background of your entire project. We are going to look at that scenario right now, continuing to work with our SurfingUSA project. You'll notice in the Preview pane, the length of this project is 2 minutes 32 seconds to be exact. Wouldn't it be nice if we could find a song that is exactly this long that could play in the background? Odds aren't good, but we can deal with that in a moment.

First step though, is to add the music file. When we go to the Home tab of the Ribbon, in the Add group, you'll see an Add Music button. Now, this is actually a button that's broken up into two parts. The top button is the default button. When we click the bottom half, you'll see there are two options: Add Music-- that's the default, which simply adds a sound file to the beginning of your project. The other option is to add music--or any other sound file for that matter--at the current point. So if you wanted a sound effect after the second video clip, you could click there in your project in the storyboard and then choose Add Music at the current point.

But we want to add it to the entire project, so I am just going to start right at the beginning, when we click Add Music, and like I said, that's the same as clicking the top half of the button. Next, we go and find that sound file, which can be an MP3. It could be a WAV file, an AU file--any audio file, pretty much, can be added to your project. In this case, we have one in the Assets folder in Chapter 2 called SoManyTimes. This is the name of the song by the Jellybricks. As you hover over this, you'll notice the length is actually 3 minutes and 59 seconds--much longer than our project.

So we'll deal with that in a moment. First though, we'll select it by clicking and then click Open. It does get added to the very beginning of the storyboard, just above your photos and videos. You'll see the song in green here: So Many Times by the Jellybricks. As you scroll all the way down to the end of the project, you'll see it's going to get cut off here at the 2 minute, 31-second point. So how do we deal with that? Well, we could add more photos, we could add more video, we could manually manipulate the length of time that a photo appears, or--there is a neat feature-- when we go to the Project tab, here in the Audio group, you'll see Fit to music.

This will automatically adjust the duration of any photos in your project. Video clips will always stay the same length, but the photos can be manipulated to appear longer or shorter to adjust to the length of your particular song choice. So we're going to click Fit to music. It's one click. All of a sudden, our photos just got longer, so they're going to appear for a much longer. As we scroll down to the bottom, you'll see the last photo stretches out to the length of our song, which in the Preview pane now is set to 3 minutes, 59 seconds.

That's the length of our song, and it's now the length of our project as well, so it fits perfectly. So this saves you manipulating the durations for individual photos--something you can still do if you prefer. But with this one click of a button, we now have a project that has music in the background, and it's going to fit perfectly to the length of our project. We can preview it by clicking the Play button. (Clip playing.) So there's the music playing in the background; it starts right at the beginning with our first photo.

The photo is going to appear there now for much longer than the default, which was 7 seconds. It's going to be up there for 24-and-a-half seconds now. That's because of our Fit to music function. So we might want to add some more photos. We could even start working with the video clips--trimming, and so on. These are things we're going to do as we continue to work on our project here in Movie Maker.

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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

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  1. 3m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files and restoring missing links
      2m 24s
  2. 15m 51s
    1. Installing Windows Live Movie Maker
      2m 19s
    2. Touring the Movie Maker interface
      6m 50s
    3. Starting and saving a new project
      3m 52s
    4. Adjusting the view
      2m 50s
  3. 24m 9s
    1. Understanding what files you can use
      2m 43s
    2. Adding and organizing video and pictures
      5m 17s
    3. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 46s
    4. Importing video from a camcorder
      3m 10s
    5. Importing content from other devices
      4m 22s
    6. Adding music to a project
      3m 51s
  4. 36m 53s
    1. Creating an AutoMovie
      4m 48s
    2. Adding and modifying titles in a project
      4m 26s
    3. Adding and formatting captions in a clip
      3m 17s
    4. Adding and modifying credits in a project
      5m 32s
    5. Adjusting music options
      4m 40s
    6. Trimming and splitting video clips
      5m 53s
    7. Adjusting photo duration and rotation
      3m 3s
    8. Adjusting and mixing video and audio volume
      2m 15s
    9. Creating a snapshot from existing video
      2m 59s
  5. 18m 41s
    1. Creating transitions between clips
      5m 44s
    2. Panning and zooming photos
      3m 9s
    3. Adding visual effects to photos and video
      3m 40s
    4. Adding multiple effects to a single clip
      3m 31s
    5. Removing effects
      2m 37s
  6. 17m 9s
    1. Saving your movie in high definition
      3m 18s
    2. Saving your movie to DVD
      5m 26s
    3. Saving your movie in lower-resolution formats
      2m 14s
    4. Uploading a movie to YouTube
      4m 42s
    5. Publishing a movie to other web locations
      1m 29s
  7. 9m 53s
    1. Making a movie from Windows Live Photo Gallery
      2m 2s
    2. Creating slow-motion video
      3m 2s
    3. Adding additional audio tracks
      4m 49s
  8. 1m 37s
    1. What's next?
      1m 37s

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