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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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