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In Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training, David Rivers shows how to make eye-catching movies from home videos and photos. This course will demonstrate how to make a movie quickly using AutoMovie, using its themes, transitions, effects, and titles. The course explores how to take movies to the next level, using more advanced features for formatting content and adding special effects. After creating a movie, learn how to share it online or on DVD, even in high definition. Exercise files accompany the course.
If your Movie Maker project is going to combine video clips along with music in the background, there's a way to mix the volumes for your music file along with your video clip that has its own audio. Now we already know we can adjust the volumes for our music and our video file separately. For example, in our BeachMovie project here, if we go to the first video clip-- surfing3--and make sure it's selected, we can go to the Video Tools > Edit tab on the Ribbon and then go to the Video Volume to adjust it.
So we can bring it down or move it up, and that will affect that one video clip. Then we would have to do the same for the other video clips in our project. We can also do the same for the music. If we click the Options tab, we can adjust the Music Volume. It has its own slider. But if you would rather just mix the volumes between the music and the video clips, you would then go to the Project tab. And this will affect your entire project--not a single clip. And over on the left-hand side in the Audio group, you will find the Audio Mix button.
When you click this button, you can then adjust the volume between your video and your music file. On the left, you'll see an icon representing the audio level for your video clip. On the right, you'll see an icon for your music. So if we drag this all the way to the right, we are going to hear our music clip, and we will not hear any of the audio that appears in any of the video clips in our project. If you want to be able to hear a little bit of that though, you might drag this slider a little bit to the left, so you are mostly hearing the music, and you might hear faintly in the background some crashing waves, for example, in the very first video clip.
So once you have that set the way you want, then you can click Play to have a listen-- (Video playing.) you might want to hear a little more, so go back to the audio mix and just drag it to the left to hear more of the audio that's in your video clip. Once you've got it set perfectly, you will just simply save your changes. So that's all there is to mixing the audio that might appear in a video clip along with music that plays in the background.
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