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If you're going to be working with a music file in your Movie Maker project, there are number of tools that you have at your disposal for doing things like fading the music in and out, trimming, splitting the music clip, even adjusting the volume-- things we're going to look at right now with our BeachMovie. You'll notice when we go to the storyboard, the tune called So Many Times by the Jellybricks does appear. We inserted it in a previous lesson, and it starts right at the beginning with our very first clip, which is a title.
Now we can adjust where it starts, where it ends, and what it sounds like by going to the Options tab, under Music tools. So long as your marker is somewhere in music in your storyboard, you will see the Music Tools > Options tab. Let's give it a click. Well, we have two groups here: one for adjusting the audio and one for editing the actual clip itself. Now here we see the beginning of the song, starting right at the beginning of our very first clip, but maybe would be better if it started a little bit later.
So we can change the start time. One option is to use Set start time by moving our marker. So we'll just click and drag to the spot where we want the music to start and then click Set start time. You can see it changes the start time in this case to about 1.5 seconds. Now, the other option is to click and drag the actual music clip itself. Right on the storyboard, click anywhere inside and then just click and drag. You're actually moving the start marker to the left, in this case, and when you let go, that's where it's going to start.
You've just adjust the start time. The other option is to use the up and down arrows, or simply type in an exact number that we want it to start at. 1, for example. Type in 1. You can press Enter, and you've locked in at one second. So you can be very precise with this. Now you can also trim the music, so that is to cut off the beginning or end of the song using Set start point and Set end point options, or typing in, or using the Arrow keys to set a start point and end point.
This is going to actually cut off parts of the song though, when you do this. So, for example, if we clicked at the end of our first clip or just dragged the marker to the end of our first clip-- which is the title--and we choose Set that as the start point, we would actually be trimming off the beginning of our song. Same thing goes for working with the end of the song, if we were to go to the end of our project and set the end point. You can see numbers will be inserted for start and end points. The other option is to split it up.
Maybe we don't want to hear the song when our video clip is playing, so we'll just click the video clip itself, and that moves the marker right to the beginning of the clip. This might be good spot to split it. Now we're going to split in this case because the Options tab under Music tools is that we're just splitting the music, not the video clip. So now it's split. Now, if we didn't do anything, it would continue to play smoothly. But what we're going to do now is just move this over to the end of our video clip. You can see now the music starts, there is a pause, and then it kicks up again at the end of our video clip-- something you might want to do when you're going to be inserting video where there is audio and you don't want them competing with each other.
Of course, if you don't like that, you can always click Undo. Let's click Undo twice to bring it right back to a solid stream. There we go. Now, let's work with fading in and out. Fade in they're obviously is going to fade in the music, and it can be Slow, Medium, or a Fast fade. Let's choose Fast. For the fade out at the end, we'll do a Slow fade, so it gradually goes out to nothing. We can also adjust the music volume.
If you find it too loud, just bring it down to an acceptable level. You can always listen to that by clicking Play. (Music playing.) At anytime if you don't like what you hear, you can always go back and make adjustments. Let's go back to the Home tab. So when you're working with music in the background, you have many tools at your disposal.
Remember that Options tab that pops up whenever your marker is placed over music in the storyboard. If we were to move our marker away from the music and back into our first clip, notice the options tab has disappeared for working with music tools. Your marker has to be inside the song.
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