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Add music and sound effects to your iMovie project

iMovie includes built-in soundtrack music and sound effects that you can use in your iMovie projects.

Add a soundtrack to an iMovie project on the iPhone or iPad

iMovie for iOS and iPadOS contains a collection of soundtracks and sound effects created by well-known composers and artists that you can use in your project.

Add a soundtrack

  1. With a project open, tap the Add Media button in the Timeline
  2. Tap Audio, then tap Soundtracks to browse built-in soundtracks.
  3. Tap a soundtrack to hear or preview it. If a soundtrack is grayed out, tap it first to load it, then tap it again to play the audio sample or preview.
  4. Tap the Add Audio button next to a soundtrack to add to your project. iMovie automatically places the song at the beginning of the project and automatically adapts it to the length of the project.

After you've added a soundtrack, you can change its length just like any other clip. You can also use more than one soundtrack in a project. For example, if you want the mood of the soundtrack to change as your movie progresses, you can shorten the first soundtrack in the timeline and then insert a different soundtrack after it.

Add sound effects

When you add a sound effect, the sound effect is linked to the video clip above it in the timeline. When you move the video clip, the sound effect moves with the video clip. This is different from soundtracks, which are separate from the video clips in your project.

  1. With the project open, scroll the timeline so that the playhead (white vertical line) is where you want to add the sound effect.
  2. Tap the Add Media button, tap Audio, then tap Sound Effect to browse the built-in sound effects.
  3. Tap a sound effect to hear or preview it.
  4. Tap the Add Audio button next to a sound effect to add it.

Adjust the volume of a clip

After you've added sound to your iMovie project, you can adjust the volume of the audio clips to get the right sound mix. You can also adjust the volume of video clips that have been recorded with sound.

To adjust the volume of an audio or video clip, tap the clip in the timeline, then tap the Volume button at the bottom of the window. Then use the slider to increase or decrease the volume. When you turn the volume of a clip all the way down, a mute icon appears on the clip in the timeline displayed.

You can also make other adjustments, such as: E.g. fade out the volume of the clip or change the speed. Learn how to do this on iPhone and iPod touch, or on the iPad.

Add music and sound effects in iMovie on Mac

iMovie for Mac contains a collection of music and sound clips that you can use in your project. In addition to sound effects like rain and footsteps, iMovie also has other useful audio clips like ambient music and jingles.

  1. With a project open, click Audio at the top of the browser, then click Sound Effects in the sidebar on the left. You may need to click the Media Browser button to view the Media Browser.
  2. To play a sound sample or preview of a jingle or audio clip, hover over a selection in the list, then click the play button next to the audio clip. You can also select a song or audio clip, click the waveform at the top of the media browser, and then press the spacebar for a sample or preview.
  3. When you have found the song or sound clip you want, drag it from the media overview to the timeline:
    • If you want to add music or sound effects to a specific video clip, drag it below the video clip so that a bar appears connecting the clips. If you move the linked video clip, the audio content moves with it.
    • Drag jingles or other audio clips as background music for your film into the music field, which is indicated by the music note symbol appears in the timeline. Audio in the music field is not affected by the video clips in the timeline.
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