Monday, December 6

How to Add Music, Voiceover, and Sound Effects to iMovie on iPhone

These days, taking amazing photos and videos on your iPhone is a breeze. And luckily for you, it’s just as easy to edit them into a movie, thanks to iMovie on your phone. If you haven’t used iMovie before, don’t let that stop you! This article will help you create professional looking videos with stellar sound. You’ll learn how to add audio of all kinds: music, voice-overs, and even sound effects to your iMovie projects.

Add music to iMovie on iPhone

Music helps set the tone of any video. Fortunately, there are a couple of different ways to add music to iMovie. You can choose one of the app’s built-in themes or you can add a song that you already have on your iPhone.

How to add music to iMovie with themes

When you’re working on a project in iMovie, you can use one of the app’s built-in themes to quickly add transitions and music to your videos. This is one of the easiest ways to create a professional looking video. Each theme is designed to help give your video an exciting look and feel, so you may want to experiment with different ones to determine which one will work best for your project.

To add one of these preconfigured themes to your video:

  1. Start a new project or open one you are currently working on.
  2. Press the gear icon at the bottom.
  3. Choose one of the topics.
  4. Activate the soundtrack of the song.
  5. Touch Done.

If you just want to add the music for a specific theme and don’t want any of the visuals like text overlays or transitions, you can now do that with the latest version of iMovie:

  1. With your project open, tap +.
  2. Tap Audio > Soundtracks.
  3. Touch any of the songs to preview.
  4. When you find one you like, tap + to add it to your project.

How to add a song from your iPhone to iMovie

Fortunately, its soundtrack is not limited to the archival music that iMovie offers. You can also add a song that you already have on your iPhone.

To access the songs in your Music app, follow these steps to add them to your iMovie video:

  1. Open your project in iMovie and tap +.
  2. Touch Audio> My Music.
  3. Find the song and tap +.

If you’ve added a song that you bought from the iTunes Store but it’s not playing, that probably means it’s DRM-protected. In other words, you cannot add it to your video due to copyright reasons.

Maybe the song you want to use is in your iCloud Drive but not in the Music app. If that’s the case, you’ll want to follow these steps to add it to your video:

  1. From your iMovie project, tap +.
  2. Touch Files> Browse.
  3. Tap Browse in the upper left corner and choose iCloud Drive.
  4. Find and select the song you want to add.

Music tracks are automatically adjusted to match the length of your video. But if you tap the green line on your video timeline, you can make adjustments to the track.

Where do I get music for iMovie?

If nothing in your current music library feels good for your video, you might want to check out the following websites, which offer royalty-free music for free (or cheap) to use in your iMovie videos:

Add more audio to iMovie

Once you start editing your video, you may want to add other types of sounds other than music. Fortunately, you can record a voiceover directly in iMovie or add sound effects from the app’s library.

How to add a voiceover

Maybe a little storytelling is just what your video needs. And with iMovie, you can record your voice without using another application to do so.

To record voiceovers in iMovie:

  1. Open your project.
  2. Scroll through your timeline so that the playhead (the vertical white line) is where you want your voice-over to begin.
  3. Touch +> Voiceover. The recording controls will appear above your timeline.
  4. Press Record to begin.
  5. When you’re done, tap Stop.
  6. Choose and touch Review, Accept, or Retake.

How to add sound effects in iMovie

Adding sound effects to a video can really take your movie to the next level by spicing up viewers. Here’s how you can add sound effects in iMovie:

  1. Open your project in iMovie.
  2. Scroll through the timeline and position the playhead at the point where you want to add a sound effect.
  3. Touch +> Audio> Sound effects.
  4. Touch a sound effect to preview it.
  5. Touch + to add it to your movie.

The sound effect will appear on your video timeline as a light blue line below your video. If the sound effect isn’t exactly where you want it, you can long-press it on the timeline and drag it to the perfect spot.

Even if you’re creating a video, it’s the audio that can really raise the quality of your project. iMovie makes it easy to add and experiment with music, voiceovers, and sound effects. So don’t be afraid to go in and try something fun or crazy with your videos. Whether you’re looking to add music to an Instagram story video or just want to make a fun clip out of your vacation photos, iMovie can do it.

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