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How to Add Sound Effects in iMovie

by Christine Smith • Dec 03,2019 • Proven solutions

Cute sound appears at the right time of your video can make your video alive. iMovie offers a number of sound effects for you to apply to your video clips and project. With the iMovie sound effects, you can add fun to your videos and adding sound effect in iMovie is very simple.

Step 1 Open your iMovie project.

If you haven't got a project, start one by going to File > New Project. If you haven't added videos to iMovie Event browser, load videos by going to File > Import > Movies or import videos to iMovie from your camcorder which is connected to your Mac.

Step 2 Select a sound effect

Click the Music and Sound Effects button to open the Music and Sound Effects window. Here you can see lots of sound effects that you can use. You can choose from iMovie Sound Effects and iLife Sound Effects. Click the play button in the left to preview any sound. In the search field, you can type in the name of the sound effect to quickly find it out.

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Choose the one you like, and drag it to the video clip in the Project at where you want the sound to begin. Then sound effect will appear in green beneath the video clip. You can drag the slider to change the length of the sound effect.

Step 3 Adjust the sound effect

Double click the sound clip and the Inspector window opens. You can adjust the sound clip duration manually and set audio effects. Hit "Audio" tab to find more customization functions.

You can also add background music to iMovie to add more flavor and add video effects to iMovie videos.

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