Find out how to Add Music to a Video on Your Laptop

Do you want to add music to your video? This is how it works on Windows or Mac.

Do you have music that you want to add to your videos to improve them further? All you need is a simple video editor and you can add music to any of your videos on your computer.

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Here we are going to show you how to add music to a video on Windows and Mac computers. These tools work offline so you don't need to be connected to the internet to use them.

How to add music to a video on Windows

Windows has both built-in tools and third-party tools that you can use to add music to your videos. Depending on your personal preferences, you can use any of these tools to get your job done.

Add music to a video with a built-in tool

If you prefer not to install an app to insert music into a video, you can use the tool built into Windows to do the job. Windows 10 comes with a simple video editor and is sufficient for most basic editing tasks.

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You can use it to add any music files to your videos by following these steps:

  1. Open that Start menu, search for Video editorand click on Video editor.

  2. Press the New video project Button to create a new project for your task.

  3. Enter a name for your project and click okay.

  4. It's time to add your video to the tool. click Add, choose From this pcand select the video you want to add music to.

  5. Once the video appears in the editor, right click on the video and select Place it on the storyboard.

    Add video to storyboard

  6. You are now ready to add music to your video. To do this, click on the Custom audio Option above.

  7. Choose Add the audio file in the right sidebar to select your music file.

  8. Use the markers to define the location for your music, then click Done.

    Add music to videos on Windows

  9. click End video above to save your edited video.

Add music to a video using a third-party program

A third-party video editor gives you more functionality and control over how you add music to your videos. If you want more precision and can't find it with the editor built into Windows, here is an app that you can use.

OpenShot is a free, open source video editor that offers a variety of functions for editing your videos. You can use it to add music files, even multiple files at once, to your videos.

Here's how you can use it:

  1. Download, install, and launch OpenShot on your computer.

  2. Press the file Menu at the top and select Import files. Then select both your audio and video files to be added to the program.

  3. Your two files will appear on the main interface. Right click your video and choose Add to the timeline to add it to the timeline for editing.

    Add video to the timeline in OpenShot

  4. Choose Lane 5 as the track for your video and hit okay.

  5. Right click on your music file and select Add to the timeline. Vote this time Lane 4 of the track Drop down menu and click okay below.

    Add music to the video with openshot

  6. Click the play icon under the mini player to start playing your music video.

  7. If everything looks good, click File> Export Project> Export Video to save your music video.

  8. Enter a name for your video, choose a save path, choose a file format and click Export video below.

How to add music to a video on macOS

To add music to a video in macOS, you can use Apple's own video editor iMovie. This app is a quick and easy way to add music to your videos. You can even import music files directly from iTunes.

Here's how:

  1. Download and install the iMovie app if you haven't already.

  2. Open the app and click Create newand select Movie to start a new video editing project.

  3. Once you see the timeline, click file Menu at the top and select Import media. Then select the video file you want to add music to.

    import files into imovie

  4. Use the above step to add your music files as well. With your music file in iTunes, click Audio Option and select iTunes on the left. You will see your iTunes music files.

  5. Drag your video file onto the timeline and place it on the top track.

  6. Drag your music track and place it on the timeline just below your video file.

    Add music to videos in macos

  7. You can adjust the position of your music file so that it plays the way you want in your video.

  8. Click the play icon in the mini player to preview how your music video will look.

  9. When you are happy with it, click File> Share> File to export your video.

  10. Specify the options of how you want to save and click your video Next.

Tips for adding music to a video

Adding music to a video is pretty easy, but here are some tips that you can use to make sure your music goes well with your video.

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Fade in and fade out effects

Most music files start and end abruptly, and this is where fading in and out effects can help. You can add these effects to your music file and your file will play smoothly – not suddenly start or stop.

Make sure all your video contains music

Most of the time, you will find that your music file is either shorter or longer than the length of your video. You need to fix this, or your video either has no sound in certain places or there is music but no video to watch.

If your music file is shorter than the video file, you can add the same file to the timeline and use it again.

If your music file is longer than the video file, you can trim the unwanted parts of the file to match the total duration of your video.

Volume for music

As long as your music file is still independently available on the timeline, you can change the volume to make sure the volume isn't too high or too low in certain parts of your video.

Make videos more engaging by adding music

There is no doubt that music can vastly improve your videos and turn them into something people love to watch. There are many ways to add music to your videos as shown above, and it's the easiest video editing task anyone can do.

Those of you who want to further edit your videos should use a full featured video editing program. This type of program has many features that can help you take your videos to the next level.

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About the author

Mahesh Makvana
(48 articles published)

Mahesh is a tech writer at MakeUseOf. He has been writing technical guides for about 8 years and has covered many subjects. He loves teaching people how to get the most out of their devices.

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