How to Blend Music in iMovie

Blending music and sound effects in iMovie can definitely get a little tricky.

Check out the tutorial below to make things much easier.

Splitting the Clips

This will work with multiple songs or different parts of the same track. First, we’ll select a portion of our song and split it.

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and then I’m going to take another one and have it right next to it, and split that as well.

 

 

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Blending your Clips

Now that you have two clips, you can hover over the top of one of your clips and you’ll see this green dot appear. 

 




 

If you drag it, it will get increasingly tapered.

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Look towards the right of the first clip and you’ll see a darker overlay over the top of it. Drag this darker overlay to the left.

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Next, take the second clip and overlay it on the other one. Then you can play it and see if it blends together.

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Putting it all Together

 

 

Now they’re blended. If you don’t like the sound, play around with the fade in times or consider a different song.

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You can see why it’s super important to do this in your videos. Without blending the tracks, the music will abruptly stop and sound incredibly awkward for your audience.

 




 

Always make sure to follow these steps when you’re blending your music tracks in iMovie!

Got any questions on how to do this or what makes a good “musical blend”? Let us know in the comments below!


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2017-06-24T04:28:48+00:00By |Editing, iMovie Tutorials|0 Comments