Adding Narration Music and Other Audio

You can add narration, music, and other audio to your videos. To add narration, you will need a sound card with a microphone jack and a microphone. You will then need to connect the microphone to the microphone jack on your computer. Once you do this, you can narrate the video by completing these steps:

1. In Windows Movie Maker, display the timeline instead of the storyboard by clicking View and then selecting Timeline. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl-T to toggle between the storyboard and the timeline.

2. Click Tools^Narrate Timeline to display the Narrate Timeline pane, as shown in Figure 10-37.

3. Click the "Show options" link to display the additional options for narration.

4. To mute your computer's speakers, click the "Mute speakers" checkbox.

5. On the "Audio device" list, select the microphone or audio source you are using as the audio input device.

6. On the timeline, click a media item to set the start position of the narration. If you want to insert the narration starting at the beginning of the video, click the first media item.

7. Click Start Narration to begin recording and then speak into your microphone. As you narrate, the timeline moves to show you the current position in the video. Note also that the "Narration captured" value shows you the total length of your narration.

8. Click Stop Narration to stop recording your narration.

9. You can then play back the video to see and hear the results.

You can record input from other audio sources using the Line In jack on your computer's audio card. After you connect an audio cable from the alternative audio source to your computer's Line In jack, select Line In as the audio source in the "Audio device" list. When you start playback on the alternative audio source and then click the Start Narration button, the audio from the alternative source is recorded and inserted into your movie. To stop recording audio from the alternative source, click the Stop Narration button.

Figure 10-37. Narrating your movie

To add music or other audio to your video, complete the following steps:

1. In Windows Movie Maker, display the timeline instead of the storyboard by clicking View and then selecting Timeline. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl-T to toggle between the storyboard and the timeline.

2. If the Collections pane isn't displayed, display it by clicking Views-Collections.

3. On the standard toolbar, click Import Media. Use the Import Media Items dialog box to select one or more audio files to work with, and then click Import. The audio files will be added to the Collections pane.

4. On the timeline, click a media item to set the start position for the music you are adding. If you want to insert the music starting at the beginning of the video, click the first media item.

5. Right-click the audio file you want to insert at the current position, and then select Add to Timeline.

6. In the timeline, scroll left and right to check the placement of the audio file. You can also click Play to play the video from the current position.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 to add other audio files to the video.

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