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How to Fade in and Fade out Audio in iMovie (iMovie'11)

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Audio fade in and fade out can help you smooth the video and audio transitions. iMovie's audio fade in and fade out function helps you make a better movie. Since when editing videos in iMovie, people have many video clips and transitions connected the clips, fade in and fade out effect seems more important than ever.

This tutorial will guide you to add fade effects to audios in iMovie.

How to use audio fade effects in iMovie

Before you use audio fade in and fade out effects in iMovie, please import videos to iMovie and start a new project.

Step 1. Open your iMovie project and select a clip

Double click or click the gear in front of the clip and choose "Clip Adjustments" to open the video inspector. Turn to the "Audio" tab.

imovie audio fade in

If there are two audio tracks and you want to set the fade in and fade out effect for the background music, you can double click the background music clip to open the audio inspector. This inspector is a little different. If you don't know how to add background music to iMovie, you can refer to add background music in iMovie.

In the window, you can manually set the fade in and fade out length by dragging the slider bar to the right or left.

If you do not choose "Manual", that means you'd like iMovie to automatically set it for you. Usually, when you drag video clips to the Project, iMovie will set the fade in and fade out effect randomly by increasing the audio volume at the beginning of the clip and decrease the volume at the end of the clip.

If you manually adjust the effect, you can have a better effect.

Step 2. Save iMovie audio fade in and fade out effects

After the settings, you can preview the effect in the viewing window to make sure all goes well and you are much satisfied. Then hit "Done" to save the audio fade in and fade out effects in iMovie.

Now, that's done! In just two simple steps, you can set the fade effects to smooth your video and audio transitions.

How to use audio fade effects in iMovie alternative

If you want to quickly apply fade in or fade out effects, iMovie alternative- Video Editor for Mac can help you. Check out the quick guide below to see how to use audio fade effects.

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Add your video files to the program. Click the gear-like button on the video and then choose “Audio”. In the tab, you can drag the slider bar to the right or left to manually set the fade in and fade out length. Then click “Export” to save your file, upload to YouTube or burn to DVD.

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