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How to Add Music (Background Music) to Video

Computer users of all ages, interests and skill levels may find it useful to know how to add music/background music to a video. In this article, you’ll learn how to do this with a feature-rich video editing application: Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor) (Video Editor for Mac).

This professional editing tool makes it hardly a bother to add your favorite background music or audio track to videos (removing the original sound is also possible). Besides, you can trim the length, adjust the playing speed, volumn, pitch, add fade in/fade out to make it perfect for your video. Just follow below step by step guide to add audio or music to your video with ease.

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Note: Below guide takes Windows screenshot to explain how to add music to audio. To add audio to video on Mac also functions the same.

1Import your original videos

Click "Import" option to load the video files from your computer hard disk to the User's album. Alternatively, simply drag and drop these video from your computer to the primary window. All the added video clips will be displayed in the left media pane. Note that you can add still images files if needed.

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2Add background music to video

Drag the imported video files from the album to the Video Timeline one by one. Make sure that they are arranged according to the play order and without overlapping. Then drag and drop the music files in the Music Timeline. Now you can trim it and adjust the position to fit for your video length. When you set the position, you can real-time check in previewing window and fine tune it.

Editing audio tips: Double click the music file to pop up the audio editing panel. Here, you can do more audio edits like speed up/slow down speed, adjust volume, set fade in/fade out, tune the pitch, etc.

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Remove music from video: If you want the added music replace the original audio files, you need to highlight the video, right click it and select "Audio Detach". Then your original audio track will automatically showing in the Music Timeline. To remove it, just hit "Delete" in the keyboard. Now you can drag your target audio file to the corresponding position in Music Timeline.

3Export your video with music file

When you're satisfied with the result, hit "Create" to export your video. In the pop-up window that appears, choose to save any file format you like.

Besides exporting video on your computer, you can also create video for devices like the iPhone, iPad, Zune, directly upload video to YouTube, or burn to DVD for playing on TV. All can be achieved with this all-in-one video editor, no extra software required.

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Here is a video guide:

Supported formats by Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor)

This professional video editing software supports almost any video and audio formats. So you'll find it very convenient to add music file to video without extra conversion and quality sacrifice.

  • Video Formats: MOV, MPG, MPEG, MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MKV, M4V, DV, H264, 3GP, VOB, DIF, NUT, H261, NSV, DAT, EVO, RM, RMVB, TS, DVR-MS, TP, TRP, M2TS, ASF
  • Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, WAV, AC3, MKA, M4V, M4A, FLAC, APE, AIF, AIFF, APE, CUE, AU, AMR, OGG, DPE,MPA, MP2, RA, WMA
  • Photo Formats: JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP, JPE, TIFF, GIF, DIB, JFIF, TIF

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Thank you Blandine : )
Hi Kate, the 25 songs from Filmora music library are licensed for legal personal use only.
I have added music from your gallery to a short video for my company- do I have to worry about copyrights or anything?
Hi Panjaketaz, this is a free trial and you will get a watermark on the video. To remove it you will need to pay.
You can download the video from Youtube first and then import the video to filmora from your local hardrive. Filmora is not able to extract videos from Youtube directly :)
Hi Bob, you can choose from the music tab offered in Filmora. We have 20+ licensed songs for you to choose. Check out this video if you don't know where to find the music tab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fokMGFhzbYE
Bob Mackenzie
I have created a slideshow and want to music that came with the tool so I can post on Youtube. If I use an artist youtube will not me upload it. How do you add wondershare's music to a slide show?
Hello Liza. How can I upload a You Tube vid, of which I only want the audio, onto Filmora? I've tried with Import, but it doesn't offer You Tube.
Supported audio format: AAC, AC3, APE, AIF, AIFF, FLAC, APE, CUE, AU, AMR, OGG, WAV, DPE, MKA, M4V, M4A, MPA, MP2, MP3, RA, WMA
I am trying the software with the free trial & none of the music files I have are supported. I have tried mp3 & mv4 extensions.