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How to Add Background Music to iMovie Project and Videos

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Jun 24, 2021• Proven solutions

Sometimes, videos will be amazing with some background music, say, wedding videos with some background wedding songs. 

iMovie gives you the option to add background music to your iMovie project. With a little bit background music, you can make your videos seem more professional. Follow this iMovie tutorial on how to add background music to iMovie to enhance your videos instantly.

In this article, we will offer two solutions for you. The first part is to use iMovie for putting music, and the second part is to use iMovie alternative Wondershare Filmora.

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Part 1: How to Add Background Music to Videos on iMovie

It is so easy to add music to videos with iMovie. If you don't mind the limited features, I would say iMovie can totally meet your needs.

Step 1: Build a Project

Open your iMovie project, click on File, and choose Import Media to create a new iMovie project.

Browse to find the music you want to use in your project or you can use the Search field to find the audio file you want by name. You can also add music clips from your iTunes library directly. If you want some stock music for your videos, you can find the best stock music websites here.

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Step 2: Add Background Music

After finding the music you want to add as background, now it comes to add background music to videos and project in iMovie.

To add background music to iMovie project, simply drag and drop it to your project, making sure you don't drag it over a clip. Release the mouse button when you see the green Add (+) symbol to add background music to iMovie project. The added background music is in green, showing it is the background music clip, and it begins at the start of your iMovie project.

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To add background music to a certain part of video clips, drag the music to the video on where you'd like to begin, release the mouse button when you see the green Add (+) symbol to add background music to iMovie videos. You can select the clip and while the border turns gray, drag the slider to extend or shorten the background music.

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Step 3: Adjust Background Music

Now you can edit and adjust the background music so that the music can begin somewhere in the middle of the song, etc. Choose the background music clip, right-click on it and select "Show Clip Trimmer" > "Trim To PlayHead" to customize your iMovie background music. You can trim the music, adjust the volume and set audio fade-in/fade-out effects, etc.

Part 2: How to Add Background Music with iMovie Alternative - Wondershare Filmora

To apply audio effects or video effects to polish your video, you can use an iMovie alternative program like Wondershare Filmora for Mac. 

This is a much more powerful video editor that provides an extensive amount of audio effects, visual effects (Royalty Free) and more features you can use to add a Hollywood touch to your videos.

Its multi-audio track management system will allow you to add several audio files to a video simultaneously, which means that you can add your background music, voiceover, or some sound effects to your video with a few clicks. 

What's more, there are more than 300 effects available, and you can use the built-in soundtracks without worrying about the copyright issue. Below explains how to do it step by step.

Let's watch the tutorial below about how to add background music to your videos with Wondershare Filmora first.

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Step 1: Import Your Videos and Music Files

After running Filmora, use the browser to load both the videos and music files from iTunes library, iMovie, etc. Then drag the videos to the video track and music to the audio track.

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Step 2: Add & Edit Your Music Files

Drag the audio clip to make it fit for your videos. You can also click the "Trimming" button on the toolbar to cut the unwanted part. Then double-click the music file to adjust the pitch, volume, speed, fade in/out effect as you like.

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Step 3: Save & Export the File

After adding music to the video, click the Play icon to preview the effect. If you're satisfied, click the "Export" button to save the file. You can save it to different formats, share it to YouTube or burn it to DVD.

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Adding Music in iMovie FAQs

1.  How to add background music to a project in iMovie?

Once you’ve imported an audio file into a project in iMovie, you can simply drag and drop it to an audio track on the timeline. Audio tracks are located below video tracks and you just have to make sure that the audio file you want to place on the timeline is positioned directly below the video clip. In addition, you should match the duration of the audio file to the duration of the video file above it.

2.  How to add background music in iMovie from an iPhone?

Adding background music in iMovie from an iPhone is easy since you just have to tap on the + icon and pick the Audio option from the menu. Then proceed to browse through the Music Theme menu and tap on the Use button after you find a song you want to use in your project. Optionally, you can also import a song from your iTunes collection.

3.  How to get background music for iMovie?

Importing an audio file from your iTunes collection is probably the quickest and easiest way to get background music for a project you’re working on in iMovie. However, if you can’t find a song that fits your project, you can search for it on different stock music websites.

4.  How to change the background music in iMovie?

In case the background music you selected doesn’t fit the footage you want to use in your project, you can just delete the audio file from the timeline and replace it with a new one. Simply drag a new audio file from the Media tab and drop it on the audio track on the timeline.


That's all about how to add background music to iMovie project and videos. As a built-in video editor on Mac, iMovie plays an important part in editing videos. 

However, if you want to try new features like editing videos with stunning effects, iMovie is limited. Here we would like to recommend Filmora. It can help you customize audio effects and edit royalty-free music easily, which meets your needs seamlessly. 

If the above information is not for your iMovie version, please leave a comment below to let us know.

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Shanoon Cox
Shanoon Cox is a writer and a lover of all things video.