How to Add a Fade In or Fade Out Effect to a Video in Windows Movie Maker

Although not supported by Microsoft for quite a few years now, Windows Movie Maker is still a good, easy to use piece of video editing software that is ideal for short videos and quickly adding interesting effects, such as the fade in and fade out options.

If you want to learn how to use that fade in/out effect that slowly transitions your video into a solid color, or even reveals the clips gradually, then follow the simple guide below:

Adding a fade in/out effect to a video

In order to add the fade in or fade out effect to your video clips or images in Movie Maker, simply follow the steps below:

  1. On your computer, open Windows Movie Maker.
  2. Press the Import Video/Images tab to add some clips or pictures to your movie.
  3. Once the necessary pictures or video clips have been imported, simply drag them down to the Video segment to start making a movie. You should now see a small thumbnail in the timeline, representing the content you just added.
  4. Now, you should right-click on the specific thumbnail where you would like to add effects. Then, choose the Fade In or Fade Out option, or even both. Remember that fading in gradually goes from a solid color to your image or clip, while the fade out effect goes from your image or clip to a solid color.
  5. If you wish, you could also repeat this same process for every individual picture or video clip you would like to add some effects to.

Adding a fade in/out effect to an audio

Movie Maker also gives you the ability to add the fade in or fade out effect to any audio clips that you upload to your movie. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Under the Add section of the Menu bar, press the Add Music option.
  2. Now, search for audio files on your computer, and then double-click on an audio file to import it.
  3. Include the chosen audio clips in your movie by right-clicking on the audio and then selecting the Add to Timeline option.
  4. Finally, select the clip, and then go to Clip>Audio>Fade In or Fade Out to add the effects.

And there you have it! Whether you want your video or audio to fade in or out, you can now effortlessly add these interesting effects in Windows Movie Maker by utilizing the helpful guide above.