How to Cut or Edit Audio in Windows Movie Maker

Even though Windows Movie Maker is no longer supported by Microsoft, ever since 2017, it’s still in use all around the world, particularly when it comes to older devices or previous versions of the Windows OS.

If you have the original Movie Maker on your device and would like to learn how to edit your audio when making clips, then simply follow the detailed guide below:

Importing the audio

Before you can start editing any audio clips in Movie Maker, you must first import them into the program. Here’s how:

  1. Open Windows Movie Maker on your computer.
  2. Under the Add section of the Menu bar, press the Add Music option.
  3. Now, simply search for audio files through your folders.
  4. Once you’ve found an appropriate audio file, double-click on it to import. You can repeat this for several files.
  5. When the files have been imported, right-click on the audio you’d like to add to your movie, and then select the Add to Timeline option to include it in the clip.

Trimming the audio

After the audio file has been successfully included in your movie, you can easily trim it as you would a video clip:

  1. Hover your cursor over the end or beginning of the audio until you notice a two-way arrow appear.
  2. Now, simply drag the audio clip left or right to make it shorter or longer, respectively.

Cutting the audio

You also have the option to easily split your audio file. Here’s how:

  1. Carefully place the play head to the exact position where you’d like to split your audio.
  2. Then, you can either press the provided Split icon, go to Clip>Split, or click on the CTRL + L keys on your keyboard.
  3. Now, you will have two separate audio clips that will act independently of one another.

Adjusting the audio volume

To change the volume of your audio, simply do the following:

  1. Press the Set Audio Level icon (audio mix picture) that’s located above the video timeline.
  2. Now, simply drag the provided slider left or right to find the ideal level between the video audio and music/other audio.

Additional audio options

If you only wish for the music or other audio to be incorporated in your movie, you can also mute the video audio by going to Clip>Audio>Mute when you have the clip selected.

Here, you also have the opportunity to include a fade in/out effect by pressing Clip>Audio>Fade In or Fade Out.

And that’s it; everything you need to know about editing audio in Windows Movie Maker in order to create the perfect clips!