This lesson will teach you everything there is to know about how to mute a video, how to increase the volume of a video, decrease it, or add the fade out sound effect. 

Have you ever noticed how all the best movies, video games, and even YouTube videos have amazing soundtracks? This can’t be a coincidence, can it?

No, it most definitely cannot.

Sound is as integral an element of a mesmerizing scene as the actors, backgrounds, and visual effects. Going silent for a moment after an intense scene helps the viewer reflect on what they have seen. Leaving a tune to play out in the background ever so slightly sets up the tune without obscuring the dialogue. Tuning or muting background noises and audio clutter will ensure that the video never breaks the immersion. 

For the sake of this example we will be using the Animotica moviemaker, which you can download from Microsoft Store for free.

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It is one of the best reviewed apps on the Microsoft store and it is 100% free (unless you mind the watermark). Downloading and installing the app shouldn’t take longer than several minutes, but, as always, you are free to experiment with other tools and applications if you feel like it. 

Without further ado, let’s explore how to mute video and add music, eliminate unnecessary noises, or increase the volume on the crucial scene in your clip. 

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How to add background audio track to a video?

Add audio file from Animotica library to your video

Before we can proceed to muting an audio clip, we are to add said clip first, right? Open the application and upload the visuals you would like to enforce with an amazing audio track. 

Easier done than said!

Simply click on the Add Audio tab in the app’s interface and upload your audio clip. Alternatively, you can use on the clips offered by the Animotica movie maker. These bad boys fall under fair use and will keep your video safe from the pesky YouTube copyright claims taking the platform by storm at the moment. 

Drag-n-drop the audio file into the required position. It’ll probably be easier if you were to split the video into clips in advance, but either way works.

Pro tip: You’ll have to select the audio file and then choose either the Trim or the Volume option to edit it.

How to mute a video?

Let’s get back to the point, shall we? How to mute a recorded video?

  1. Upload the clip you’d like to edit into the app and click on it.
  2. Locate the Volume button and click on it.
  3. Lower the slider to zero and boom, you’ve just learned how to mute audio in a video! 

How to change the volume of a video?

Now that we know how to mute, there’s obviously much more we can do with the sound track in your video. For starters, you have probably noticed we are using a slider.

What this means is that we don’t have to pick either 0 or 100. Feel free to experiment with the volume of your audio to add amazing effects. 

How to add fade-in/out to audio?

How o fade in/out Audio in Your Video

Ok, now that we know how to mute sound in a video, and we are aware of the handy volume sliders, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind?

If you are anything like us, it is the thought that you desperately need a decent burger and a mug of ice-cold IPA right now.

The very next thought is probably about adding a cool fade-in, fade-out effect. 

As you may have noticed, there are two additional sliders under the volume bar. One is titled Audio Fade In and the other is Audio Fade Out. These bad boys should be pretty self-explanatory. 

Set up the duration and you’ll get one of the coolest professional audio editing effects in less than a minute. 

Neat!

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