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As a beginner, you’ve probably heard about audio fade-in and fade-out a few times, and you’ve been wondering what it is and how you can use it to make your videos better. 

An audio fade-in is basically the progressive increase in the volume of an audio signal.  

On the other hand, an audio fade-out refers to the gradual decrease in the volume of an audio signal. 

This phenomenon is applied in videography to produce an extra layer of professionalism, especially when the song’s end is not included in the video. 

With a decent video editor, adding audio fades to your videos is as easy as pie. 

Want to learn how to fade music in your video editor? This guide shows you how to do just that in three easy steps. 

Pro Tip before you Start Using Fade In and Fade Out to your Audio

It is easy to just use the audio fade button. But doing it right? That’s a whole new story! Don’t fret, though. Here are tips to keep in mind. 

How Long Should a Fade Out Be? 

Usually, a fade-in is made slightly shorter than its corresponding fade-out. However, to have a smooth result, it would be a great idea to set your fade-in and fade-out at five seconds. 

How Long Should Your Audio Be for a Fade In/Fade Out to Work? 

If you’re uploading a separate audio file into your video editor, ensure that the audio is not longer than your video clip. For example, if your video clip is one minute, the audio you wish to fade should not be longer than one minute. This is to enable your music fade out seamlessly. 

In many cases, you might need to trim your audio tracks to get them in shape. You’ll learn how to do that before the end of this guide. 

Fade In/ Fade Out for Audio: How it’s Done!

Before we proceed to the steps, ensure you’re using a decent video editor. If you’re a Windows 10 user, we recommend Animotica.  

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Animotica is smooth, easy, fun, and efficient. You can try it out for free, and if you like what you see, you can upgrade at a reasonable one-time fee

With that said, here’s how it goes. 

Step 1: Create a New Project 

Starting your project on Animotica is easy. Open your video editor and click on NEW PROJECT. This will promptly take you to a new window where you can proceed to the next crucial step. 

Create new project: fade in fade out audio

Step 2: Upload your Video/ Photo Clips 

To upload your videos and images, click on ADD VIDEO/PHOTO CLIPS. A pop-up will appear. Again, select Add Video or Photo Clips.  

Add video/photo clips: fade in fade out audio

This will take you to your PC’s storage area. Navigate to your files’ location, select them and hit Open. You will find yourself back in Animotica’s project window where the party begins! 

Step 3: Add your Audio 

Click Audio on the main screen of your project.  

Add your Audio: fade in fade out audio

On the new screen, adjust the slider to your desired starting position and hit the ‘+’ button.  

Adjust slider: fade in fade out audio

A new window appears, here you can choose from Animotica’s library of audio tracks or just hit Choose File to add your own audio. 

Choose audio file: fade in fade out audio

Step 4: Trim your Audio 

If your audio track is not longer than your video, then this step is not necessary. However, if it is, then you’d need to trim it a little bit. 

Simply click on your uploaded audio—the horizontal orange bar—it will reveal a bunch of audio editing options. Select Trim.  

Trim audio: fade in fade out audio

In the new window, you can either drag the orange bar in the needed direction or use the forward and backward keys to adjust the length. Also, keep your eyes on Duration to known when you’ve achieved the desired audio length. You can also hit the play button to listen to your trims. 

Adjust length: fade in fade out audio

Step 5: Apply Fade In/Out and Set up Duration  

Just after trimming your audio, go ahead and click on Sound

Apply Fade in/out: fade in fade out audio

From the menu that appears, you can find the fade-in and fade-out options. 

To fade in audio tracks, you can adjust the Audio Fade-In slider to your desired duration. Equally, to fade out audio tracks, you can adjust the Audio Fade-Out slider. 

Voila, that’s all there is to applying fade-in and fade-out effects to your audio! 

Step 6. Finishing up 

That’s it. You are done, and yes, it’s really that simple. All that’s left for you to do is to share your creation with the world. Make sure to click on those sweet social sharing buttons after the rendering is done. 

video rendering in Animotica (white):
video rendering in Animotica


With Animotica, adding audio fades to your videos is quite easy. As you already know, it can be done in three steps! We hope this guide is helpful to you. Feel free to roll in any questions or ideas. We’ll be happy to read your response. 


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  1. Hi, thanks for the article and info.

    There are a lot of times when I have an audio selection of music playing over some video I’ve shot but in sections of the video where I’m talking, I’d like to reduce the audio of the music down to like 5%. When I’m done talking and the video shot returns to just scenery or whatever, I’d like to bring the music volume back up to around 50% or so.

    I haven’t found a way to do this as it seems that, for an added audio track, you can only set the volume once for the entire track. I’ve tried splitting the music track and using fades to create the effect I’m going for but this is a clunky method and is not giving good results.

    I’d just like to fluidly control the volume of the music track so that its louder when I’m not talking and quieter when I am talking. Is there a way to do this?

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