How to get rid of background noise in Windows Movie Maker

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How to get rid of background noise in Windows Movie Maker
Remove the unwanted audio and add your own using Windows Movie Maker. (Getty Thinkstock)

Background audio can sometimes be thought of as “noise” when it is not the audio you want for your movie project. Although there is no way in either Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker to selectively remove elements of the audio track -- such as someone talking or rustling sweet papers while someone is singing -- you can mute the entire track. You can then add a different audio track, if you wish.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Audio file
  • Microphone

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    Windows Movie Maker

  1. 1

    Drag your clip onto the storyboard. Click “Show Timeline.” This will allow you to access the audio track.

  2. 2

    Click the “+” sign next to “Video” -- if necessary -- to show the “Transition” and “Audio” tracks. These may be already on view if you have clicked the “+” sign previously. Right-click the audio block on the audio track. Click “Mute.”

  3. 3

    Play the video again. The background audio will be muted. You can now add another music track or narration.

    Windows Live Movie Maker

  1. 1

    Click “Click here to browse for videos and photos.” Click a movie file icon. Click “Open.”

  2. 2

    Click the “Video volume” button. Drag the slider to the far left. This will mute the audio.

  3. 3

    Click the play button to confirm the audio is muted. Click “Add music” to add alternative audio. Navigate to the audio file you wish to add and click it.

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