When working with still images, such as PowerPoint slides or a series of photographs, you may wish to add narration at set points in the video timeline. To do this, ensure you have a microphone set up with your pc (most webcams now contain one), and windows movie maker will detect the audio input device.
The 'Record narration' option found in the home menu, is only enabled after a source video or image has been placed on the timeline, so set up your video/slide footage first, then:
- Move the playhead to the starting point you would like your audio.
- Click 'record narration' and a start/stop/cancel option will appear. Click start to begin recording.
- Click stop recording and choose a save location for this audio file.
The narration tools tab will appear at the top of the ribbon bar, the audio will be automatically added to your video timeline view below the main video track. You may now edit this audio track to shorten, lengthen or re-position the track in relation to the video.
Remember it is important for your audio clarity to be of a high standard. Should your audio narration recording be too noisy, or levels and balance sound off, you may wish to look into other editing tools to clean up the recorded audio such as Audacity. You may find it useful to experiment with microphone placement in a certain environment, or use of a headset.
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