How to Fade Out Music in iMovie on Mac

In iMovie, you can use the fade tool to create a fade-out at the end or a fade-in at the beginning of your video. This feature is easy to use and can be applied to your audio to create a smooth transition. To fade out the music at the end of your video, just drag the fade handle in the audio track and it will gradually lower the volume.

Hi, my name is Nancy, and I’m a big fan of using iMovie. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of fading out music in iMovie on a Mac and address some common questions related to adjusting the sound in iMovie.

Let’s get started.

Fade Out Music Using iMovie’s Fade Handles

To fade out music in iMovie, you can use the fade handles located in the audio track. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1. To start a new project, import your media files and then add them to the movie timeline.

Step 2. Navigate to the Project Settings tab above the timeline and select the Audio checkbox to “Show Waveforms”. This will enable you to modify the audio track in the timeline.

Step 3. To make audio adjustments simpler, you can separate the audio from a video clip. To do this, go to the top menu tab, click Modify, and select Detach Audio.

Once the audio clip is detached from the video, you can edit it without worrying about making any changes to the video clip.

Step 4. To add a fade-out effect to the end of the audio clip, move the pointer to the clip’s end and drag the circle fade handle to the left to your desired length. A suitable time to start fading out the audio track is about five seconds before the video ends.

How Do I Turn Off Audio Fade Out in iMovie?

To turn off the fade-out effect, drag the fade handle back to its initial position at the beginning or end of the audio track. The fade handle will indicate that the fade-out is disabled since it will be set to zero.

How Do You Change the Fade Length in iMovie?

You can change the fade length in your audio track by dragging the fade handles. The fade handle displays the precise time of the fade effect in seconds. You can even apply a fade-in or fade-out effect to the entire duration of the audio track. However, remember that the fade-in and fade-out effects cannot overlap.

Why is the Audio Fade Not Working in iMovie?

If the audio waveform is disabled in the project settings, you won’t be able to use the fade effects. Be sure to enable the display of audio waveforms and check if your audio is muted to use the fade handles and apply fade effects.


Here are some other questions you may have about fading music in iMovie on Mac.

Why Should You Fade Out Your Music in iMovie?

Fades are a popular way to smooth out the end of a song that doesn’t have a clear ending, instead of it just stopping suddenly. They can also be used creatively to gradually increase or decrease the volume of a specific section of a song by blending different audio tracks together.

Does iMovie Automatically Fade in Audio?

iMovie does not automatically fade out your audio tracks when you add them to the timeline. 

Final Thoughts

Adding a fade to your audio is a simple way to create a transition. Just adjust the fade handles in the audio waveforms to fade in or fade out the music. When you fade out, the volume starts at its maximum and gradually decreases until there’s no sound. 

I hope this guide has been helpful for you. If you have any other questions about using the fading tool in iMovie, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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