How To Add Background Music in Video

Learn how to add background music, remove or adjust it in your video here. These simple steps can help you do it quickly.

Adding background music to your video is a very common way to make your video more attractive. Background music has positive effects on viewers whether it is used in movies, presententations or commerical promotional ads. If you have a silent footage which is created from multiple photos or a chain of animated actions, you may want to insert your favorite songs to play as background music. Don’t be worried! There are many ways you can do it.

In today’s post, I am going to recommend some ways you can try to add, remove and adjust background music in your video easily. Of course, you will need a video editing software to do this job – no matter it is free or paid program. Here in this article, I have picked some great video editors for you to try. Enjoy it!

How to add background music to video with ActivePresenter (Free program)

ActivePresenter is a free screencast software which allows you to do many things more than just recording screen or editing video. It lets you add audio to any imported video or presentation. In case your project has many slides, you can make background music play over them with a simple technique.

Insert a Audio File to Video

In a word, there are two ways to use audio files for videos. First, insert an existing file into a video. Second, record a new audio file right within the app.

Add Existing Audio Files to Videos

If you’ve had audio files, this technique is what you need to insert them into your videos. Perform these task:

Step 1: In the Annotation tab > Audio > From File….

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Step 2: Do either of the following.

  • Select an audio file from your file system and import it into ActivePresenter.
  • Drag and drop that file to the app.

Add audio by Recording a Track

The second way is record a new audio file. Follow this procedure:

Step 1: In the Annotation tab > Audio > Create New.

Step 2: Do the same way as when you normally record an audio.


  • In both these ways, you see an audio object appearing on the Canvas as the Add Background Music icon. At the same time, its Time Bar is also shown in the Timeline. The Canvas icon is just a visual indicator to remind you that there is an audio object in the slide.
  • You can add as many tracks as you want to each video/slide. This way, you can add each track for each duration in the video/slide.

Set an Audio Track as Background Music

To set an audio track as background music, do as follows:

Step 1: Select the audio icon on the Canvas.

Step 2: Right-click the audio Time Bar > Play over Multiple Slides. This option comes in handy when your presentation has more than one slide. You want background music to play continuously throughout all slides. There are two available options, namely, Top Layer and Bottom Layer. Both of these options create the same effect when the Show Media Controls check box isn’t selected. But note that the layer you place the audio object affects the stack order of objects on a slide.

Step 3: In the Properties pane > Media Add Background Music > Audio > Playback Options. Select Loop to make the track replay automatically when the playback is finished.

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Then, you can drag the end point of the audio Time Bar to the duration you want.

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If you want to make the audio duration equal the slide duration, right-click the audio Time Bar > Play to the End of Slide.

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Additional Options for HTML5

Regarding HTML5 outputs, there are two addition options you should consider:

  • Select Background Music to make the track continue playing when the presentation is paused. For example, background music still plays while the presentation pauses to wait for user input. This option is meant for creating HTML5 outputs.
  • Select Autoplay to make the audio play automatically when the slide loads, and the Playhead reaches the start point of the video Time bar. This option is also aimed for HTML5 outputs as these outputs contain interactivity. Sometimes, learners don’t want to play audio/video automatically. They just play when taking a specific action.

That’s how to add and adjust background music in ActivePresenter – free screencast software for Windows & Mac. If you find it is easy, try doing it yourself now.

Download ActivePresenter here

How to add background music in Wondershare Filmora

Wondershare filmora is a simple to use video editor for beginners. If you don’t need screencasting features of ActivePresenter, you can also try Filmora to handle the job. In Filmora, you can separate (detach) the audio file from the video, delete it and add a new one into the timeline. See how it works from this short tutorial video.

If you want to learn more about this video editing software, read our full review here!

How to add background music in Movavi Video editor

Movavi Video Editor is a powerful yet easy-to-use video editor for Windows and Mac. While looking at the interface and the work flow it provides, we are 80% sure that this is a great programs that novice and intermediate users like to use. Regardless of its really great price, Movavi provide full set of basic and advanced video editing tools such as: split, crop, delete clip as well as Chroma key, Pan-and-Zoom, Highlight and Conceal or Stabilization. These features are enough for creating your Hollywood style home movies. Movavi Video editor has two versions with different price for Windows or Mac. Movavi video editor for personal stands at $39,95 and Movavi video editor for Business cost $79,95. Learn how to add background music to video in Movavi from this short tutorial. Movavi full review is here!

How to add, remove and adjust background music in Camtasia Studio 9

Camtasia Studio 9 is a professional video editing software for creating training videos, how to video or product demonstrations. Adding background music into video in Camtasia studio 9 is much more easier than any other tools you can find on the market. Check out our full review about Camtasia Studio 9 here.

This tutorial video will show you how to add music into its editor quickly.

Bottom line

So you know how to add, remove and adjust background music to your video now. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any question about the content of this article. Don’t forget to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future.

Good luck!


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