How to adjust the audio level on a video

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Adjusting a video’s audio level is more important than you think. Audio that is too loud or too quiet can disengage viewers from the overall message of the video. When making videos, your goal should always be to craft a story that makes viewers feel like they're watching it unfold in real life. This is where audio editing comes into play. 

Depending on the audio source, most microphones record audio at different levels. The further the microphone is from the audio source, the quieter the audio will be; and vice versa. In order to make a video feel natural, audio levels should stay within a relatively close range of each other. It’s normal for videos to vary in loudness but, have no fear, this can be easily remedied in post-production. Read the rest of this blog to learn how you can adjust your audio and become an audio editing pro!

Adjusting audio levels in WeVideo

In WeVideo, there are a few ways you can adjust the audio levels of your videos:

  1. Adjust the audio of a single video
  2. Adjust the audio of an entire track
  3. Remove the audio altogether

1. Adjust the audio of a single video

Adjusting your audio one video at a time is the best way to ensure a level-sounding end product. By closely examining each video’s audio level, you can be meticulous and have full control over your video’s final volume. 

WeVideo online video editor with a video of a cat and a video of a dog in the timeline.

Start by importing your media into WeVideo. Then, drop your media onto the timeline. 

WeVideo online video editor with the Audio options pop-up window selected.

Select the clip that you want to adjust and then click the Open audio options button. Use the Volume slider in the pop-up menu to manually adjust your volume.

In addition, you can fade your audio by checking the Fade box and inputting the duration for your audio fade. Commonly used in intros and outros, the purpose of the fade is to slowly raise or lower the volume of a video. This feature works great when paired with a video transition

WeVideo online video editor's Clip editor window.

Pro tip: The same audio settings menu can also be accessed from the Clip Editor. Just double-click on a video in the timeline and navigate to the Audio options tab located in the Clip editor.

Audio adjustments on a video thumbnail of a dog in the WeVideo timeline.

Finally, if you want to remove unwanted sounds, such as a car horn or an off-camera sneeze, use the audio level bar. Simply, click the blue bar (located above the audio waveform) and drag wherever you would like the audio to be (100% audio at the top and 0% audio at the bottom). This dynamic method of adjusting your audio can come in handy more often than you think. 

2. Adjust the audio of an entire track

Adjusting the audio of an entire track is a quick and easy way to change the audio level of multiple videos at the same time. This method is very effective when working with videos that have similar audio levels. 

The Tracks column highlighted in the WeVideo timeline.

On your timeline, navigate to the Tracks column. From there, you can use the Volume bar to adjust the audio level of your track. 

And voila, you just learned how to adjust the audio of an entire track!

Remove the audio altogether

Completely removing the audio from a video track may be the simplest of them all. With just a few clicks, you’ll have your audio gone in no time. 

Three horizontal dots highlighted in the WeVideo timeline.

On your timeline, navigate to the track where you wish to mute the audio. Click the three vertical dots to view your Track options

The Mute track option highlighted in the WeVideo timeline.

Click Mute track to remove all audio from the selected track. 

This method works great when incorporating external audio sources, such as voice overs or music

Now that you have mastered audio editing in WeVideo, it’s time to apply it. Grab your camera and start recording!

Also, check out some other useful video editing tips such as making slow-motion and chroma key videos.