How to play two audio tracks simultaneously in Windows Movie Maker

There are times when a need could arise where you had to put two background audio files, that run simultaneously in a movie prepared with Windows Movie Maker. You can add many audio tracks and can run them in sequence but to run 2 audio tracks simultaneously, it needs a small trick of rendering them twice.

First we will just see the regular way, where we can add multiple tracks that plays in sequence. After adding your videos and photos, you have to add an audio file. You need not make this audio file cover the entire storyboard timeline; instead we can adjust its starting and ending point.Next, again we can continue adding next audio track using the option ‘Add music at the current point’ keeping the cursor at the appropriate position in the Storyboard timeline.In this way we can play them in sequence; that is one after the other.

Make Windows Movie Maker play 2 audio tracks simultaneously

You may ask when could such a situation or need arise. Actually this requirement was put before me by one of the users. He wanted to make a movie out of lots of photos, where he wanted to insert his own narrations, while the background music, continued playing. So in such cases, we will have 2 audio tracks playing simultaneously.

First, prepare your narration files. Maybe you could make use of Windows in-built Sound Recorder for this.

Place your multiple narration audio files against the required photo sequence in timeline using the method shown above. Here make sure that you keep the Music volume Maximum for these narration file.

Now Save the movie in High Quality so that quality remains good as we require to render it again. Close Movie Maker.

Next open the Movie you just made in Movie Maker. This movie has all the narrations with it. Next add the background music file to entire timeline. But make sure you keep the volume of background music low so that the narration files are heard along with it.

You can then preview it by running it and adjusting the volume. You may need to carry out some adjustments to reach the correct volume level. Now again Save the movie in High Quality.

That’s all.

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20 Comments

  1. private

    That was rally helpfull thanks

  2. Kennadixon

    I can’t figure it out. I have narration for my entire video. And at a certain point I want to add a song to play quietly in the background so I clicked *add music at current point* but doesn’t let my narration play. What am I doing wrong?

  3. Mdiquinzio

    I don’t know what you’re talking about. Either you go into detail or keep it at home man, seriously.

  4. This will add unwanted compression to your video.

  5. Dpledge

    i can’t figure out how to add the backround music. I dont see where to add it. plesae help

  6. Aldstar

    Its really easy, but I understand why you cant figure it out cause the writer of this article explains it good, but pretty undercover. The key is, that after you add the narration, you have to save it as a movie. Not just as a movie maker file. Then you open the movie in movie maker and there you can add music to the movie. Get it? So save it as a movie, cause then itll become one full file, open it with movie maker, add the background music and voilaaaa

  7. Aldstar

    Its really easy, but I understand why you cant figure it out cause the writer of this article explains it good, but pretty undercover. The key is, that after you add the narration, you have to save it as a movie. Not just as a movie maker file. Then you open the movie in movie maker and there you can add music to the movie. Get it? So save it as a movie, cause then itll become one full file, open it with movie maker, add the background music and voilaaaa

  8. Aldstar

    Its really easy, but I understand why you cant figure it out cause the writer of this article explains it good, but pretty undercover. The key is, that after you add the narration, you have to save it as a movie. Not just as a movie maker file. Then you open the movie in movie maker and there you can add music to the movie. Get it? So save it as a movie, cause then itll become one full file, open it with movie maker, add the background music and voilaaaa

  9. Get the latest ver of Movie Maker , provides better options in adding narrations, music. https://www.thewindowsclub.com/complete-list-whats-movie-maker-2012-photo-gallery-2012

  10. Unknown

    But then your pictures’ quality gets lower and pictures get smaller when you do it…

  11. kaljula

    is it possible to have two tracks play at the same time?

  12. DOm

    fantastic! it worked exactly how it should ..thank you!!

  13. a

    my second piece of audio causes the first to cut out

  14. vasudev

    May be the 2nd piece of audio is too high that’s making your 1st audio to cut. Which ver of Movie Maker are you using? This post was using 2011 ver. In the new 2012 ver you have better options. https://www.thewindowsclub.com/complete-list-whats-movie-maker-2012-photo-gallery-2012

    There’s option of Audio Ducking and Emphasis- When you add a narration, the audio from all other tracks will be temporarily reduced (ducked) while there is audible content on the narration track. You can make the narration louder or the music louder using the emphasize option . Please try that & see if that solves your issue.

  15. Helped

    Amazing tutorial! Really well explained, and very helpful. Worked perfectly! Thanks!

  16. Noor2001

    Wow, I cant wait 2 try this on my new laptop, im planning on making a short music video in the summer with children, this was the only problem and now its solved thx alot. This will be an accomplishment for a 13 year old like me, cant wait till summer

  17. Johnson

    The problem is I don’t know how to save the video as a movie. There no such thing as that option, only the movie maker file.

  18. A???s? ????

    Is there a way to play two audio files overlapping each other? I have a pre-recorded narration already, and I need background music along with it.

  19. CFandHappy

    WOAH, WAY over my head!!! :/ So I’m still without a solution. Why the hell can’t I just add the same file again to play straight after the first ends? Moviemaker, come on, REALLY!!!??

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