Here we look at 5 tips you can use to add music to video using the iMovie software:1. Go Royalty-Free!Within iMovie you can access your own music collection, which may create copyright issues,or royalty-free music, which you can use freely and without worrying about having to payroyalties to the artist or songwriter.2. Use iLife JinglesThese short snippets are great for adding on the start or end of a video. There is a largecollection. If music can enhance the message then spend time to choose the right music jingle for your message – try to choose different music for each video that has a differentmessage, as this will make it more memorable for the viewer.There are short, medium-length and long jingles that you can use, depending on their function and whereabouts you will be placing them into your video. Short snippets are oftenmost effective as intros and outros to your videos. You will need longer clips if you want asoundtrack throughout your video.3. Choose The Right Sound For The Right OccasionMost people wouldn’t play Leonard Cohen music at a wedding! It may seem obvious butchoose the right music carefully – for a call to action you may need something lively androbust; as a backing soundtrack you usually want something soft and unobtrusive. Thinkof your audience!4. Careful Of VolumeIn iMovies you can control the volume level of the music clip you choose by going into Toolsand Audio Adjustments. You will see something called “ducking” which allows you to tonedown the music when there is another soundtrack (like a presenter’s voice) that needs totake precedence; in this way the message doesn’t become drowned out by the music.Remember the message is king – everything else is just attendant to the message.5. Be Precise With TimingMost musicians know that timing needs to be exact. It’s no different when you add musicto a video. It needs to come in or fade out at exactly the right moment, for maximum effect.In iMovies you can drag a piece of music to where you want it to come in – place it over the clip and it will start playing there. It may take a while to get it right at first, but keep atit and you will improve. As with most creative things, having a play around before finalizing will bring the best resultsand will help you create your own style to your videos.