Fade Effect for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn how to fade in or fade out your audio clips in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Date Created: February 13th 2013
Last Updated: February 13th 2013
Insert an audio file within your PowerPoint slide, and you can play it either with a click, or set it to play automatically. Whichever option you choose, some files can sound loud and unexpected! Have you not experienced the sudden scare or shock when a shrill voice interrupts an almost silent environment? Rather than shake the soul of your audiences, you can use PowerPoint's fade options to add a gradual increase to the volume of your audio files. PowerPoint provides both Fade In and Fade Out effects that you can add to the beginning and end of your audio clips. These fade options make your audio clips sound smoother and more subtle.
Follow these steps to add Fade effects to the start and end of a audio clip in PowerPoint 2010:
- Open your presentation, and navigate to the required slide where you have already
inserted an audio clip.
Just select or double-click the audio clip to bring up the two contextual Audio Tools
tabs in the
These two tabs are Format and Playback -- click the
Playback tab to activate it, as shown in Figure 1
(highlighted in red).
Figure 1: Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
- Now, within the Audio Tools Playback tab, you'll find the Fade Duration
options, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Fade Duration options
These are the two Fade Duration options:
Note: A longer fade duration will result in smoother fades. Adding a 2 seconds fade to an audio clip that is 10 seconds in duration will not make too much of a difference -- adding a 10 seconds fade to a 2 minute audio file will result in a more pronounced change as far as the sound or volume is concerned.
- Fade In: Adds a timed fade effect at the beginning of the audio clip.
Within the Fade In box, directly enter the exact number of seconds you want
the clip to fade in. Alternatively, use the Up and Down
arrows besides the box to increase or decrease the Fade In duration.
- Fade Out: Adds a timed fade effect at the end of the audio clip.
Within the Fade Out box, directly enter the exact number of seconds you
want the clip to fade out. Alternatively, use the Up and Down
arrows besides the box to increase or decrease the Fade Out duration.
- Fade In: Adds a timed fade effect at the beginning of the audio clip. Within the Fade In box, directly enter the exact number of seconds you want the clip to fade in. Alternatively, use the Up and Down arrows besides the box to increase or decrease the Fade In duration.
- Experiment with different fade values to get the effect you want. Play your audio clip to
preview the difference.
- Make sure you save your presentation.
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