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Truth or Dare: Get Sound Files

Spring 2015: Documentary Project with Grade 6 Students

Recording Your Narration/Voice Over (Sound Recorder)

Use Sound Recorder to make a separate voice over file for each segment:

1. Start menu (Lower left corner of desktop)

2. Type "Sound" and click to open "Sound Recorder"

3. Follow prompts to record and stop

4. See other box for saving instructions

Hint: MovieMaker does have a "Record Narration" tool but it does not give you as many options.  I recommend you use Sound Recorder for narration/voice over. This allows several students to record at one time and save to the project folder. It also allows maximum flexibility for the film editor when using MovieMaker.

Sources for Music

Choosing your music is your last step in the editing process. Make sure you pick music that fits your theme.

Here's some royalty-free music to use as background:


2. Click tabs to browse different genre (types of music).

3. Select a song.

4. Click "Download"-- Second window will pop up

5. RIGHT-CLICK "Download"-- Save link as-- save to your Z drive.

6. Don't forget to put this website in your film credits!

A note from "You can use the music for free in your multimedia project (online videos (Youtube,...), websites, animations, etc.) as long as you credit me.  For example: Music:

Can I just use my favorite song?

There is no simple answer to this. Sometimes, judges have to rule on these cases in court.

Each group must consider the FAIR USE LAW:

1. The NATURE of the work

2. The PURPOSE of the work

3. The AMOUNT of the work

4. The EFFECT on the copyright holder when compared to the BENEFIT to society  (Video Source: User Rights, Section 107)

Generally, using your own downloaded music (iTunes, etc.) as background music for your project does not change the PURPOSE of the use.  Pop culture songs are intended to entertain; If you use music as background for your project, you are also using the music to entertain. Therefore, that's not TRANSFORMING the use of the music, that's just copying it because you like it.

If you are ANALYZING clips of music in your project (acting as a critic; showing what you like or don't like) or ADDING VALUE (using clips of music to explain or inform), that is TRANSFORMATIVE and is probably FAIR USE.  For example, a MUSIC documentary group may use sound clips in their project (SMALL AMOUNT, REPURPOSE) if they are talking about each clip (ADD VALUE).

So when you ask, "Can I just use my favorite song?" the answer is... consider all four FAIR USE factors with your group. Then, YOU DECIDE!

Watch "Choosing Music for Your Video" for a discussion about the importance of music!

If all of this is confusing, there is more information on the "Credits" tab of this LibGuide.

Save Narration to Project Folder

1. Record narration using Sound Recorder for PC. 

2. After clicking "Stop recording" see prompt for saving file

3. Find your group's project folder

4. Name file-- ex. narration intro jr1

5. Save to "Sound Files" in your group's project folder.

Save Music to Project Folder

On most websites, when you hear a sound file you like:

1. Click to listen (preview)

2. Right-click on file

3. Save Target As (or Save File As)

4. Save to "Sound Files" in your group's project folder.

Choosing Music for Your Video