Humans are hardwired to process visual content , but adding great visuals to a video is just half the battle. A truly engaging video often includes background music, as well. The good news is that adding music to videos is pretty simple.
But where do you find music? And when you find it, how exactly do you add music to a video? Read more to learn how to add music to a video. I use Camtasia to create and edit videos, but most video editors will use a relatively similar process. Download a free trial. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I wanted to be thorough. In your preferred video editor, open the video project to which you want to add music.
In Camtasia, there are several ways to import video and audio files into your Media Bin. You can select Media from the menu, right-click in the bin, and select Import Media from the menu. No matter which method you choose, navigate to the file you want to import, select it, and choose Import. You can add it to a new track or add it to an existing track depending on your needs. If no empty track is available, Camtasia automatically creates a new track if you drag your file to the open area above the timeline. Do you want your music to run through your whole video?
Is it just for the intro or the outro? When you select the audio track in the timeline, a line with shading will appear. To adjust the volume, you can click on the line and drag it up or down to the desired level. The waveform in the track grows and shrinks as you adjust the volume up and down, letting you know that the volume has been adjusted.
For example, adding a Fade Out at the end of your video clip can help avoid a potentially jarring abrupt ending. Now that you know how to add music to a video, try playing around with it the next time you create a video. These were just a few basic steps to get you started, but there are a lot of other ways to edit audio to fit your needs. Other types of videos may need something more somber. Who can forget the various animal rescue commercials that are all over our TVs?
They pair sad, slow music with photos of sad-looking animals to compound the experience and — they hope — make us more likely to open our wallets to donate. Not convinced yet? Trying imagining one of those rad videos of skateboarders thrashing out in a skate park with pan flute music instead of grungy guitars. The right music enhances the experience for your viewers, while the wrong music can send the wrong message entirely. I mean, music is everywhere, right? I have 70 GB of music on my iPhone right now.
Unfortunately, most of the music you own is effectively off-limits. Same reason. So where do you find the music you can use? Well, unless you want to compose your own music, the easiest answer lies in royalty-free music. There are a number of ways to find royalty-free music, but your best bet could be to start with TechSmith Assets for Camtasia.
You can get a few options for free, or pay a yearly subscription to get full access to the library. You can sort by mood and by genre. Some royalty-free music is truly free. There are a number of sites that offer music you can simply download and use as you wish though often for non-commercial purposes, so be sure to read the user agreement.
YouTube actually has a nice sound effect and free music library for you to choose from. For most commercial purposes, such as product overviews, customer stories, etc. Look for more on audio in future blog posts, or check out these great blog posts for more information! The techniques above work for adding any type of audio to a video, not just music tracks. Camtasia makes it easy to add audio to a video.
Remember that not everyone who consumes your video content can hear it. And, if you include a music file, the captions should note that, as well. TechSmith Marketing Content Specialist. Science Enthusiast. Retired roller derby coach. On a mission to pet all the dogs. Mildly obsessed with the movie Alien, 2. Two pibbles: Biggie and Reo, 3. Friend of ducks everywhere.
Skip to content. By now you know that video is essential to communicating with your customers. Use this guide to learn how to add music to your video, how choose the right kind of music for the mood of your video, and where to find music even for free. How do I add music to a video?
How do I choose the right music for a video? Where can I find music for a video? Want to add music to a video? Download a free trial of Camtasia to add any music track into your video. TechSmith Assets There are a number of ways to find royalty-free music, but your best bet could be to start with TechSmith Assets for Camtasia.
It comes full of videos, images, and audio to enhance your videos. Best of all, it lets you directly open your song in Camtasia or download it to your machine. Pro tip: If good music is a priority, make sure to build this cost into your video budget so you can build a music library to have on hand.