If you want to learn how to add music to a video, check out some useful tips below.
First of all, you should decide whether the music will be in the foreground or the background. Foreground music can be used in videos or parts of a video that mostly show activity without voice commentary or dialogue. For narrated videos, the focus should be on the narration itself, so it’s better to place the music in the background. Keep in mind that if music is in the foreground of your video, you want the volume to be higher so the melody will sound more prominently. If the music is in the background, you want people to be able to hear whatever else is happening in the video.
Experiment with volume before you publish your video to make sure that the music is exactly as loud as you want it to be. Music that’s too loud or too soft can be distracting to viewers, and that’s what you want to avoid.
After you decide which role music will play you can start thinking about its tone. Before browsing the internet for music, watch your video to figure out what sort of atmosphere you want to create. Obviously, you’ll want to use an upbeat tune to create a positive atmosphere and a more somber melody for the video on a more serious topic. If your video is long enough, you may even need multiple tracks to evoke different emotions.
Then you’ll need to find the music itself. Unfortunately, most of the songs you own are copyrighted and, if you use them, you’ll have to pay the copyright owner every time someone views your video. To avoid it, we recommend using royalty-free music. Some of the websites that provide such music are truly free but usually have a limited choice and sometimes provide songs only for non-commercial purposes. For any type of commercial video, we recommend using royalty-free songs from paid websites. Although such music isn’t free, it’s usually inexpensive and can provide you with a wide range of high-quality songs.
Below you can find the list of free and paid services that provide royalty-free music.
Finally, you need to choose the appropriate video editor for adding music. There are different apps to add music to a video for free. You can use a desktop program, an online service, or a smartphone app.