The reason why video is one of the most preferred forms of digital content among today’s viewers is that video gives a more holistic viewing experience as compared to textual or photographic content. The series of moving images coupled with appropriate background audio is what makes the video special. Irrespective of whether you are creating a personal video or one for your brand, you cannot underestimate the role of audio.
Having realized that you need to add audio to improve the overall effectiveness of the video content, the next challenge for you is to figure out how to add the audio. The process of audio addition and editing will depend on the operating system that you are using. Here is a look at the different ways you can go about with that.
All Windows 10 (and above) operating systems come with the default Photos app that you can use to add audio. As a newbie, you need to realize that the Photos app is different from the Movies & TV app, which is the default video viewing app. Thus, if you want to add audio to a video clip, simply double-clicking on the clip will not suffice. You need to right-click on the file, select ‘Open With’ and then choose ‘Photos’.
The video will then open and you will notice a toolbar on the top of the screen. Select the ‘Edit & Create’ option in the toolbar and choose ‘Create a video with text’ from the dropdown menu. This will take you to the editing screen and you will notice a toolbar on the top that has a ‘Music’ button. You can click on ‘Your Music’ and then choose ‘Select a music file’ to decide on a track.
Realize that this tool only takes files from the system’s Music folder and if the audio clip that you want is somewhere else in the system, you need to get it to the correct location before using it. Once the music file selection is over, you can drop the clip at the Storyboard section of the screen. The addition of audio is now complete and when you play the video, you should now hear the sound.
If you are looking for a way to add audio to your video clips online, you can use tools such as addaudiotovideo for a quick solution that works without you having to download any external tool. The interface is intuitive, and you just need to click on the ‘Select video file’ option under the ‘Browse’ menu to start your work.
After you do this, you need to go back to ‘Browse’ and this time, select the ‘Select audio file’ option. Once you have the audio and video file of your choice selected, you can click on ‘Upload’. Post completion, a download link will appear on your screen. It is a good practice to download and play the video once to ensure that you have good things right and the result is identical to what you had envisioned.
One thing that you need to keep in mind about such online audio addition is the fact that the audio file needs to be in MP3 format. If you have it in M4A or any other file type, log on to voice2v to convert the file into the desired format.
All macOS and iOS devices come with the iMovie app that is one of the best options for those looking to add audio to their video clips. Like most other Apple tools, this is simple to use and you can drag-and-drop the video file on the iMovie window. Alternatively, you can open the iMovie tool, click on ‘File’, then ‘Import Media’ and then select the video file which you want to edit.
Once you add the video file, you can click on the ‘Audio’ option that you will find below the main menu bar. A dropdown menu will open and you can select whether to select your audio from Sound Effects, iTunes, or GarageBand. On choosing one of these options, you will then be taken to the said directories and you pick the track that you want.
Once chosen, drag the track on the project timeline to get the full song. At this stage, you can use handles to identify the leading and trailing edges of the file if you do not want to keep the entire music file. iMovie is one of the few tools that allows such precise trimming and addition of audio files to a video.
Considering that YouTube is the most popular video search engine, it is understandable that you want to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that your videos are edited to perfection. You can choose this tool for adding audio online or use either of the tools discussed above to add audio to your videos before uploading them on YouTube. Alternatively, you can also add tracks from YouTube’s music library to the videos after uploading them.
As the music library has more than 150,000 tracks, you are likely to find ample options to make the video interesting. Start by signing in to YouTube and going to the Creator Studio. You can then select one of your existing videos or upload a new one before you click on ‘Edit’.
The third tab on the top of the screen reads ‘Audio’ and chooses that will display several featured pieces of music on the right of your screen. Below the featured ones is a search button where you can type out things that you are looking for. Simply clicking on the music will have it added to your video. You can then click the ‘Position Audio’ button that will display below your video to change the part of the song that is being played.
Thus, you see that adding an audio clip to a video is a simple process. Depending on your availability of device and choice of tools, feel free to use any of the methods discussed above and help your videos come to life.