How to Add Music to Videos?

Ask any digital marketer or influencer; they all will equivocally advocate for video when it comes to communicating with the audience. As human beings, we are hardwired to get lured by a visual medium. But, videos with outstanding visuals is just one half of the battle. Videos that have higher engagement probability or even going viral is the one that includes compelling audio and background music to it.

In this blog, we will discuss in detail how to add music to videos, where to find royalty-free music, and much more.

Adding music to videos is pretty simple. Most of the video editors offer this feature that can be implemented in just a few clicks of buttons. Almost every video editor has a similar process for adding music to videos.

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A stepwise guide to add music:

Download any video editor or open any online editor page.

Step 1: Open your video

Add your video to the project track. Now you can see a timeline of your video in the workspace area. 

 Add Music to Videos

Step 2: Import your media

Here, we expect that you have picked the desired audio file that you wish to add to the video. Now, there are a number of ways to import audio into the project. You can either drag & drop or go to ‘Media,’ click on ‘Add Media,’ now in the next window, choose the file that you want to add and press ‘Open.’ 

Step 3: Adding media to the timeline

There are two ways of adding media to the timeline from the project window. You can click on it and then drag and drop it to the timeline. You can also add to the timeline using the ‘Add Track’ button. The audio track can be added as a fresh track or to an existing track. You can do whatever suits your needs.

 Step 4: Adjusting the audio

There are a number of customizations available in the timeline window. It totally depends on you as to how to use the audio files, i.e., whether you want the music to run through the video or just in some parts of it like for the intro and the outro. If you have narrations in your video, you can add music in the background but make sure that it isn’t loud and supersede the volume of narration.

On selecting the audio track, a shading line with a zig-zag pattern will appear in the timeline. In order to adjust the volume of the track, click and drag the line-up or down. The zig-zag pattern or the track’s waveform will also grow or shrink, depicting that the volume has been adjusted. Video editors also have an option for audio effects like fade in, fade out, low pass, high pass, bandpass, and so on, for adjusting the audio as you want it to be.

101 Tips for Picking the Right Music for your Video

Adding music to a video is not that tricky. However, picking the right music that complements the mood of your videos is a hectic task.

The first step is to decide your video genre, i.e., the type of video you are creating.

For example, if you are creating a video featuring any software or product, you should go with upbeat and positive music. Adding upbeat music will have a feel-good effect on your viewer while seeing your product.

If you are making any emotional video like for animal rescue or asking for a donation for a noble cause, try to pair sad and slow music with the video.

While adding music tracks in gaming or sports videos, use hip tracks for having an adrenaline rush in the viewer.

Lastly, the right mix of music with great visuals can exponentially enhance the experience for the viewers.

  • Where to find music for the video?

Although we can easily find music around us as we have millions of tracks on our PC and mobile phones, you can’t use any track you like in your videos. There is a copyright restriction on most of the music that we listen to our devices. You will have to pay royalties to the owner of the music if you wish to add it to your videos. If you have a substantial budget, you can buy any track or can pay a royalty. Else, you can use royalty-free music.

  • Royalty-free music in Online editors:

Most of the online editors have their own library of the royalty-free audio track that you can include in your videos. Although the free version of these software offers limited access, you can get full access to the library with millions of royalty-free tracks with a monthly or yearly subscription.

Online editors also categorize their tracks by mood and by genre so that you have to waste minimum time in picking and maximum in making a breathtaking video. These editors also have a vast library of clips and images. If you already have a music track, you can use it to convert audio to video in almost no time.   

  • Free music options for downloading:

There are also a number of sites that offer truly royalty-free music, i.e., allow you to download music and use it as you wish. Although there will be limitations, if you invest time, you can find some great music tracks. YouTube is one of those sites that offer a royalty-free music library to choose tracks from.


Music helps set the mood to videos, so make sure to devour extra time for selection. We hope this guide helps you make the right music choice and how to add music.




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