So you’ve created your first video and now you’d like to give it some extra depth by adding some background music – how do you go about this? Well if your video is going to served by YouTube then the quickest and easiest way to add some background music would be to use YouTube’s own Creator Studio.

On a desktop computer, select edit on your video and you’ll get into Creator Studio, select the Audio tab from the top menu and over on the right you’ll be presented with the top tracks. You can select more genres from this dropdrown menu to find a suitable track. Once you’ve found one you like then click it and your video will start to play with that particular music track sync’d to the video. If you’re happy with it then click save – and you’re done.

You need something more specific

You may not find what you’re looking for in YouTube’s music list and maybe you need music in a specific BPM (beats per minute). That’s when you need to look around at some other places. I create motion graphics sequences for advertising and I usually like to sync the motion very tightly with the music, so that key movements happen on specific beats, or there may be a section where the visuals need to grow and that needs to correspond with a part in the music that lifts up in volume (a crescendo).

My first port of call would be Audiojungle – over half a million tracks being offered with a Royalty Free license. You can search through the various categories such as Rock, Electronica, Corporate and Cinamatic and refine your results by selecting what BPM you’re looking for, whether it contains vocals, whether there are multiple versions included in the track. For example this track: Powerful Corporate Music by Doran Opus includes a full version (2 min 10 sec), a short version (48 sec) and a looping version (2 min). The looping version does not contain an ending so that if you played it on repeat, it would loop seamlessly. This is great for video editors who may find that the track they like isn’t quite as long as their video – they could simply make it loop until the video ends.

But what if you want more control over the music?

Sometimes having a couple of variations in the music isn’t quite enough to work with. Sometimes you may like the sound of a piece of music, but you think it would be better if the intro lasted longer and the chorus came in earlier.

Well Audiojungle also offer over 10,000 music kits which will give you the means to make your own arrangements based on an existing track. For example, take this track:¬†Happy Upbeat Music – if you like the sound of this, but think it would work better with a different arrangement, then you could look at the kit version: Happy Upbeat Music Kit. The kit version includes 11 different sections such as intro with guitar riff, intro without guitar riff, ending, verse, chorus etc. These have been designed to be used in any order, so if you get the verse and put it before the intro, it will still stay in time. Music kits give you lots of control and when you’re editing a video then you’ll want certain highs and lows in different parts to emphasise certain parts of your video.

How do I add this  music to my video ?

Well this all depends on how you intend to edit your video. If you created your video on a phone, such as an iphone, then you’re a bit limited with iMovie, but you can get various apps that allow you to add music to your videos – we’ll cover this in another post soon.

But if you’re working on a computer then it’s simply a matter of importing both the video and the music (which would ideally be in the form of a WAV file) into the same software.

For example if you use Adobe Premiere to edit your videos, you may have created your video in Premiere to start with. In this case, just import the WAV file into the same project and drag it to your timeline. In most video editing software there will be a timeline, and it’s the same procedure for all – drag your video and audio to the same timeline. Then when you’re happy, export the whole timeline to make a final video.