Audio and video go together like peanut butter and jelly, and that’s why most video editing software also has audio editing capabilities. While there are always sound-specific editing programs, like Adobe Audition, sometimes you just want to cut to the chase and make all your edits in a single place. To help you know what programs are the best for quickly and simply adding production music to your projects, we’ve rounded up seven of the industry’s most popular—so if you haven’t already chosen your favorite program for adding production music, make sure to check out one of these.
1. YouTube Video Editor
The YouTube audio library is full of ready-to-use music and sound effects. YouTube makes it easy to add music from its library by using the video manager. Simply choose a video, enter the video manager mode, select “audio” at the top, then search through the available tracks. Select the track you want to use on your video, then watch the preview of your video with the new sound. You can reposition the audio track before saving the final version.
There are two major disadvantages with using the YouTube Video Editor to add music to your video. First, the audio track automatically removes the original sound from your video, so you cannot have voiceover sound mixed with the music. Second, you are limited to the audio available in the YouTube audio library.
2. Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro is the industry-leading editing software for filmmakers, television broadcasters, journalists, students, and videographers. This powerful tool gives you tons of freedom to add and adjust music. Because Premiere is such a popular program, there are numerous tutorials out there to help you figure out how to add audio. The best part is it allows for multiple audio tracks. Not only can you add background music to your voiceover, but you can also add multiple music tracks and sound effects to make your video sound exactly how you want.
Looking for on editing in Premiere? Check out our 11 Essential Tutorials for Editing Sound in Premiere.
3. After Effects
After Effects is another Adobe program. While AE is primarily used for video compositing, motion graphics design, and animation, you can also use the program to add audio to your video. Adding music in After Effects is fairly simple if you know how to use the program—all you need to do is drag and drop the audio file into your project area, then adjust so that it fits exactly where you want it to. Just like all Adobe products, there are a lot of great tutorials out there for After Effects, so if you need a little help adding your audio files, just check out the tutorials.
And make sure to read VideoBlocks Quick Start Guide to After Effects if you want to discover more of the amazing techniques you can use in the program.
iMovie is a software program developed by Apple, and can be found on most Apple devices. iMovie provides beginners with an easy way to edit videos and manipulate the audio. If you are new to video and sound editing, then this app is ideal since it has a low learning curve and minimal complexity.
5. Final Cut Pro
iMovie is an amazing product for beginners, but it has several limitations in the video and sound editing department. Final Cut Pro is fairly easy to use, and unlocks a lot of potential for budding filmmakers. If you are more comfortable with iMovie you can always begin your editing there and transfer it into Final Cut Pro for your final adjustments.