If you shoot photos on a professional level, there’s a chance you also shoot video. If you shoot video, there’s a chance you edit. And if you edit, there’s a good chance you have to work with audio at some point. But, it may not be something you know a lot about, especially if you are just getting started with editing video.
A common mistake that video creators make is not taking the time to craft audio edits that enhance their videos. Picking the right piece of background music or sound effects and editing them to fit your video is key to a successful project.
Luckily, you can handle most of your audio editing needs right inside of your editing software. To help you along, we’ve put together five must-see tutorials for editing and working with audio in Premiere Pro. Although these tutorials are specifically for Premiere Pro, many of the concepts will translate to whatever editing software you might be using for your own projects.
Using Music Kits in Premiere Pro
One of the most important things to consider when editing video is what music to use in the background. There are lots of great choices out there for royalty free stock music, and sometimes they work perfectly right out of the box.
But, at Motion Array, we’ve taken royalty free stock music to another level with something we call music kits. Music kits aren’t simply one cut of music for you to drop into your video. They are an entire set of song elements that can be moved around, edited, and layered for something a little more custom.
Music kits include a full song (called a demo song), but they also include assets like stings, rhythm fills, and individual instrument parts. This gives the editor way more control over their final music selection than a normal piece of music would.
In this tutorial, we explain how a music kit can be used for your project, and we show a music kit in action to give you a sense of the full range of options at your fingertips. You’ll quickly learn how a music kit can work as well as a custom piece of music.
How To Change Music Length In Premiere Pro
Whether you are using a piece of stock music, a custom track, or a music kit, there is a good chance that you will need to do some editing to get the perfect fit for the length of your video.
This tutorial covers some of the most basic ways that you can quickly and effectively edit a music track in Premiere Pro. It covers some editing techniques and a really great way to retime your music when it’s close to fitting the video length, but not quite there. These tips will give you the basis for all of your future music editing inside of Premiere Pro.
If you’ve never edited music for a video in Premiere Pro, this is the first tutorial you should take a look at. You’ll be glad you did.
Cutting Music To Match Video In Premiere Pro
Here’s one more tutorial that explains how and where to cut music inside of Premiere Pro, because you can never have enough tips when your job relies on efficiency and accuracy.
In this tutorial, some of the concepts from the previous video are more thoroughly expressed. This time around, the concepts of song structure and timing are discussed. This kind of knowledge is critical if you aren’t familiar with how songs are written. You’ll learn where to look for natural cuts in the music and ways to link song parts together.
After watching this tutorial, you’ll have a better understanding of where to look for your edit points, and how to make them sound seamless in your video.
Using Our Free Sound Effects In Premiere Pro
Once you have a great music track in place, you may want to try adding some sound effects to your video. While a larger scale project may require a dedicated sound designer, you can easily drop in sound effects to your Premiere Pro timeline.
This tutorial comes with a special gift, almost 90 free sound effects that you can use for all of your projects, commercial or personal. Some of these sound effects are previewed in the tutorial, and tips are given for layering them in the timeline yourself.
Check this one out for the free goodies, and stick around for the tips!
What Is An OMF Anyway?
Have you ever worked with OMF files? If the answer is no, then you’d better check out this quick read so you can start using OMFs for your editing needs.
For starters, an OMF stands for Open Media Framework. It’s a file that can be imported and exported to and from many popular video and audio editing platforms. The file retains valuable information like edit points and layers. This is critical when you need to move your audio edits between programs. When it does come time make that leap, the OMF could be your best friend.
The more tasks that you can handle for your client, the better position you’ll be in as a creator. And if you are already editing video, editing audio is definitely something worth learning too. Following these tutorials will put you on the right path and set you up for success.
Visit MotionArray.com for a great collection of royalty free stock music, music kits, and sound effects.
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