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CHOOSING MUSIC FOR YOUR VIDEOS

CHOOSING MUSIC FOR YOUR VIDEOS

Music adds energy & emotion to your videos. It can set the tone and encourage the pace of your edit.

Your footage can go on a rhythmic journey, whether fast or slow. Often people think that it’s just there to accompany the footage, when actually it can bring it to life and make you FEEL the emotion even more.

Here are some examples of how different types of tracks can set the feel and flow of the edit.

FAST PACE – A chance to be playful with “cut to the beat” music. 

CALM SLOW MUSIC – Gives an opportunity to indulge in long lingering shots.

UPLIFTING VIBES – Music can add a bit more joy!.

ANOTHER FAST PACED TRACK – Fun footage out and about with high energy music, to enhance it.

SENTIMENTAL – Very slow music to evoke a relaxing thoughtful vibe.

THE GENRE ADDS TO THE STORY – Jazzy vibes really feel like summer to me. So I found this jazz track and then edited to the rhythm of it.

LAYER THE SOUNDS – Really wanted convey the feeling of a busy Birthday weekend in this film. So the background audio for the clips was included and the music track is there to add another layer of ambiance.

CHANGE THE PACE – The first half of this film has a slow pace, which fits well with the calm content of footage. Then a soft beat kicks in working well with the concert footage and the bike ride and final Time Lapse.

Another example of the music changing pace, so the footage can match it. Here we see slow paced footage to begin with and then when the track changes, the fun footage starts!

Hope some of these inspire you when choosing music for your videos. If you’d like to see how I search for music on Epidemic Sound – Check out this post.

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If you’d like more guidance to start making your own videos – check out my online courses where I share everything you need to get started and inspiration to take you through the whole process and find the love of making films!

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