For those starting out, editing to an audio track can be tricky - we explain some of the basics, as well as some useful tips
A soundtrack can really make or break your video footage. For some reason we can forgive visual footage that isn’t perfect, but when we hear bad audio it can be jarring.
A good piece of music can help to create atmosphere in your film. Whether you want a euphoric, uplifting score, or something dark and moody, simply by adding different types of music you can completely change the feel of your footage.
It is also obviously important to add the right music to the right scene so we recently wrote about some places to find royalty free music for your soundtrack.
With your audio chosen, you are ready to beginning cutting the footage to the track, and at this point is useful to see the audio you will be cutting too. In your video editor there should be an option to expand the audio track so that you can see the waveform. This graphical representation shows the level of volume on the audio track. Any spikes are usually the beat of the music.
By adding markers to the key points of the audio, such as when a song starts, when a beat kicks in or where the chorus is, it allows you to quickly see these points when you cut your video, without having to scrub back and forth to keep finding the correct point.
And this isn’t just for music. You can also add markers for key points in dialogue – perhaps a key line that someone says where you may have to cut to a different angle. You could even mark the points where different characters start talking so you easily know when you have to change camera angles between the two actors.
Watch the video above to find out just how you can add markers and comments to speed up the process of editing to audio.