People make all sorts of videos for all sorts of purposes. Some may be faced paced with lots of editing, while others may be more minimal. Some may have a fast progression of thoughts, and the others may have a slow, more emotive appeal. Some may use a software such as iMovie for Computer while others want to do it in custom platforms. Here are four simple tips to choose good music.
- Use music that relates to the content
You wouldn’t want a video remembering a dead relative to sound like a carnival, right? Nor would you like a video of your newly born niece playing in the first snow of the season to sound like a Death Metal concert. Choose your music according to what the video is about. For example, if you made a vlog about social or political problems, you want the music to be grave. You might even choose to have no music in this case. A video of a puppy playing about with your little brother would probably do well with a peppy tune with acoustic guitar.
- Have the correct tempo
Even if your music has the correct sort of instruments or tune, you’ll be surprised how much better a video can become by adjusting the tempo. Experiment with a quick and a slow tempo of the same song over the same clip. People tend to avoid tweaking the tempo to make it too fast or too slow.
- Know which audio to emphasise
While editing the video, you’re going to have two set of audio, usually. One will be the sound of the audio, and the other will be the background score you’ve added. One usually needs to sound more prominent. For example, if you’re making a funny video talking about stuff that’s happening around you, you’d like your video’s sound to have a higher volume compared to the background. If you’re making a travel vlog by joining small clips from the beach or the road, you might even find muting the video sound a good option. A lot of YouTube vloggers make the background quiet down during a punch line or in a soliloquy. Simply split the BG score at the point where the soliloquy begins, and once where it ends, mute the short clip so formed, and Voila!
- Don’t use jarring or distracting music.
Unless you’re featuring a background score or have an audience that appreciates that particular type of music, it’s generally a good idea to use music that doesn’t distract the viewer. Unless, of course, you want the point of the video to be forgotten in the midst of the heavy music.