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Make Your Own Audio Tracks For Video

image - recording micMany of us that make videos have spent hours looking and listening for the right piece of music to use as an intro or background. Sometimes there just isn’t a music track that fits the images or setting of the video. Maybe we don’t want any music, but we need something to spice up that intro or background noise because we are not talking in the video.

When I wrote “Are You Using Music On Your Videos?” some of the commenters said that they make their own music to avoid copyright issues and that is great. I would make my own music tracks, but I can’t. I could go and buy all the equipment or programs to make tracks, but my musical talent stops at turning on the radio. Therefore, I have to be more creative when it comes to making my own background audio track.

There’s more to sound than music

Do not get stuck in the “music only” mode. You have many options when it comes to a video sound track. Look (listen) around you to see (hear) if there are things you can use.

Take a look (listen) to this video. Notice how it seems as if bunny and I are sitting in a quiet area far away from any busy noises.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68ZhLw5Yxjs

Ahhh, all you hear is a single bird chirping away. Too bad that is not what the original video clips sounded like. On the real clips you hear kids playing, people walking by yelling on their cell phones, cars, dogs barking and even a couple of sirens. Those noises took away from the video, so I cut them out and replaced the audio track with something more serene and natural. Since I didn’t like any music I found, I used my own homemade audio of a bird chirping.

NOTE – Most if not all video editing tools will allow you to cut out and/or add audio tracks with 2 simple clicks.

How do I make my own audio recordings?

I have a recorder on my computer; I simply placed my mic by the open window when the bird was chirping and hit record. It was late at night so we didn’t have neighborhood kids yelling or many cars going by. The entire process took 10 minutes and that is including opening my window, setting the mic, recording and saving. I have 7 minutes of bird noises that I own and can use at any time.

If I wanted dogs barking like they were in attack mode, I would fire up my recorder, walk outside and tap on the door. My dogs would be going nuts and I would have that dog barking audio.

So, if you have a “sound” that is close to your computer, just pull out your mic and record it.

If you want the sound of a babbling brook, busy street, cafe chatter or any other sounds that are not near your computer; use your video camera to record when you are out and about. It really doesn’t matter what the visual video scene is if all you want is the audio. I have recorded video and pointed the lens at the ground simply because I was only recording to get the audio.

Once you have the video downloaded to your machine, then use your editor and cut out the visual aspect of your recording and save the audio for use somewhere else.

HINT:€“ If you are in public and people are talking, make sure you are NOT recording what they are saying. That is just not cool. Move away from people speaking so you get more of a background “chatter” noise.

When it comes to video, you can think outside the box. Just because most people use music, does not mean it is the only thing that can be used.

Open your ears and start listening for those everyday noises that could be used as an audio track in your next video.

Recording Tools

Now before someone says “I don’t have a mic, video editor, video camera; so I can’t do this.” Well, you may want to invest in these things if you want to do more with your videos. Or you can spend the money to have someone do your videos for you.

I do not use the most expensive video tools there are. I started off with Power Director ($) which is a less expensive program, but could still do what I needed. In fact, I still use Power Director for video editing, audio recordings and making slideshows. I then use YouCam for screen captures that can be edited in my Power Director.

So see, I have spent a small amount of money, but it paid for itself once I started getting traffic from my videos.

There are some things that you cannot do unless you have the tools to make it happen.

What are your Audio and Video tricks?

Leave a comment telling us what kind of cool sound tracks you have used or could make with the noises around you.

About Sheryl Loch

I am always learning new and improved ways to better our blogs, forum, and e-commerce sites. You can find me at The Internet Marketers Guild and +Sheryl Loch.
I tend to be a bit straight forward and sarcastic at times so ask for an honest opinion and you shall receive...even if it is not what you want to hear.

Comments

  1. Great advice Sheryl, I just might put my new mic to use recording the crickets outside. 🙂

    • Brian, I was going to record the cicadas this year and for the 1st time in years…there haven’t been any. Other years they are so loud that I have gotten up and sprayed the tree to make them leave (or at least shut up). Now that I need them…they are not here. LOL!

      Once you start listening, there are so many sounds that can be used and they are right in front of you for free. Just make sure there is no TV or Music playing in the background.

  2. Wow.. I had thought of giving a video review on a new cell phone. This is really awesome post!.. I am trying this now!.. thanks a lot for the trick!

  3. Great post, Sheryl.

    I use the free Windows Media Player to splice together my video and audio. Yes, it means you have to go into Windows, but there may be similar free software for Linux and for Apple products.

    • Thanks for the tip Isha!

      I tried the Windows Media Player for editing and got to frustrated. Maybe I just didn’t give it a good enough go or it could be that I was to stupid to figure it out.

      I’m sure readers will be happy to know that they have an option and give it a try!

      • Yes, I had to do some googling to find out how to do what I wanted in Windows Media Player, but luckily there’s plenty of free guidance online, including YouTube videos. I also had a big incentive to make it work, because I had a deadline and no other suitable software – Lol!

  4. Hey Sheryl, Thanks for this lovely advice. I am going to make an audio tracks of mine wid my friends into videos by following your guidelines. So, thanks a lot for this.

    • Hello nilesh!
      I am sure you will find all kinds of sounds around you to use as audio backgrounds. And doing it with friends will make it funner. They may also have some great ideas.

      Have fun!

  5. Hi Sheryl, that is an excellent tip, simple to do and free. Makes a video more interesting than just moving pictures without any sound whatsoever.

    Sounds daft but it is hard to watch a soundless video, I don’t know why but it is.

    Regards
    SI

    • Hello SI, I agree with you about the “silent” videos. There just seems to be something missing without audio. A little sound can set the mood of the images! Maybe we are all a little daft.

      I like simple and free! 😉

  6. Hey Sheryl,
    You made me rack my brains for a movie name with a similar concept on music. August Rush. Music is all around us, all you have to do is listen. Quite an illuminating realization for music on videos for me. We won’t even have copyright issues, unless the wild has some laws of its own. Thanks for sharing this invaluable tip.

    • Gee James, I didn’t mean to make you rack your brain. I hate when I know something is in there, but I just can’t find it…drives me nuts. LOL!

      I had not heard of that movie before. I may have to check it out.

      As for the wild having copyrights…I’m sure if a lawyer could figure out how to sue on behalf of a chirping bird or a rushing river…they would have us in court for using “their” sounds. For now, I’ll take my chances. 😉

      Thanks for the comment and keep listening around you!

  7. With all the focus on music in videos, I think people forget about the art of creating an atmosphere. This is far better achieved by recording actual natural sounds instead of music. Thanks for putting that out there.

  8. I just found this website and it has a wealth of information. I’m new to blogging so this is really helpful for me. I’ve often wondered about the music and if I’m going to get “dinged” for an infringement of some sort. I’ll have to start making my own music..or something that sounds like music.

    • Hi Charisse, when you use music or images that are not you own, you always have the chance of getting “dinged”. So, use your own if you can and save yourself the worry. ;-}

  9. Well this was an absolutely cool way of recording natural sounds for the video. The natural setting and the sounds work well in such videos and situations. It does not take us any copyright issues or difficult recording sessions but just simply record in the surrounding we prefer.

  10. Hi Sheryl,

    Thanks an amazing idea of converting audio tracks for video.. and for this purpose i use some default tools in windows for recording.

    • Hi sclemmons, a commenter above (Isha) said she also uses Windows to edit. Having an option that is already on so many computers…makes it easy for most people…and gives them very few excuse for not trying it. ;-}

  11. Great post and ideas! I have an android. I use RecForge Pro. It captures great audio when I’m out and about. Also, you can purchase Royalty Free music / sound effects CD’s for reasonable prices here:
    http://www.sound-ideas.com/sfxmenu-podcast.html

  12. This is a pretty good idea. Its unwise if you would prefer to buy out something very expensive stuff for you to create your own terrific audio recordings. Apparently, in your video you showed something resourceful and taking the advantage of using the beautiful voice of surroundings together with animals natural sound.

  13. Good one Sheryl! I have always been a fan of recording and music to me, is life! The advice on the mic is very informative and for the tools you have provided us with. I’m going to try this excellent tip! Thank you!

    • Hi Shane, I am glad you found the article useful. I hope you give it a try. You may just be surprised at how many sounds are out there once you start listening.

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

  14. You can always buy a soundtrack and use it on your videos.

    It just needs to not be copyrighted though.

  15. Thanks an amazing idea of converting audio tracks for video.. and for this purpose i use some default tools in windows for recording.

  16. Thanks for your post,

    A good Audio track for your video is defenitely something to think about, in a Little Photo Slide Show Video (that you can find at the featured posts section on my blog.) you can hear some music I created myself.

    I once had been experimenting with making some somewhat movie music like music, also even mixed with (bird) sound effects in it. That track wasn’t specifically made for that video, it just was the first that I could find on my harddisk when I was looking for some of my own music that I could use as back ground music.

    So because of that you now can hear some what weird and mysterious music with that video, it probably can use something better, Feel free to have a Look & Listen and let me know what you think 🙂

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