About to post your first travel v-log or Instagram video? Find the perfect soundtrack then come back here to learn how to add music to video.
Is your travel blog not getting the same number of views as it used to? Is your content starting to feel a little boring and stale?
One of the best ways to shake up your blog content and appeal to a broader audience is to start adding videos, or vlogs, to your website. And, if you really want these videos to be interesting and stand out, it’s a good idea to make sure they have some fun music playing in the background.
If you’re not sure how to add music to video, read on for an easy-to-follow guide that will have you producing high-quality videos in no time.
Benefits of Video for Travel Bloggers
Why are videos so great for travel bloggers? In short, because people love videos. In fact, people watch 6 billion hours worth of video content on YouTube every month.
People also love to share videos. Ninety-two percent of people who view videos on a mobile device also share those videos with others.
By adding videos to your travel blog, you can reach a broader audience and gain more views on your website. This, in turn, translates to more income for you!
Video can also help you share information that might be hard to deliver in written format.
Why tell people about your trip to San Francisco when you could show them everything you did in a detailed daily vlog?
How to Start Travel Vlogging
Are you feeling nervous about starting to vlog? Are you worried you won’t do it properly?
Think about it this way: Did you know everything about blogging when you started? No. You did your best and learned from your mistakes.
Do the same thing with your travel vlogs. Start with the basics, and make adjustments along the way.
Here are some simple vlogging strategies to get you started:
- Watch videos from other travel vloggers for ideas and inspiration
- Think about the equipment you’ll use to get started — many people start with just their smartphone and a basic video editing software
- Create and customize a YouTube account
- Share your videos on your blog and on your social media channels
Remember, you can always make changes and improve the quality of your videos. But, you can’t do any revision until you first have some kind of product. Don’t let your desire for perfection stop you from putting anything out at all.
How to Add Music to Video
One of the best ways to enhance your travel vlogs is to add music. If you follow these steps, you’ll be well on your way to producing high-quality, engaging vlogs.
If You Use Windows
If you use a Windows computer, the easiest way to add music to your videos is through the Photos app.
Start by right-clicking the video file. Then select the “Open With” option to open it in the Photos app. If you double-click the file, it’ll open in the Movies & TV app.
Once the video is open, you’ll see a toolbar at the top. Go to this toolbar and click “Edit & Create.” Then, select the “Create a video with text” option.
From here, you’ll see the app’s editor screen. At the top is a toolbar with a “Music” button. Click this button to select your music.
When you click this option, you’ll be able to choose a music file from your music folder.
Once you’ve selected the music, drag it to the Storyboard at the bottom of the screen. After you do this, when you play the video, you’ll hear music playing along with it!
If You Use Mac
If you use a Mac, the easiest way to add music to your videos is with the iMovie program that’s included with your computer.
To add music to a video in iMovie, simply create a new project and upload your video. Drag that video down to the project timeline.
Once you’ve done this, click “Audio” underneath the main menu bar. From here, you’ll see three options: iTunes, GarageBand, and Sound Effects, and GarageBand. Most of the time, you’ll choose iTunes.
When you select iTunes, you’ll see a list of audio files. Select the file you want, then drag it to the project timeline.
This will add the entire song to your video. If you don’t want that, you can use the handles on either end to trim the file down so it aligns with your video better.
Choosing the Right Music
There’s a lot of music out there to choose from. How do you decide which songs to add to your videos?
Make Sure Its Royalty-Free
It’s important to note that, when you’re uploading videos with music to YouTube and to your blog, you can’t just use any old song you want. You need to find royalty-free music.
Royalty-free music is music that the creator allows you to purchase once and then play on your website or video as much as you want, without having to pay any additional fees. If you don’t use royalty-free music in your videos, you could have your video taken down due to claims of copyright violations.
There are lots of websites online that provide you with access to a huge list of royalty-free songs to purchase and add to your videos.
Think About the Tone
Once you’ve found a website with some royalty-free music that you like, think about the tone of your videos. Which songs go best with that tone?
If you’re vlogging a trip to Disneyworld, for example, you’re probably going to want music that’s a bit more upbeat. If you’re vlogging a trip through a museum or historical site, you might want to pick something a bit more muted.
Need More Help Enhancing Your Travel Videos?
Now that you know how to add music to video, you might be looking for ways that you can upgrade your travel videos and spice up your blog.
If you’re not sure where to turn for more information, start by checking out the technology section of our website today.
Here, you’ll learn all kinds of tips on how to produce quality videos and market your blog so that more people can learn your story.