The Art of Finding the Right Song for Your Film or Video

first_imgLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Create Your Own Opening Title Sequence Using PRISM!How To Create An Explosion Scene + Free Action Compositing ElementsVideo Tutorial: Create a DIY Wireless China Ball LightMinimize Your Lighting Setups For Narrative ShootsVideo Tutorial: Camera Tips for Stabilizing a Shot in Post The right soundtrack can make or break any video project. So how do you narrow down your options? Here are a few tips to make your search a little easier.Finding the right song for your video can sometimes be a daunting task. To avoid hours of searching, here are a few effective methods that filter the options — and some tips on making your life easier in the future.Become a Master NavigatorSites like offer great navigation tools to help you surf through their catalog. By clicking the up, down, right and left keys, you can quickly move within songs and jump forward and backward in your results lists.Know Your GenreA great way to speed up your search is to determine which genre of music you’re hunting for. Is your project creative? Corporate? Are you trying to keep your viewers in suspense? Think about the effect you’re going for while you’re listening to your options. (You can even specify the number of beats per minute.)And if you want more original tracks, don’t use the results at the top of the page. Scroll down, and customize your options for a unique sound.Listen Before You FilmBefore you press record, think about your compositions. Soundtracks are a critical element in the overall success of your scene, so rather than simply finding something after the fact to complement your shots, make the score part of the creative process. Try downloading a sample track or using the PremiumBeat app while you’re on set, so you can get a feel for how the music will affect your visuals.Premium PlaylistNow that you’re familiar with the search, save yourself some time in the future by creating playlists of tracks that you like. Here are my personal PremiumBeat playlists to get you started.Cool CinematicVlog MusicAdventurelast_img

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