How to Effectively Use Music and Voiceovers when Editing Video

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Shutterstock was a vital part of my growth in photography when I started submitting stock photography back in 2005 and they're a new partner with planet5D (more on that coming in December). Someday I'll submit some stock footage. I'm still earning money on photos I submitted back in 2005-2008!

They've graciously shared this post with us and you'll be reading more about shutterstock in the coming months. Especially in regard to footage.

Why are we posting it here? Well 3 reasons

  • Shutterstock is providing good info on shooting video
  • This shows great examples of using stock footage you can purchase instead of going and shooting your own
  • You can become a submitter of footage to shutterstock

Pay close attention to the video – it was made completely with stock footage! You can see all the individual clips here

From Shutterstock:

Among the most basic (and frequently repeated) pieces of advice for creating videos that spark emotional engagement is, “Tell a compelling story.” In an age where video content increasingly competes with the shrinking attention spans of viewers tempted by the latest apps and games on their smartphones, that's good advice, but, “Tell a compelling story quickly” is better advice.

“My Brother Theodore” by Shutterstock

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5 Tips for Using Music and Voiceovers

Those getting started with video editing have a seemingly endless range of tools at their disposal when it comes to creating stories, and integrating music and voiceover recordings/narration is among the most important. In this post, we'll walk you through five important things to consider when incorporating sound into your project (using the above video made with Shutterstock footage, “My Brother Theodore,” as an example), providing some basic-but-essential ways in which audio can help you craft a story with impact.

1. Matching the Tone of the Music to the Tone of the Subject

When it comes to establishing tone, nothing sets the stage more than the music you select. For “My Brother Theodore,” we went hunting for an upbeat track that incorporated a few breaks/moments of quiet, and that built up over the course of the song. From the moment the first few notes hit, the viewer knows that this piece is headed in a fun and whimsical direction. Music featuring interesting transitions, moments of quiet, minimal interludes, and a rising sense of drama are ideal for telling human stories, but the most essential piece of the puzzle is to make sure the mood of the music reflects the type of story you want to tell.

To continue reading the rest of the tips, check out Shutterstock's article “Video Editing Basics: 5 Tips for Using Music and Voiceovers

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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