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How to add audio to a video online

Updated December 21, 2022
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Capture your audience’s attention with the help of music and sound effects in your videos. Whether you’re creating a social media video, training video, or a YouTube tutorial, the right music can communicate the tone of your message and make your videos more engaging. Sometimes, the beats of a song can also direct how you edit your footage.

Discover how to add copyright-free music, your own audio files, sound effects, and even AI voiceovers to your videos online with Clipchamp. It’s easy and helps anyone make a professional-looking video in minutes for free.

How to add stock music to your video 

Step 1. Click on the music and SFX tab 

On the left toolbar, click on the music & SFX tab to open our royalty-free music and sound effects options.

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Using the search bar and categorized folders, browse the library and find the right audio track for your video. Search using a keyword or click on the see more button to explore music and sound effect titles available in the stock library.

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Step 2. Preview audio files

Click on the play button to preview audio tracks.

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You can also click on the audio track to open more options like similar audio.

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Step 3. Add the audio track to your timeline

Click on the + button to add your audio file to your timeline, or drag and drop the background music onto the timeline.

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Step 4. Edit your audio file

You can easily trim the music to your preferred length if your audio soundtrack is longer than your video. Drag the green sidebars left and right to trim your audio file on the timeline.

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Edit the volume of your background music by clicking on the audio tab on the right property panel. Drag the volume slider left and right to adjust the volume.

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Fade in and out your audio by clicking on the fade tab on the right property panel. Drag the fade-in and fade-out sliders left and right to add a fade.

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You can also edit the speed of your background music. Click on the speed tab on the right property panel, then drag the slider left and right to adjust the speed. You can input a numeric value to manually adjust your audio’s speed to a more specific speed.

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Step 5. Save your video

Once you finish editing, click on the export button to save your video. Select 1080p video resolution for the best quality.

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How to import sound MP3 files

If you have your own audio, easily import your own audio files in no time. Just upload your audio files from your computer and add them to your timeline.

Step 1. Import your sound files

Click on the your media tab, then click on the import media button.

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Browse your media files, then click open to import your sound.

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Your personal audio will now be in your media tab.

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Step 2. Add your audio to the timeline

Click on the + button to add your audio file to your timeline, or drag and drop the background music onto the timeline.

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How to add AI voiceovers to your video 

Looking to add a different type of audio to your video? With our free text-to-speech generator, create narration voiceovers to suit any video style.

Step 1. Locate the AI voiceover feature

Click on the record and create tab on the left toolbar, then click on the text to speech button.

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Step 2. Create your text-to-speech audio

Write your text in the text box, then choose from a wide range of languages. Select a voice from various styles like excited, assistant, and sad, different ages, pitches, accents, feminine, masculine, and natural tones. The speed slider can also find the right speed for your video narration. Select between slow, regular, and fast speech speeds.

Click on the preview play button to listen to your voice synthesizer preview. Click on save to media to return to the video editor.

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Your voiceover will appear in your media tab. Just drag and drop the AI text to speech onto the timeline below your video clip or click on the + button.

An image of a user adding the AI voiceover file to the timeline.

Frequently asked questions

How do I remove audio from a video?

If you have added music or sound effects to your video that you no longer want, simply click on the asset on the timeline, then click on the trash can icon or delete key on your keyboard. Using the property panel, you can also separate audio from a video and mute videos to add different audio.

Is Clipchamp audio royalty-free?

Yes. All of our audio tracks are copyright free.

Can I add more than one audio track to my video?

Yes. You can add multiple audio tracks to your videos, like background music and sound effects. We recommend not overlapping background music and only adding one track at a time to keep your video professional.

Can I download YouTube audio to add to my video?

Yes. Feel free to convert YouTube audio into MP3 files to use in your videos. Just be sure to follow YouTube’s downloading guidelines.

Add music to your videos today 

From on-theme sound effects and background jingles to AI voiceovers, take your videos to the next level today with Clipchamp’s free online video editor

To continue learning about Clipchamp, take a look at how to change the aspect ratio of your video or 12 video transitions that will transform your video editing.

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