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How To Add Music To Video in Adobe Premiere Pro

How To Add Music To Video in Adobe Premiere Pro


Want to learn how to add music to your video using Adobe Premiere Pro? Let’s dive right in. 

Important Panel Names

Before we get into the how-to of adding music in Adobe Premiere Pro, familiarize yourself with these important panel names. Try to locate them within the editing software yourself. 

  • Source panel
  • Project panel 
    • You can add your media audio and video to this panel so that Premiere Pro can recognize that you are using this media in your project.
  • Timeline panel 
    • You can then add the media from the project panel to the timeline panel and adjust where in time the media will take place in the sequence.
  • Program viewer 
    • This is where you can preview your video.
    • When you click play, it will play the video and audio at the time marker displayed in the timeline panel.
  • Workspace bar
    • This is where you can select different workspaces to access the most relevant panels.
    • You and click “audio” in the workspace bar to get a better workspace to view and edit your project’s audio.

Add Your Media Content

Drag and drop the media that will compose your video into the project panel. You can add audio, videos, and pictures. After all your content has been added to the project panel, you can now add it to the timeline panel. This is where editing takes place!

Start Editing Audio

Once you see that your video is added to the timeline panel, you will be able to see the waveform of the audio of the video underneath in the audio channel.

To add audio to overlay the video in the timeline panel, drag and drop the song into an audio track below or above the video’s audio. 

Click and drag the track to ensure it is aligned to your specifications of where you want it to be in the video. 

You can add more audio to the timeline by dragging and dropping the audio file from the project panel to a place in the timeline panel that does not overlap any other audio tracks. 

Note: The audio track is directly below the video track in the timeline panel. 

Warning: If you drag and drop an audio file into the video track, it will take the place of the first audio track.

Pro Tip 1

To add more tracks, right-click on the existing track and click add tracks. You will see a menu where you can define the placement and how many tracks you would like to add. After you are done specifying how many tracks you want, click “OK.”

Pro Tip 2

You can double click on the timeline panel title to get an overview of the project’s timeline. You can shift + double click on the track header for an audio track; you will then be able to expand the visual size of all the audio tracks. Shift + double click again on the track header for an audio track to decrease the visual size back to normal. Double click the timeline panel title to reduce the timeline panel size back to normal.

Pro Tip 3

Want to know how to modulate the audio channels? Click the audio track in the timeline panel, and the effects control panel will appear in place of the source panel. 

You can have more control over changing the volume of your audio by selecting an audio track in the timeline and clicking on the audio clip mixer in the workspace bar. You can now adjust each audio source’s left, right, and volume settings in your sequence.

Pro Tip 4

To the left of the track header file in the timeline panel, there are settings like “M” and “S.” M stands for mute, and S stands for solo. When you solo out an audio track, every other audio track is muted so that the one track is singled out. You can also mute or solo more than one audio track at once. 

Want to record your own song? Try recording audio from a connected microphone by clicking on the microphone button in an empty audio track. The red microphone means that it is ready to record audio from the microphone whenever you click play in the program viewer.

Render Settings

When you are finished editing your video, chose your render settings. Change the audio render settings to these specific settings for premium sound. 

  • Audio codec: AAC
  • Sample rate: 48000 Hz
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Audio quality: High
  • Bitrate(kbps): 320
  • Precedence: Bitrate selected

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