Music can fill in gaps within a project and can help create a mood and theme for a video. Explore the options for adding and utilizing music within a project.
- [Instructor] Hans Christian Andersen once wrote When words fail, sounds can often speak. Andersen gave us a great guideline for adding music to instructional videos. If you're video has sections that are silent, music can help fill in those gaps to enhance your project. Camtasia has a built in music library. To open it, I click on media and then library. The music tracks are at the bottom, then I can click the arrow to view the options. To preview the music track, I just double click on the file.
(upbeat music) There are different styles of music, so I can try them out and see which one matches my message. (piano music) (uplifting music) When I do find one that I want to use, I can just drag and drop the file to my timeline.
Camtasia creates a new track for my file. I can adjust the volume of my music by clicking on the track and then dragging the volume level line up or down to make it louder or quieter. I want to make sure the wav files stay within the track. If I make it too loud, I'll have what's called clipping, which means I won't be able to hear all of the different sounds there. I'm talking in this video, so I want to make sure the volume of my music is very low, so that it doesn't cover up my dialogue.
I can also make adjustments to my music by clicking on the file, and then selecting audio effects. I can then click and drag any of these files down to the timeline. If the songs in the library don't work for your project, there are more available for free from TechSmith. I'm going to clip on media, library and then get media online. From here I'm going to click on music, and then I can preview and download more songs. You captured some webcam footage earlier, open up that project and try adding some music.
Try some different styles. It's amazing how different music can change the tone of a video.
- Understanding the Camtasia 9 interface
- Recording tips and tricks
- Capturing your video
- Providing feedback
- Capturing a slide presentation
- Making a basic edit
- Adding annotations, transitions, and music
- Hiding mistakes
- Posting your video