Sounds Like a Hit: YouTube AudioSwap Lets You Include Free Songs

The smart editor knows that audio is just as important as video, and maybe more so. After all, if your viewers can’t hear what’s going on in your creation, they’re unlikely to watch for long.

While you might not think anything of using a commercial song as background audio for your movie, YouTube does. It has a legal obligation to remove videos that use commercially protected audio or video without permission.

To help video creators out of that problem, YouTube created AudioSwap, an online editing tool that lets creators remove their clip’s audio and replace it with royalty-free tracks.

This week, YouTube greatly improved AudioSwap. Here are the improvements you’ll now get, all for free:

  • More tracks: AudioSwap now draws on a library of over 150,000 royalty-free tracks.
  • Mixing: Video editors can now control the volume of their swapped audio. The track can be a soft background addition, or can completely replace your video’s audio.
  • Highlighted tracks: 150,000 is a lot of tracks to wade through. That’s why YouTube now highlights the best tracks in each genre, making selection faster.
  • Easy interface: YouTube has improved the audio section of its free online editor.

To test out the audio editing tools for yourself, visit YouTube and sign in. Click your name in the top right and select Video Editor from the pop-down menu. Click the Edit button next to the video you want to edit, then click Enhancements from the bar along the top. Finally, select the Audio tab below it.


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  1. Unfortunately:

    1. A lot of the music is simply awful (meaning that it’s amateurish, not whether I happen to like the genre or not).

    2. YouTube doesn’t give you any way to apply a fade to a music clip, so you either have to use one that’s equal to or slightly shorter than your video or put up with an abrupt stop when your video ends.

    3. Apparently, using this feature eliminates your video from being monetizable.

    Posted by Brian | April 27, 2012, 12:13 pm
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