There’s no sitting still at video sharing site Vimeo, where the latest innovation is a cloud-based video platform for quick editing. For those times when you don’t feel like using a full-scale editing program to shape up your work, the new Enhancer will do the job. The Enhancer’s first tool, for creating soundtracks, is available today.
“Think of it like we’re building a toolbox and Enhancer is the tool box, and music is the first tool we’ve put in it,” says Dae Mellencamp, Vimeo’s president.
The promise of Enhancer’s soundtrack tool is that in just a few clicks you can add a score to your video. Vimeo already has a well-organized music store with over 50,000 tracks, so this was largely a matter of connecting it to the new cloud-based Enhancer.
Imagine you’re uploading videos shot at an outdoor event. The footage is great, but the wind noise on the microphone is unbearable. You can use the Enhancer’s audio tools to add music and reduce the existing audio.
Vimeo’s music store includes plenty of free options and has low prices for paid tracks: $1.99 for personal use and $98 for commercial use.
Buyers can also use Enhancer to create custom soundtracks with the SmartSound feature, choosing from over 4,000 included SmartSound tracks. Using technology licensed from SmartSound Software, Enhancer lets you create fully customized scores that fit the length and mood of your video. SmartSound tracks are $1.99 for personal use, but only $19.99 for commercial use.
Here’s Mellencamp’s advice on getting started with the Enhancer’s soundtrack features:
1. When logged in, go to the More Videos tab on the right. Find the Enhance option and pull it down to open the online tools. You’ll find a Getting Started link, if you need help. Select the video you want to edit on the right to make it appear in the main viewing window on the left.
2. Select from the music tracks below the video. When a clip is in place, you’ll see an audio waveform beneath the video. Place it wherever you want. Two slider controls on the right let you set the music track’s volume and the video’s volume.
3. If you’ve chosen a SmartSound track, customize your clip with the SmartSound options. Set the length you want, as well as the mood and other choices.
4. You don’t need to finish at one sitting. If you want to show your video to someone else before completing it, just save your progress and come back to it later.
“Oftentimes when you put just a little bit of nice music in a video, you can make a not-so-nice video into a video people want to watch,” says Mellencamp.
To learn more about the Enhancer’s music options, watch Vimeo’s introductory video below.