When making a video, sound design is just as important as visuals. It would be unusual to come across a video on YouTube that didn’t make use of sound in some way. Sound effects are used for emphasis and transitions in most videos, and you’ll hear music in the background of many more.
Although everyone knows how important music is to a video, many individuals still consider embedding a soundtrack into a YouTube video an insurmountable obstacle. There are numerous concerns you must address, including:
- Governance Structures
- Rights of Authorship
- Legal Permissions
This makes it unclear how to construct a video with music or other audio, where to acquire such content, and what kinds of music are allowed.
We will first review the site’s music restrictions to better understand what is and is not allowed on YouTube.
Guidelines for YouTube
You may have noticed that YouTube is fairly strict when it comes to its restrictions if you have a YouTube channel or spend a significant amount of time on the platform watching other people’s material.
Creators frequently raise concerns about not getting paid and copyright infringement. No one is attempting to downplay the significance of these regulations. YouTube has rules in place to safeguard its users and the rights of the musicians whose work is shown on the platform.
Even though YouTube is quick to take action against users who violate its policies, the site doesn’t make it obvious what kinds of actions constitute copyright infringement, and it doesn’t present many viable alternatives.
Generally speaking, users have been finding loopholes in YouTube’s restrictions on their own. You may have observed that in the descriptions of music videos, everyone just states that they do not own any of the rights and that they belong to the band. That’s fine for crafting lyric videos, but YouTube won’t let you use music without permission.
How do you plan on determining which tracks are secure for use?
It isn’t much you can do to get around YouTube’s regulations other than to use royalty-free music or music already in the public domain. It’s possible to make your own sound effects and music for videos, but for the vast majority of people, that’s just not practical.
If you’re not using audio from YouTube or another tool/royalty-free website’s audio library, there’s one way to be sure you’re not breaking their rules:
If there are any copyright issues with your video, YouTube will notify you, and you can fix them before the film is published if you submit it privately or hide it.
The most risk-free option is royalty-free music, so let’s go over how to include that in your videos.
Steps To Add Music To YouTube Videos
Step – 1
Enter https://www.youtube.com into your computer’s address bar. If you’re logged in, this takes you to the administration page for your channel on YouTube. To sign in, click the SIGN IN button in the top right corner.
You can use this function if your video is under 6 hours long and has under 100,000 views. Joining the YouTube Partner Program is the only way around the 100,000 view cap.
Click the “Upload” button. A camera icon plus sign (+) appears in the upper right corner of the screen. A drop-down selection box will open.
Step – 3
To pick your files, hit the SELECT FILES button. It’s the blue button at the center of the screen. In Windows, this will launch Explorer, and in macOS, it will launch Finder.
Choose a clip, then hit “Open.” To submit a video, navigate to its location and click on it once to choose it. After that, select Open to start the process of publishing to YouTube.
Put the clip online. You can begin by making changes to the title and description before selecting a set of thumbnails and making any visual adjustments. After making your selections, click Next and follow the on-screen prompts. In spite of your clicking CLOSE when the tutorial is over, the video will keep working in the background.
Simply select the video’s thumbnail you’d want to modify and click the button. Here, you can view the video’s description.
A thumbnail may not appear immediately for newly uploaded videos that have not yet been processed. Please wait until the video has finished loading and the thumbnail appears before selecting it.
Step – 7
Just hit the plus sign next to the musical note. A separate row appears underneath the video for each component (video, audio, end screen, blur, etc.). A music note indicates the audio section; clicking the plus sign next to this icon will provide additional information on and links to free audio recordings.
Step – 8
Choose a certain song and then click the Add button to use it. Move the mouse pointer over the track’s title until the Add link appears; then, click it to add the selection to the row of audio options (the music note row).
Step – 9
Adjust the audio as necessary. There are now two rows under the audio heading: one for the video’s original sound and one for the new audio you’ve added. Any new music will have a blue bar with the song’s title above it.
Finally, Click the save button, and the audio will be added to your YouTube Video.
In case you were wondering, “How can I put my song on YouTube?” you should have a much clearer notion now. Getting your music onto YouTube could seem complicated at first, but it will become second nature after a little practice.
Don’t forget about the power of YouTube when planning how to get your music out there. It’s unusual to have access to a free music-sharing site, so make the most of it while you can. YouTube has a massive user base. Therefore there is a significant chance that your content will be seen by many people. Put your music up there and market it as much as possible. It’s impossible to know who will hear your music unless you release it to the world.
That concludes our tutorial on distributing audio recordings using YouTube.