Music is a vital part of all types of video content, but it’s notoriously difficult to find good music for your videos without paying money, especially if you want to use them commercially. The places where you find your music don’t usually allow downloads, and the software you use to edit videos doesn’t provide any music for you to use.

The most convenient way for you to include any music in your video content is to use an editor with a license-free music library built in. I recommend the Kapwing Studio, which includes 2 different integrated license-free music libraries and allows you to import songs from YouTube, SoundCloud, and even TikTok, as well. Here’s how it works:

  1. Upload your video(s) to the Kapwing Studio
  2. Explore royalty-free music or import your own audio
  3. Edit audio and video
  4. Export and download

Step 1: Upload Your Video(s) to the Kapwing Studio

A screenshot showing how to import videos into the Kapwing Studio.

To begin, head to Kapwing.com in your browser on any device and click Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, you can upload as many video clips as you want, either by using the Upload button to find files you have saved or by pasting a link to a video you found somewhere online, like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter.

A screenshot showing a video being edited in the Kapwing Studio.

You can also search through royalty-free stock video libraries by using the Videos tab in the menu on the left. Use any of the themes to refine your search and import high-quality stock video content to start your project.

Creators can also choose to start with one of our templates, like the TikTok templates, in our collection.

Step 2: Explore Royalty-Free Music or Import Your Own Audio

A screenshot demonstrating how to choose license-free music in the Kapwing Studio.

Once your video content is in place, you can explore your stock music options. Select the Audio tab in the menu on the left and look through the tracks to find the right license-free music for your video. Use the category filters to narrow down your search and find tracks that fit the tone of your projects – you can browse through lo-fi, rap, pop, and other genres, or filter by mood for happy or energetic songs. Click the play button to preview the tracks, and when you find one you like, click on the title to add it directly to the Timeline.

Four example pages of license-free music sites.

You can also easily import royalty-free tracks from other stock music sites like Streambeats, Bensound, or Thematic, or upload songs from royalty-free playlists on SoundCloud or YouTube. Royalty-free libraries will allow you to download tracks individually for you to upload to the Studio and add to your videos. If you find a track you want to use on SoundCloud or YouTube, just copy its link, select the Audio tab in Kapwing and paste the link in the URL bar to upload it straight to the Timeline.

Step 3: Edit Audio and Video

Once you’ve added both your video clips and audio tracks to the Studio, you can finish all the edits you need to make to your project. With your audio layers, you can trim, split, and rearrange clips, as well as changing their playback speed and volume. When using multiple audio layers, you can split them, and change the volume of certain sections to balance out your audio throughout the video.

A screenshot of an audio track being edited in the Kapwing Studio.

With video layers, you can make any edits you need: trim, crop, resize, filter, rotate, mirror, speed up, slow down, translate, or add custom text, subtitles, overlays, and images.

Step 4: Export and Download

Once you’re done assembling and editing your musical video, hit the Export Video button in the upper right to begin processing your project. This may take a few minutes for longer projects. Once your video is done exporting, use the Download button to save it directly to your files.

I hope this article gives you all the tools you need to bring music into all your video projects! If you're interested in more tips and tutorials on developing video skills in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel or read through some related articles on editing projects with video and audio:

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