How to Add Music to a Video in 7 Simple Steps

Background Music, as you know, plays an important role in your videos. If used right, the background music can boost video engagement scores on your social media pages.

For a video maker, choosing the right music for videos can be the ultimate key to convey the intended message of the video to their viewers. You can use different music genres to induce different emotions in your viewers.

Here are 6 simple steps to add background music to a video for free:

STEP 1: Login to Rocketium

If you haven’t already, head over to Rocketium and create an account.

create a new account on rocketium or login to your existing account

Rocketium is a music video editor, that lets you add music to your videos. Using Rocketium, you can upload your video footage and select background music from 20+ genres. These royalty free soundtracks can be used for free, without any copyright issues.

STEP 2: Go to the Editor

Once logged in, you will be redirected to the Rocketium Video Editor. Here you can start creating your music video. This is what you will see:

rocketium video editor

STEP 3: Add text, images, and video clips

Upload your images/video clips or browse the built-in collection of over 1M royalty-free media from Storyblocks, Videoblocks, Pixabay, Pexels, and Flickr. Here, you can add text and voiceover for each scene as well.

You have text styling options like bold, increase the size and italicize. You can either upload a voiceover or use your device’s mic to record your own.

Once your content is finalized, click Preview in the top right. This is how your screen will look once you’ve got the content in place:

how to get to the animation tab in styling and preview your video in rocketium

Hit the ‘Customize Video’ button to open styling options.

how to add animations to a video

STEP 4: Select ‘Music’

Under ‘Video Settings’ you will find the option ‘Music’. 

how to select music option in rocketium video editor

STEP 5: Add music to video

Here, you will find a list of genres in the Music tab. There are about 12 categories of music listed here. You can browse these categories and add background music to video.

STEP 6: Select a music genre

The list of available genres is: Acoustic, Calm, Cheerful, Classic, Comical, Country, Bright, Dramatic, Electronic, Fast, Inspirational, Rock, Serious, Urban and Vocal.

select a music genre for background music and click apply

If you need help selecting a genre, read ‘Tips to select the perfect music track for my video’

Note: You can customize the volume level of your background music as well. To do so, first, click on ‘Video Settings’ and select ‘Media’

change volume of the background music inside rocketium video editor

In the options that open up, select ‘Media Volume’. You can use the slider here to adjust the volume of your background music in the video.

adjust background music volume in rocketium

STEP 7: Click ‘EXPORT’

Once you’ve previewed your video and have finalized the background music, click on Export to publish your video.

Export your animated video

Once your video is done rendering, you will receive an email with the download link. You can also download the file straight from your Dashboard. There are also a few social sharing options available. Your music video can be directly shared to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

view, share or download your video directly

Adding the right background music to your videos can make or break the viewer’s experience. You can influence the viewer’s decision by using the right music track.

Tips to Choose the Perfect Background Music for Video

Here are some tips to select the perfect music track for your video

TIP 1: Know your message

Before you add music to video, try to understand what kind of video you are making. Do you want it to be entertaining or informative? Are you advertising a specific product or (subtly) promoting your brand?

TIP 2: Learn why you should add music to video

  • Make sure the music does not draw attention away from the video.
  • If your video has narration, avoid music with voice, and stick to instrumentals.
  • Pick music which plays at a steady pace and has no sudden spikes in mood or instrumentation.

TIP 3: Define the mood

Do you want the video to be perceived as positive, aggressive, or thought-provoking? Do you want your viewers to feel happy, relaxed, pumped, uplifting, or sad? Pick the music genre with an appropriate mood.

Pulkit Jain

Pulkit Jain

Engineer • Marketer • Tech Geek • Movie & Comic book nerd • Avid reader • Gaming Addict • Football fanatic #GGMU

1 comment

  1. Hi, I would also like to know how I could fade out the music for a scene?
    So, when it’s going to transition to the next one it will fade out?

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