7 Ways To Use Audio To Tell A Perfect Story In The Video

Updated on September 22, 2021

If you're looking for ways to make your video stronger, it may be time to look at the audio. Audio is one of the most underutilized tools when it comes to storytelling in videos. This tool can help much more than just filling out silence so that the final cut isn't full of jump cuts. Used correctly, sound can give viewers a better understanding of the scene and what is happening in it. Here are some tips on using audio to tell a perfect story:

1. Use sound effects

Sound effects can add depth to your video by helping to select the right mood for each scene. Depending on the type of video you're trying to create, there are many different types of sound effects for you to choose from. If you're making a video about a wedding, for example, ambient sounds such as birds chirping can heighten the romantic mood of your movie.

2. Use music

It isn't necessary to use separate tracks for background and foreground music. You can select a single track that is subtle enough not to take away from the video but has enough elements in it that the music can easily be separated from the sound effects.

3. Use voiceovers and dialogue

Oftentimes, videos aren't quite memorable because they don't tell a good story. However, you can use voiceovers and dialogue between characters in your video to create a story. The trick is to not overdo it. When someone's voice-over goes on for too long, it can detract from the video and lose its effect by being cheesy or cliche.

4. Use sound behavior

When selecting sound effects, try to select sounds that are repetitive so you don't have to put in multiple background noise sounds. You can also use background noise in conjunction with dialogue, voiceovers, and sound effects.

For example, if you were to select the sound of water dripping for your video, this would work well with natural dialogue or a voice-over (water drips often in bathrooms). It would also be great punctuation between any other sounds that are added.

5. Use silence

One of the best ways to use audio in your video is by using silence. This makes your audience pay attention to what you're saying and forces them to focus on what they're hearing instead of just listening idly. So, it's important that when you do use this method, there are some sounds in the video.

6. Experiment with sound and visuals in the same scene

When you're editing your audio in post-production, try experimenting by playing it along with different visuals to see if there is a certain combination that stands out more than others. You might experiment by using one version of the audio or another at first, but then you might realize that the right mix is when you add in a few different elements.

7. Use music and video together

When it comes to storytelling with your audio and video, there's no time like the present! The goal of storytelling should be to make your viewer feel like they're part of what's going on instead of just seeing and hearing it like a fly on the wall. Use music and video together to help you tell your story and make your audience remember the movies you make.

What sounds and music you can use?

  1. Ambient noise:  The sound of birds chirping or rain falling may work well for showing slow, natural movement such as someone walking through a forest.
  2. Background music:  This is the type of music that will work best when combined with dialogue or voiceovers.
  3. Voiceover with natural sounds:  If you want to create a film noir scene in which an investigator discovers something in the room, include some background noise in your soundtrack, but leave out any dialogue so it is heard as if it's coming from outside the room.
  4. Voiceover with emotional sounds:  The best way to show someone is stressed out or angry is to choose an emotional sound that represents this emotion, then mix it in with your voice-over track.
  5. Dialogue without background noise:  When dialogue stands alone, you can really hear the emotion and energy behind what's being said. So, it's important to be careful not to overdo this technique, as the viewer may feel they've been tricked into watching a silent movie.
  6. Music with dialogue:  If you choose a dramatic scene, insert some dramatic music in the background and let your characters' dialogue cue your audience on what is going on or how they should feel about the scene.
  7. Music with emotional sounds:  Similar to using emotional sounds with your voiceovers, you can use music to create this emotional mood as well. Just be careful not to overuse it!
  8. Dialogue with emotional background sounds:  You can use voiceover or dialogue if need be, but you have to be careful about the sounds that are being picked up in the background.
  9. Music with action sounds:  If you're trying to create a scene that takes place on the front lines of battle, choose loud, dramatic music and play it over scenes of soldiers running across the screen or engaging in combat.

Audio is a powerful storytelling device that can help make your videos more memorable. So use it and start creating!

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