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