How To Put Music In Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is not simply a video editing program, but rather a comprehensive software for incorporating special effects into your videos. One crucial aspect that can greatly enhance the overall impact of your video is music. This article will provide you with instructions on how to add music to your project in Adobe After Effects.

Importing the Audio File

The first step of adding music to your Adobe After Effects project is importing the audio file. The program supports almost all audio file formats, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues.

The import process is straightforward. Here’s how:

  1. Open Adobe After Effects.
  2. Select the File menu.
  3. Click on Import, then select File….
  4. Navigate to your audio file, select it, and click Open.

Adding the Audio File to the Timeline

Once your audio file is imported, the next step is to add it to your project’s timeline. To do this, you need to create a new composition or use an existing one.

To create a new composition:

  1. Click on the New Composition button in the main toolbar or select New Composition from the Composition menu.
  2. Set your preferred settings in the New Composition window and click OK.

Once you have a composition, you can add your audio file by simply dragging and dropping it from the Project Panel to your composition’s timeline.

Adjusting the Audio

Perhaps you want your music to start at a specific point, or you may need to adjust its volume. Adobe After Effects allows you to do these adjustments.

To change the music start point:

  1. Select your audio layer in the timeline.
  2. Move the Current Time Indicator to your desired start point.
  3. Click and drag the left edge of your audio layer to the Current Time Indicator.

To adjust the volume:

  1. Select your audio layer in the timeline.
  2. Click on the arrow next to the audio layer name to expand its properties.
  3. Click on the arrow next to Audio to show the Waveform.
  4. Click on the arrow next to Waveform and adjust the Audio Levels slider as needed.

Adding music to your Adobe After Effects project can dramatically improve its overall appeal. With these easy steps, you can add depth and emotion to your videos and animations. Happy editing!