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The Art of Finding the Right Song for Your Film or Video

Zach Ramelan

The right soundtrack can make or break any video project. So how do you narrow down your options? Here are a few tips to make your search a little easier.

Finding the right song for your video can sometimes be a daunting task. To avoid hours of searching, here are a few effective methods that filter the options — and some tips on making your life easier in the future.


Become a Master Navigator

The Art of Finding the Right Song for your Film or Video — Navigator

Sites like PremiumBeat.com offer great navigation tools to help you surf through their catalog. By clicking the up, down, right and left keys, you can quickly move within songs and jump forward and backward in your results lists.


Know Your Genre

The Art of Finding the Right Song for your Film or Video — Genre

A great way to speed up your search is to determine which genre of music you’re hunting for. Is your project creative? Corporate? Are you trying to keep your viewers in suspense? Think about the effect you’re going for while you’re listening to your options. (You can even specify the number of beats per minute.)

And if you want more original tracks, don’t use the results at the top of the page. Scroll down, and customize your options for a unique sound.


Listen Before You Film

The Art of Finding the Right Song for your Film or Video — Soundtrack

Before you press record, think about your compositions. Soundtracks are a critical element in the overall success of your scene, so rather than simply finding something after the fact to complement your shots, make the score part of the creative process. Try downloading a sample track or using the PremiumBeat app while you’re on set, so you can get a feel for how the music will affect your visuals.


Premium Playlist

Now that you’re familiar with the search, save yourself some time in the future by creating playlists of tracks that you like. Here are my personal PremiumBeat playlists to get you started.


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