There are countless examples of when to use audio file to spice up your video content. When there’s no one speaking (for example, during a high-octane chase scene, a travel vlog, or a montage), music can help you curate a narrative throughline. And even when there is dialogue, soft music and sound effects can help with pacing and engagement.
Realistically, you should almost always add audio to your videos. Music and sound FX can take any visual project to the next level—whether it’s a vlog, a short film, a TikTok dance, or a marketing clip.
These are pretty much the only times you wouldn’t add audio to a video clip:
- When you’re looking to capture and present only the live sound you recorded (for example, when taking footage of a concert or play)
- When you want to use the absence of sound (i.e. silence) to draw focus to a particular moment
- When you want the “unpolished feel” of the background noise captured by the camera (artists often take this approach when they add narrative, music-free moments to their music videos)