April 19, 2012 at 3:21 PM ET
Looking for just the right audio background music for a YouTube video you're going to upload? The world's most popular video site now is offering users 150,000 music tracks from which to choose, and a cleaner user interface for audio editing.
YouTube calls the music offering AudioSwap, and it lets you replace you own video soundtrack with a song from the site's extensive library. It's free to use, and it's legal; YouTube (owned by Google) has the rights to the music, which ranges from classical to corny (as shown above, "Toccata Fugue in D Minor: Toccata" by Bach, and "Say You Believe" by Amanda Kaletsky). It's not exactly Billboard Top 100 material, however. Don't expect to find "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO or "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj.
Managing AudioSwap is pretty straightforward. After you upload your video, go to Video Manager, choose the Edit drop-down menu and click on Enhancements. You then click on the audio tab, which will highlight some popular suggestions for you, or you can sort music by genre or running time.
Once you find the track you like, you choose it, and adjust the mixing levels. When you're happy with the result, you press Save and you're good to go.
AudioSwap and other changes were announced on the official YouTube Partners and Creators blog:
We introduced AudioSwap to let you replace a video’s soundtrack for free with a song from our library of thousands of tracks. With more of you using AudioSwap and giving us lots of feedback, we have some cool improvements to share today in YouTube Audio Editing:
- You asked for more tracks, and our library of songs now includes more than 150,000 tracks -- and growing!
- You can now mix music into your video’s soundtrack at levels ranging from "soft background" to "completely replace."
- Our "featured tracks" make it easy to find the best songs across genres for a variety of moods.
- We’ve revamped the Audio Editing user interface to make it easier to use.
The video below walks you through the process. And most importantly: Have fun!