I was hired to produce a video about a Green business conference and am now working with the client on the finishing touches. She would like me to add music to the video which is edited like a news piece, combining interviews, b-roll and natural sound. It's possible that the client will be providing the music (long story but she runs a micro loan company and some of her loan recipients are musicians so we can use their music without copyright infringement.)I'm not really sure where to begin. Can any of you give me some general tips and/or suggest some reading or resources for me to look into? For example, do I just lay a song under the entire piece... or what???? Help, and thanks!
I think it's best for the pace of the editing to match the pace or beat of the music, so adding music to a piece that's already edited might be tough.The times when I've used music, I try to do a loose edit, then lay down the music track, and then time my cuts to the beat of the music.The video will flow better if the cuts are timed to coincide with the drum beat or the emphasized notes. Also, you'll want to make sure the level of the music doesn't compete with the audio of the rest of the video.
Thanks, Peter and Colin. Your suggestions are all really helpful. In general it sounds like, and makes sense, that music should be used early on in the edit and not added at the end as I'm attempting. I'll let you know how it turns out.