How to Line up Sound Effects with Video in 2021

Adding sound design to videos is one of the most powerful creative tools in post-production. 

It is an amazing way to create realism, shock an audience, or heighten the emotion of a scene. One of those is our free sound effects library SFX Cellar you can start within seconds.

Sync Effects with Video

The most important part of adding sound effects to a video is making sure they synchronize realistically with the video.

 Use the audio waveform to identify the impact moment of the effect, and then line up that moment with the visual impact moment. 

For instance, take a look at the waveform below for a ‘punch’ sound effect. The impact is visible in the middle of the clip.

 Line up that part of the waveform with when the punch occurs in the scene.

Adjust Speed or Pitch

Right-click on an audio clip, and click Speed/Duration. Here, you can adjust the speed of the clip or play it in reverse. 

Toggling off Maintain Audio Pitch allows the effect to get deeper in pitch when the speed decreases, and higher in pitch when the speed increases.

For faster adjustments, select the Rate Stretch tool by using the keyboard shortcut R. With this tool enabled.

Grab the end of an audio clip and adjust the speed visually. Dedicated pitch-shifting effects are available in the Effects panel.

Stacking Multiple Effects

Professional sound designers often use many effects at once to create a single sound. 

For example, imagine all the different elements of a car explosion: there’s the initial impact, glass shattering, fire, debris hitting the ground, metal being torn apart, etc.

 To achieve a realistic and impactful sound design, multiple sound effects will have to be layered and mixed together.

Adding Audio Effects

Tools like reverb, delay, distortion, and EQ are important for making sound effects sound like they really belong in your scene.

The premiere comes with an array of audio tools that can be found in the effects panel and applied either to individual clips or to entire tracks at once via the Audio Track Mixer. 

A newer feature in Premiere is the Essential Sound Panel, which is a more user-friendly way to process sound clips.

 Quickly for those who might be unfamiliar with the nuanced effect settings. This panel can be found by clicking Window → Essential Sound.

Navigate the Essential Sound Panel by first highlighting audio clips in your timeline and selecting the appropriate audio type in the panel. 

Depending on your selection, Premiere will then offer presets and effects sliders that make it easy to experiment until you get the sound you desire

Horror Sound Effects Pack

When it comes to the horror genre, sound effects are essential for a good scare. The team over at RocketStock put together a pack of 30 horror sound effects available for free.

 Ghosts whispers, screams, creepy crawling critters, and over 100 other chilling sounds are all available in this pack for free.

Retro Arcade Game free sound FX

One of the most distinct elements of retro arcade games is their sound. 

If you’re creating a gaming app or even a video with retro arcade games, look no further than this sound pack for your sound design.

With over 300 free retros gaming sound effects, you’ll have enough variety to create whatever soundscape you envision. 

The library is inspired by the 16-bit arcade games of the late 80s and early 90s. 

The library is under CC0 license meaning there is no copyright reserved on any of the sounds. So feel free to use it for both personal and commercial projects.

Soundbuttons.netSound is a complete package. Here you will get sound effects of all kinds. Its database has a great collection of over 3 million sound effects.

 All the sound effects are absolutely free of cost that you can easily use in your professional projects as well.

Its interface is simple and clean. Even a child can use these sound effects effectively.

 It contains 12 categories- Movies, Pranks, TV, Viral, Games, Sports, Anime and Magna, Memes, Politics, Sound Effects, Reactions, and Television. You don’t even need to do any registration.

Here's a short video I found on Youtube it contains 5 short sound effects

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