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How to Add Audio in After Effects
By Liza Brown Mar 20,2019 17:12 pm
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.

Working with audio files in Adobe After Effects would be challenging since it is basically a visual effects and motion graphics software, but audio can be added to a video in After Effects by the following method we are going to introduce in this guide.


The process can be time consuming and may have room for error when you add audio to video in After Effects. If you are looking for a much more efficient and easier method to add audio to video and do some basic audio editing such as Audio Mixing, Aucio Equalization or Audio Ducking, you can try Wondershare FilmoraPro, which is one of the best video editing software for semi-pros with many versatile options as well enhancing the overall user experience. Download it to have try (Free).

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How to Add Audio in After Effects

1. Start the program and open a new project.

2. Import the files in the project panel. Mute the video sound if neccesary

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3. Import the audio file to the project file as well (that is required to be added).

4. Make sure to convert the audio file to .mp3 format.

5. Drag and drop the audio onto the composition.

To preview the audio in After Effects, enable the audio in the timeline first and then Press cmd+0 on Mac to preview.

6. Adjust the audio settings. Double click "L" on you keyboard to show the audio waveform.

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Check this video tutorial to know the details on adding, adjusting audio in After Effects

5 Best Audio Editing Software to Add Audio to Video

1. WavePad from NCH Software

This is definitely one of the most popular editing tools because of how simple and easy it is to use. It is great for beginners who need professional-level editing tools. It is possible to use any audio format on this software including MP3, WMA, OGG, VOX, GSM, etc.

2. Audacity: Free open source audio editing software

This is free software that works on multiple platforms and supports multi-track editing and even live audio recording. It has a very simple user interface that makes it easy to learn on and get used to while offering professional features and ensuring the best quality.

3. FL Studio 12.1.2

This digital editing workstation is definitely not for beginners. Trained professionals who are familiar with editing software will not have a lot of trouble adjusting to this format. This is a professional tool that offers a convenient platform for editing and mixing.

4. Adobe Audition

Here you will get a mix of simplicity and professionalism. It is easy to get used to but progresses in complexity with time.

5. Wavosaur

Wavosaur is an old tool that doesn’t run on most modern computers and laptops. But it does offer many features and methods of processing for audio clips.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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