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Video Editing presents: Audio Editing

By Bob Glickstein

Software Engineer

Your video’s soundtrack can be just as important as its visuals. Let’s face it: as cute as your kitten’s antics are, as amazing as your Little Leaguer’s home run, as radical as your buddy’s skateboard stunts, the ambient sounds captured with many videos leave something to be desired.

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.  Here’s a look:

These improvements will be available over the next day to all creators around the world. To try it out, go to Video Manager > Edit > Enhancements > Audio. Here’s a little video demonstration:

These are only the first in a series of exciting improvements we have planned for Audio Editing. Stay tuned for more updates (and tunes!), and in the meantime use some music to start turning your videos into YouTube gold!