Edit an intro and outro music track into your video with Adobe Stock audio.

Open the Essential Sound panel in Adobe Premiere Pro

In Adobe Premiere, select the Audio Workspace preset, or choose Workspace > Essential Sound to reveal the all new Essential Sound panel with Adobe Stock audio built right in. Make sure you click Browse at the top of the panel so you can explore the extensive library.

You’ll notice that the Browse tab in the  Essential Sound panel has a search bar, as well as three options to help limit your results: Mood, Genre, and Filters.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor is selecting Window > Workspace > Audio with an image of a young African American woman wearing headphones on a sofa in the background editing interface

Search for Adobe Stock audio

Use the search bar to search for keywords. You can also limit your results by Mood, Genre, Tempo, Vocals, etc. 

In our example, we’re looking for background music to support a short influencer video we’re editing. We’re specifically looking for a strong intro, so we’ll type that term into the search bar and explore the results.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor uses the Essential Sound panel to search by the keyword, ‘intro’ while in the Program Monitor a young African American woman wears headphones and holds her phone on a sofa

Audition music options

Adobe Premiere Pro’s powerful Timeline Sync lets you preview any Adobe Stock audio cue, in perfect time with your video - even before you import the asset to your project!

Note that there’s a checked box at the bottom of the Essential Sound Panel next to Timeline Sync. 

With that enabled, park your timeline’s playhead anywhere in your timeline where you anticipate starting the music cue. In our case, we’ll be playing from the first frame so we’ll start there. Next identify a music cue in your search results you’d like to preview and click the play button next to the cue name.

When you decide to preview a different track, all you have to do is click the play button next to the new track name and the playhead in your timeline will jump back to your initial starting point for a fresh preview.

Note that the outpoint in your timeline is dictated by the duration of the music cue you are previewing and will update with each new cue you play.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor clicks the play button on a music track in the Essential Sound panel, while the video edit appears on the left side of the frame in the editing interface

Explore the intro and stinger

By clicking on different points in the cue’s waveform, you can listen to different parts of the Adobe Stock audio track. As you select new sections to play in the cue, your playhead will jump to the matching point on the timeline.

We’re specifically focusing on Adobe Stock audio intros and stingers to find something we like.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the cursor hovers over the audio waveform in the Essential Audio panel while the video edit appears to the left on the timeline

Add a track to your timeline

Once you find a track that you want to cut into your timeline, simply drag and drop it from the Essential Sound panel, directly into your timeline. You could also drag and drop it into a bin in your project if you prefer.

For this example, we’re using a track called “Laid-Back II.”

Note that the version of the Adobe Stock audio track you drag to your timeline is an m4a with no audio watermarks to interrupt the experience of your edit. You can export these versions, watermark free, to share privately with clients and collaborators. 

When you’re ready to license a track for inclusion in your final edit, Adobe Premiere Pro will seamlessly replace the m4a version with a high quality wav file.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the cursor is dropping a new music track on Audio 1 while the entire edit is visible in the interface

Cut the intro and the stinger

Using the Blade tool, cut the intro and the stinger and move into place. 

We really like the way the cue picks up the beat at 5 seconds or so, and we’re going to start our intro there.

At the end, we’re going to cut together the final sting, with a beat that comes in the middle of the cue because we like the way it builds.

You can place markers on each Stock audio cue by playing the timeline and tapping the M key in rhythm with the downbeat. This will make cutting on the beat easy.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor is moving audio tracks around in the timeline and an African American woman is sitting on a sofa in both the Preview and Program Monitors

License the track

Now that you’re sure that you like the track you’ve edited into place, you can license the track right from your timeline.

Simply right click on the Adobe Stock audio clip you’d like to license, and click License in the pop-up menu. You’ll need to have credits in your account, which you can pre-purchase at www.stock.adobe.com.

You can also license the track by clicking the shopping cart icon in any of the search results in the Essential Sound panel.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the focus is on the Timeline panel where the editor has control-clicked on an Adobe Stock audio music track and is selecting License… from the pop-up menu

Export for social

Export your video with a Adobe Premiere Pro preset.

We’re using a 1080p HD Twitter preset that outputs a video we can use on any social media platform or anywhere else on the web.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor is working in the Export Media window and has selected the Twitter 1080p Full HD preset for export

You’ve edited an intro and outro music track into your video with Adobe Stock audio.

09/02/2020
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