Using Audio Spectrum Visualizer in VSDC Free Video Editor

One of the most popular requests made by our YouTube channel subscribers has long been Audio Spectrum – a trendy effect that makes a soundtrack literally visual. Starting summer 2018 this long-awaited feature became available in VSDC Free Video Editor toolset, so now users can animate a waveform to the rhythm of music or any other sounds for free.

In this post, we’ll guide you on using VSDC audio spectrum visualizer and creating your first sound animation. Stay tuned!

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There are 500 terrific presets available in VSDC free audio visualizer. This means, if you’re looking for a way to create a unique music video, promote an album, or try new eye-catching effects in your projects, you’ll love the new feature. Dear creators, here is a step-by-step instruction on using a free audio spectrum maker to visualize music.

  • Import your file to VSDC Video Editor.
  • On the left-side toolbar, find the “Audio visualization” icon and click on it (see the illustration below). Then select “Spectrum”.
    Now, is the audio track of your file the one you want to visualize? If so, just close the explorer window that will pop up once you choose the “Spectrum”. You would use it if you wanted to visualize an external soundtrack located on your PC. We’ll get to that later. In the next window, you’ll be asked about the object position – simply click “Ok”. 'Audio visualization' icon'Audio visualization' icon
  • Place the spectrum on the scene using a mouse. You can move and resize it at any time.
  • Then open the ‘Properties Window’ tab on the right side of the dashboard, scroll down and select ‘Objects on scene’ in the ‘Audio source’ field. If you can’t find the Properties window, click on the audio spectrum object with the right mouse button and select “Properties”.
  • In the ‘Audio’ field – the parameter just below the previous one – choose the file you want to visualize the sound from.

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Once you’ve performed these actions, click the Preview button to see how the audio spectrum visualizer will look during the playback. Notice, it has the default style and colors pre-configured, and if you’d like to customize them, below we’ll show you how.

How to change the style and the colors of the audio spectrum visualizer

To modify the spectrum, go back to the Properties window:

  • Find “Audio spectrum object settings” menu.
  • Adjust your spectrum type by choosing between gradiented peaks, dashes, lines, and lines with blur.'Audio visualization' icon
  • Change the color theme by clicking on “…” or the eyedropper tool in front of each color.
  • Note, you can also change the opacity level by double-clicking on the Start, Middle, and End colors. The lower the opacity level is, the more transparent the audio spectrum will be.
  • Use the Preview button to see how the changes are applied.

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How to create an abstraction-style audio visualizer

Apart from the spectrum, there is a second way to visualize a sound wave. It’s called “Audio abstraction”. To create this object, repeat steps 1-5 from the beginning of this article. The only difference is when you click the “Audio visualization” icon on the left-side toolbar, choose “Audio abstraction”. Don’t forget to choose the audio source in the Properties window on the right, and then adjust the object size according to your needs.

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How to use an audio spectrum maker to visualize a 3rd-party audio track

So far, we’ve shown you how to visualize the sounds from the uploaded video (or audio) file on your timeline. However, you might want to create a spectrum for a third-party audio track and add it to your clip. You can do that too, and here’s how.

Once you click on the “Audio visualization” icon and choose the required option – “Spectrum” or “Audio Abstraction” – use the explorer that will pop up to choose the audio on your PC you’d like to visualize. Then place the spectrum box on the scene using the mouse and extend it to the desired size.

For the spectrum, you can choose the animation type, as described above. For the abstraction, there are hundreds of presets available. To check them out, go to the “Properties window” and scroll down to the “Audio abstraction object settings”. You’ll find presets and preset groups as illustrated below.

Place the spectrum on the scene

Now go ahead and try the new free audio visualizer in VSDC!

Here are three more tutorials that will surely pique your interest:

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