What is the difference between a background music, ambience track, and a sound effect?

Background music is audio that runs throughout an entire video or a large portion of it. There are built-in music tracks within the video maker that are available by clicking the Audio tab. These are normally created with instruments or digital means.


Ambience tracks are relatively shorter than background music and may include sounds from an airport, harbor, highway, or other environments. Ambience tracks aren't frequently used throughout an entire video and instead are placed within specific, relevant scenes. These tracks are also normally not created with instruments and instead capture the normal sounds heard in a specific location. Within the Audio library, ambience tracks can be found under the sound effects tab and labeled as Ambience. 


Sound effects are short, specific audio clips that are added into a small scene. This could include a cat's meow, computer beep, rooster's crow, and many other sounds. These items are frequently associated with characters or props within a scene. Within the sound effects tab, sound effects are labeled as FX. 


Professional, Agency, and Enterprise users will also have access to Shutterstock's audio library. 

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