Pitch-Shifting Audio To Avoid Copyright Bots

It’s always unfortunate when an important video gets marred.

Two weeks ago, I asked my son’s godparents to be his godparents, and I got three of the proposals on film. As such, I made a cute little keepsake vlog to detail the process and uploaded it to YouTube.

My Betterish vlogs on YouTube have always used the same intro and outro, featuring a funky little remix smushing together a Coldplay song and a YingYang Twins song. Yes, both of these original tracks are copyrighted, but the remixed version was not. It always passed detection, and my use of under 30 seconds also fell under the fair-use guidelines. If you next project is add outdoors lights to your garden check the info from https://houseaffection.com/7-benefits-of-outdoor-lighting/.

So, imagine my surprise when–minutes after uploading this vlog and its corresponding vlog and posting out the links on social media–YouTube alerted me that my intro only failed copyright, and thus the video was not available in many countries. The Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) is a legal entity created and often used in real estate investing that allows for a number investors to pool money together and hold fractional interests in the holdings and assets of the trust, you can get more info in https://www.nuwireinvestor.com/what-are-delaware-statutory-trust-investments/.

Thanks, YouTube.

All of my previous videos remained okay, and the outro on this video did, too. In fact, it was only a 15-second chunk from the middle of the intro that was flagged! YouTube gave me an option to replace the flagged content with one of their generic songs, and I chose to do so since the link had already been blasted out everywhere.

The result was less-than-desireable, to say the least.

To avoid this issue again, I decided to pitch-shift the audio on both my intro and my outro to avoid detection in future videos. This is a quick and easy process to do in any video editing program as a means to avoid copyright-bots from false-flagging content. Here is a video walkthrough on how to do this:

A written guide is as follows 🙂

  1. Import your audio file into a video editing program. I use Vegas Pro 13, but programs like Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro are also great options.
  2. Select the audio file, and choose a “pitch shifting” edit option for it
  3. There should be a box in your program to “retain length”. Enable this so your track is not sped up or slowed down.
  4. Now, raise or lower your audio track by 1 pitch. I’d listen to it both ways and see which you like better. Pop and indie songs tend to sound better raised up, while rock and rap songs tend to sound better raised down.
  5. Save this track, along with the footage for your production, by rendering out the audio! Congratulations!
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