Someone wrote in to ask about how to find music that won’t get flagged for copyright violations by sites like YouTube or Facebook. As more people are producing videos for online use, they are running into the challenge of finding music to use without having their accounts taken down.
YouTube has been flagging copyrighted content for a while, but different content gets flagged in different ways. Some companies will allow a song to be used if the video is non-commercial while others won’t allow any use of their music. In recent years the music industry has put greater pressure in more places for proper royalties – including HUGE lawsuits against photographers and individuals who are guilty of copyright infringement. If you’re producing videos – and especially as someone who is doing commercial work, you’ll need to be careful to use “Royalty Free” music. This is music that -for a fee- is licensed for commercial use. You’ll need to keep this in mind even if you just want background music for your web site.
Generally how it Royalty Free music works is that you’ll need to pay for a license to use the music then you’re good to go for the term of that license (some places do a number of years, others are unlimited on length but limit the number of projects that the track can be used on).
A Google search for “Royalty Free music” should get you started. You can also look for Creative-Commons music that is ok for commercial use. Finding good stuff is still challenging – especially if you’re looking for something urban.
I’m currently using music that is licensed through:
I’ll be updating this post with additional resources as I find them. Also, feel free to leave sites you’ve used in the comments section and let us know what you like about them.
I heard YouTube has released some editing tools that allow you to modify content after you upload it to their service. I’m still dabbling my feet into video and wanted to check out the options. So, I uploaded about 16 seconds of video that I shot recently at one of the sister campuses of my church. The video was shot on my Canon EOS 7D with a Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 lens, hand-held, in a theatrical lighting scenario. As one might imagine, shooting with a lens that big and heavy means that there’s a large amount of camera shake in the video. Check out the original video (unedited below):
After uploading, an link appears in the standard information screen that allows you to go to a simple video editing interface. There are tools for rotating the video, trimming the length, stabilization, contrast, fill light, color correction (color temperature), as well as an “I’m feeling lucky” button which I guess would auto apply the features (I didn’t try it). There are other tabs with audio options (to replace the entire audio track) and an “Effects” tab with visual effects like Sepia tone, black and white, and color effects from mild to wild. The editing screen also features a side-by-side low-resolution preview of both the original video and a modified version based on what edits you have selected.
I was most impressed with the ability to see changes based on my selections almost instantly. I don’t know how it works for longer videos, but for this one, a new preview was ready almost as soon as I clicked a button – even image stabilization! And while the correction features are nuanced and overlap, the effects options only allow one effect at a time and has no adjustment options. Overall, the experience was pleasant and gives me good reason to play with the feature more in the future. In researching for this post I also discovered this.
Well, here’s the YouTube edited video. I’m pretty happy with it but the stabilization seems to create some pretty trippy effects where the guitarist seems pretty steady but the microphone stand and everything around him seems to twist and distort in the renderings attempt to keep the frame ‘still’.