Filmstro – The Future of Licensing Quality Music for Your Films

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Licensing quality music or having a composer create a powerful score is a key element to making your films and videos successful. Filmstro is an app that combines the two and shows us the future of music licensing today.

If you want quality music on your films you have the two options mentioned above: licensing quality music or hiring a capable composer to score your images. Both come with some advantages and disadvantages.

Musicbed for example has become a prime resource for quality licensed tracks. In their database it is easy to find music that matches certain moods and styles. Such licensed existing tracks can be an affordable route to quality music and they can inspire your edit, but they can also limit you when the track doesn’t perfectly fit your edit. I sometimes spend a whole day just searching for the right song and more often than not I can’t find it, because I have a too particular requirement.

On the other side a good composer can create perfect music that suits your project, but this can be costly and working with a composer means communicating your goals accurately which can also be a time-consuming task, let alone finding the right collaborator for your project.

Filmstro is a new app that puts you in the seat of the composer, to save time and get you quality music at affordable licensing rates. The idea is very simple. You download the app and a large database of sounds and with a simple and intuitive interface you can very easily and quickly create tracks that perfectly fit the mood and style of your edit. That’s the basic concept behind Filmstro Pro.

Testing Filmstro Pro

The makers of Filmstro let us use a beta version of their new app. I was immediately convinced by the concept and very positively surprised about the quality of music the app generates and the simplicity with which I could manipulate the songs.

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Right now Filmstro Pro is a standalone app that lets you import your finished film. You then need to apply one of numerous tracks, sorted by moods/genre. With the three sliders on the left hand side you can control momentum, depth and power of the song. While you play your film you can basically control these sliders in real-time and the music will change accordingly. You can later go back and change the timing and intensity manually.

Right now there’s an assortment of different moods like “slomo”, adventure, action, romance, thriller, documentary and several others. Many times I thought the music has a really professional, realistic sound and I really enjoyed the modern style. I can see myself using this app for many of my future projects, be it ads, corporate films or even scoring whole features.

For me as a filmmaker and media creator there is no question about it that this app has a bright future. I’ve never seen something like this before and I’m convinced it will change the way we think about using music on our films. The Filmstro app is still at the beginning with many more options to explore. For me the app could be more complex and I’d love to see even more sounds, variations and tracks integrated. For many though I think the simplicity will be exactly what they need right now.

Once this app will expand and become integrated directly into an editing suite (plugin is planned for 2016) I can see an endless potential here. Right now Filmstro is exporting as .m4a but will be switching to high quality .Wav after Christmas.

For me as a filmmaker sound and music is so important. What better could happen to run-and-gun full-production shooters than an app like Filmstro Pro?!

Cost?

Right now Filmstro can be download as a free beta version. Filmstro Pro offers more sounds and music and comes with a $19.99 monthly membership. This includes using any music from the app for your personal protional videos (like showreels) and NGO non-profit stuff. On commercial projects they have different licensing options ranging from $99 for corporate projects (per track) up to several thousand $ when you use the app to score a whole feature film. Check out their licensing plans in detail here.

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For more information on this app go to filmstro.com

If you try the app please come back here and let us know what you think in the comment section.

 

 

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 Dominik Hörner
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Haha, a complete rip off scheme :D they not only charge for monthly subscription, they also charge you for the content YOU create. That would be like Adobe charging people extra for every movie export out of Premiere or After Effects. No thanks.

 Chris Harless
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Chris Harless

At best i would say that its another tool that helps you customize/mix pre-existing multi-track cuts of music. And that’s ok…good on them for making a practical piece of software to make things easier…..But the whole “Now we are all composers” just kind of made me cringe. Sliding a few bezier curves does not a composer make. No more than just owning a DSLR makes you a film-maker. And trust me i’ve seen plenty of that too.

 Seb Jaeger
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Thanks for the post Sebastian.
@chris Harless: thanks for the comment. We appreciate that our tagline is ambitious, but we genuinely believe that using filmstro will make you experience the pleasure of composing music, even if it doesn’t turn you into one. The audio engine plays back sophisticated combinations of over 100 discreet pieces of audio to allow users to musically change the music….so simple stems, or remixes this is not.
Please try it for yourself and give us some more feedback! ?

Leonel Macias
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Thank you for this comment. It will help some people understand the system a bit better (including me)

 Chris Harless
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Chris Harless

I downloaded it played with it. It allows you to turn up/turn down pre-mixed track groupings….handy, as i usually cut music that i license to match my video edits and it’s always a challenge. In my opinion that is your real strength there…that you guys have production tracks that you allow the user to mix in order to match mood to picture. Im not sure what your sophisticated playback engine is doing…but from the outside it appears to be playing back about 4 tracks that you guys categorize. Good luck with it….i would use it. No problem with it at all. I just take issue with your tagline as i compose music (note by note, chord by chord) And that is not what your software does. :)

 Chris Harless
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Chris Harless

Let me correct/add one thing or be more detailed…not playing back just 4 instruments (tracks)…but playing back 4 sub mixed loops/arrangements.

 Seb Jaeger
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You’re totally right Chris. Our software doesn’t compose. I guess it’s more like a conductor, letting the user direct attention to different parts of the music (this actually gave us the idea for the name – from Maestro). :)

We’re all about providing something that’s a step up from standard production libraries. Not replacing composers. I’m a composer too and we want you guys on side. In fact we’re launching something for you next year.

Anyway, in the meantime, if you want to check out some more, please upgrade using this promo code: GOCREATE for the first month free…

Cheers -Seb

 Lane McCall
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Seb,

I like the idea here. Do you have plans to increase your music library? If so, at what pace? I could see this as a beneficial tool.

Thanks,
Lane

 Seb Jaeger
Member

Hey Lane,

We’ll be scaling in 2 main ways. One is simply to carry on with our excellent composers who will be submitting new music throughout 2016. We’ll be releasing 2 new themes every week from January minimum. Then from the Spring onwards we have an idea that could exponentially increase our offering. More info on that soon! Sorry to be mysterious ;)

Seb

 Lane McCall
Member

Thanks Seb! We’ll be actively checking this out over the next week for broadcast.

 Seb Jaeger
Member

Pleasure. Just be advised that we’re currently still in Beta and are re-launching the final Audio Engine over the coming days. To avoid disappointment or any tiny glitches, I can personally vouch for pristine audio and smiles all round from Jan 4th onwards. At the moment it will render out m4a’s but from January this will be flawless Wav at 48/24 quality…

If you email us direct at [email protected] and mention this discussion, I’ll make sure we set up a free 12-month corporate account for you (and your colleagues) in the next 24 hours. If you provide a work email we can ensure that everybody sharing the same @blah_company email will have direct access to FilmstroPro without having to provide payment details etc.

But please dive in and get a feel for the software in the meantime!

Kind regards,
Seb

 Chris Harless
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Chris Harless

Thank you Seb! I would definitely say that this type of track/usage is a step up. I’ll check it out.

 Philip Fanovsky
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“Discrete “means separate, “discree”t means repspecting confidentiality and/or avoiding being conspicuous.

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