Soundstripe, a site that’s relative new to the music licensing market, has just slashed its already affordable prices. They will now be offering a single price for universal use of ...Read more
No camera? No music? No problem! Today sees the launch of a short film contest run by Filmsupply and Musicbed. Simply download the stock footage and sound from their libraries to your heart’s content, and create a piece under 60 seconds for the chance to win $100,000 worth of prizes! Starting today at 10 AM ET, Filmsupply and Musicbed invite you to enter their short movie challenge. To begin, simply register at Filmsupplychallenge.com to download their starter pack, which contains important information and guidelines for the contest. You can use any of the material in the Filmsupply and Musicbed libraries free of charge, provided you only use them for the contest entry and nothing else. Entries should be under a minute, and will compete in the categories of Best Ad Spec, Best Title Sequence and Best Trailer. There will also be winners for the overall Best Sound Design, Best VFX, Best Colour and Best Edit. The judging panel in charge of deciding the winning entries will be made up of renowned figures in the filmmaking industry, including big names like Philip Bloom, Shane Hurlbut and Vimeo Head of Curation Jordan McGarry. Prizes include $100,000 worth of goodies from the likes of Rode Microphones and LensProToGo, but also DaVinci Resolve Studio and a 12-month free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. Moreover, the winners of the three Category Awards will receive some cool experience prizes: Best Ad Spec winner will get a full-paid trip to Fort Worth, Texas, for an on-set experience of filming a Musicbed recording session. Winner of the Best Title Sequence will get a full-paid trip to Austin, Texas, and an access all areas pass to SXSW. And the winner of Best Trailer will spend an instructional on-set day with Shane Hurlbut. Filmsupply and Musicbed are some of the largest media licensing sites out there, with enormous libraries of incredibly well-curated content. They both host material that adheres to the highest technical and artistic quality, making this contest one where your creativity really is the only limitation. You can start downloading and get your film started today, with a call for entries as of today until 28th of June. Make sure to head over to the Filmsupply Challenge site for more details!Read more
While Soundstripe’s subscription-based model may not be the most revolutionary, their attractive price tag of $10/month is bound to catch your attention. On the other hand, 909Music offers freebies. But when you urgently need music for a project, what are the factors that will help you make up your mind? The music licensing world is ripe with platforms offering a variety of business models. We probably are all familiar with the big players like PremiumBeat.com or The Music Bed, with vast, established music libraries and streamlined search engines. They do, however, come at a price, with licensing fees ranging widely depending on the expected use. Last year or so has seen the appearance of refreshing new alternatives. Filmstro, for example, offers a user friendly app to tailor existing tracks to fit your project down to the beat. Tim recently reported on the new Mooderlizer app, which works in a similar way. And just a few months ago, we reported on the launch of Art-List, also on the affordable end of the spectrum, offering universal, no-questions-asked music licensing for only $199/year. Soundstripe: music licensing for $10/month Music categories on Soundstripe Soundstripe, a relatively recent arrival to the fray, comes in halfway between these two poles. They offer a very attractive price tag of $10/month which, when compared to the big players out there, is bound to make people stop for a second look at what they have to offer. Their subscription is also not subject to a long-term contract, so while the price for a whole year works out similar to Art-List, the potential to dip in and out whenever you have a project that requires music is quite a nice prospect indeed. The Soundstripe interface There is a small caveat, however, as the price of the license increases along with the expected audience: $0.00 up to 50k viewers, $67.00 up to a million, and $297.00 over 1 million. It is also worth mentioning that the licenses are limited to a single project, so if you want to use the same song in a different edit, they expect you to download it again. While this will of course add up if are catering to a large audience, you really should re-download even if you are paying the $0.00 fee, as these stats influence the individual composers’ paycheques. This single-project clause is common across many music licensing sites, and is somewhat of a pain to have to keep in the back of your mind, especially when there are other platforms that offer universal usage of their licensed music. One such site is 909Music, which works on a track by track purchase model, with prices ranging mostly between $20.00 and $40.00. They do, however, sweeten the deal with over 100 free tracks, requiring only that you credit them on your project. Some of the 100+ free music tracks on 909music.com There are a hundred ways to skin a cat, and you could argue extensively about the pros and cons to each platform. In the end, though, what should matter is the quality of the music, and how it fits the particular needs of your project. Of course, there is a strong argument that an important criteria could be how fairly sites like these pay their composers, which is a whole other can of worms. But as with most things in our industry, there isn’t really a one-size-fits all solution, only platforms – and a hell of a lot of them – that help you get closer to your vision.Read more
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. 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. Use coupon code: CINEMA5D to get 1 month free. 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.Read more
Philadelphia-based director of photography Mitch Martinez has made more than 1,500 4K clips available for download for free on his website – including commercial use. All of the clips were shot on RED Epic Dragon, Epic MX and RED One cameras. The clips can be downloaded for free on a per-clip basis in MP4 format from archive.org servers, or alternatively as a whole multi-part .ZIP package with 120GB for $99, or sent on a hard drive. The clips are well organized into 35 categories, and he shot the footage all across the US. Clicking through a number of clips, I have to say that he has a great eye and talent for composition, so these are definitely very, very good stock footage clips that can be used in all kinds of productions. To prevent people from reselling his footage, Mitch requires people to fill out a license form just to tell him what the clips are being used for, if they are commercial projects. He reserves the right to decline but says he hardly ever does. We reached out to Mitch, asking him why he is giving away all these clips for free. His reply: For the commercial usage, the footage is still free (often a concern). How it works: the commercial use license agreements forms are requested by users on a per project basis through a page on my website. It’s a quick form to fill out. If a user has multiple projects, just fill out multiple forms. I’ve seen a person submit ten different request forms in one day – and then a handful more the following day; all of those forms were approved. I’m really easy going about the license agreement stuff but have it in place to make sure people aren’t trying to resell my content, trying get a blanket release form, or wanting to use every single clip I’ve ever created for every commercial project they’ll do in the future. That’s pretty much why the license agreements I issue are per project – the issued license agreement grants usage of every single clip in the free 4K library for that specific project. That’s a lot of content – I’ve seen music videos created solely from my stock content… Since it’s free, the license agreements also help me keep track of how my footage is being used (thus the notable stock footage usage section). Officially, no payment is ever required for the free 4K content – although donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. :) I tried to set up a system that is user friendly. The downloads are easy. There are video previews for all of the clips. The format for the free 4K content is mp4 files. For those with needs for ProRes or RED files, I’ve made that format content available for available for the fraction of most industry stock prices. The overall goal is to help the film community by sharing my footage with the world. It evolved really organically – starting with just two clips of fire that I uploaded to my website in January 2013 and shared with my Facebook friends. After time, Google search results led more and more people to my website so I needed to develop official license agreements due to the volume of clips and number of users. Originally, each release form I issued was created manually in Microsoft Word to create the pdf, so it wasn’t long before I needed software development to help generate approved release forms for users. A year ago, it would take me five or six minutes to issue one license agreement manually; now I can approve a license agreement and send it to the user in a matter of seconds. This allows me to get the release forms to users promptly. The latest addition has been purchasing/licensing options of ProRes and original R3D files for larger projects that need that extra quality (ProRes/RED clips aren’t free for various reasons including bandwidth issues). It’s very rewarding to contribute to the film community, the entertainment of people, and educational applications (I love issuing release forms to museums, orchestras, and other cultural resources). All of the footage in the free 4K stock footage resource was filmed by me throughout the past 5 or 6 years. I’ve had assistants for some of the shots – but there aren’t any outside DP contributors to the 4K content in terms of filming – nothing along the lines “John Smith filmed this category of content – or clips X/Y/Z”. All of the footage was captured on RED Epic Dragon, RED Epic MX, or RED One MX for the earliest clips. A little about Mitch Martinez I’m a Philadelphia-area based DP and have been filming since 2003. I started filming on RED in 2008 back in the original RED One days (pre-MX sensor). I’ve filmed internationally for commercials and documentaries in four different countries; shot about 40 or 50 music videos to date (give or take); worked on a handful of features; and countless other miscellaneous projects (commercials/industrials/etc). I have a very exciting project that will be released in a few weeks (more on that later). :) I love to work with advanced cinematography systems including motion control systems, moco time lapse, and other crazy stuff to push the limits of what I can do visually. Overall, I love filming and creating imagery.Read more
(This is not an April fools post. Look out for these today…) Music licensing website The Music Bed has just released an iOS app (for iPhone and iPad) that allows for convenient on the go listening to their music database. If you like to listen to music on the go it might as well be songs you can actually use for your videos/slideshows. A very nice idea to make an app and they’re having 30 days of giveaways for filmmakers.Read more
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