Posted on Apr 22, 2009
Posted in BTS

I wanted to write something on how to get music that is royalty free to be used in those movies you might spend hours creating.  I say this because if you have ever posted a video to a popular site (remains  nameless) where it is being hosted and then to have that site just delete/mute the entire audio from your video without telling you.  Ok, so I am kinda upset about that but I should have known better than to use a song I purchased from an online music provider and to think it would be OK to use for my personal use.  Silly me.  Actually, the video I created was not for sale and I did not make money on it  or claim the music to be my own so you would think that it would then be ok to use.  I guess I need to read the fine print on uploading my video to this specific site where it states that this type of music in videos is prohibited and can not be uploaded on this site.  Oh well, I guess my movie will just have to be a silent film.  Unfortunately it was more of a documentary where the subject is talking and the music in the background is what was muted.

In the process to find royalty free music that you can either purchase and use or download sample music that is free, I found a couple websites that might be useful for your next video/movie creation.

http://www.killertracks.com/launchpage/KillerTracks/
http://www.jamendo.com/en/
http://www.videocopilot.net/
http://www.digitaljuice.com/products/products.asp?pid=223

My personal favorite music background:

http://audiojungle.net/item/theme-pack-1-valiant-battles/27464

These guys are really good at soundtrack creation and have awesome websites to sample their music ensemble.  I do believe you have to pay for some of their music or ask permission to use it in your movie but some do allow you to download .MP3 samples. This quality (.mp3) is not good enough for those using Final Cut Pro but you can try and up-sample the song to an .aiff file and then import that file into Final Cut Pro or Express.

http://www.aaronsapp.com/main.html
http://www.justindurban.com/music.html
http://www.glennscottlacey.com/

Some of these sites offer applications or software of some sort to demo and try, which adds a little more freedom when searching for that perfect musical score to fit your video masterpiece. Enjoy.