I thought I could run my channel without music, or at least without using any full length tracks…. but I was wrong. I’ve been putting together a roadkill vid (all from the same match so not a montage) which I am intending to commentate, but there were some bits that needed a bit of musical accompaniment. Not only that, I just miss editing clips to music.
Previously I’ve used small bits of royalty free music (my current intro music is from partnersinrhyme.com) but so far the choice has been pretty limited and tracks are generally a bit….. insipid. Then earlier today (it’s a Snow Day today so I’ve punctuating my day between work and intertubes) I searched for ‘Creative Commons Music’ rather than ‘Royalty Free Music’ – I’m not sure why I never did that before!
Well, there’s loads out there. In fact I’m surprised by how much – all these really talented individuals putting their musical work out there for others to share and use….. for free (who’da thunk it!). After recent events I’d lost faith a little bit in the music scene, but my faith has been rekindled.
As such I’m embracing all these people and will be exclusively using Creative Commons Music in my videos from now on. If you’re also a video editor then I encourage you to do the same by using Creative Commons Music. Not only are you benefiting (by not having your vids blocked in Germany for one, but also removing the risks of Copyright strikes against your channel), you’re also helping them get known. There’s music for all occasions including this track which is very Prodigy-esque:
Here’s a great link to Creative Commons Music sites (as always – these are direct links, I DO NOT get anything if you visit them):
And lastly, some advice from Creative Commons themselves regarding the music usage:
Can I use any song with a CC license on it?
Almost — you need to make sure that what you want to do with the music is OK under the terms of the particular Creative Commons license it’s under. CC-licensed music isn’t free for all uses, only some — so make sure to check out the terms (you can find these by clicking on each song’s license icon).
Most importantly, you need to use music that is not licensed under a No Derivative Works license. This means that the musician doesn’t want you to change, transform, or make a derivative work using their music. Under CC licenses, synching the music to images amounts to transforming the music, so you can’t legally use a song under a CC No Derivative Works license in your video.
Also, make sure to properly credit the musician and the track, as well as express the CC license the track is under
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