Make Your Edit Sound Dramatic! – Using Sound Design To Make Your Video Sound Intense
Make sure you check out Casey’s tutorial on how to do a similar effect with color correction! https://www.youtube.com/user/CaseyFar…
Make sure you check out Casey’s tutorial on how to do a similar effect with color correction! https://www.youtube.com/user/CaseyFar…
Don’t miss out on this month’s Envato freebies. They have everything from a free audio music file to a After Effects template file to a free wordpress template. Find them all here to download, and be sure to signup for Envato’s monthly newsletter to remind you to download new files every month.
This month’s free Envato after effect template…
Levelator adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It’s not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It’s much more than those tools, and it’s much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler’s application window, and a few moments later you’ll find a new version which just sounds better.
Have you ever recorded an interview in which you and your guest ended up at different volumes? How about a panel discussion where some people were close to microphones and others were not? These are the problems the post-production engineers of Team ITC solve every day, and it used to sometimes take them hours of painstaking work with expensive and complex tools like SoundTrack Pro, Audacity, Sound Forge or Audition to solve them. Now it takes mere seconds. Seriously. The Levelator is unlike any other audio tool you’ve ever seen, heard or used. And though it’s been around for years, it’s never outdated and still relevant today. It’s simple. It’s magic. And it’s free.
December 22, 2015
by Deyson Ortiz
If you need low cost music for your video creations, here are some great places to find freebies or low cost music:
Deyson Ortiz will be adding more the list as he discovers more.
Also please make sure to check with the copyrights of each site.
While you’re on Dyson’s fine site, be sure to check out his Free Final Cut Templates and Motion Templates to download for Apple’s Final Cut and Motion Software.
May 12, 2014
Marmoset is an off the beaten path, boutique music agency born among the green, mountainous landscapes of the rain soaked Pacific Northwest. While we enjoy working on all kinds of inspired and creative endeavors, we spend most of our time crafting original music for story-driven mediums in the public eye. We also curate a hand picked roster of some of the most fascinating independent artists on the planet, whose recordings are made available for licensing.
Marmoset is made of real people, living real lives, making a real living crafting music and sound. We’re talking about hard working, blue collar artists, crafting music with their hands and hearts. While some of these are full-time musicians, many are baristas and bartenders too. Programmers and farmers. Fathers and mothers. Sisters and brothers.
We hold firmly to a few core values: We value collaboration because we are more informed, more talented, kinder, wiser, and better when we lean into one another. We value having fun and finding joy through artistic expression. We believe in fighting the good fight. We are advocates for the artists we partner with, working to restore value and respect for music and its creators, amidst a deteriorating global landscape that threatens its existence. We don’t believe there’s anything “stock” about music crafted with hands and hearts. And we believe doing great work and defending creative integrity always trumps the bottom line. There is a rising tide and we are all floating up together.
When artists craft music with their hands and hearts, it resonates with others and within stories crafted with the same care. We are the conduit. We are the soundtrack to your story.
July 19, 2012
I stumbled upon Neumann Films today while doing another unrelated search on youtube. I was pleasantly surprised that for the month of July (and archived) they offer quite a number of very nice freebie music tracks for anyone to use freely, with only asking for credits in your productions! Check out their other offerings, as well.
Here’s a sample of what Neumann Films has to offer in the way of music, or click on the link above to view more…
The Dark Knight Chronicles was a fun web series to write music for. On one hand I had the luxury of an established theme that I wanted to mimic, but I also had the freedom to move away from it since it was a spoof/comedy.
The playlist below includes every track from the series as a Royalty Free download. I maintain the rights which means you can use the song in your own videos as long as you give credit. Give them a listen and add them to your library of production music, a lot of time and effort was …
Copelandia was the first dramatic short film to be made on the Canon 5D Mark III (outside of Canon sponsored stuff). The soundtrack took about a day to write and it was fun to hint at the story twist.
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September 24, 2011
by Vimeo, Beth Marchant
Source: Studio Daily
Vimeo has entered the music library business with the launch of the Vimeo Music Store. The 45,000 included tracks, which range in price from free to $98 per track for full commercial use online, can be searched by genre or by some 100 metadata categories covering tempo, mood and instrumentation.
The store’s filter lets users quickly locate tracks tailored to specific scenes in their videos. A search for “Analog Synths + Reggae-Dub + Chill + Medium Slow (60-80),” for example, yielded this track from Lauge & Baba Gnohm called “Manzilla.” By turning on the “Safe Search” toggle you can also screen out those tracks with explicit lyrics.
The casual Vimeo user can license “Manzilla” and some 33,000 other tracks found in partner Audiosocket’s catalog for only $1.99 each, similar to iTunes. Professionals who need a full Web-use license for commercial use of their videos beyond Vimeo, however, must purchase an Audiosocket song for $98 per track. Audiosocket, a boutique licensing agency with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and L.A., represents close to 2,000 indie bands and record labels. The company says it curates only music of the highest quality by avoiding the “cookie-cutter stock” offered elsewhere.
Any video that is entered in an online film festival (other than the Vimeo Festival & Award) or will appear on an ad-supported Web site requires a commercial license. Those who need more than a blanket Web license to cover distribution on episodic programming or DVD must purchase an additional background or featured license through Audiosocket.
Vimeo’s VP of creative development Blake Whitman acknowledged in the announcement that “finding music to use in your videos can be extremely hard,” and finding decent music for free can “take forever.” Hence, about a quarter of the tracks in the store come without a price tag. An advanced options tab lets you search by price range and isolate some 11,000 tracks of free music sourced through the Free Music Archive, WFMU Radio’s interactive music library, now in beta. Vimeo is using the Free Music Archive’s API to index open-sourced Creative Commons tracks that don’t contain a “No Derivatives” clause in their license and are therefore safe to use on noncommercial video-sharing sites like Vimeo.
Vimeo first introduced Creative Commons soundtrack licensing to its users in 2010, and like Mobygratis.com, Moby’s gift of song to independent filmmakers and film students, the Vimeo Music Store expands the options for struggling creatives who are sharing their works pro bono. By putting the commercial options into the mix, Vimeo has created a flexible music source that should appeal to pros already using its site to share both personal and professional projects.
May 22, 2011
by Zak Ray, Editor & Videographer
A nice list of downloadable charts licensed under Creative Commons, so you are free to modify, duplicate, and distribute them as much as you like, as long as you do not sell them for profit or remove the Creative Commons license / author credit. A complete list of downloadable charts:
Common Digital Video Formats
A chart of 56 digital video codecs and formats, with 16 columns of information detailing their parameters. Available in poster size and 8.5×11 versions, and with a separate page of brief column definitions.
Common Digital Audio Formats
A chart of 9 audio codecs and formats, with 9 columns of information detailing their parameters.
Common Digital Graphics Formats
A chart of 9 graphics formats, with 13 columns of information detailing their parameters.
Common Digital Interfaces
A chart of 14 computer interfaces, with 5 columns of information detailing their parameters.
Avid Media Composer 5.5 Complete Shortcut Guide
A fully-searchable list of every keyboard shortcut in Avid Media Composer version 5, with the corresponding function it performs.
Final Cut Pro 7 Complete Shortcut Guide
A fully-searchable list of every keyboard shortcut in Apple Final Cut Pro version 7, with the corresponding function it performs.
Motion 4 Complete Shortcut Guide
A fully-searchable list of every keyboard shortcut in Apple Motion version 4, with the corresponding function it performs.
Soundtrack Pro 3 Complete Shortcut Guide
A fully-searchable list of every keyboard shortcut in Apple Soundtrack Pro version 3, with the corresponding function it performs.
Color 1.5 Complete Shortcut Guide
A fully-searchable list of every keyboard shortcut in Apple Color version 1.5, with the corresponding function it performs.
Compressor 3.5 Complete Shortcut Guide
A fully-searchable list of every keyboard shortcut in Apple Compressor version 3.5, with the corresponding function it performs.
DVD Studio Pro 4 Complete Shortcut Guide
A fully-searchable list of every keyboard shortcut in Apple DVD Studio Pro version 4, with the corresponding function it performs.
Click here to go to the download page of any guide chart you see above…
February 8, 2011
by Larry Jordan
Here’s a large list of free FCP articles written by Larry Jordan, a pro in the industry. Click on the logo link below for a more expanded list of his articles, including…
New ! Solving Problems with Capture Now
Capture Now is not my favorite way to bring media into Final Cut Pro. However, sometimes, you just don’t have a choice. Here’s a short technical article, written by William Aleman, about how to avoid problems with Capture Now. (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
New ! Deleting Tracks from Soundtrack Pro
Stuck trying to figure out how to delete audio tracks in Soundtrack Pro. Here’s the answer in about three paragraphs — including pictures! (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Soundtrack Pro v. 1.x, 2.x, 3.x)
New ! Placing Titles: Action and Title Safe Still Matter
Now that most of our work is going to the web, Action and Title Safe boundaries are useless, right? WRONG! Action and Title Safe are still necessary for broadcast, cablecast, DVD, or digital projection — as this article explains. (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
New ! Finding Clips in Final Cut Pro
Over the last few versions, Apple has added new options in Final Cut Pro that make finding clips a lot easier. In this Technique, I want to show you what some of them are. Whether you are looking for clips in the Viewer, the Browser, or the Timeline, here are some very cool, and little known, techniques. (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)
New ! Review: Imagine Products Shotput Pro
When you are working with tapeless media during production, and recording to cards, the basic workflow is to copy the card to your hard disk then ERASE THE CARD! (Sorry, I come from a tape background and that word “erase” is just plain scary…) So, it makes sense that when copying the card to your hard disk you take every precaution to do so safely. Here’s a review of a product that can help: Imagine Products’ Shotput Pro. (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)
Technique: Working with Subclips in Final Cut
A subclip takes a longer clip and creates a shorter clip from it. Subclips can be very useful tools when working with long clips in Final Cut Pro. This technique explains what you need to know. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. HD, 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
Thoughts on Teaching Technology
What makes for an effective technology teacher? What should we focus on? How do we avoid the “fear of the unknown” in our students? In this philosophical musing, I reflect on what I’ve learned about teaching technology for almost a decade. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Studio Suite v. 1, 2, 3)
Product Review: get
get is the new kid on the block — an almost magical piece of software that searches your audio files looking for words you type into a typical text entry window. If you know “you’ve got the file around here somewhere,” but haven’t a clue where it is, get is for you, as this product review explains. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)
Product Review: prEdit
Adobe Premiere can create text transcripts of your media files. prEdit takes those transcripts and allows you to edit a rough cut for either Premiere or Final Cut just using those transcripts. For editors wading through a ton of material trying to find just the right quotes, this software can make your life VERY easy, as this product review explains. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)
Questions on Transcoding Video
In this answer to a newsletter reader’s question, we look at the process of transcoding (converting) video from one format to another. We specifically talk about what is the right format to transcode into. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Compressor v. 2.x, 3.0x, 3.5x)
Sizing Graphics for DVD
Nothing causes more confusion for video editors than trying to figure out how to size still images for video. I’ve written extensively about this in the past — which is referenced in this article — this is an additional follow-up. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
Text is Text for Video, Right?
How do you create and size text for video? What is the impact of interlacing? How can you make your text look as good as possible? This short article provides the answers. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
Interlacing vs. Deinterlacing
Interlacing, deinterlacing, progressive — three very confusing terms to many people. This article explains what they are, when you use them, what to do when you see them, and why you should care — not, in many case, not care at all. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
Getting Audio Sample Rates to Match
I got burned by this when I was prepping my most recent webinar for posting. My audio slowly slipped out of sync. I hate when that happens. What I discovered is that the Soundtrack Pro sample rate preference setting overrides the sample rate of the Final Cut Pro project, resulting in a slow sync drift that will drive you nuts. This article explains what you need to know to fix it. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
Removing Audio Tracks From a Video Clip
Sometimes, especially when merging clips, you get more audio tracks in a Final Cut Pro timeline than you want. This article describes a couple of different ways you can get rid of them. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
Positioning Text in Final Cut Pro
What’s the best way to position text in Final Cut Pro, and why does the position shift as you change justification? This short article explains the why and how. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 4, HD, 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
Export Keynote Slides for Video
Keynote is a very fast way to create bullet slide and animated text for video. However, when it comes time to export your images, this article explains how to do it fast and with the best quality. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)
Picking the Right Version of ProRes
With the release of Final Cut Studio 2, Apple created a new high-end codec entitled ProRes. With the release of Final Cut Studio (3) they expanded it from two variations to five. What is ProRes and how do you decide which version to use for your projects? Answering that question is the purpose of this article. (Published: Jul. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)
Review: PhotoMotion 1.5 from GeeThree
Working with still images in video is hard, because images created on the computer are not compatible with video. A new software – PhotoMotion – seeks to solve a lot of the challenges in working with still images. This is a detailed review of how the product works. (Published: Jul. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)
User Report: Fixing Corrupted FCP Project Files
Most of the time, Final Cut Pro projects are extremely stable. But, every so often, one gets corrupted. This report, written by Peter Sasowsky, describes how to fix a Final Cut Pro project file that is no longer stable. (Published: Jul. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)