Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting music, part of Photoshop: Editing Video and Creating Slideshows.
- While you might be tempted to just jump into your iTunes or Google Play library to grab some music, remember, you don't have permission for that. Artists are very particular about their music and don't just want anybody using them for any purpose. After all, if you're a photographer, you probably see some value in protecting your own intellectual property. Don't get into hot water by stealing music or thinking that it's okay because it's just for your personal project. Outside of true academic use, it's pretty rare for people to have the rights to use music without getting explicit permission or paying licensing fees.
As such, let me give you a couple of ideas on how to secure music legally and safely. In today's course, we're gonna be using a lot of music from the Creative Commons source. dig.ccmixter.org makes it easy for you to find music. What you could do here is take a look for music that you have the rights to use. So, for example, from the Licenses Type, I could choose "All Licenses," which gives me permission to use these for non-commercial purposes or, if I was getting paid for this video or using it for marketing, for example, this is promoting an event, which has a commercial nature, I'd need to limit my search to "Free for Commercial Use" and that will start to streamline things down.
You'll see that they start to have icons next to them here, indicating that you can obtain a commercial license by paying extra for that track. Other ones are fine for commercial use, as long as you provide attribution. This then allows you to go in and specify a genre. And you see here there's lots of different styles. You could choose what you'd like and it will continue to filter down.
Some of the music that we'll use today comes from Creative Commons, but it's important that when you choose a track, that you take a look at the attribution. And you will need to provide proper attribution to the artist who created it. This is usually gonna take the form of a end credit. If you would like to license music, there's really two other approaches to go. The first is to choose a stock music site or a stock photo site that also offers music. For example here, pond5.
This is one of many types of stock sites out there and they offer a category for music. You can search for a particular genre... and search the music category. And you see it starts to filter down and find music in these categories that would match my subject matter. You can then roll over and you'll see that different tracks have different prices. What you're doing here is buying a license that can be used by you, often reused for other projects.
Always check the royalty-free terms on a site to ensure that you have either unlimited use or which limitations have been placed on the file. Sometimes they'll say "free for personal use" or "for corporate projects, but not broadcast projects." It's always a good idea to explore the terms of service or the licensing agreement. Make sure you feel confident that the music you're buying will serve your needs. On the other hand, if you need popular music there is a legal way to go about that. One site that I like is called songfreedom.
And songfreedom makes it easy for you to choose from popular artists. You'll see that they have different types of Usages here for different styles and these are really designed well for photographers. You'll see different options like "graduation," "holidays," "memorial," "retirement," but don't feel that the Usages are the only way to find a song. You'll note, for example, that you could search for a particular style of music. So, if I wanted something that sounded like Jack Johnson, who may not be in the library, when I search, it will find other performers that it feels are similar to his style.
Now you'll see different pricing points. Tracks that are $9.99 tend to be up-and-coming artists. The twenty-nine dollar tracks tend to be for artists that are fairly established. And the most popular music tends to be fifty dollars. You'll notice, as well, a higher price with a "c" for "corporate." Songfreedom is designed to license music primarily to individual photographers. It's for things like demo reels or making small copy projects for your clients. With a default license they typically give you five copies, meaning you can make five DVDs.
They also give you permission to post to other websites. If you need additional imprints to make more copies, they'll have pricing information on that included. If you're designing this for a corporate client and not so much an end user, or somebody like a family or a nonprofit, the "corporate" category spells out which sort of corporations can license music for use. It's at a higher fee because there's more money at stake and they want to make sure that the artist gets a bit more cash in hand for a bigger use. In any case, whether you're using Creative Commons, a stock music site, or a popular music site, like songfreedom, make sure you closely read those terms of service and that they line up with your project.
It's always a good idea to include the end credit at the end of your video where you call out the music that was used. And make sure you pay the licensing fee, if needed. Simply giving credit is not enough to avoid a lawsuit and potential headaches for stealing music.
Working with an earlier version of the program? Check out Editing Video in Photoshop CS6.
- Understanding the video file formats supported in Photoshop
- Organizing media
- Controlling playback in the Photoshop Timeline
- Building a sequence
- Adding transitions and effects
- Adjusting volume
- Working with audio
- Fixing exposure
- Color balancing a shot
- Adjusting contrast
- Adding text and graphics
- Building a slideshow
- Exporting to H.264 or QuickTime