One of the best ways to give your screencast or You Tube video some polish is to add a background music track. It is also one of the quickest ways to add a big line item to your budget – or to get into trouble down the road – since music is copyrighted and needs to be licensed for public use.
If you are a musician, you can create your own background music with applications like Sony’s Cinescore or Acid Music Studio For those of us without that gift, the alternative is Royalty Free music, which is also sometimes known as Buy Out music.
Buy Out music is all over the web – but much of it is of doubtful legality, so buy from a reputable source. Bootleggers will buy a music collection and then resell it – in violation of the license. Although you bought the collection with the best of intentions, you could find yourself saddled with additional licensing payments that far exceed any savings you got from buying the cheap download.
What’s the solution? Buy from someone you trust.
One of the best sources of royalty free, buy out music is Digital Juice’s Stack Traxx. These innovative background music DVDs come with multiple lengths for each track – usually 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, and full length (around 3 minutes). Each volume has between 20 and 40 tracks. The tracks are all recorded in layers. If you use Digital Juice’s free Juicer software, you can easily separate and split off layers.
For instance, if the strings in “Hero’s Journey” are exactly what you need for the introduction to your video, but the drums are all wrong – you can just turn off the drums with a single mouse click.
Would you like to experiment or learn more? Digital Juice offers about a dozen tracks for free – all you need to do is register.
I’d suggest you give a listen to these tracks and see if they suit your production:
It won’t cost you a penny to give these sounds a try. And your videos will instantly gain a professional edge. If you create and post a video using this tip – please post a link in the comments. We’d love to see it!