Philip: This is simply brilliant. The selection on music is outstanding, the quality is, for the most part, too. The pricing is completely affordable ranging from free with creative commons, to a couple of dollars for personal use to around $100 for a commercial license. Just from my browsing of the store I found some brilliant tracks which I have saved for potential future use. BRILLIANT service!
Licensing music has always been such a huge headache. Sites like this and the excellent but nowhere near big enough withetiiquette.com are much needed. Spend time searching through the library, see what is out there as much can make or break your work.
The vimeo/ filmmaking community has needed this. Nice one guys!!
Vimeo Has Done it Again!
As many people know, I am in love with vimeo — for it’s quality of content and for it’s community. Unlike other platforms, constructive criticism rules all else. There are way less trolls and way less negativity as a whole!
I have spent a little bit of time browsing through the collection, and unlike most music libraries, this one doesn’t completely suck! Within minutes, I found some great tunes. (Don’t get me wrong — there are still some pretty bad songs but overall I am happy).
Up until the release of the Vimeo music store, I have been using Sonicfire Pro 5 for most of my projects and will still continue to use it because of it’s flexibility and ability to manipulate songs right at the instrument level. You are able to separate instruments and vocals and create moods within songs — and create your own ‘hit’ points to match your edit. It’s integration with FCP7 is also flawless (also compatible with Premiere, After Effects, Pinnacle Studio… and soon FCPx).
One of the features that I love about the Vimeo music store is the ability to favorite tracks for future use. When you find a song you like, simply click the star beside it and it saves your selection to ‘My Saved Tracks’. Vimeo has also integrated a Recommended section. I am not sure how Vimeo generates these tracks — whether it is based off of music you have selected from your uploaded videos or the most popular generated by users but I was able to find a few tracks right away by simply visiting this section.
Use of Music
Using copyrighted music for personal use is a hot topic for many people. If you use copyrighted music in your videos, you have to credit the musician. In a perfect world, you should contact the musician and ask permission — even for a personal project. I really like what Vimeo has done to address this issue — by integrating it’s own music service.
Press Release from Vimeo
As many of you know, finding music for your videos can be somewhat… well, painful. Licensing music on your own can be confusing and finding good free music can take forever. Many of us here at Vimeo are video creators or filmmakers as well and we experience these frustrations on a regular basis. So, we decided to do something about it.
Introducing Vimeo Music Store!
Vimeo Music Store is your one-stop-shop for finding, discovering and licensing high quality music for your videos. We’ve built a simple and intuitive interface for you to easily search for music using a variety of different music criteria, and then purchase and/or download the tracks you want. Search mood, genre, tempo, themes, instrumentations and then use the advanced search to whittle down the results even further.
As of now, Music Store offers over 45,000 curated tracks with a three different license options for you to choose from. Here’s the skinny:
Creative Commons-licensed music is curated and provided by Free Music Archive, one of the most-respected curators of Creative Commons-licensed music. There are many different Creative Commons licenses available, so make sure to learn more about Creative Commons and how to use them in our FAQ.
Paid music tracks are provided by Audiosocket, a music and media company that curates its content to deliver up-and-coming talent to the marketplace. Audiosocket’s catalog includes over 33,000 songs from more than 1900 emerging bands, composers and record labels from around the world. Audiosocket’s catalog offers both personal, non-commercial licenses for $1.99 per track and commercial licenses for $98 per track.
As a a token of our appreciation, we’re offering all Plus and PRO members one FREE, personal license track (a $1.99 value). This offer is only available for one week starting today, so make sure to head over to Music Store and cash in!
We’re very excited about this first phase of Vimeo Music Store and we hope you like it. Look for more features, more partners and more options for bands and musicians in the future!
I am excited that Vimeo has included full length previews but would love if the ability to skim was built in as well. One of my biggest complaints about the current functionality is the time it takes to preview a song. There is no wait time for loading times but having to wait (on average a minute per song) to get an accurate assessment of a song is time consuming. It is better than a lot of other music sites that just preview a section of a song but the ability to skim would be amazing!
Like almost everything, the quality of music always comes down to taste. Personally, I think it is worth the time — and the rates are also great. Props Vimeo, you rock!