On Using Music in Video Podcasts
It’s important that the music you choose to use in your video productions matches the mood of your project. Some of the K12 Online sessions had funeral dirge music during moments of inspiration and it kind of killed the mood for me.
If you want good music you have to move beyond the built in music on your computer. It used to be extremely hard to find music you had permission to use but no more. It does take a little searching to find the perfect piece but plenty of royalty free music is now available to teachers and students.
Do be sure to credit the artists of every piece you use
Royalty Free Music Sites
This guy has great movie music that’s easily searchable by mood and style. I don’t know how he makes a living cuz he’s giving good stuff away for free.
CC Hits Ning
Quite a few good tunes though the site is not easy to search and a little buggy when it comes to previewing songs
good stuff, great variety
Recording artist, Moby, makes some of his discarded tunes available free to filmmakers
If you listen to the tracks, they’re mostly ambient, ephemeral pieces though I did find one I liked for my Film School for Video Podcasters project.
royalty free stuff, though I sometimes suspect some of the “public domain” material really isn’t
interesting stuff that I didn’t use for my last project but might use in the future
I didn’t find anything that I used from here but it’s another option. Requires registration.
This site contains music and video that is supposedly in the public domain…I have found a few examples on the web site that are not in the public domain and so I’m a little bit hesitant about using some of the material in video projects. Nevertheless, this is a great web site with tons of material.
I haven’t used this site yet, navigation is not entirely intuitive
great site for sound effects
Royalty Free Images
a free product of Tech4Learningâ€”these are images donated for classroom use
I always start here in the classroom because there are no inappropriate images and the site is simple enough so that I have taught first graders to navigate it.
Free Images Donated by Photographers
This is my second destination when I can’t find what I’m looking for on pics4learning. They are not necessarily for educational use but are available free and taken by real photographers who are willing to share their images.
Flickr Creative Commons Images
has images taken by photographers of different abilities (amateur and professional) which you can use according to their Creative Commons license.
free images for web pages
iStock Photo – only $1 a picture
If you still can’t find what you want or are going to use your images in commercial projects, why not pay $1 per photo and use the image legally? These site has pictures of almost anything you would want.
Use the challenge of respecting copyrights as a teachable moment for students. How can we ask students not to illegally download music if we steal images?
Free Clip Art