Vimeo Opens Music Store, the Advil Against Music Rights Headaches.
If, as an editor, you’ve ever had a conversation with a low to no-budget production about music and clearing rights, this news should please you.
After their Video School, Vimeo takes the lead on what seems like a niche sector before you start production but is really a key factor and a pain in the *** to all of us: music and the rights attached to it.
The company just launched Music Store, a catalog where you can find free and to-pay-for music immediately available for editing purposes:
Finding the right music to add to your video or film can be an arduous and confusing process. Many people don’t know where to begin and most don’t understand the legal issues associated with using music in an online video. Vimeo’s new Music Store makes it easy to discover and download music that creators can use in their videos. Music Store fits right into the natural creative path you go through when trying to finish a video project.
I recently watch a wonderful short made by friends and that I hope to share with you soon on this website, that has been locked in a drawer for some time now only because of music related issues. Hopefully Music Store will help them, and many more, to save their energy and worry for the hundreds of other matters that also need time and worry when trying to bring a movie to light.
The catalog already offers 49 000+ tracks and will keep growing, no doubt about that. Vimeo started a partnership with Audiosocket and Free Music Archive so if you are a composer and have an account with any of these two websites, this is a nice opportunity to give massive visibility to your work. You also might have guessed it by now, but I feel I need to precise that you it’s not the place to clear rights for a 50 cent or a Beyonce track.
Click here to have a look at Music Store catalog, watch the video tutorial, unfortunately unavailable for embedding (Aber Warum?), and play with the keywords and search options.
Click here to read more about Music Store, about how to use it and to understand its possibilities and limitations.
Although this is a great news, there is still an economical reality here, and if you want to use a music for a webseries or for a theatrical release the fee won’t be the same, so get ready. The Music Store FAQ is clear and well done, and you will find many answers in it. Below is the question about music rights for a broader exploitation than the web:
The more Vimeo grows, the more I enjoy their editorial line, for lack of a better word. They keep offering new services that answer filmmakers key needs, and their desire to share and nurture the community aspect of their company is what has been standing out so far, which I find healthy and refreshing. (A quick nod to Facebook never-ceasing changes.)
But everything is not perfect in paradise and I still won’t be the happiest mushroom in the forest (?) until I get a button to manage the volume and viewing issues are fixed. If I enjoy the Vimeo clear interface and always try to favor it to Youtube on mentorless, too many times I have had to wait forever for a movie to upload entirely so I could reach a specific point or just so the video could play smoothly.
Come on Vimeo, you just did a Music Store, surely you can fix that!