Post Production: How To Use Looped or Created Music When Scoring

When creating a video, sometimes the most important part of it is the created music. But, one problem with using music is that videographers can infringe on the rights of artists if they are not careful. Yet, there are programs available that allow videographers to create scores or looped music when scoring.

Step 1: The Problem with Using Other People's Music

Music, like any artistic production, belongs to the person that made it. And, those that use the music without permission could be subject to fines due to copyright infringement. Even music found online that appears free can be subject to copyright laws. People who are creating videos for personal use are not usually subject to copyright laws. It's only when someone plans on publishing them online or using the videos for monetary gains.

While video or film creators can obtain permission from artists to use their work, generally this involves a fee. Further, the copyrights are usually limited, meaning that the filmmaker can only use it for a certain piece, and generally the music cannot be manipulated.

Step 2: Filmmakers Can Create Their Own Music

While filmmakers cannot use other people's music, they can create their own. Programs can be bought that allow users to create their own music that will perfectly match the mood of the film or video. Programs like Magix Music Maker Pro and Sonic Foundry Acid can be used to create original scores or simple looped music.

These programs usually have tutorials to assist users with creating music, and they are generally very easy to use. All someone needs is a little imagination and a little computer know-how.

Step 3: Types of Music for Videos and Film

Looped music are generally only one to two minutes long, but the music is very repetitive. This allows the music to be repeated over and over again fluidly. Generally, this type of music will have drums, guitars and piano.

Full length scores are much more intricate. They require a number of different beats and instruments, and the music should have different up and downbeats. This type of music is generally longer, and it has different musical sections. For most videos, however, shorter scores or looped music will work fine. Most videos are less than 10 minutes, so a short score will work perfectly for these films. For even shorter videos, looped music could be an easy and fast way to add some music to the video.

Step 4: Using Music to Create a Mood

Whatever type of music that a filmmaker uses, it should match the mood of the video. For example, if it is a video montage, faster paced music can help move the video along. But, if it's a wedding video, dreamy or romantic music must be used.

Music helps evoke feelings in the audience, and it helps create the atmosphere that a filmmaker wishes to convey. Whatever type of music is used, it should match the pace of the video. Don't use fast music when the overall pace should be slower and vice versa.