A great soundtrack can take your video project to the next level. Finding inspiration is easy; the hard part is finding music that’s affordable and doesn’t violate any copyright laws. Luckily, video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo have started building their own music libraries for creators to borrow from if they can’t rely on talented friends, and there are plenty of songwriters online who are willing to share their tracks as well. Here are a few of our favorites.
Catpy April Mewls Day! It’s no secret that the Internet loves cats. Some of today’s cleverest pranks involve the furry creatures. Here’s a rundown of a few we thought were the cat’s meow.
Last fall, Vimeo began launching features to help creators make more money. It started with the launch of the Tip Jar in September, which allows viewers to send money, or “tip”, creators as a thank you for the entertainment they provide. In November, Vimeo announced a new pay-to-view movie experience, and today they’ve launched Vimeo On Demand—a new platform that lets creators sell their work directly to their audiences.
This morning Vimeo has announced that they’ve partnered with cloud-based video enhancing platform Vivoom to add a collection of new visual enhancements to their service called “Looks.” Users can now apply high quality, stylistic visual effects, much like Instagram filters, to videos, in addition to the already launched ability to add licensed music to their creations.
Vimeo will have a new app for making videos that look like animated GIFs. The company today announced the acquisition of Echograph from Clear-Media for an undisclosed sum. Much like Twitter’s Vine, Echograph plays short video clips on a loop.
Twitter Enhances Viewing Options for Photos, Videos and Related Tweets (AllTwitter)
Twitter is kicking that photo/video train into high gear, with its announcement of new photo and video features that are rolling out, starting today. Steamrolling out, rather.
Vimeo today announced a ratings system for videos that looks similar to the one on television. The creators of the video sharing site have vowed that all “boobs, blood, and curse words” will now be categorized and rated under the labels “All Audiences,” “Mature,” or “Not Yet Rated.” Ultimately, Vimeo plans to create filters for people to block unwanted content on their own.
Twitter will allow users to expand photos, watch videos and read conversations from within the main Twitter feed.
The Sundance Film Festival launches this week in Park City, Utah, so what better time to interview the Sundance Institute’s social media manager, Royale Ziegler, about the role social media plays in helping independent filmmakers extend the reach of their films. The following is the result of our email exchange late last week.
Inauguration Will Come with its Own Mobile App (SocialTimes)
President Obama’s inauguration for a second term on Jan. 21 will be the first such event to have its own mobile app for iOS and Android. The Presidential Inaugural Committee launched the app on Monday.