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Adding Music to Your Xpress Pro Project

Adding Music to Your Xpress Pro Project

If you want to use music in your Xpress Pro movie, usually you will follow either of two routes:

  • Compose music or hire a composer: If you have musical skills, you can create an original musical score yourself; even if you can't play an instrument, you can use one of the powerful loop-oriented soundtrack creation applications available that make creating an impressive track very easy.

    (For more information on loop-oriented applications, see “Creating Soundtracks with Loop Software” later in this chapter.)

    Hiring a composer isn't as expensive as you might think. A good place to start is the bulletin board at a film school; you'll probably be amazed at how much talent you can sign on for a relatively small fee.

  • License prerecorded music: Cutting music from your personal CD collection into your Xpress Pro projects can be fun, but ultimately you have to come to terms with the world of music licenses if you plan to broadcast, perform, or distribute your movie (including at film festivals and over the Internet) with someone else's music.

    The cheapest way to license prerecorded music is to buy a music collection with a buy-out license. (For more information, see the next section, “Buy-Out License Music Collections.”)

    Licensing higher-quality music, however, usually entails purchasing needle-drop and production blanket licenses from higher-end companies. (For more information, see “Needle-Drop and Production-Blanket Music Licenses” later in this chapter.)


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