Filmstro Releases 1,000 Music Tracks for Free Use on YouTube

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

The biggest challenge creating an interesting short film or video online is to use music that you have the rights to, and that isn’t a cookie cutter clip from a stock music site. And even if you find a clip that will work, odds are, you’ve heard it before on another video! That can be maddening. That’s where the music site Filmstro is different, because not only do they have a wide variety of music clips, but now, they’re offering 1,000 free music clips for use on YouTube, even if your account is monetized.

The thing I like about Filmstro, is that that users can take a musical clip, and customize it to match the tone and feel of the scene the director is trying to score. Users can use the Filmstro plugin in either Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro, and select your music from a catalog of thousands of options. Then, you can use their customizing sliders to adjust the tempo, depth, and power of the clip to dial it in to just the right vibe for the scene.

There’s even a mobile app which enables mobile filmmakers to add music to their on the go videos.  It’s a very clever service. And now, it’s gotten even better with Filmstro giving away over 1,000 music clips to filmmakers to use on YouTube, even if their channels are monetized.

The so-called “video soundtrack (synchronisation license)” can be used on the following videos:

  1. Personal Youtube (including monetised videos)
  2. Personal Vimeo (excluding Video on Demand)
  3. Personal Other video platforms (not-paid advertising)
  4. Personal Social Media (not including paid ads)
  5. Personal Website and showreel (excludes wedding videos)
  6.  Film Festivals (Submission and screening – excludes distribution)
  7. Free Podcasts
  8. Free Tutorials
  9. Free Games
  10. Free Apps (excludes apps with in-app purchases)
  11. Crowdfunding videos

There is a catch however. Other money making options including wedding videos, commercial ads, in app purchases, and other ancillary revenue generation where the music could be used to generate an income are not permitted without paying for a standard Filmstro license. What I find interesting though, is that YouTubers can continue to make money using Adsense, but Vimeo on Demand is excluded.

Filmstro has several paid plans as well, starting at $9.99 a month for the basic plan. Each plan offers a wider range of licensing options, and if a 30 day trial is available at $14.99, which gives you access to the entire catalog. The license levels are broken down between personal, freelance and even studio level options, and if you’re going to be making money off your video, you’re going to want to go with at least the Freelance level, as the personal option is more for social media, vlogging and that sort of thing.

Filmstro can go all the way up to broadcast and theatrical release options as well. That is a huge number of options with which to harness the power of Filmstro’s catalog of music and still make a few bucks on the side. I applaud Filmstro in giving YouTubers the ability to create some fresh musical backgrounds for their videos, without running afoul of the video streaming portal’s draconian copyright algorithms.

For more information on their new freemium offerings, or to subscribe to the service, visit

Hat Tip – DIYP

About James DeRuvo 801 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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