Every once in awhile, I’ll get a bug to use a musical score for an intro video; but I’m just not musical enough to make my own. Enter Filmstro! Filmstro is, as the website describes, “the world’s first soundtrack creation studio.” It integrates a stunningly simplistic GUI featuring different track collections to fit any mood within your project.
How Filmstro Works:
Filmstro opens to a clean interface, displaying an “explorer” window on the left with genre-centric selections. Once you choose a genre, several tracks are displayed for you to choose from. On the right is an “import video” option where you can load your project, but we’ll come back to that in a moment.
While deciding on a musical piece, you can listen to the track and see its genre, time signature, beats per minute (BPM), and in what key it was recorded. Below this “audition” section, there are three sliders that allow you to adjust the feel of the track to better suit your video’s scene. Each slider controls a different aspect of the piece.
- Momentum controls the track’s pacing, allowing to get either a faster or slower feel throughout your scene.
- Depth adds or subtracts richness of tone, making the track sound either thinner, flatter, and generally more dry; or bigger, deeper, and more bassy.
- Finally, Power introduces more or fewer instrument/vocal parts to allow for a more intimate feel or a grand, sweeping audio landscape.
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So, will Filmstro replace using carefully scripted, beautifully performed motion picture scores? I think that’s a safe “no.” However, it does afford budding content creators a flexible and ridiculously simple application to accentuate their stories with a more than adequate musical component. Also, with a fully functional trial version (some limitations apply) and a starting membership version for a mere $19.99 per month (full library access, new themes weekly, free upgrades forever, and a slew of non-commercial licensing rights), Filmstro is setting itself up to be the leading audio supplement for a new wave of quality production creations.
BUT BEWARE! Filmstro is currently only available for Mac. PC compatibility is slated for release in March.
While he's not reminiscing fondly over his ill-gotten acorn collection, you can also catch him pretending to know anything at all about audio while trying to produce this train wreck they call a podcast in his "studio," which is nothing more than an multidimensional pocket shimmed between the fabric of space-time. That's where sasquatches live, you know.