Free VFX Elements from Final Light

A friend of mine sent me a link to which is a new website that sells VFX stock footage. For those of you that may not be familiar with the term VFX is short for ‘visual effects’ and is used to describe all the computer generated effects you see in films these days. sells elements like smoke, fire, shockwaves and explosions that you can use to add to your video or film project. You need basic compositing knowledge to add the effects to your project but the guys at Finallight have made it pretty easy by providing masks and well-filmed or computer generated elements.
They have three elements available on their site here
So you can test them out to see if you want to purchase anything from their library.
I purchased a flame effect and added it to a quick VFX test I am working. Take a look here

Add Audio to Your Web Page / Blog (free and easy)

Adding audio to your website or blog post isn’t always as simple as it sounds. I put together a quick tutorial using my favorite little plug ‘n’ play flash embed code for adding a nice looking audio to player to a web page or blog post.
Here is an example of the player:


1. Upload the music to your server in MP3 format. If the MP3 file exists on a server somewhere else you just need to grab the URL of that file (but remember if the owners of the server change the location of that file your embedded music will no longer work).

2. Copy the URL, it will look something like this

3. Copy the code below and save it somewhere on your computer so you have easy access to it

4. Where you see MP3_FILE_URL in the code above replace that with your URL, so your code would now look something like this

5. Now paste the result into your blog post or web page and you will get a nice looking flash player for your audio file.

Reddit Conversation re: Performing Rights Organizations

There’s a very funny and very informative conversation going on regarding performing rights organizations like BMI, ASCAP and in this case PRS going after people singing to themselves at work (?!?!?).

Check it out if you have a moment, it’s pretty enlightening;

This comes as ASCAP loses their battle to charge mobile phone users every time their phone rings calling their ringtones a “public performance”.
Judge: No Royalties for Music Industry Each Time a Ringtone Plays

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Top 10 Selling Tracks on for September

Here are the top-ten selling royalty free music tracks from for September 2009.
There’s some pretty cool stuff here:

1 Supercritical_Supercilious by Michele Vanni

2 HighLights by Dan Phillipson

3 Hope For More by Dan Phillipson

4 Live Wire by Bjorn Lynne

5 Lift Me Up by Bjorn Lynne

6 Fashion Groove by Michael Cymbalista

7 Les Pieds by Felipe Vassão

8 We Are Loud by PIR

9 Mataleon by Roberto Feltracco

10 Starting Lineup by Mark Petrie

Music and Sound Effects for Halloween

Halloween Music and Sound Effects
Here’s a quick list of our scariest audio resources for any of those last minute Halloween type projects you might be working on.

Happy Halloween!

Mystery & Suspense
Mysterious pads and voices, exotic percussion and instruments fill this royalty free music collection called Mystery and Suspense.

Check out ‘I’m Watching You’ for a subtly suspenseful background track or ‘Unclear’ for mysterious underscore using harp and strange swelling pads.

A royalty free collection of horror background music, horror hits and scary sound effects.

Use this horror background music library, halloween sound effects and scary Sounds to make your website, film, video or Halloween party a big, scary sounding event.

Scary Sound Effects
Alien Monsters breathing, groaning and sneering plus creaky doors and recordings of ghosty ectoplasm (these are really hard to find let alone record)

This collection of 93 high quality horror sounds effects includes monsters, bats, creaks, heartbeats, soundscapes and screams.

260 Horror Music Soundtracks
Download individual music tracks from our Horror and Suspense genre on There’s a huge variety of scary music here.
Human Sound Effects
Screams, grunts, coughs, sneezes, eating, chomping, breathing, vomiting, kissing, it’s all here for you to download and add to your projects.

An incredible collection of 445 human sound effects for you to use in your music, films, TV, video, websites or just about anything you can think of.

Horror Sound Effects
We have a huge selection of individual, professionally recorded horror sound effects available on our website including;
Horror Accents
Horror Ambience
Body Fall
Body Hits
Bone Breaks
Scary Machines
Horror Production Elements
Horror Swells