Music is a great way to add emotion and impact to a video. But where can you find royalty-free music online?

Lots of video editing apps offer a selection of music, but not all of it is completely free of copyright restrictions, and this isn’t always obvious in the app terms and conditions.

One solution is to use the royalty-free audio libraries on Youtube and Facebook. You can filter both of these libraries for a wide range of music genres and styles, so you can find a good match for your story.

Another popular royalty-free music source is Incompetech, which provides music under a Creative Commons licence. Make sure you follow any requirements for crediting the tracks you use. Many journalists also use the Free Music Archive, another Creative Commons resource.

Saving free music to your phone

On an Android phone, audio tracks can easily be saved to a folder. On an iPhone, you’ll need to download the track you want, and either transfer it to iTunes or upload it to a cloud-based storage system like Dropbox or Google Drive. From here, you can import the track into a video editing app like LumaFusion, iMovie and KineMaster.

Here’s an example of a video package with music, produced by manual contributors Anh Pham and Nora Zheng.