Copyright Free Sounds
For copyright free sounds, try these:
If you need a login you'll need to sign up for one or ask me for a general purpose login. There's usually one on the wall of my classroom by my desk that anyone can use.
- Free SFX – sound effects. This requires a login. If I'm teaching you, ask me for it!
- Freesound – lots of interesting possibilities here with a wide range of sounds which seem to download OK. Again, requires a login so see me...
- Free Music Archive – lots of decent music here
- Sound Bible – lots of audio files which are OK to use (check out their copyright notice)
- PacDV sound effects – there's a music section of this site as well
- Sound Jay – free sound effects
- BBC Sound effects – these are free for non-commercial and educational use only. If you're designing for a commercial client then you'll have to pay
- Purple Planet Music – good range of music but you'll have to credit where it come from
- ZapSplat – music and sound effects, but you have to credit where they come from on products
- Audio micro – don't use the search box – that will give you only sounds you have to pay for. Use the categories to find free sound effects
You might also use Ben Sound, but it comes with two health warnings. Firstly, everyone seems to use the same sounds! Seriously – my kids are fed up with hearing the same two or three music files on 8 out of 10 projects. So, check the sound with me first. If it's one I've not heard much I'll let you use it.
Secondly the license seems to not allow the work to be changed as it's a "no derivative works" license. So you need to be a little careful how you use it – and, to be honest, I'd avoid it if you can.
And YouTube have released an audio library that you can download and use tracks from. But you have to be signed in to YouTube Studio – the bit where you upload and edit videos. So that's not something you can do in school – but it might be worth a look at home if you already host videos on YouTube.
If you're looking for text to speech websites there are occasionally decent ones out there, some better than others. Text2Speech is one that seems to work and allows downloads. It's OK to use it for school work but you'd need to include some detail in your assets table.
There are other good places to get copyright free material from that you might not be able to access at school. Ask if you need to and a teacher may be able to access them for you.
Downloading free video is tricky, but here are some decent places to start from.
- Pexels Videos – good quality, free video clips
- ISO Republic – free stock video
- Life of Vids – free video clips
- Pixabay also does videos – use the drop down at the end of the search box
- Videvo – double check which license you're using though, because some aren't entirely free
- SplitShire – mainly drone footage
Kapwing is an online video editing tool that might be helpful. If you have a Google account you can sign in to it. Otherwise you'll need to edit and export in one session.
Almost seems a shame that the Academy Trust I work for decided to move away from giving everyone a Google account doesn't it... But what do I know?