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Final Cut Pro XApple has announced their revolutionary new FCP X software and as promised, they have changed everything. If you have purchased this new version, you've probably already noticed that most of your 3rd party plug-ins don't work with it. Apple has made significant changes to their data model for the software, so that leaves us developers with some work to do. We are told that the tools we need to make our plug-in work in FCP X are coming in the near future. Our developers will be working on a solution as soon as we have the tools from Apple.

In the meantime, it appears that people are successfully installing and running both FCP 7 and FCP X on the same system. I'm sure that will be helpful in the transition to the next big thing.

» Read the entire Final Cut Pro X Plug-In Support Update article

Published on: June 22, 2011

SmartSound is introducing 2 new albums for June! The albums include a new Strata series and Producer series.

Mike G - Voxation

World Tour - Strata Series

Representing three continents, this world music album includes African, Middle Eastern, Indian and Native American music. Whichever journey you take, make it last exactly as long as you need with SmartSound's Custom Length feature.

Listen to the album »

» Read the entire New Music for June article

Published on: June 21, 2011

Want a little course on using sound effects and music in your videos? Check this out from Filmmaking Webinars.

Filmmaking WebinarsMusic and sound effects are among the most effective ways of shaping your audience's reaction to every scene in your production regardless of the type of production you are creating (e.g. a narrative film, television show, a documentary, a wedding video, or a corporate film).

» Read the entire Filmmaking Webinar article

Published on: May 26, 2011"FlickLaunch, the first movie distribution platform built on Facebook for independent filmmakers, announced today it would begin showing independent films for 7-day rentals on the filmmaker's Facebook fanpage. This new platform enables independent filmmakers access and the ability to market to a global audience through Facebook without the prohibitive costs of traditional and outdated distribution.

» Read the entire Independent Filmmakers to Facebook article

Published on: May 11, 2011

Kevin Klingler Interview at NABKevin Klingler, President & CEO of SmartSound Software, talks about QuickTracks – SmartSound’s new cloud-based music customization service.

Quicktracks was a huge hit this year at NAB, winning two prestigious awards from DV and Videomaker. The customization service is available now on the SmartSound website.

» Read the entire CEO Kevin Klingler Interview at NAB article

Published on: May 05, 2011

Calling all creative minds! Help kick-off registration for the World's Largest Nighttime Running Event™. We are seeking action packed, high energy videos that feature Las Vegas at night, running and a hook that will make it go viral. Videos must be 30-90 seconds in length. Videos will be uploaded and hosted through YouTube*. All videos must use royalty-free music, no exceptions.

» Read the entire The Strip At Night Contest article

Published on: April 26, 2011

Richard Band Vol 9There are three new royalty free music albums for April - Richard Band Vol 9 - Mystery & Magic, Dramatic Stories and Funky Country. The Dramatic Stories and Funky Country albums are part of the Strata series.

About Richard Band Vol 9 - Mystery & Magic: Live symphonic cues for film that are mysterious, suspenseful, mystical and magical. Automatically match the end of any scene with a dynamic and perfect musical punctuation using Sonicfire Pro's Custom Length feature. Just type in the minutes, seconds and frames to get a powerful, live orchestral piece that sounds written for your movie.

» Read the entire New Music for April article

Published on: April 26, 2011

DV Award at NAB 2011Quicktracks, SmartSound's patented Sonicfire Pro software for the web, won multiple awards at the 2011 NAB Show. Quicktracks is an innovative new Cloud-based music customization service. The industry's first Web service to provide music track customization online, Quicktracks will give SmartSound users complete creative control over the company's extensive Royalty Free Music Library directly from the web site.

» Read the entire Quicktracks Wins NAB Awards article

Published on: April 21, 2011

Tim Fagan

Tim Fagan, former SmartSound employee and audio engineer, has released a new album - "Tim Fagan". The album is available in digital format for $9.00. Tim worked for SmartSound until he won a music contest which gave him co-writing credit on a song with John Mayer. He then went on to travel the world as Music Director and Guitar Player for Colbie Caillet.

He recently won a grammy for co-writing the song "Lucky" with Colbie Caillet and Jason Mraz. As you can see from the video, he's a fun and creative guy with tons of talent.

» Read the entire SmartSound Artist Tim Fagan's Album article

Published on: March 15, 2011

Alternative MaximumThe Strata Series just added a new member - Alternative Maximum.

Full out Alternative Rock tracks that move and pulse with a great live band feel for a multitude of uses; everything from Indie films and commercials to sports and travel.

» Read the entire Alternative Maximum article

Published on: March 09, 2011

Questionable MotivesNew for March, a new Strata Series album, Questionable Motives.

Subtle and thought-provoking, these cues portend mystery and suspense- perfect for adding drama to your scenes of tension, doubt and discovery.

» Read the entire Questionable Motives article

Published on: March 09, 2011

Got a funny video or knack for making people laugh? Enter the NYVS Funny Video Contest and you might win a new iPad!

NYVS is an online film school based in New York. The contest is being promoted through Facebook and ends on March 31, 2011.

» Read the entire NYVS Funny Video Contest article

Published on: March 09, 2011

Mirco WindeWant to learn more about using SmartSound's Pinnacle Studio v15 Plug-In? Mirco Winde is a master and shares his expertise with you.

Mirco is a professional filmmaker and a product designer

» Read the entire Mirco Winde Pinnacle Plug-In Tutorial article

Published on: March 07, 2011

SmartSound composer Francisco BeckerFrancisco Becker is a Chilean - Italian Pianist and Composer with a BA Hons in "Specialist in Arrangement and Composition of Modern Music" from the Institute of Modern Music Santiago,Chile. His specialty is to arrange and compose orchestral music for pictures.

Francisco has a strong classical influence. He grew up in a musical environment attending a music school during his primary and secondary education, where he studied classical piano, oboe and clarinet.

» Read the entire Francisco Becker article

Published on: March 07, 2011

A Chill In The AirCool grooves for your very cool visuals.

Chill and Downtempo music that will fit with a click. Just type the scene length into Sonicfire Pro software and click to get the perfect edit.

» Read the entire A Chill In The Air article

Published on: March 04, 2011