Clipchamp works with StoryBlocks to offer a library of thousands of stock music tracks and sound effects that you can add to your Create projects.
If you're on the Free Plan, you'll be able to add stock audio to your projects, but your project will be watermarked (you will hear a voice saying "Clipchamp Create").
To remove watermarks, you can upgrade to a Premium Plan or Business Plan. You'll be charged a monthly or yearly subscription fee and will receive 5 stock credits per month, or 60 per year, as well as be able to export in higher resolutions. If you don't use all your credits, they'll roll over to the next month, so you won't lose them. To learn more about credits and how they are deducted, see 'Exporting a project with stock audio' at the bottom of this article.
There are currently no one-off payment options for stock audio files.
NOTE: you can still add your own audio files to your project for free without any watermarking on the Free Plan.
How to add stock music or sound effects to your project
1. Click the Stock Library button
Click the Stock Library button in the left hand menu of your project under Add Media, shown here:
2. Click on Audio
To look for stock audio, ensure AUDIO is selected in the left hand menu (If it's selected the search bar will say "Search audio...")
3. Type a keyword into the search bar
Type the kind of audio or music you would like into the search bar at the top.
For example: "jazz music", "thunder sfx", "funky drum loop" (SFX = sound effects)
4. Adjust the sorting parameter (if you want to)
Click on the drop down to the right of your keyword to see certain kinds of audio files first (e.g. most relevant, most downloaded, highest rated, undiscovered)
5. Listen to the results
You can hover your cursor over an audio result to hear the audio play.
6. Click on a file if you want more information
If you click on an audio file, you will be able to see more information about it and play it, as well as see and listen to similar audio clips in the bar below it:
7. Add a file using the plus (+) symbol or the 'Add to library' button
When you find an audio asset you want to use, add it to your project's library. This will not deduct credits – it will just make it available for you to try in your project until you're ready to export.
To add audio directly from the search results page, click the plus (+) button that appears in the top left of the asset when you hover over it:
A tick will appear once the audio has been added to your library:
To add an asset from the information window, use the Add to library button:
Then close the window using the X in the top right to keep browsing.
TIP: You can add several audio assets to your project's library while browsing, then return to your project to work with them once you're finished. You can also remove assets from your library later if you don't want them anymore.
8. Click the Try it out button
If you're on a free plan, you might see a Trial Reminder. Click Try it out to continue:
9. Close the stock library
Once you're done browsing the stock library, simply click the Close Library button in the top right, or the Close button on the bottom left.
You will be returned to your project and can start working with your stock audio.
Adding stock audio to your timeline
The stock audio files you've added should now be visible in your project's media library in the top left. You can drag and drop them into your timeline at the bottom of your project to start working with them.
In the example below, we've added two stock videos (an animation of the sun rising over Planet Earth and a confetti background), two stock sound effects, and a title to create a short happy birthday greeting:
When the audio plays you will still hear the watermark at this stage if you are on a Free Plan. The watermark will be removed if you upgrade your account to a Premium or Business Plan.
Exporting a project with stock audio
Credits are only deducted from your plan when you export a project with stock assets in it. If you try to export without upgrading, you will see a message like this:
You still have the option of exporting a draft watermarked video until you're ready to upgrade – simply click Continue with watermark.
If you've upgraded, you'll see a message asking you to confirm the use of your credits for the stock assets in the project, and letting you know how many credits you will have left if you do this:
Click Confirm use to purchase the stock assets and export your project without watermarks.
Stock credits are only deducted from your total when you successfully export a video with a stock asset in it, so if the export fails or is cancelled they won't be deducted.
Exporting a stock asset that you already bought (i.e. one you had a credit deducted for in the past) won't deduct more credit for it. So once a credit is used to purchase an asset, you can export that particular asset as many times as you like without being charged more credits for it.
How do I see how many stock credits I have left?
If you've upgraded to the Premium or Business Plan, you can see how many stock credits you have available by clicking your account icon in the top right:
Stock credits are only deducted from your total when you successfully export a video with a stock asset in it.
Exporting a stock asset you already bought (e.g. exporting a stock audio file that you had credits deducted for in the past) won't deduct any more credits from your total. So once a credit is used to purchase an asset, you can export that asset as many times as you like without being charged more credits for it.