So you just downloaded an After Effects template and are ready to dive into an awesome video project, when you realize there’s no music. Where the heck did it go?? One of the most common questions we get for After Effects and Apple Motion templates is why the royalty-free music from the preview isn’t included in the template ZIP file. The short answer is licensing.
A Storyblocks subscription for video includes a Royalty-Free License Agreement, which allows you to use all of our content (footage, motion backgrounds, and After Effects templates) in commercial and noncommercial derivative works. Because music is not covered in this agreement, a separate license is required.
Fortunately, a license also exists for all audio content. Our 100,000+ music tracks, sound effects, and loops may be used in derivative works without ever having to pay extra to use it commercially, or needing to pay the artist directly every time a track is used.
These two licenses allow you to sell your derivative works to clients and customers, but do not allow you to make the raw stock file available to the client or customer.
This same stipulation applies to contributors making and selling After Effects templates for both the Unlimited Library and the Marketplace. The template is the derivative work and the audio track that’s heard in the preview is the raw stock file that cannot be resold or redistributed to you, the Videoblocks member, in accordance with the license agreement for that track.
The good news is that almost all the instructions that come with templates include a source for the music used in the preview. Even better, if you have a subscription for audio, there’s a very good chance that the contributor who made the template used a track from Storyblocks that you can download yourself! After downloading the ZIP file and extracting the contents, look for a PDF, Word document or TXT file that contains instructions as well as a possible link to the track used in the preview.
We have tons of exclusive tracks, new music and sound FX available on Storyblocks—all of which are included as unlimited downloads with an affordable annual subscription. Explore our audio collection, or find the right After Effects template for your next project.