“Ode” by Christopher Young

“I recently discovered the ArtList.io music licensing service where numerous artists share their music with license rights available to those who produce videos. Using high quality stock video clips from Videoblocks, I created a music video using the song “Ode” by Christopher Young. Enjoy!” ~ Greg Johnson, Founder of Inspiring Music Videos

“Don’t Let Me Down” by Joy Williams as featured by State Farm

Music Video – Audio Only

This music video is below in two videos. The first is the song only. The second is the State Farm commercial that featured the song.

Music Video – State Farm Ad

“Invincible” by Laura Wright

Laura Wright sings “Invincible”, written by Laura Wright and John Haywood, accompanied by Marsha Skinns (violin), Katie Holt (cello) and A.J Moore (guitar), tenor backing vocals by Seamus Wright, Liam Wright and Patrick Wright, at Union Chapel, Islington, on Thursday 26th March 2015 as part of the “Sound Of Strength” Tour.

“La Gozadera” – Gente de Zona and Marc Anthony (Music Video)

The music video “La Gozadera” with Gente de Zona and Marc Anthony has had 689 million views since it’s release on 5 June 2015 to YouTube.

About

Published to YouTube on Jun 5, 2015

Gente De Zona – “La Gozadera” [Official Music Video]
Gente De Zona’s album “Visualízate” is available on these digital platforms:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Visualizate
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/VisualizateGP
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/VisualizateAm
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/VisualizateSp

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Official music video by Gente De Zona performing “La Gozadera.” (C) 2016 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC / Magnus Media LLC

“What Do You Love” by Seeb featuring Jacob Banks (Music Video)

Below is “What Do You Love” — an uplifting, inspiring, and positive music video performance by Seeb featuring Jacob Banks.

“What Do You Love” is a song from Norwegian production trio Seeb, featuring vocals from British singer Jacob Banks. The song was written by Jayd Alexander, Hannes Netzell, Christian Olsson, Espen Berg, Simen Eriksrud, Christoffer Huse, and Trond Opsahl, with the latter four handling the song’s production. It was made available for digital download on 14 October 2016 through Sky Music, Island Records, and Universal Music Group. (source)

For the best viewing experience, view in full screen (option in lower right corner of video window) and close any ads that appear by clicking the small ‘x’ box in the upper right corner of the ad.

Concert Performance Version

Lyrics Version

Black Bloc Anthem – “You Are Not Alone” by Alan Walker (Music Video)

On 1 Dec 2016, Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker launched “You Are Not Alone” as what seems to be a Black Bloc Anthem. In two months, the video has had 164 million views which is expected to climb. Walker’s music video “Faded” has had 932 million views, making his cumulative reach for two videos at over 1 billion views. Walkers recent videos show what appear to be people dressed as black bloc activists.

According to Wikipedia:

Most of the video was filmed in Norway, focusing on Walker’s home town Bergen, and included panoramic shots of nearby tourist attractions such as Ulriken and Trolltunga in Odda. Some parts were also filmed at prominent locations in Europe, including London, Paris and Berlin. Some of the footage in the video are submitted by Walker’s fans around the world. (source)

The term Black Bloc originally referred to a form of protest action where participants would dress in black, and cover their faces. The “black bloc movement” is growing to become a global force of anonymous loosely interconnected occupy-like protest sub-groups that can be immediately called upon to unify and organize world-wide protests, marches, events, and direct actions. The global organization includes event organizers, leaders, media content producers, gamers, hacktivists, and people with other skill sets.

Below are five of Walker’s recent videos including “You Are Not Alone.” Play in full-screen mode for the best viewing experience. Some of these videos may have ads appear. You can close the ad image by clicking the ‘x’ box in the upper right corner.

“You Are Not Alone”

“Sing Me To Sleep”

“Faded”

“Routine”

“Force”

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How You Live (Turn Up The Music) by Point of Grace

Originally uploaded to YouTube on Sep 11, 2007. “How You Live (Turn Up The Music)” (Video) by Point of Grace (c) 2007 Word Entertainment LLC, A Warner/Curb Company.

Lyrics

Wake up to the sunlight with your windows open
Don’t hold in your anger or leave things unspoken
Wear your red dress use your good dishes
Make a big mess and make lots of wishes
Have what you want, but want what you have
And don’t spend you life looking back

Turn up the music Turn it up Loud
Take a few chances Let it all out
Because you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
Because it’s not who you knew and it’s not what you did
It’s how you Live

So go to the ballgames and go to the ballet
And go see your folks more than just on the holidays
Kiss all your children Dance with your wife
Tell your husband you love him every night
Don’t run from the truth cause you can’t get away
Oh no
Just face it and you’ll be ok

Turn up the music Turn it up Loud
Take a few chances Let it all out
Because you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
Because it’s not who you knew and it’s not what you did
It’s how you Live

Where ever you are and wherever you’ve been
Now is a time to begin

So give to the needy and Pray for the grieving
Even when you don’t think that you can
Cause all that you do is bound to come back to you
So think of your fellow man
And make peace with God and Make peace with yourself
Oh yeah
Cause in the end there’s nobody else

Turn up the music Turn it up Loud
Take a few chances Let it all out
Because you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
Because it’s not who you knew and it’s not what you did
It’s how you Live

Because it’s not who you knew and it’s not what you did
It’s how you Live

Amazing Video from Western Sydney University

On 3 Sep 2015, Western Sydney University posted an inspiring video about Deng Thiak Adut, a graduate of their university. As of 11 Jan 2016, the video has already had 1.8 million views. Watch it and you’ll see why it’s been so popular.

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“Great Big Storm” by Nate Ruess – Iowa City Video

Introduction

The Convention and Visitors Bureau in our area launched a promo video through YouTube on 9 December 2015. Within 24 hours it already had over 10,000 views. About a week later, the views were over 25,000 with a 98% satisfaction ratio.

The featured song and theme is “Great Big Storm” by Nate Ruess which conveys the abundance and diversity that comes together in Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, and surrounding area. Further commentary is below.

Enjoy and share!

Broad Use and Application

The video is a great resource for employers, businesses, educators, realtors, web designers, and anyone wanting to share a glimpse of the opportunities in this area.

The YouTube version embeds nicely and looks great on just about any platform. The Vimeo version is also excellent.

A Non-Profit Community Resource

This is a ‘first of its kind’ project that’s receiving national attention (see the visitor map below).

Most videos of this quality and scope are developed for a narrow purpose with a specific business or commercial purpose in mind. This video was produced as a service to the entire community and made available free of charge.

With it’s general branding, this video is a valuable community asset that can be embedded on social media or websites for a variety of purposes.

Community Videos Done Right

Think about this… In just about any metropolitan area, hundreds of businesses, organizations, non-profits, groups, and individuals could conceivable have need for a generic video like this one.

Rather than have all of them independently contract with a firm to produce such a video, it really makes sense for a public interest organization (like the Convention and Visitors Bureau) to help facilitate the production of such a video.

It enhances the way people view our community, and that benefits everyone. To the extent that businesses want to enhance their brand image, a video like this one helps achieve that.

About the Producers

The video was a community collaborative project guided by the skilled team at DPD Productions. You can visit DPD Productions on Vimeo to view their recent portfolio of work consisting of 90 professional videos. Follow DPD Productions on Facebook for the latest news.

Best Practices

This video sets a standard for how to produce a high quality metropolitan area welcome video. For producers, here are some elements to make note of:

  • Activities and Movement. The video predominantly features people engaged in activities, rather than footage of things.
  • Broad Use.  In any video like this one, some people will feel left out wondering why one restaurant or golf course is featured rather than another. The think to remember is that a video like this one is presenting a few highlights from the area. It’s not an ad for any particular business. If anything, it’s an ad for an entire metropolitan area. Given the mix of video images, the average viewer isn’t going to walk away from the video with a particular business in mind. They will have an overall impression about an area. That’s the goal.
  • Diversity. One of the mistakes made when producing video or print materials is that the resulting content is narrowly representative of whoever is producing it. Their close circle is represented rather than the community being represented. Diversity is either forgotten about, or there’s an awkward over-compensation that results in a dozen friends depicted with each person of a distinct and different nationality or race. This video strikes the right balance or presenting organic representative diversity that is reflective of what a person would experience when visiting the area.
  • Contextual Aerial Views. When presenting a broader metropolitan area, it’s helpful to cut from wide open shots to closeups. This offers context. To achieve overhead visuals, tall poles can be used (like a big selfie stick). When combined with being on a truck, and using image stabilization, it’s possible to create a floating effect. Drones can also be used, but certain regulations and safety guidelines must be followed. This video was produced by professionals very experienced with drone flight who followed the best practices with regard to their operation.
  • Great Music. The music used in any promotional video is a very important part of setting the mood. The Great Big Storm song featured in this video is upbeat, positive, and uplifting. This helps create a context for the overall message.
  • Open Branding. Imagine getting to the end of an amazing movie, and having no credits scroll by. That would be impossible, right? There’s usually a list of a hundred people who want credit for their contribution to a project. So, it takes a lot of setting egos aside to create a video with no specific business recognition. Yet, this is very important for any video to be used broadly and effectively by everyone.
  • Real People – Not Actors. One thing you’ll notice about the video is that while some of it seems to have been planned, the footage is not staged. It’s mostly taken from actual events and features real people, not paid professional actors who have been brought in from somewhere else. This results in a real genuineness and sincerity that is conveyed through the video. It’s particularly important in this video, since genuineness and sincerity is part of the message.

Video Views

Below is the view trend for the video in the first week after launch, beginning with 10,000 views at 24 hours after launch.

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Lightning Tent by Wildlife

First published to YouTube on 16 December 2013

The official video for Wildlife’s newest single – Lightning Tent, from their new album “On The Heart”, in stores and online now! http://goo.gl/O6VFF