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Looking for Tilt-Shift Footage?

Those that grew up in the era of Mister Rogers—which is just about all of us, given the show’s three-decade run—were taught to associate miniature, whimsical neighborhoods with soothing songs and cozy sweaters. But today’s children are more prone to associate them with the tilt-shift effects built into their cameras and smartphones. For the uninitiated,

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How to Create a Tilt-Shift Effect Using Adobe After Effects

The tilt-shift lens has come a long way since being typecast as an architecture lens useful only for correcting the perceived lean of tall buildings and cityscapes. In fact, it’s grown increasingly popular among cinematographers and visual storytellers, who are much more concerned with aesthetics and audience perceptions than issues with converging lines. Fortunately, the

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Why My Zoom Lenses Rarely Get Any Love

Ask me how I feel about the zoom lenses in my collection, and I’ll tell you they’re pretty darn fantastic: ultra sharp wide open, versatile, and plenty fast for the vast majority of shooting scenarios (which, for me, revolve mostly around food). And yet, I rarely ever use them. They stick around, really, because I

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Our Best Stock Footage: Time-Lapse Night Skies

Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and stare.” Of course, some of us still marvel and stare—and capture footage while doing so. The uses for stock footage of stars are as infinite as the stars themselves, but if you’ve read our tutorial

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How to Create a Lightspeed Travel Effect

We’ve all wondered what it would be like to travel the galaxy through hyperspace in the Millennium Falcon. Han and Chewie didn’t seem phased by the sight of stars and planets zooming by, but for an audience it was incredible. George Lucas and his special effects team, Industrial Light and Magic, were pioneers in groundbreaking

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The Five Great Myths of Film School

When you’re in the position of choosing a career path, film school is an appealing choice. The allure of a vocation whose path is filled with excitement and opportunity is no doubt tempting. But while film school can unlock tremendous opportunity, it’s designed to accompany—not replace—some necessary skill sets earned outside of the classroom. As

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VideoBlocks Year-End Infographic

If 2014 was the “Year of the Horse” in the Chinese Zodiac, it was the year we went off to the races as a company. Among our team milestones last year were the launch of our audio site AudioBlocks, the debut of our first iPhone app Just Add Audio, and another solid land on the

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VideoBlocks Sleeper Clips of 2014

Our VideoBlocks library is pretty big, and with the upcoming launch of the VideoBlocks Marketplace, we’re only getting bigger—which, despite all the positives, makes it easier for some great footage to fall through the old Internet cracks. We had some very popular clips in 2014, and we’re pretty sure that at this point just about

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