Destination Cuba: Highlights from Our New Travel Footage Collection

Just when you think you’re out of places to go, sights to see, or new things to experience, Cuba rises as one of the best travel destinations of the year. It’s bustling streets of lively music, retro cars, and colorful buildings have attracted many career travelers for decades, and with Cuban-American relations improving, your wanderlust could take you on a new adventure. Our new Cuban travel footage collection features these authentic views of local life and highlights the beauty of the Caribbean island. Besides inspiring wanderlust, these … Read more about Destination Cuba: Highlights from Our New Travel Footage Collection

How to Resize Video for Social Media (aka Square Format Video)

Incorporating stock footage into your social media accounts can add an element of professionalism that sets your brand apart. But, apps like Instagram and Facebook can sometimes make it difficult to upload because of their video size restrictions. Don’t let that stop you—we’re sharing some of our favorite tutorials that show you how to resize video to fit Instagram and Facebook’s video size specs. There’s no need to compromise on quality. Your brand will develop a reputation for its professionalism and social media savvy, all while … Read more about How to Resize Video for Social Media (aka Square Format Video)

What Is a Sizzle Reel? (And How to Make One)

Looking for a way to show off your content and make it pop? Look no further than the always versatile sizzle reel: a fun, quick way to spotlight all of your creative projects. A tool used by freelancers and longtime industry professionals alike, the sizzle reel provides a variety of different ways to quickly engage audiences with content that speaks for itself.   What is a sizzle reel? Sizzle reels are a fast-paced, branded mix of media that help convey messaging in a stylized video. While all sizzle reels are videos, not all videos … Read more about What Is a Sizzle Reel? (And How to Make One)

The Best Gear for On-the-Go

Picture this: You’re about to go on the destination footage trip of a lifetime, but you can’t bring all of your favorite equipment with you—we’ve all been there. Which camera should I bring? Will I need this lens or that one? Next thing you know, you’re sitting on your luggage, using all your strength to fit the zipper around your folded up tripod. Traveling can be stressful—especially if you’re a videographer or photographer. Not only do you want to make sure you have the right gear, but you also want to make sure it stays safe. … Read more about The Best Gear for On-the-Go

Why B-Roll is Awesome

Seasoned filmmakers and beginners alike use b-roll to take their film projects to the next level. Why? B-roll evens the playing field—and if you’ve never heard of b-roll before reading this article, you can still use it to achieve incredible results. We’ll take you through the basics of b-roll and show you how stock footage fits into the equation. (Spoiler: You’ll end up saving both time and cash).   What Is B-Roll? B-roll is the additional footage interspersed throughout a video to provide more information about the … Read more about Why B-Roll is Awesome

15 Hand-Picked Music Footage Clips to Rock Out To

Sometimes life just calls for an epic music montage—complete with slow-mo clips of heads swinging, fingers strumming, and, of course, fist pumping. Stock footage can rock with the best of them, and we’re here to prove it. Even if you're not working on the next great music montage, music footage can complement any number of creative projects. Specially made for publicizing music events, these After Effects templates are a lifesaver when it comes to promoting a concert, party venue, or festival—making it easy to create bold … Read more about 15 Hand-Picked Music Footage Clips to Rock Out To

Banjo Flamethrowers and Cello Cannons: Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” Cover Gives New Meaning to an Explosive Performance

Music cover videos have been a staple of YouTube since its inception, but Rob Scallon presents us with a piece unlike anything you’ve ever heard—or seen! His unique banjo cover of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” (a traditional heavy metal composition) is a novel enough reason to warrant a click. From the fancy finger work down to an impressive riff solo midway through, Scallon’s musical expertise really shines—including shots of his audio capture program recording in the background is also a neat touch of detail. (Warning: Video contains battle … Read more about Banjo Flamethrowers and Cello Cannons: Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” Cover Gives New Meaning to an Explosive Performance

Winter Is Here: 4 Exclusive After Effects Templates Inspired by Game of Thrones

Although it might be the middle of July, fans of must-watch TV around the world already know: Winter. Is. Here. The penultimate season of Game of Thrones has arrived, promising more thrills—and battles—than ever. But why should Jon Snow have all the fun? With our new and exclusive epic fantasy-inspired After Effects templates, you can claim the Iron Throne for your own. Drawing on iconic elements and themes from the pop culture sensation, we’ve created four versatile intro templates that can be easily customized using your own … Read more about Winter Is Here: 4 Exclusive After Effects Templates Inspired by Game of Thrones