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

Tutorial: How to Create a Scribble Effect in After Effects

In this 3D world of complex visuals and intricate textures, a contradictory trend seems to have made its way to the foreground—and that trend is 2D animation. The simple aesthetic has taken over the world of design and even popular music videos. Take for instance Bruno Mars’s That’s What I Like—it combines 2D lines and animations with some killer dance moves to create something that is both fun and artistic. Lucky for you, the scribble effect is a very simple animation that can be done right inside After Effects or Premiere Pro. … Read more about Tutorial: How to Create a Scribble Effect in After Effects

Top 20 Abstract and Artistic AE Templates

Have you ever seen opening credits that made the hair stand up on your arms? Or a movie trailer that had your heart thumping loudly in your ears? The high-impact visuals of After Effects templates can add incredible intensity to any project—and will take your audience’s breath away. Versatile and colorful, abstract After Effects templates have their perks. Creatives working in the the sci-fi, thriller, drama, or documentary genres already know that abstract templates are key, but the uses for them go far beyond dramatic films. … Read more about Top 20 Abstract and Artistic AE Templates

Stock Footage of the Week: Ciao Italia!

Welcome back to Stock Footage of the Week, where we bring you trending videos, timely templates, and sometimes just some fun (or funny) footage. This week, we decided to mix things up a bit, and take you on a time lapse adventure through Italy. Since most of us can’t usually just leave our desks and life behind for almost a month to travel the world, we wanted to take you on a stock footage tour of one of the hottest tourist destinations year after year—and who knows, maybe this will actually inspire your next trip? (Or perhaps it’ll … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Ciao Italia!