Get Shook—20 Horror After Effects Templates for Your Fright Night

The fear is real. From the return of Jigsaw and Pennywise the Clown to the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things, Fall 2017 is packed full of fan-favorites and adrenaline pumping frights. But big screams aren’t just for big screens! We’ve rounded up our 20 most downloaded After Effects templates for horror and Halloween projects. From glitchy title sequences to killer animations, these frightful templates are available for purchase in our Marketplace, where 100% of the sales commission goes back to artists like you. So whether … Read more about Get Shook—20 Horror After Effects Templates for Your Fright Night

Avoid the Cheesy Look: Tips for Directing Talent from Videographer Ruslan Mykhalets

We’ve all seen it—that cheesy, posed stock video. It’s that shot where the smile never meets the eyes, or where everything is just a little too perfect. It’s cliched and completely inauthentic. But the industry—and the world—is changing, and these days, more and more people are looking for videos that are diverse, relatable, and natural. As one of our top contributors of authentic lifestyle footage, we spoke to Ruslan Mykhalets of MStockAgency to get his top tips and tricks for ditching the cheesy look and producing high-quality, realistic … Read more about Avoid the Cheesy Look: Tips for Directing Talent from Videographer Ruslan Mykhalets

Review: Wondershare’s Filmora Video Editor

Do you have the right tools for success on YouTube? As the video platform continues to dominate social media, indie branding, and grassroots marketing, having the right program for short-form video editing has never been more important. Enter Wondershare’s Filmora, a simple and easy-to-use video editor that’s beginner friendly—and good for video editing on the fly. How easy? We tried it out with some of our stock footage to see how it stacked up compared to industry mainstays like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro. Available for both … Read more about Review: Wondershare’s Filmora Video Editor

Increase Your YouTube Watch Time with These 5 Steps

We’ve known for a while that YouTube’s most important ranking factor is video watch time. It makes sense—YouTube wants to keep users on the site for as long as possible, so the more time people spend watching and interacting with videos, the more YouTube will focus on putting those videos where viewers will see them. That’s cool and all, but how can you increase your YouTube watch time to ensure that your videos are prioritized in search? Use these five tips to impress your VP of Marketing with huge increases in views and watch … Read more about Increase Your YouTube Watch Time with These 5 Steps

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

How to Make a Video Tutorial with After Effects Templates

The internet can now teach us how to do everything. From how to operate an iPhone to cooking a 5-star dinner. We expect information to be available as quickly as we can tap a screen, and when we do find what we’re looking for, we expect it to be easy to understand and use. Put this all together and it’s easy to see why tutorial videos are so incredibly popular—all who wants to read when you can watch?   With this in mind, we’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide on how to make a tutorial video from start to finish. Here are the … Read more about How to Make a Video Tutorial with After Effects Templates

Top 20 Video Clips for Advertising on Social Media

Social media has redefined video. One quick scroll through your Instagram feed and you’ll quickly realize how important video is to influencer marketing. Similarly, video advertising on Facebook is an essential way to capture the attention of new audiences and make sure your brand or product gets seen. Of course, not everyone has an in-house creative team with the budget to shoot original video for every ad. That’s why big-time advertisers and jack-of-all-trades creatives alike depend on HD stock footage for resources they need to complete … Read more about Top 20 Video Clips for Advertising on Social Media