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

40 After Effects Templates to Drive Views on YouTube

Get more views and subscribers with a uniform YouTube intro on all of your videos. We know our members crave After Effects Templates that can take their views to the next level. One great thing about After Effects templates are the reliability and familiarity they can create with an audience. They can create a strong relationship with viewers while designing a polished product. From displaying a range of products to providing a branded intro for your YouTube videos, After Effects templates are the perfect way to garner attention. High profile … Read more about 40 After Effects Templates to Drive Views on YouTube

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!

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

Creativity on the Go: How Mobile is Changing the Creative Process

Creativity is as natural an instinct as eating and breathing—which is why the creative process so quickly evolves to mirror our everyday lifestyles. Rock legend Kurt Cobain once famously said, “When creativity flows, it flows. I find myself scribbling on little notepads, and pieces of loose paper, which results in a very small portion of my writings to ever show up in true form.” These days, the closest notepads artists have at hand are their mobile devices. While these high res screens and imaginative apps lack the nostalgic romance … Read more about Creativity on the Go: How Mobile is Changing the Creative Process

Top 20 AE Templates for Building Your Portfolio

Did you just get back from an incredible photoshoot? After choosing your favorite shots and processing them, your next goal is to put your art on display for the world to see. After Effects templates can be the perfect way to emphasize the best of your recent photoshoot, highlight the tonal or visual theme of a series you’ve put together, or help you assemble a new collection.   You can also use AE photo templates to enhance your website, giving clients the ultimate way to view your work. Whether you want to show off your portrait work, … Read more about Top 20 AE Templates for Building Your Portfolio