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

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

Why is Royalty Free Video So Important?

The world of copyright is a confusing one—especially in the stock media industry. Can I use this video clip commercially? If so, how many times? One wrong step and a copyright infringement could turn into a nasty lawsuit. That’s why it’s important to understand the ins and outs of copyright and licensing. Of course, we could write a whole book about the dos and don’ts and whys or why nots—in fact, we have—but let’s keep this sweet and simple by explaining what copyright is and what royalty free means.   What Is a … Read more about Why is Royalty Free Video So Important?

Stock Footage of the Week: Patriotic Slow Motion Footage

It’s that time of the year when we put on our patriotic pants and celebrate the birth of a nation with hot grills and even hotter fireworks. Independence Day is the epitome of American holidays—cold drinks, country music or rock ‘n roll, and an excuse to play with fire—responsibly, of course. There’s a lot of national pride to take in, so we thought it would help to slow things down with some patriotic slow motion footage. This week, we’re featuring just that—slow motion footage that allows you to take it all in and … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Patriotic Slow Motion Footage

Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Cinematic Trailers

Summer is defined by warm weather, relaxing vacations, and an endless amount of movie trailers. It seems that every week spawns a new trailer for that highly anticipated blockbuster—which is mostly true. If you think about it, most movies come out with at least a teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, and an internet trailer. But this isn’t just the production company spamming your feeds—it’s effective marketing. If you like a trailer, you’re more likely to watch the movie—or wait for it to come out on DVD. In that case, … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Cinematic Trailers

How to Hack Your After Effects Workflow Like a Pro

Organization may not be the most glamorous subject in the wonderful world of editing, but it sure is important. You may have all of the After Effects skills in the world, but if your workspace is a mess, then you’ll suffer from inefficient workflow. Files go missing, compositions go unnamed, heads brutally ache—all because of poor organizational skills. Tightening those screws will tighten up your whole project and make you a more valuable editor. Organized workflows don’t help just you. Filmmaking is often a collaborative effort, … Read more about How to Hack Your After Effects Workflow Like a Pro

Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Blockbuster-Style Logo Reveals

Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series. This week we’re featuring After Effects templates for blockbuster-style logo reveals. Add some motion to your brand identity and get down to business with these easy-to-edit templates.   What’s better than summer blockbusters? Sometimes, it’s the trailers that come before them. We’ve all seen movies that had better previews than performances, and it’s no surprise that teasers can have a big impact on box office performance. The same rule applies to your brand, which is why … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Blockbuster-Style Logo Reveals

Stock Footage of the Week: Captivating Time Lapse B-Roll

Nothing beats waiting like not waiting—so why wait for the next scene in your film? The passing of time can be a tricky thing to show without putting your audience to sleep. No one wants to sit through every hour of the night for their hero to finally wake up and make some coffee, but you also have to show that time has passed. So whether you need to speed up the sunrise or create a quick location switch—a time lapse is the perfect solution. That’s why for this week’s footage of the week, we’ve picked a few of our favorite time … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Captivating Time Lapse B-Roll