Top 20 AE Openers Perfect for Fun in the Sun and Everything Summer

As temperatures start to creep ever closer to gorgeous 80 and 90 degree days, summer preparations are finally underway. Grab your towel, don’t forget your sunglasses, and make sure to put on plenty of sunscreen—it’s time to soak up the summer sun. Get comfy in your favorite lawn chair, kick back, and check out our top 20 After Effect openers for everything fun in the sun. Amidst all of the beach trips, concerts, and summer ads, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the impending summer season. Let us help you destress with our easy … Read more about Top 20 AE Openers Perfect for Fun in the Sun and Everything Summer

What Is Virtual Reality Actually Used For Anyway?!

It’s no secret that VR is happening in a big way, but the real question is—What is virtual reality used for? VR headsets were one of the top gifts in 2016, and we saw a huge spike in traffic to our VR and 360° videos immediately after, and even months later, we’re still receiving a lot of traffic to our VR pages. With every new form of technology, people wonder if it is here to stay, and VR is no different. Many people have a difficult time finding affordable VR footage, and others are unsure about how to use VR in an effective way. … Read more about What Is Virtual Reality Actually Used For Anyway?!

Top 20 Beach Video Clips to Help You to Zen Out

Repeat after us: Ommmm. Ommmm. Whether you’re already enjoying clear blue skies and warm breezes or just daydreaming of beaches, the promise of summer is right around the corner—and just in time to help us all relax! In just a couple short weeks beach season will be well underway and dreams of relaxing ocean-side will finally become reality. In the meantime, inspire your audience to get their beach zen on by including some of our peaceful, relaxing video clips of beaches around the world. We’ve rounded up 20 of our most popular beach clips … Read more about Top 20 Beach Video Clips to Help You to Zen Out

Gear Review: Joel’s Top 5 Coolest New Cameras and Accessories at NAB ‘17

By Joel Holland, Founder and Executive Chairman of VideoBlocks   Each year, the NAB show in Las Vegas brings us the newest gadgets and gear in the world of video production—and 2017 was no let-down. Despite hefty competition from the many tools and products on display, we’ve identified five new must-have items worth calling out in our NAB round-up. Before we dive into the new tech, it’s important to note that there were four key themes we noticed at the show that will have a major impact on the rest of 2017: 1. 4K is no … Read more about Gear Review: Joel’s Top 5 Coolest New Cameras and Accessories at NAB ‘17

40 After Effects Templates to Drive Views on YouTube

Looking to get more views on your YouTube 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 to your videos, After Effects templates are the perfect way to garner attention. High profile corporations to home grown businesses can … Read more about 40 After Effects Templates to Drive Views on YouTube

Make Your Own Action Movie with These 14 Explosive Alpha Channel Effects

An influx of action movie blockbusters are hitting the silver screen this summer and inspiring creators everywhere to get a little action packed into their summer productions, too. And who could blame them? Explosions, gunshots, and rollicking fist fights are thrilling—not to mention they get an audience’s adrenaline pumping. But not everyone has the big time budgets that Hollywood boasts! If you can’t hire top of the line After Effects artists, and if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has his scheduled booked until 2050—we’ve got a better … Read more about Make Your Own Action Movie with These 14 Explosive Alpha Channel Effects

A Beginner’s Guide to Shooting VR/360° Footage: Tips from the Pros at SubVRsive

VR isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. With film giants such as Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, and Jon Favreau rallying behind the technology, it’s fair to say we can expect VR and 360 footage to reach new heights in the coming years. This seismic shift in video tech presents a brave new world for filmmakers and videographers—one which allows creatives to stretch the limits of their storytelling while presenting new and often intimidating challenges. Our partners Austin Mace and Ryan Thomas from SubVRsive have spent years … Read more about A Beginner’s Guide to Shooting VR/360° Footage: Tips from the Pros at SubVRsive

Stock Footage of the Week: The Cherry Blossoms Try Again

Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series, where we discuss trending content and the latest events. After one or two false starts, it seems Spring is here to stay—and with the sunshine comes the cherry blossoms—but for real this time. After an unseasonably warm February and early bloom, Persephone decided she was just kidding about leaving the underworld and our lovely would-be blossoms froze up again. But although these famous trees have arrived fashionably late in the D.C. and mid-Atlantic area, we’re finally awash … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: The Cherry Blossoms Try Again