Stock Footage of the Week: Celebrating Our 100 Millionth Download

Last month, we celebrated our 100 Millionth download from the Videoblocks library—and in a clever twist of fate, our customers celebrated with us by making our 100 millionth clip none other than this confetti footage! So if you’ve got a case of the Mondays, pop that confetti cannon—or just watch this HD stock footage of confetti—and embrace the moment. And while you’re at it, why not rock out to some great party music? This is your life, and we think we all deserve a little celebration. Don’t you?   Download this … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Celebrating Our 100 Millionth Download

Create Blockbuster Credit Rolls in After Effects: 5 Must-Have YouTube Tutorials

Don’t think your audience cares about credit rolls? Think again. Hollywood has trained viewers to come early and stay until the very end thanks to unique title animations and “easter egg” post-credit scenes. But polished credit rolls aren’t just for big time studios. Sharp title and ending credits on your video project are a great way to signal professionalism and high-production value, instantly making your project look high end—even on a shoestring budget. Not sure how to add credits that are big screen-ready? After Effects templates … Read more about Create Blockbuster Credit Rolls in After Effects: 5 Must-Have YouTube Tutorials

The 10 Biggest After Effects Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

We’ve all been there. You’re happily animating away, minding your own business, when suddenly—bam! You get hit with a weird error message, or your layer disappears...and why isn’t the mask tool working anyway? After Effects can be a complicated program, and while customizable After Effects templates and Internet tutorials can help anyone get the ball rolling, there are still a few ins and outs that can elude even advanced animators and FX artists. To help you avoid these pesky problems, we’ve compiled a list of the ten biggest and most … Read more about The 10 Biggest After Effects Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cinemagraph in 7 steps or Less

Cinemagraphs are so hot right now--perennial favorites of digital marketers and designers for their subtle use of movement, cinemagraphs have moved to the mainstream and are making waves online. Reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Daily Prophet and its magically moving pictures, these graphics are eye-catching and mesmerizing. Not-quite movies and not-quite stills, they add a touch of magic and a little something special to your digital content. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the creative process of finding dynamic content—including … Read more about Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cinemagraph in 7 steps or Less

Stock Footage of the Week: Vintage Dreams and Throwbacks

Last night’s Oscars brought us all the glitz and glamour that we’ve come to expect year after year from Hollywood—but it’s not the fashion trends spotted on the red carpet that caught our attention for this week’s stock footage trend. Vintage is in—if it ever really left—and this year’s top Oscar picks echoed this in spades. From the historical backdrops for Hidden Figures and Fences to the nostalgic themes and visual treatments in La La Land and Moonlight, what’s old is definitely new again. As the Superbowl of the film … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Vintage Dreams and Throwbacks

It’s Official—VideoBlocks is one of Washingtonian’s 50 Best Places to Work!

We are honored to announce that VideoBlocks has been recognized by Washingtonian as one of the DC area’s Best Places to Work in 2017! We started off as a little stock footage startup selling DVD's on eBay, and now we've grown into a full-fledged creative content provider with 80 employees. The online version of the Washingtonian list will come out March 6th, but here's a sneak peek of the article in hard copy:     Around here, we’ve known for a long time that VideoBlocks isn’t quite like other companies. With a wide … Read more about It’s Official—VideoBlocks is one of Washingtonian’s 50 Best Places to Work!

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Marketplace Awards

Here at VideoBlocks, we believe that “When the community wins, we win.” This means that we live and breathe for our creative community of filmmakers, artists, and contributors—we are a stock footage company founded by creatives for creatives, and we’re always looking for new ways to celebrate the talent, innovation, and artistry of our contributors. That’s why this year we’re introducing the first ever Marketplace Awards. Our video Marketplace is the fastest-growing on the internet, with filmmakers uploading and selling their footage from … Read more about Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Marketplace Awards

Stock Footage of the Week: Holding Your Ground

“No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley.” -Seneca the Younger   Welcome to the third installment of our new series, where we bring you stock footage to inspire your work week—and beyond. This week as we were browsing our top performing stock footage clips we came across a video of a tree growing from a steep and rocky mountainside. Even though we weren’t … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Holding Your Ground