5 Drool-Worthy Production Vehicles

It was love at first sight—while strolling through the massive NAB Show in Vegas last month, we spotted these beauties from across the room and just had to go over and say hello. There’s nothing that makes a videographer salivate more than badass (and usually crazy expensive) gear, so whether you’re in the market for a dead sexy production vehicle or just browsing, these sweet rides will have you fantasizing about filmmaking adventures.   KOCO “First Alert Storm Command” Truck Mother nature beware. Oklahoma City’s news team has a … Read more about 5 Drool-Worthy Production Vehicles

The Ultimate Guide to Adobe After Effects Shortcuts

It’s okay to take shortcuts when it comes to post-production, like using royalty-free After Effects templates. In After Effects, keyboard shortcuts are also your best friend—allowing you to maximize efficiency and hit tight project deadlines. Sure, there’s some memorization involved, but this visual guide to every After Effects shortcut you’ll ever need will have you zipping through special effects projects in no time. This downloadable infographic (created by Jamie Spencer over at SetUpABlogToday) can be printed out and taped to your desk … Read more about The Ultimate Guide to Adobe After Effects Shortcuts

The PhDs Behind Doctor Strange Can Help Your Sci-Fi Film Too

How do filmmakers put the “science” in Science Fiction? From the interplanetary botany of The Martian to the killer forensics of Criminal Minds or the speculative metaphysics of Doctor Strange, audiences are craving stories with science that appears theoretically possible. Rather than go back to school for a PhD, directors and screenwriters often turn to The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a collective of real-life experts across all kinds of surreal specialties.   Even with far-out scenarios like time travel, teleportation, and … Read more about The PhDs Behind Doctor Strange Can Help Your Sci-Fi Film Too

Can You Tell the Difference Between Hollywood Footage and Stock Footage?

Do famous filmmakers really have signature shots? Or can you get the same cinematic effect with stock footage? Trademarks like Quentin Tarantino’s trunk shots and Wes Anderson’s symmetry might make their films recognizable, but such movies also include thousands of frames obtained from second units and stock b-roll. Discerning between original shots and stock can be more challenging than you might think, as this video quiz illustrates: https://youtu.be/1yCNb23W6iA Watch this video on YouTube and see the original stock files … Read more about Can You Tell the Difference Between Hollywood Footage and Stock Footage?

Chris LaMartina Wins Our Creative Rewards Challenge with “Gettysborg”

Do cyborgs dream of electric cavalry? Creative Rewards Challenge winner Chris LaMartina might be able to answer this question with his short film “Gettysborg,” which is made entirely out of VideoBlocks footage. His faux trailer promo won us over with its genre-smashing concept—a Civil War period meets Sci-Fi thriller—and riveting production value. https://youtu.be/ldUFThyDQv8 View this video on YouTube. A writer/director/producer with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and a penchant for horror, LaMartina also finds a creative outlet for … Read more about Chris LaMartina Wins Our Creative Rewards Challenge with “Gettysborg”

First-Ever Virtual Reality Stock Footage in Stereoscopic 3D 360° Is Now Available at VideoBlocks

Today VideoBlocks launched the first-ever stock 360º and 3D stereoscopic virtual reality footage, paving the way for creatives around the world to explore this new experiential format. All videos are royalty-free and can be downloaded instantly from the VideoBlocks website. Both monoscopic and stereoscopic 3D virtual reality footage, as well as 360º immersive video experiences, are now available through the Unlimited Library and the contributor Marketplace.   Having trouble viewing this video? Not all browsers support 360 yet. View … Read more about First-Ever Virtual Reality Stock Footage in Stereoscopic 3D 360° Is Now Available at VideoBlocks

The Future Has Arrived: How 360° VR Stock Footage Is Changing Everything

Every new form of entertainment and communication has its early adopters—the trailblazers who relish the challenges posed by a new format and the technophiles who are unafraid to explore cutting-edge tools. We recently partnered with such revolutionaries to bring virtual reality and 360° stock footage to the VideoBlocks library. Now that it’s available to the mass creative class, we spoke to a few of our expert partners to find out how VR is a game-changer for visual storytelling.   The Inno-VR-tors Since the start of his career, Mike … Read more about The Future Has Arrived: How 360° VR Stock Footage Is Changing Everything

Top 10 Destinations for Footage Safaris

There’s no need to spend big bucks on a trip to the African Serengeti when you can download hundreds of new safari clips from our library. But in case you can’t resist the call of the wild, we compiled our top destinations for “footage safaris”—the video equivalent of photo safaris—to help you hunt down the perfect shot.   Download all the safari clips in our library   Africa is the undisputed land of awesome safaris, but it contains a wide range of countries to choose from depending on the animals and terrain that interest … Read more about Top 10 Destinations for Footage Safaris