Quit Your Day Job: Film Full Time with These Tips from the Pros

“Listen to your heart and do what brings you joy. For me that happens to be shooting stock. The joy and excitement of the process fuel my portfolio growth to the point where I don’t need to worry about slow times.” —Konstantin Sutyagin As we burn through those weekday blues, it’s easy to dream of another adventure. For those of us with a passion for film and video, the idea of successfully translating our “hobby” into a full time job seems too good to be true. That’s something other people do—people who don’t have a family, or who are … Read more about Quit Your Day Job: Film Full Time with These Tips from the Pros

Marketing on Social Media: 20 After Effects Promos for Your Instagram Ads

It’s the event of the century, all your buddies have bought their tickets, celebrities are rumored to be there, and the artist line up is surreal—but, you had no idea this event even existed. How did an event get so much hype so quickly? Instagram marketing—it’s one of the newest, trendiest, and most affordable ways to market an event or product to an entire world of digital consumers. Unlike the now infamous Fyre Festival, Instagram Ads do exist , and so do beautifully crafted AE Promo Templates that can help you market on … Read more about Marketing on Social Media: 20 After Effects Promos for Your Instagram Ads

Top 20 After Effects Templates for the Most Incredible Wedding Videos

Congratulations! If you just got engaged there’s probably a lot on your mind. Planning a wedding could have you in a tizzy—for example, who’s going to capture all the sweet adorable moments on the wedding day? If you’ve opted not to hire a videographer but still want a beautiful wedding video, we’ve gathered our favorite AE Templates for wedding videos to inspire or help complete your project. Whether you are a professional videographer or using your point-and-shoot camera and home computer, we’ve made it easy to find and use our … Read more about Top 20 After Effects Templates for the Most Incredible Wedding Videos

Tutorial: How to Create a Zoom Effect in After Effects

From psychological thrillers to heart-pounding action films, zooming has always been used to capture a far-away subject or fill a frame with a close up—but thanks to post production programs like After Effects, the zoom can now go beyond its normal, everyday usage to provide a unique twist to any video. Just think of the iconic dolly zoom in Vertigo or the crash zoom in Django Unchained during the introduction of Calvin Candie. Need a visual? This video shows you how zooming can be used in big name Hollywood … Read more about Tutorial: How to Create a Zoom Effect in After Effects

Graduation Toolkit: Templates and Audio for Pomp and Circumstance

Cue up the mortar boards and robes, because it’s graduation season again. May and June are important months for families, friends, and educators--students of all ages the world over are finishing their studies and excitedly preparing to walk across the stage to receive their diploma. Of course, this isn’t just a pivotal day for students: graduations are an opportunity for whole families and communities to join together in celebration.   So it’s only fitting that during important moments like these, we’d want to capture the memories (and … Read more about Graduation Toolkit: Templates and Audio for Pomp and Circumstance

Review: PowerDirector 15

We always applaud early adopters. Cyberlink’s PowerDirector 15 added 360 video editing capabilities before anyone else, similar to how we added 360 and VR stock footage to our library before the rest of the competition. So, we gave their software a spin with some b-roll to see how it stacks up against the industry leaders, and this is what we learned. Firstly, if you work in Windows, PowerDirector 15 is definitely worth a try. It is not Mac compatible—sorry Apple users—but pulls a lot of weight as an intuitive editing program … Read more about Review: PowerDirector 15

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

Stock Footage of the Week: It’s May Day!

Spring may have begun in March, but for many cultures it’s the first of May that marks the real appearance of the warmer months. As Guinevere sang in Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical Camelot, it’s that time of year when “all the world is brimming with fun—wholesome or ‘un.’” Celebrated in ancient Rome as the festival of the goddess of flowers, Flora—or hundreds of miles away in Gaelic nations as the holiday Beltane—May Day has long been a time to relish the burgeoning seasonal sunshine and give thanks that winter has finally … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: It’s May Day!