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

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?!

Stock Footage of the Week: Beachy Summer B-Roll

Beach season is finally here. Our wintry day-dreams of sun and sand, frozen beverages, and the nostalgic smell of coconut SPF have finally become reality—and you know what that means. From summer romances to seasonal film projects, it’s time to start heating things up. Find inspiration for your next enterprise with our collection of sun-soaked b-roll. To get you started, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below!   Download this b-roll footage of a person jogging on the beach at sunrise   Purchase this b-roll … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Beachy Summer B-Roll

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

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

Stock Footage of the Week: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane!

Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series, where we discuss trending content and the latest events.   We’ve all had that dream—we’re soaring through the air, gazing down over majestic oceans and snow-capped mountaintops. Or perhaps you’d prefer to glide through a maze of skyscrapers and perch atop the Empire State Building? Wherever your imagination takes you, the fact remains that we all dream of taking flight—so it’s really no wonder that aerial footage consistently ranks among of our top-trending royalty-free … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane!

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