Five Lessons Video Editors Can Learn from Where the Wild Things Are

I was greatly saddened to hear about the death of 83-year-old children’s author, Maurice Sendak, this morning. I’ve always held a special place in my heart for the creativity that comes to life in children’s literature, and Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are certainly finds itself in the elite of that genre. As a child I loved the story for its spontaneous stream of consciousness and its relatability. As an adult, I appreciate the subtle life lessons it teaches and admirable whimsy that Sendak was able to conceive even though he wrote it in his … Read more about Five Lessons Video Editors Can Learn from Where the Wild Things Are

The Phantom Miro Camera and Video We’d Like to Shoot With It

It’s been an exciting week here at the VideoBlocks office. On Monday we put in an order for a Phantom Miro M320S camera! In the past we’ve outsourced our high speed camera footage, so we are beyond pumped to finally create those epic shots in house. The Phantom Miro is a pretty small in size, but that doesn’t bother us! We refer to it as our “petite little ninja samurai warrior” camera since even with its pint-sized stature it can shoot at a whopping 2,250 frames per second! So, while we sit here and twiddle our thumbs in anticipation for our … Read more about The Phantom Miro Camera and Video We’d Like to Shoot With It

How to Use iPhone Video in iMovie

If you have an iPhone or a 4G iPod Touch, you’re walking around with a high quality camera in your pocket at all times. Start taking advantage of it! Use that little camera to capture spontaneous moments and candid memories! It is really easy to process iPhone video footage in iMovie if you know the quick workflow. Here’s a breakdown of how to do it in both iMove pre-’11 and iMovie ‘11.   How to Use iPhone Video Clips in Older Versions of iMovie If you’re not running off of the latest version of iLife, you may be surprised that your … Read more about How to Use iPhone Video in iMovie

How To Achieve the Pleasantville Effect in Final Cut Pro 7

The “Pleasantville Effect” is a video color correction effect made popular by the late 1990s movie, Pleasantville, starring Tobey Maguire. Though that is in no way, shape or form the only movie to use the isolation of color, it certainly has inspired the use of the tool in many movies (and home movies) since. Basically, the idea is to isolate one color at a time and have everything else in black and white. It gives the picture real "pop" and, when used correctly, can be a great story telling device. Here’s how to create the Pleasantville effect … Read more about How To Achieve the Pleasantville Effect in Final Cut Pro 7

A Word from a VideoBlocks Winner

A few weeks ago we were extatic to announce the winners of our VideoBlocks Educators Photo Contest. We asked teachers to take a picture of their class using technology for education and include how they would use $1,000 and a year long subscription to VideoBlocks.com. Out of all of the enteries, the lucky kids and staff at John Simatovich Elementary came out on top. We recently got in touch with the teachers who entered, Mr. Smith and Mr. Guillen, to see what they've been up to and how they're using their cash prize and subscription. In true … Read more about A Word from a VideoBlocks Winner

Friday Stock Footage Dance Party

Hey Everyone! It's finally Friday! We wanted to treat you to a special blog today to help get you pumped for the weekend after a long week at work. Here it is...the first ever VideoBlocks Friday Stock Footage Dance Party! It's pretty simple. First, start playing this awesome production music track: Are you feelin' it? Good. Now you can download this free production music track to keep the party going all day long. Just click this button and you'll get to download it for free! [button … Read more about Friday Stock Footage Dance Party

How to Create a Video In Text Effect in Final Cut Pro 7

I’m going to make a confession here. I am addicted to The Food Network. Like, major addiction. When I’m able to pry myself away from the television and head to work, I often try to replicate some of the graphics and visual effects that they use to make their food look oh-so-sexy. That’s how I came across this quick Final Cut Pro trick for making a cut out effect with text. For you foodies out there, you’ll recognize this effect as the open from Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. (For those of you who don’t spend hours on end watching … Read more about How to Create a Video In Text Effect in Final Cut Pro 7

5 Helpful Tools to Bring on Your Next Video Shoot

Shooting in the field or in an unfamiliar studio can always cause chaos. There are unpredictable challenges everywhere you turn, and if you’re not prepared for them, your project can be compromised. We’ve compiled a list of five inexpensive and helpful tools that you should always bring with when you’re heading out for a day of shooting. 1. Gaffer Tape This is a must have for anyone working in video. Gaffer Tape is like duct tape, but it uses a synthetic adhesive instead of a natural one so it comes off of surfaces without leaving that … Read more about 5 Helpful Tools to Bring on Your Next Video Shoot