‘Is This the Real Life?’ Take a Look at This YouTuber’s Literal Translation of “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Stock Footage

With countless musical covers of Queen’s beloved hit song “Bohemian Rhapsody” perpetually inundating YouTube, one YouTube creator made a video that took the song in a completely different direction—what if the song’s lyrics were an actual story? With a stock footage assist from VideoBlocks, the crew over at Corridor Digital took the narrative within the song and brought it to life. Using only the lyrics as the script, the video follows the narrator as he confesses to his mother that he “just killed a man” and ends in a spectacular … Read more about ‘Is This the Real Life?’ Take a Look at This YouTuber’s Literal Translation of “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Stock Footage

Top 25 Most Awe-Inspiring Drone Footage Shots

There is a photographic revolution happening in the skies above us. Aerial footage that would have once cost thousands of dollars to capture can now be shot more affordably than ever. Similar to the camera or the lighting rig, drones have become invaluable tools for videographers and photographers alike, allowing for perspectives that required a helicopter or crane in the past. By opening the capabilities of flight to a whole new class of independent filmmakers, drones are perfect for shooting video of majestic landscapes and man-made … Read more about Top 25 Most Awe-Inspiring Drone Footage Shots

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

A Big Thank You From Our Video Contributors

Looking back at 2016, we are struck with overwhelming appreciation for our incredible community of creatives. Thanks to you, our stock footage library has grown to include more than 3 million clips in record time. It is in this spirit that our 19,000 Marketplace contributors from around the world want to say thank you for your continued support. Here at VideoBlocks, contributors get 100% of every Marketplace sale, which means each and every Marketplace purchase you made this year has helped support the creative community, allowing … Read more about A Big Thank You From Our Video Contributors

Gear Review: What Joel Thinks of the New Canon 5D Mark IV

By Joel Holland, Founder and Executive Chairman of VideoBlocks   For 15 years I’ve been lugging around an unreasonable amount of camera gear. As many readers likely know, being both a photographer and videographer means almost twice the load. So it was with great joy that I purchased the Canon 5D Mark IV, capable of shooting 4K video in addition to world class photos. I was hoping that it could be the camera to replace my RED Scarlet X video camera and Canon 5D Mark III. To answer this question, I spent a week shooting in the … Read more about Gear Review: What Joel Thinks of the New Canon 5D Mark IV

Six Ways to Use Cinemagraphs

We’re exposed to thousands of videos, images, and various media that vie for our attention every day—making it a huge challenge for a single visual to stand out. The need for eye-catching content led to the birth of the cinemagraph: a combination between a still image and a video, with just one element in motion. Now an explosive trend, we’ve outlined six ways to use cinemagraphs for your own creative projects. Before diving into these ideas, watch a preview of cinemagraphs from the VideoBlocks Unlimited Library to get a feel for how they … Read more about Six Ways to Use Cinemagraphs

The Ultimate Comic Book Toolkit: Here’s All the Stock Media You Need for an Origin Story

Are you holding out for a hero or just heroic stock media? From the year-round blockbusters of Warner Bros. and Marvel to television’s The Walking Dead and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, comic book adaptations are everywhere. But independent creatives don’t need studio backing to bring their origin stories to life—all they need is superlative stock video, graphics, and sound effects. We’ve teamed up with our sister sites GraphicStock and AudioBlocks to bring you all the stock media necessary to take your next comic book-inspired project from … Read more about The Ultimate Comic Book Toolkit: Here’s All the Stock Media You Need for an Origin Story

A Beginner’s Guide to Editing with Green Screen Backgrounds

From major Academy Award-winning movies to shoestring budget indies, it seems like everyone in Hollywood uses green screen technology. With the ability to replace flat backgrounds with hard-to-shoot aerials, distant locations, the wonders of space, or entirely made-up fantasy worlds, it’s easy to see the imaginative yet still budget-conscious appeal of green screen backgrounds. Yet, for those who have never worked with green screens or learned how to chroma key, the entire process can seem like strange voodoo magic—which is why we’ve rounded up … Read more about A Beginner’s Guide to Editing with Green Screen Backgrounds