The past 365 days have been a wild ride, and our list of top downloads for the year reflects it well. Here are some of the top subscriber downloads from 2014.

The most downloaded clips of 20141. Sunrise HDR Stock Video Footage

As timeless as sunrises might be, it appears the “magic hour” was more in demand in 2014. With a deft touch of color grading and some HDR work to enhance its dynamic range, few clips tell of the passage of a night as efficiently as this one.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 10.32.38 AM 2. Chaos

From the Ebola outbreak to Taylor Swift’s breakup with Spotify, 2014 wasn’t all charm. Perhaps no clip in our library defines chaos more than this one, a hypnotic marriage of disorder and disarray.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 10.40.27 AM 3. Flames Burning

Alpha-channel footage of flames has so many uses there’s no wonder it’s among the top downloaded clips of 2014. Bonus: it’s safer than playing with matches.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 12.36.15 PM4. The History Ident

This year was a great one for quality television, and among the shows that really blew us away was Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos, which no doubt had a hand in the rise of this footage (just waiting to be transformed into your own personal cosmos).

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 11.40.29 AM 5. Spooky Smoke

From the Seattle Seahawks winning the Super Bowl to Matty McConaughey making one of the best comebacks in cinema, 2014 was the year of the wild card. If you are like us and love True Detective, you can now make your own intro with smoke, symbolism and stock footage.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 11.32.05 AM6. Changing Television Screens

As per usual, the media was out of control in 2014. This clip perfectly displays the barrage of “information” we receive on a daily basis—overloaded yet?

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 11.34.29 AM7. Sea Turtle Swimming Away

One of our favorite clips from 2014 is this majestic sea turtle gracefully swimming beside a cameraman. It’s a good reminder in the harshness of winter that summer is coming.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 11.36.41 AM 8. Stone Ruins and Sunrays through clouds

The popularity of this mystical clip proves what we all knew already: that nothing looks more breathtaking than a dolly through ruins at sunset.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 11.43.32 AM 9. Makeup Artist Working on Client

Good talent-released clips are hard to come by. Even harder to come by: stock footage of someone actually getting camera ready.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 11.45.42 AM 10. Inside Shot of Waterfall

We say no year-end list is complete without stock waterfall footage, and with more than 10,000 downloads, it seems subscribers agree!
Our favorite clips of 2014: Brian Platt writes about stock footage, film theory, and year-end statistics for VideoBlocks.