25 Stock Footage Clips for an Epic New Year’s Eve

Is it 2017 yet? Almost—huzzah!—but first we need to give the oh-so-adored 2016 a proper send off. It’s the one night of the year you can pair gold, glitter, and a Don Draper attitude without crossing the line into tacky-town. Will your New Year’s celebration be as extravagant as your expectations? Maybe. But we’re more concerned with how you’ll capture the night’s festive and let-loose spirit, not how much fun you’ll be having. Actually, we care about that too, which is why we’re here to help. Though your memories of the evening … Read more about 25 Stock Footage Clips for an Epic New Year’s Eve

Top 10 Destinations for Footage Safaris

There’s no need to spend big bucks on a trip to the African Serengeti when you can download hundreds of new safari clips from our library. But in case you can’t resist the call of the wild, we compiled our top destinations for “footage safaris”—the video equivalent of photo safaris—to help you hunt down the perfect shot.   Download all the safari clips in our library   Africa is the undisputed land of awesome safaris, but it contains a wide range of countries to choose from depending on the animals and terrain that interest … Read more about Top 10 Destinations for Footage Safaris

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

Chasing the Big Break: How Orion Owens Surfed to the #1 Spot with This Video

One look at Orion Owens’s VideoBlocks portfolio will have you California dreaming…or Maui dreaming...or Bali dreaming, for that matter. He’s a SoCal-based surfer, but the man behind Active Stock chases the break all over the world—funding his pursuits with the stock footage he films along the way. Owens seems to have already found the perfect wave, though, in this best-selling Marketplace shot that he captured while riding a picturesque swell.   Download Orion Owens’s POV surfing video   It’s easy to see why this clip is so … Read more about Chasing the Big Break: How Orion Owens Surfed to the #1 Spot with This Video

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

Footage to Feed Your Spring Fever

Spring—it’s a time for weddings, weekend getaways, and enjoying the great outdoors. Everyone is ready to come out of hibernation and find inspiration as winter’s grey melts away, revealing fresh earth and new ideas. It is the perfect time to bring life to your creative vision, and we have tons of great b-roll to work as the glue to your original footage. To help you get started, we’ve gathered our top spring-inspired video clips to showcase the potential the season brings. So shake off the dreary weather and dust off those drones; ‘tis the … Read more about Footage to Feed Your Spring Fever

Footage to Satisfy Your Summer Wanderlust

The term wanderlust describes a burning desire to explore the world and discover life outside your “stock” comfort zone. It’s also the driving force behind much of our stock travel footage. Like the twelve clips below, much of our library comes courtesy of weathered passports, moderate jet lag, converted currency, and a strong sense of adventure! If you’re looking for summer travel footage that’s a bit more majestic than crowded beaches and municipal parks, look no further than the footage below. Warning: downloading the following … Read more about Footage to Satisfy Your Summer Wanderlust