Beginner’s Guide to Drone Flying for Filmmakers

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the awesome new drone you finally talked yourself into buying! The temptation of stunning aerial footage is too much for most filmmakers to stand. If you haven’t purchased your first drone yet, you probably will soon. The technology has reached cinematic quality and the footage coming from drones these days can make your jaw drop. But, nothing is ever as easy as it looks. Learning to fly a drone well takes practice and finesse, and it’s all too easy to crash and burn as a beginner. This guide will help you get … Read more about Beginner’s Guide to Drone Flying for Filmmakers

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!

Stock Footage of the Week: There’s Nothing Like Miami Heat

Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series, where we discuss trending content and the latest events. The sun is shining and things are starting to heat up—but for most of us, summer is still a distant dream. That is unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to live in the Sunshine State. As we continued to wait for that ever-elusive beach weather, we were inspired by last weekend’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami to bring you this sizzling stock footage reel highlighting the city’s unique landscape. Whether you’re a student ready … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: There’s Nothing Like Miami Heat

How I Got the Shot: Capturing Breathtaking Aerial Footage of China’s Countryside

The chance to capture aerial footage of the expansive landscapes or cityscapes of China is an unusual, if not downright rare, experience. For VideoBlocks Marketplace contributor Stef Hoffer, it was an opportunity to see a country he loves and has traveled to a number of times from a wholly new perspective. Hoffer shares some of his most breathtaking drone shots with us, as well as a few tips for tourist filmmakers traveling to China.   VideoBlocks: What Inspired you to capture this footage? Hoffer: Over the span of a decade, I … Read more about How I Got the Shot: Capturing Breathtaking Aerial Footage of China’s Countryside

Top 25 Most Awe-Inspiring Drone Footage Shots of 2016

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 of 2016

New 4K Collection: NYC Aerials

New 4K Collection: NYC Aerials We are extremely excited to announce a new addition to our 4K library! We recently sent a crew up in the air with a 4K camera to give us the most exciting views New York City has to offer. Take a look at the stunning footage: Tomorrow we'll be featuring an interview with our aerial videographer where he'll tell us how he gets these shots and give advice for anyone looking to get into the 4K scene. And don't forget to head over to VideoBlocks.com to make these fantastic shots your own! [videoblocks … Read more about New 4K Collection: NYC Aerials