The Best Gear for On-the-Go

Picture this: You’re about to go on the destination footage trip of a lifetime, but you can’t bring all of your favorite equipment with you—we’ve all been there. Which camera should I bring? Will I need this lens or that one? Next thing you know, you’re sitting on your luggage, using all your strength to fit the zipper around your folded up tripod. Traveling can be stressful—especially if you’re a videographer or photographer. Not only do you want to make sure you have the right gear, but you also want to make sure it stays safe. … Read more about The Best Gear for On-the-Go

Gear Review: Joel’s Top 5 Coolest New Cameras and Accessories at NAB ‘17

By Joel Holland, Founder and Executive Chairman of VideoBlocks   Each year, the NAB show in Las Vegas brings us the newest gadgets and gear in the world of video production—and 2017 was no let-down. Despite hefty competition from the many tools and products on display, we’ve identified five new must-have items worth calling out in our NAB round-up. Before we dive into the new tech, it’s important to note that there were four key themes we noticed at the show that will have a major impact on the rest of 2017: 1. 4K is no … Read more about Gear Review: Joel’s Top 5 Coolest New Cameras and Accessories at NAB ‘17

Emojis Say What?!—Adding Text Message Bubbles to Your Project with After Effects Templates

In the last 20 years, with the help of the internet and the rise of cell phones, communication has dramatically changed. Mobile phones and the ability to text now strongly influence the way in which we can communicate with people, including on film. From tweets to texts, filmmakers have had to adapt to the way individuals give and receive information. Using text on screen to relay conversation has become a new tool for visual storytellers to communicate conversations on screen without ever saying a thing. One of the best examples we’ve seen … Read more about Emojis Say What?!—Adding Text Message Bubbles to Your Project with After Effects Templates

How to Succeed in Stock Video 2.0: 5 New Tips for 2017

With more than three million clips to date, there’s a lot of amazing stock footage in our Contributor Marketplace to choose from—so what does it take to stand out from the crowd, get ahead, and make a sale? We polled top-selling contributors for their creative insight and business savvy into what it takes to make it big in the world of stock video. With their help, we’ve come up five important rules for stock filmmakers in 2017. Whether you’re just starting out in stock media or a seasoned pro, these tips can help you make the most of the … Read more about How to Succeed in Stock Video 2.0: 5 New Tips for 2017

Getting Started in After Effects: A Beginner’s Guide to the Essential Tools You Need to Know

By Ryan Nau Are you ready to take your film and production expertise to the next level? After Effects could be the answer you’re looking for—from awesome logo reveals and title sequences to quick alpha channel animations, AE can help you upgrade your project’s production value with reasonably little effort. Although there any number of tutorials out there for creating cool effects in After Effects or working with ready-made After Effects templates, it can be hard to know where to start if you’re unfamiliar with the program. That’s why … Read more about Getting Started in After Effects: A Beginner’s Guide to the Essential Tools You Need to Know

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating After Effects Templates: 5 Key Factors for Profitable AE Designs

By Ryan Nau Adobe After Effects (AE) is a top program in today’s video and animation production industry. It does take some technical depth to learn how to use the program, which is why royalty-free AE templates have burst on the scene with such high demand. However, AE has tons of built-in features that allow you to create studio-quality work right out of the box, as this beginner’s guide to creating best-selling After Effects templates explains. Let’s face it—people are busy, and if they can save days of animating, sequencing, color … Read more about A Beginner’s Guide to Creating After Effects Templates: 5 Key Factors for Profitable AE Designs

Crowdfunding 101

When platforms like Kickstarter initially gained traction in 2008 and 2009, Hollywood approached crowdfunding with due skepticism. It’s taken several years of testing the waters—and notable victories from industry regulars including Spike Lee (Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) and Zac Braff (Wish I Was Here)—but pursuing crowdfunding for films has finally moved into the mainstream as an accepted fundraising avenue for both big name filmmakers and newer artists. A Tradition of Creative Funding    The need for unconventional revenue streams isn’t … Read more about Crowdfunding 101

After Effects Tutorial: Creating a Text Card Wipe Transition

The native plug-ins provided by Adobe After Effects allow for simple yet impactful text animations, such as the Card Wipe effect. Although there are a multitude of royalty-free After Effects transitions templates ready for use, you might want to create your own typography effect to spruce up your business promo, wedding highlight reel, or any other personalized project. Using one of the numerous AE animation tools offered, this brief tutorial demonstrates how to add oomph to your text layers—making the overall experience of your video extra … Read more about After Effects Tutorial: Creating a Text Card Wipe Transition