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

Make Your Own Action Movie with These 14 Explosive Alpha Channel Effects

An influx of action movie blockbusters are hitting the silver screen this summer and inspiring creators everywhere to get a little action packed into their summer productions, too. And who could blame them? Explosions, gunshots, and rollicking fist fights are thrilling—not to mention they get an audience’s adrenaline pumping. But not everyone has the big time budgets that Hollywood boasts! If you can’t hire top of the line After Effects artists, and if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has his scheduled booked until 2050—we’ve got a better … Read more about Make Your Own Action Movie with These 14 Explosive Alpha Channel Effects

Stock Footage of the Week: Videos and Templates to Fill Your Pot O’ Gold

Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series where we discuss trending content and the latest trends. This week we’ve gathered a few of our favorite St. Patrick's Day footage clips and animations to get you in the carnival spirit. You see it happening already. "Kiss Me I'm Irish" shirts are swarming store displays along with green sequined hats and beads. Chalkboards outside the local pub are advertising specials on traditional Irish fare, and leprechauns dance through commercials more often than usual. You know what this … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Videos and Templates to Fill Your Pot O’ Gold

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

Stock Footage of the Week: Celebrating Our 100 Millionth Download

Last month, we celebrated our 100 Millionth download from the Videoblocks library—and in a clever twist of fate, our customers celebrated with us by making our 100 millionth clip none other than this confetti footage! So if you’ve got a case of the Mondays, pop that confetti cannon—or just watch this HD stock footage of confetti—and embrace the moment. And while you’re at it, why not rock out to some great party music? This is your life, and we think we all deserve a little celebration. Don’t you?   Download this … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Celebrating Our 100 Millionth Download

Roll Out the Red Carpet—After Effects Templates Inspired by 2017’s Best Picture Nominees

“And the Oscar goes to…” As filmmakers, media producers, and cinematographers, we are unapologetic “movie people.” From artsy indies to high-budget action flicks , we’ve laughed, cried, and loved them all—and we’ve waited with baited breath to find out which of our favorites will be honored or snubbed by the Academy each year. Few awards are as coveted as the prestigious “Best Picture” Oscar, and this year’s nominees don’t disappoint. As we dive into awards season, we’ve collected a few of our favorite After Effects Templates inspired … Read more about Roll Out the Red Carpet—After Effects Templates Inspired by 2017’s Best Picture Nominees

Tech Meets Art: 10 Trending Video Styles for the Future of Filmmaking

If there’s one constant in filmmaking, it’s that things are always changing. Years ago when film editors were still making cuts with actual razors on an editing table, the idea of using a computer program to create a movie seemed outrageous—Hollywood pros had no desire to completely rework their process. But early adopters forged ahead, and here we are in an age when digital editing is the norm. These days, it would be crazy to try to cut and paste a film together by hand. Making movies today is faster, the video quality better, and … Read more about Tech Meets Art: 10 Trending Video Styles for the Future of Filmmaking

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