Seasoned filmmakers and beginners alike use b-roll to take their film projects to the next level. Why? B-roll evens the playing field—and if you’ve never heard of b-roll before reading this article, you can still use it to achieve incredible results. We’ll take you through the basics of b-roll and show you how stock footage fits into the equation. (Spoiler: You’ll end up saving both time and cash). What Is B-Roll? B-roll is the additional footage interspersed throughout a video to provide more information about the … Read more about Why B-Roll is Awesome
Although it might be the middle of July, fans of must-watch TV around the world already know: Winter. Is. Here. The penultimate season of Game of Thrones has arrived, promising more thrills—and battles—than ever. But why should Jon Snow have all the fun? With our new and exclusive epic fantasy-inspired After Effects templates, you can claim the Iron Throne for your own. Drawing on iconic elements and themes from the pop culture sensation, we’ve created four versatile intro templates that can be easily customized using your own … Read more about Winter Is Here: 4 Exclusive After Effects Templates Inspired by Game of Thrones
In this 3D world of complex visuals and intricate textures, a contradictory trend seems to have made its way to the foreground—and that trend is 2D animation. The simple aesthetic has taken over the world of design and even popular music videos. Take for instance Bruno Mars’s That’s What I Like—it combines 2D lines and animations with some killer dance moves to create something that is both fun and artistic. Lucky for you, the scribble effect is a very simple animation that can be done right inside After Effects or Premiere Pro. … Read more about Tutorial: How to Create a Scribble Effect in After Effects
The world of copyright is a confusing one—especially in the stock media industry. Can I use this video clip commercially? If so, how many times? One wrong step and a copyright infringement could turn into a nasty lawsuit. That’s why it’s important to understand the ins and outs of copyright and licensing. Of course, we could write a whole book about the dos and don’ts and whys or why nots—in fact, we have—but let’s keep this sweet and simple by explaining what copyright is and what royalty free means. What Is a … Read more about Why is Royalty Free Video So Important?
It’s that time of the year when we put on our patriotic pants and celebrate the birth of a nation with hot grills and even hotter fireworks. Independence Day is the epitome of American holidays—cold drinks, country music or rock ‘n roll, and an excuse to play with fire—responsibly, of course. There’s a lot of national pride to take in, so we thought it would help to slow things down with some patriotic slow motion footage. This week, we’re featuring just that—slow motion footage that allows you to take it all in and … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: Patriotic Slow Motion Footage
As that classic children’s film says, “we got no troubles, life is the bubbles, under the sea!” With the arrival of warmer weather, crowds flock to the waterside for a break from the heat and some cool, wet fun. But the underwater world has always been and continues to be an area of poetic and scientific mystery—not to mention a marvel to the filmmaking world. (Just ask James Cameron.) Explore the ocean depths yourself with our new Under the Sea Toolkit featuring VideoBlocks underwater stock video and sounds from our sister site, … Read more about Toolkit: Under the Sea Stock Footage and Audio
Social media has redefined video. One quick scroll through your Instagram feed and you’ll quickly realize how important video is to influencer marketing. Similarly, video advertising on Facebook is an essential way to capture the attention of new audiences and make sure your brand or product gets seen. Of course, not everyone has an in-house creative team with the budget to shoot original video for every ad. That’s why big-time advertisers and jack-of-all-trades creatives alike depend on HD stock footage for resources they need to complete … Read more about Top 20 Video Clips for Advertising on Social Media
Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series. This week we’re featuring After Effects templates for blockbuster-style logo reveals. Add some motion to your brand identity and get down to business with these easy-to-edit templates. What’s better than summer blockbusters? Sometimes, it’s the trailers that come before them. We’ve all seen movies that had better previews than performances, and it’s no surprise that teasers can have a big impact on box office performance. The same rule applies to your brand, which is why … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Blockbuster-Style Logo Reveals