Why B-Roll is Awesome

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

Winter Is Here: 4 Exclusive After Effects Templates Inspired by Game of Thrones

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

Why is Royalty Free Video So Important?

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?

Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Blockbuster-Style Logo Reveals

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

Artist Spotlight: Oleksandr Smaglov and Radosław Frankowski

We’re featuring artists from our new Creator to Creator collection--Oleksandr Smaglov and Radosław Frankowski. With fresh stock footage that reflects our creative community, this collection focuses on energetic and social media-drive lifestyle clips that resonate with the next generation of creators.   Olkesandr Smaglov   … Read more about Artist Spotlight: Oleksandr Smaglov and Radosław Frankowski

Quit Your Day Job: Film Full Time with These Tips from the Pros

“Listen to your heart and do what brings you joy. For me that happens to be shooting stock. The joy and excitement of the process fuel my portfolio growth to the point where I don’t need to worry about slow times.” —Konstantin Sutyagin As we burn through those weekday blues, it’s easy to dream of another adventure. For those of us with a passion for film and video, the idea of successfully translating our “hobby” into a full time job seems too good to be true. That’s something other people do—people who don’t have a family, or who are … Read more about Quit Your Day Job: Film Full Time with These Tips from the Pros

Tutorial: How to Create a Zoom Effect in After Effects

From psychological thrillers to heart-pounding action films, zooming has always been used to capture a far-away subject or fill a frame with a close up—but thanks to post production programs like After Effects, the zoom can now go beyond its normal, everyday usage to provide a unique twist to any video. Just think of the iconic dolly zoom in Vertigo or the crash zoom in Django Unchained during the introduction of Calvin Candie. Need a visual? This video shows you how zooming can be used in big name Hollywood … Read more about Tutorial: How to Create a Zoom Effect in After Effects

Graduation Toolkit: Templates and Audio for Pomp and Circumstance

Cue up the mortar boards and robes, because it’s graduation season again. May and June are important months for families, friends, and educators--students of all ages the world over are finishing their studies and excitedly preparing to walk across the stage to receive their diploma. Of course, this isn’t just a pivotal day for students: graduations are an opportunity for whole families and communities to join together in celebration.   So it’s only fitting that during important moments like these, we’d want to capture the memories (and … Read more about Graduation Toolkit: Templates and Audio for Pomp and Circumstance