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

Review: PowerDirector 15

We always applaud early adopters. Cyberlink’s PowerDirector 15 added 360 video editing capabilities before anyone else, similar to how we added 360 and VR stock footage to our library before the rest of the competition. So, we gave their software a spin with some b-roll to see how it stacks up against the industry leaders, and this is what we learned. Firstly, if you work in Windows, PowerDirector 15 is definitely worth a try. It is not Mac compatible—sorry Apple users—but pulls a lot of weight as an intuitive editing program … Read more about Review: PowerDirector 15

Adobe Faceoff: After Effects vs. Premiere Pro — Which Program Should You Use?

Having the right tool for the job is essential when you need to maximize productivity and keep your creative flow copasetic—after all, you wouldn’t try to hammer a nail with a screwdriver (well, we hope you wouldn’t). So why would you use the wrong Adobe program for your project? Knowing when you should use Adobe After Effects versus Premiere Pro can help you determine which program to learn first or which program to use for specific tasks. While there are some things that you can do through both programs, one of them will likely have … Read more about Adobe Faceoff: After Effects vs. Premiere Pro — Which Program Should You Use?

The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re interested in creating any kind of video project, chances are Adobe Premiere has a permanent place on your toolbar. The go-to editing platform of pros and novices alike, Premiere allows you to easily edit stock footage for all kinds of purposes--outpacing other industry leaders like Final Cut and AVID--and is now indispensable if you want to create high-quality films, commercials, promos or YouTube videos. Of course, time is of the essence in any field--and especially in ours. Between deadlines, shoot dates, high-maintenance … Read more about The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts

Making Stock Footage Simple—How To Use Project Folders on VideoBlocks

Are you a frequent collaborator on creative projects? Do you want to share multiple files with clients to review in one go without sending a long list of links? To stay organized and improve your workflow efficiency, project folders are the tried-and-true way of keeping your clips catalogued, whether by project, theme, or any other category you can create. Plus, they’re easily shareable. You can start a project folder one of two ways: either in the Project Folders section of your Member Dashboard, or right in your search results. … Read more about Making Stock Footage Simple—How To Use Project Folders on VideoBlocks

11 Essential Chroma Key After Effects Tutorials

While most video editing softwares offer a form of chroma or luma key for green screen projects, Adobe After Effects provides a suite of tools that typically lead to more accurate and professional results than other programs offer. In fact, some of the most popular After Effects plugins can make keying incredibly simple and efficient, saving you time while adding a little extra oomph to your project. That’s why we’ve put together a short primer on green screen and keying, including 11 curated tutorials covering essential keying … Read more about 11 Essential Chroma Key After Effects Tutorials

The 5 Biggest Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud, Including VR/360° Video Editing

Adobe recently announced some big updates to the Creative Cloud suite, with the highlight being new VR/360° video editing capabilities—a timely addition considering the recent introduction of royalty-free 360° footage to our library. We've outlined the five essential new features that have been introduced with this Creative Cloud version, all of which should maximize your workflow and allow you to expand your repertoire of editing skills.   1. Creating Proxies During Ingest For those who are not utilizing proxy files, the smaller … Read more about The 5 Biggest Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud, Including VR/360° Video Editing

One Subscription to Rule Them All: The Unlimited Library + The Marketplace

From enjoying unlimited downloads to buying direct from filmmakers and saving 40%, we’ll walk you through two ways our subscribers can use VideoBlocks as their one resource for every stock footage need; check out the video below to learn how to maximize your membership thorough our Unlimited Library and our new Marketplace! https://youtu.be/oRbFn1dXokE With two members-only libraries designed to save filmmakers time and money on every project, a VideoBlocks subscription has never been more powerful. And, if you’re not yet a member, … Read more about One Subscription to Rule Them All: The Unlimited Library + The Marketplace