Sharpen Your After Effects Skills with Our Favorite Tutorials

From designing animations and special effects to working with AE templates or stylizing and color correcting footage, Adobe After Effects opens the door to creative possibilities for filmmakers of every skill level. A staple in the creative industry, it's become the "must-have" and "must-know" special effects and animation program for creatives.   Of course, at first glance when opening up After Effects can be a bit intimidating without a little guidance. Don't worry—we've got you covered. Whether you’d like to enhance your shots … Read more about Sharpen Your After Effects Skills with Our Favorite Tutorials

Increase Your YouTube Watch Time with These 5 Steps

We’ve known for a while that YouTube’s most important ranking factor is video watch time. It makes sense—YouTube wants to keep users on the site for as long as possible, so the more time people spend watching and interacting with videos, the more YouTube will focus on putting those videos where viewers will see them. That’s cool and all, but how can you increase your YouTube watch time to ensure that your videos are prioritized in search? Use these five tips to impress your VP of Marketing with huge increases in views and watch … Read more about Increase Your YouTube Watch Time with These 5 Steps

How to Resize Video for Social Media (aka Square Format Video)

Incorporating stock footage into your social media accounts can add an element of professionalism that sets your brand apart. But, apps like Instagram and Facebook can sometimes make it difficult to upload because of their video size restrictions. Don’t let that stop you—we’re sharing some of our favorite tutorials that show you how to resize video to fit Instagram and Facebook’s video size specs. There’s no need to compromise on quality. Your brand will develop a reputation for its professionalism and social media savvy, all while … Read more about How to Resize Video for Social Media (aka Square Format Video)

How to Make a Video Tutorial with After Effects Templates

The internet can now teach us how to do everything. From how to operate an iPhone to cooking a 5-star dinner. We expect information to be available as quickly as we can tap a screen, and when we do find what we’re looking for, we expect it to be easy to understand and use. Put this all together and it’s easy to see why tutorial videos are so incredibly popular—all who wants to read when you can watch?   With this in mind, we’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide on how to make a tutorial video from start to finish. Here are the … Read more about How to Make a Video Tutorial with After Effects Templates

Stock Footage of the Week: V-E Day

Welcome back to our Stock Footage of the Week series, where we discuss trending content and the latest events. As time marched on, the reality of the second World War became tinted by the glamour of Hollywood and immortalized in the dramatic language of literature—but for many people still alive today, World War II wasn’t a multi-million dollar epic film, and it didn’t star the likes of Brad Pitt or Tom Hanks. It starred their brothers and sisters—their husbands and wives. Today in 1945, German forces formally surrendered at … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: V-E Day

Stock Footage of the Week: It’s May Day!

Spring may have begun in March, but for many cultures it’s the first of May that marks the real appearance of the warmer months. As Guinevere sang in Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical Camelot, it’s that time of year when “all the world is brimming with fun—wholesome or ‘un.’” Celebrated in ancient Rome as the festival of the goddess of flowers, Flora—or hundreds of miles away in Gaelic nations as the holiday Beltane—May Day has long been a time to relish the burgeoning seasonal sunshine and give thanks that winter has finally … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: It’s May Day!

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

21 Animated Typography Templates to Make Your Product Shine

In the complex and exciting world of digital media production, typography can be an often overlooked aspect of your video projects—but as the best creatives know, choosing the right typography is pivotal to setting the scene and getting a great response from your audience. With so much riding on the line, don’t settle for a nifty font style and be done. Even with the perfect typeface and a punchy color scheme, it’s hard to stand out. Fun, animated typography templates will give you the right structure and just the perfect amount of shine … Read more about 21 Animated Typography Templates to Make Your Product Shine