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?

How to Enhance Your Time Lapse Footage with Pro-Level Gear

“You are going to babysit your camera for a few hours, but in the end you’ll be able to show the world something that couldn’t be seen otherwise.”—Filipe Samora, VideoBlocks Contributor   It’s no surprise that time lapse footage is one of our top-selling categories in the Contributor Marketplace. It’s a visually pleasing yet time efficient way to cram a large amount of eye candy into a short video—and the concept is simple enough, right? Choose your location, set up your camera, and capture the shots you need at set … Read more about How to Enhance Your Time Lapse Footage with Pro-Level Gear

Top 20 Cinematic Shots: The Big Screen Stock that Filmmakers Can’t Stop Downloading

What makes a shot cinematic? Film aficionados love to throw the term around, but it can be hard to nail down a single definition. Most people rely on a “I’ll know it when I see it” approach, which is hardly useful for working filmmakers and creatives looking for the right shots to include in their projects. That’s why we’ve put together a quick reference list of five essential “cinematic” qualities for shots featuring 20 of the most downloaded clips in our stock footage library. This guide will help you select the most visually interesting … Read more about Top 20 Cinematic Shots: The Big Screen Stock that Filmmakers Can’t Stop Downloading

The PhDs Behind Doctor Strange Can Help Your Sci-Fi Film Too

How do filmmakers put the “science” in Science Fiction? From the interplanetary botany of The Martian to the killer forensics of Criminal Minds or the speculative metaphysics of Doctor Strange, audiences are craving stories with science that appears theoretically possible. Rather than go back to school for a PhD, directors and screenwriters often turn to The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a collective of real-life experts across all kinds of surreal specialties.   Even with far-out scenarios like time travel, teleportation, and … Read more about The PhDs Behind Doctor Strange Can Help Your Sci-Fi Film Too

A Beginner’s Guide to Editing with Green Screen Backgrounds

From major Academy Award-winning movies to shoestring budget indies, it seems like everyone in Hollywood uses green screen technology. With the ability to replace flat backgrounds with hard-to-shoot aerials, distant locations, the wonders of space, or entirely made-up fantasy worlds, it’s easy to see the imaginative yet still budget-conscious appeal of green screen backgrounds. Yet, for those who have never worked with green screens or learned how to chroma key, the entire process can seem like strange voodoo magic—which is why we’ve rounded up … Read more about A Beginner’s Guide to Editing with Green Screen Backgrounds

Frightening Stock Footage for Your Halloween

Halloween is creeping closer, which means it’s time to channel your inner Hitchcock—or maybe your inner Craven, Romero, or Carpenter (depending on your style). Whether you’re working on a mind-bending supernatural thriller or a macabre family comedy, we’ve got the Halloween stock footage you need. Check out these collections of the most haunting templates and videos from our Unlimited Library.   Make an Impression Dark and brooding or spooky and magical? Whatever tone you choose, make sure you prime your audience from the very first … Read more about Frightening Stock Footage for Your Halloween

5 Reasons Businesses Should be Using Video Content

What with so many businesses now utilizing social media marketing to heighten the awareness of their brand, video format can often be forgotten. Nevertheless, video proffers a superior opportunity for your brand to display its’ range of products and/ or services, both to an existing and a potential customer base. Our world is now impatient and hectic, and as such, many people actually prefer to view a video rather than trying to digest a large chunk of written content. And because it’s a day and age where many more consumers are investing … Read more about 5 Reasons Businesses Should be Using Video Content