Cast some light on your subject

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25 Grayscale MasksThe 4K Dappled Light Toolkit is a collection of footage and After Effects projects that brings the organic motion of wind-blown tree shadows to any video or animation timeline. I created this collection because I needed subtle yet immersive background animations for title screens on a project I was working on. My experience is that too many motion backgrounds steal attention away from static foreground elements like titles. Unfortunately, static background images can be too quiet. The Dappled Light animations fill this gap perfectly. These clips are so generic; they can be used for any subject. If you use backgrounds, you will love them! If you like to tweak, mix and match, etc, the After Effects files give you all the versatility you need. Click here to see a demo.PreMade Motion BackgroundsThe 4K Dappled Light Toolkit contains imagery from real trees casting real shadows on a flat white surface. We picked days when there was a breeze blowing so that there would be motion in the shadows. The surface was filmed with a RED Epic camera at 5K resolution. The footage was then corrected to remove any perspective caused by offset camera angles. Then, these “shadow” animations were made seamless and color-corrected to create grayscale, full contrast masks. Twenty-five of these masks are provided as-is in the Toolkit.25 Static Textures

The next step was to composite marble, wood and fabric textures with the shadow animations, which created realistic dappled light on the textures. After Effects was used for this compositing. The resulting images have a light/shadow combination that is organic and immersive. Since the shadows were taken from reality there is an inherent sense of high production value. These ready-to-use backgrounds are provided in 4K and HD sizes in the Toolkit.

In addition, the Toolkit contains the above After Effects projects, static textures, extra metallic treatments and erosion masks. The After Effects projects have compositions that allow your titles to be cast with the same shadows as the backgrounds, along with surface treatments for the title lettering.

Seamless Looping Brushed Metal

The 4K Dappled Light Toolkit has a retail value of $799. However, for a limited time it is available at for $399. The 4K Dappled Light Toolkit is also available FREE to any subscribers at from February 16th to March 31st.

Click here to see a demo.
Click here to see Eran Stern’s Dappled Light Tutorial.


Mind Trip – Part 2 Tutorial

An After Effects Video Tutorial

by Eran Stern* (

In the final piece of this 2-part video tutorial, Eran reveals the secrets found in a woman’s mind! Learn how to use radial blur, caustics, glow, and other tricks in After Effects to reveal a dream-like scene…Watch Video Tutorial Here.

Revealing the secrets found

Revealing the secrets found

Mind Trip – Part 1 Tutorial

An After Effects Video Tutorial

by Eran Stern* (

Join Eran Stern as he delves into the mind of a woman. Be warned, it’s not for the faint-of-heart! Follow along as he creates a tunnel vision effect by applying a few After Effects tricks such as time…Watch Video Tutorial Here.

Eran delves into the mind of a woman.

Eran delves into the mind of a woman.


Motion Tracking, After Effects, and CINEMA 4D Lite

The workflow to add 3D objects into your already-shot footage.

by Chris and Trish Meyer (Crish Designs)

After Effects features a 3D Camera Tracker that examines already-shot footage and attempts to reverse-engineer where the camera was during the shot, creating a 3D camera to match. This allows you to add new objects in 3D space that match the movement and perspective of the underlying footage.

After Effects has a limited 3D implementation of its own that allows you to add text and shapes, but the real fun comes when you can add a fully rendered 3D model of an object into the scene. There are several… Read Full Tutorial here.

Clip FCL220 used in tutorial. Download for free here:

Clip FCL220 used in tutorial for download free here.

FootageHub Producer, Francois Areseneault releases all new footage

From boats in quiet harbors to oil rigs on the prairie, from the Coliseum in Rome and the pyramids of Egypt to a modern building under construction, sites (and sights) are global. Motorcycles race on a snow-covered track, hot air balloons take flight, low-flying bombers dump fire retardant. Shots of people in action: skateboarders, Motocross and mountain bike racers, rodeo clowns and cowboys, fishermen on a sandy beach, and others.

Nature shots include a full moon floating in the night sky, an eagle soaring against the clouds, beef cattle roaming on a Western ranch, gulls and seals on the beach. Wherever you look in this Francois Arseneault new release, possibilities are endless.

New Rubberball stock footage available now

Spread across a variety of geographical locations, this new footage from prolific FootageHub producer Rubberball focuses on people in action–all kinds of action, from a ballet class to guys pushing a stalled car to a couple sharing wine in a hot tub to a woman in a dentist’s chair, and much, much more; from fast-paced city life to rural solitude.

Interspersed among the extravaganza of life-style footage is a melange of evocative nature and animal shots, classic city skylines, and ’round-the-world landscapes as well as some clever, thought-provoking concept shots. Something to set the perfect mood for your next project is on tap here.

Stock Footage Inc Releases New Stock Footage

FootageHub producer Stock Footage Inc. captures the vibrant beauty of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s most exciting city. Waves lap the shorelines of Botafogo Bay and Ipanema Beach; the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado spreads its arms above the cityscape and crowded favelas, Rio’s low-rent hillside residential areas; tourists ride the breath-taking gondolas on Sugarloaf Mountain.

If it’s Rio, it’s here! Dawn to sunset and night aerial shots provide memorable views of one of the Western Hemisphere’s most fascinating cities. Whether you are looking for a specific landmark to establish location in Rio or an image that simply conveys classic fun and beauty in a tropical setting, these new clips from Stock Footage Inc. are worth checking out!


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Driving Plates (5-9 angles)             Washington DC Aerials                   New York Aerials
Tornadoes                                      Extreme Weather                            Families & Babies
Business Meetings                         Wild & Domestic Animals                Fitness
Los Angeles Aerials                       Ultra Slow Motion                            Boston Aerials
Firemen                                          Flowers                                           Tropical Beaches

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Explosions                                      Monster Waves                              Asian Cities
Surfers                                           Establishments                               Netherlands
Nature                                            Skydiving                                        Space & Starfields
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NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan:
Producer, Director, Editor, Consultant and Trainer





Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. *The rush to higher resolutions is continuing, even for situations that don’t need it.
*Storage needs are increasing exponentially
*Film makers are shooting first, planning later; if ever
*SSD drives a darn fast but stubbornly expensive
*We still don’t have good, solid, inexpensive options for archiving media
On the other hand, wait six months and the world will change again at IBC.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. Sigh…the end of the show.

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. NAB is filled with surprises, but the most interesting thing to me was the speed of evolution, rather than revolution. Money is starting to flow in the market, finally, and vendors are expanding product lines to try to capture more business. New age camera companies, such as Red, Blackmagic Design and AJA are now considered a normal part of the camera business.

Hardware gets smaller, drones get bigger, and The Cloud is everywhere – especially where it doesn’t belong. Macintosh is the platform of choice and traditional vendors are scrambling to preserve their market.

Several new ideas caught my eye, including:
* The focus on infrastructure and managing media from companies like Axel Video, File Catalyst and Xendata.
*Drones are everywhere, especially underfoot
*Cameras are getting smaller, cheaper, and with better and better image quality


Artbeats’ Top Selling Clips of 2014

This is our second annual roundup of the most popular shots sold last year. I’ll count down from number 10.

  1. Churning Storm Cloud: D001-C043B
    Shot from beneath a tornado-warned supercell, these churning clouds made me want to run for cover. This is why I love shooting supercells, the cloud rotation makes for very unusual and beautiful shots. This huge storm produced a tornado about 15 miles to the south, too far away to reach in time to get a shot.

    D001-C043B: Time-lapse supercell storm cloud

    D001-C043B: Time-lapse supercell storm cloud

  1. Aerial of NYC Financial District: NYC209
    This footage was captured in 2006 but is still incredibly popular. Shot with the Sony F950 in the Gyron gyrostabilizer gimbal.
NYC209: Looking down into Wall Street area.

NYC209: Looking down into Wall Street area.


  1. Colorado Supercell Storm: EST104
    Another tornado-warned storm, this footage shows impressive cloud rotation and is punctuated with a dramatic lightning strike. This clip is from the Epic Storms collection where you can find many more breathtaking storm shots.

    EST104: TIme-lapse swirling dark gray supercell cloud with lightning and rain over a prairie landscape.

    EST104: Swirling dark gray supercell cloud with lightning and rain over a prairie landscape, time lapse


  1. Large Container Ship Flyover: 004-C078
    In the summer of 2010, Artbeats did a helicopter shoot of the beautiful coast of Catalina Island. On the way back across the water to LA, we saw this cargo ship steaming south. It is ironic that it became more popular than all the shots we took of Catalina. At 55 seconds in length, this is the longest clip in the top 10.

    004-C078: Close flight over a container ship in open ocean.

    004-C078: Close flight over a container ship in open ocean.


  1. Highway Flyover: A113-C021C
    This lonely highway winding through a forest west of Providence, Rhode Island, was shot with a RED Epic in the fall of 2011. It is over 40 seconds long, which gives an editor lots of options for finding the perfect sweet spot.

    A113-C021C: Following a highway through a forest west of Providence, Rhode Island.

    A113-C021C: Following a highway through a forest west of Providence, Rhode Island.


  1. Washington DC Capitol and Mall: A122-C050B
    Flying south looking west over the Capitol building, this shot can represent political power, military might, an evening at the Smithsonian or traditional love of country.

    A122-C050B: Orbiting Capitol Hill at night; Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in rear, Library of Congress in left foreground as clip ends.

    A122-C050B: Orbiting Capitol Hill at night; Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in rear, Library of Congress in left foreground as clip ends.


  1. San Quentin Reveal: DHJT100-09
    Opened in 1952, it is the oldest prison in California, located just north of San Francisco. This Maximum-security penitentiary has a stated capacity of 3,082 inmates, yet has a population of 4,233.

    DHJT100-09: Flying over the water and across San Quentin Prison yard.

    DHJT100-09: Flying over the water and across San Quentin Prison yard.


  1. Sunrise From Space: RBL217
    An image from the very popular Orbital 2 Collection, and a great way to establish the start of a new day. To see more images like these, view all three Orbital Collections.

    RBL217: Sunrise over Earth as if seen from space shuttle.

    RBL217: Sunrise over Earth as if seen from space shuttle.


  1. Sunlit Earth Limb: RBL205
    The popularity of this clip is due to its generic nature. Beautiful and timeless, the image can represent many things, from global concepts, to time-of-day to a background plate that can be layered with a satellite.

    RBL205: Clouds over sea and islands as if viewed from space.

    RBL205: Clouds over sea and islands as if viewed from space.


  1. Washington DC Capitol: A123-C030
    This beautiful daytime aerial shows the capitol dome surrounded by museums and other government buildings including Library of Congress, which sits in the foreground. This view clearly displays the height limit restrictions of buildings built in DC. We were thankful as this makes shooting the capitol dome easy from anywhere in the city. To see more Washington DC aerials, click this link.

    A123-C030: Dome of the US Capitol and surroundings, Washington DC

    A123-C030: Dome of the US Capitol and surroundings, Washington DC