Save Time and Money by Using Templates and Stock Footage

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John Tunay's picture

In most dire cases where time is not on your side, stock media is definitely a life saver.

 

The use of stock footage is more or less an accepted practice nowadays with better cameras in the hands of more people.

 

And while most post production house will never admit to it, Video Templates for After Effects (and in some cases even Apple Motion) are definitely a cost effective solution.

 

If you want to dabble in stock media for video production, I'd definitely recommend MotionElements ( www.motionelements.com ) as they have a decent library there.

 

They also have some free content so that is definitely worth checking out as well:

http://www.motionelements.com/free/stock-footage

 

Hope this helps.

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Just to throw in my two cents worth on the article printed in the magazine. On page 57 there is an example of a cut-in. It looks like a surfer riding a wave in a golden sunrise, cut to bright mid-day shot of surfboards on the sand, cut back to surfer. The caption reads "This cutaway of a stock footage of beach and surfboards doesn't work because the lighting is strikingly different."

 

My experience in post production is that the colors of the shots could possibly be altered to find a happy medium for them to work. The aspect that I see as to why these shots really don't work is the difference in the ocean conditions. The two sunrise surfing shots show a good even 4-6 foot long-period swell, where as the cut-in shows 1-3 foot barely surfable waves. So the continuity of the ocean conditions don't match from shot to shot.

 

To me these details are just as important as maintaining continuity throughout a scene. When looking for stock footage cut-ins, I always try to make sure continuity matches as much as possible.