Free Space Background Videos for Epic Title Sequences


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by Robbie Janney, Shutterstock

Download these 19 organically created space backgrounds, and learn how to create Sci-Fi title cards. These free elements are compatible with all non-linear editors, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer.

DOWNLOADS AND LINKS: 19 Free Space Background Elements –





Download Free Adobe XD CC | UX/UI Design, Collaboration tool


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by Adobe

Go from concept to prototype with Adobe XD, the all-in-one UX/UI solution for designing websites, mobile apps, and more. With the new Starter plan for XD, it’s fast, easy — and free.

Design, prototype, share

Design, prototype, share. All in XD.

Adobe XD is built for today’s UX/UI designers, with intuitive tools that eliminate speed bumps and make everyday tasks feel effortless. Learn the basics and get started with free UI kits that include templates, components, and everything you need to create amazing user experiences.

Always something new in XD.

Photoshop to prototype. Right in XD.

Now you can bring your Photoshop and Sketch files into XD simply by opening them inside the app. Your designs automatically convert into XD files, so you can quickly get your prototypes up and running.

Read more and download the free Adobe XD CC | UX/UI design, collaboration tool



Free Squash & Stretch AE Script


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by mamoworld tools

Squash & Stretch

Squash & Stretch is a FREE tool that saves you time with a collection of ready to use behaviors, carefully handcrafted by professionals and controlled by an intelligent system – ensuring your animations come to life without starting from scratch each time.


Handcrafted Animations – all Squash & Stretch animations are carefully handcrafted by professionals, because you can’t automate emotion and creativity.

Intelligent Adjustments – Squash & Stretch adjusts the behavior of each individual layer, to ensure they always look good. Already have other animations applied to a layer? Squash & Stretch will adjust those to make sure both the start and end of a behavior fit seamlessly into the context.

Large Library – Squash & Stretch contains an extensive collection of behaviors that you can easily browse with the built-in gallery. The Pro version can also be extended with additional bundles that can be purchased separately.

Sound – Squash & Stretch behaviors not only move and deform a layer, they also come with a variety of built-in sound effects for maximum impact. Just select a sound effect and it will be inserted into your composition when you apply the behavior. Of course, you can also use the sounds independent of Squash & Stretch, just like any normal stock sound effects collection.

Intuitive Parameters: “Can you make it jump higher?”
“Well, let me try to increase the initial force, lower the gravity and then tweak the friction a bit to compensate for the increased velocity”.
If this sounds like a nightmare, then Squash & Stretch is for you. It’s powerful yet simple, with parameters that adjust the behaviors to be just the way you want.

Control the speed and energy with the Oomph parameterControl the amount of deformation with the Squash & Stretch parameter

No Expressions – Squash & Stretch creates simple keyframes that are easy to modify. Personalizing animations couldn’t be easier.


Demo 1 Demo 2 Demo 3

Download here.



How to Light a Green Screen and More by Simeon Quarrie


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by Simeon Quarrie, VIVIDA

I had the opportunity a few years back to meet Simeon Quarrie of VIVIDA Productions in the UK at the Government Video Expo in Washington DC.  His type of production, at first, didn’t seem to fit the “government model” of video production.  At the time, Simeon was best known for his wedding videos so much so as he kept his model somewhat secret which made it possible to speak outside of Europe so as not to give away his trade secrets.  But his Hollywood style of movie making and attention to detail really had an impact on me and I’m often referencing his work to other creatives. Since that GV Expo, Simeon has branched out to corporate productions and even started a youtube channel full of useful production tips and tricks. (BTW– he’s also a super nice guy and blew us all away!)

Here is one of Simeon’s brief vignettes on how to light a green screen. Getting good even light is really important for filmmakers hoping to remove a background in post…

Please subscribe to Simeon’s youtube channel here.



FREE Futuristic Computer and HUD Sound Effects


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PremiumBeat is no stranger to giving away epic free sound effects for your personal and commercial projects. From their popular Free Movie Trailer SFX to the 15 Free Ambient Noise Track packs, they try to keep you covered for all types of projects. And the latest free pack is sure to take your video to the next level.

Easily add depth to any science fiction film or futuristic computer interfaces with SCI-FI UI.

Download 29 FREE Sci-Fi UI sound effects from the PremiumBeat blog. Easily add custom sounds to your next futuristic film or science fiction adventure.



A Cheat Sheet for Social Media Video Aspect Ratios


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BY RACHEL KLEIN, Premiumbeat

Creating videos to publish on social media? Keep up with the latest aspect ratio settings with this handy reference guide.

There’s no doubt that social media is changing the online video game. Once arbitrary, the aspect ratios for these platforms are now transforming the media we create. Since viewers now encounter the the majority of the content we create on smart phones, it’s essential to keep up with social media trends and settings.

If you work in the commercial world at all, you’ve probably already come across this shifting landscape. Many filmmakers and videographers are shooting advertisements in a way that they can utilize for multiple viewing platforms.

In the past, platforms like Instagram used to be for amateur work; however, it is now a leading platform where a majority of visual artists promote themselves and their work. Breaking out of the 16:9 cinematic box (quite literally!) might seem wrong at first, but it can actually be quite freeing for your work.

Get out of your comfort zone, and give a vertical crop a go on your next shoot!

Aspect Ratios (read the rest of this article here)

Here is some more helpful information for uploading content to these outlets:



20 Free Spell Hits VFX by ActionVFX


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by ActionVFX

Hey there VFX Artists! ActionVFX is committed to empowering today’s visual effects community with premium VFX assets. They are very excited to release their latest FREE Collection, Spell Hits VFX.

Free Spell Hits Download

Product Features:
  • 20 Spell Hit VFX Elements
  • 10 Front-Facing
  • 10 Side-Facing
  • Easily Adjustable Hue
  • Delivered in 2K and 4K Resolution
  • Shot at 24fps. Properly exposed. 10-bit Prores 422
  • Camera: RED Weapon Helium 8K
  • Download here


50 Free Textures for Any Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, or After Effects Project


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by , Rocketstock

Learn how to add distressed textures to your next logo project in After Effects with the simple steps in this video tutorial.

If you’re trying to add a bit more flare to your own (or someone else’s) logo, Shutterstock’s latest freebie pack is here to help. These handmade distressed textures work perfectly with any Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, or After Effects project. You can download the free pack here.

So to use this in After Effects, you’ll need to first find an animated logo or graphic — or any type of animation. You’ll be applying the new texture on top of an existing logo or graphic…

[More plus download link for free textures]


Looking for more After Effects tips and tricks? Check out these tutorials.




4 Techniques for Hiding Lav Mics


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by V Renée,

As a filmmaker, knowing how to hide a lav on a subject is an absolute must.

In many cases, having a boom operator follow your actors around with a micis an excellent way to pick up dialogue, but if for some reason a boom won’t work (like, if you want to record audio in a wide shot), a lav mic most likely will. Having trouble hiding your lavalier mics on set? Try one of these 4 methods to get that lav out of the shot…

Read the four techniques here… [More]