4K Acquisition Arrives With BMPC

The Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K has recently arrived at Postquis Design LLC. We’ve waited for a while to make the move to the 4K dance as we felt that critical functionality was missing in the BMPC 4K camera until recently. The release of Blackmagic Design’s firmware version 1.9.5 removed those concerns and it was time to join the 4K production world. The addition of audio meters in the on-camera LCD, time remaining for the SSD, a histogram (albeit a small one), and the ability to format your SSDs in the camera make for a very welcomed firmware upgrade.

Now comes the time to rig it for our projects and how we prefer to work in the field. Many hours were spent over the past months deciding on how that would begin when the time came… what would be the best cage for it… the foundation for all the other tools for which it would be equipped. We always kept coming back to one in particular, the View Factor Studios BMCC cage, which also fits the BMPC 4K model. The design of it is such that it fits the BMCC and BMPC 4K cameras like a glove. We look forward to its arrival and will be posting some BTS of it when it does!

Till then, it’s time to check out some glass with it and run it thru some preliminary tests. Ours is the EF mount version (BMD has recently announced a PL version also for the 4K camera) and should do well with Canon ‘still’ lenses. But for those new to the cinema/video production world, ‘cine’ glass which is de-clicked and has built in gears for follow focus and aperture if needed often makes life much easier on set.

Below are a Rokinon 14mm T3.1 cine de-clicked lens on the BMPC 4k and a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 photo lens. Take note of the side markings on the Rokinon cine lens. Should you rig your BMPC with the intent of having a focus puller work with you… these side marking make it much easier for them vs the top markings on a stills photo lens.

BMPC 4K w-Rokinon 14mm Cine Lens

Rokinon 14mm T3.1 cine lens with BMPC 4K

Additionally, with a cine lens you get smooth changes on your aperture ring. You aren’t restricted to 1/3 stop clicks… you can fine tune your aperture to any position between what would be clickable stops on a photo lens.

BMPC 4K w-Tokina 11-16mm lens

Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 photo lens with BMPC 4K

Stay tuned for more updates on our blog as we continue to get our BMPC 4K all dressed up for the 4K party! Next up… getting it slipped into the View Factor Studios Blackmagic Design camera cage.

RevoStock 40 for $40 Stock Media Bundle Bonus

The RevoStock.com 40 for $40 Stock Media Bundle Sale recently got better! It’s now a 41 for $40 bundle with the addition of an extra After Effects template that has been added to the bundle. This BONUS stock media item got added at the 500 download count for the bundle. This promotion is unique in that it rewards all purchasers of the bundle each time an additional 500 downloads are reached. So the next bonus stock media item will be added at the 1000 download count. This is where the creative community can participate in spreading the word about this unbelievable deal. RevoStock values this bundle at over $1000.00 dollars if purchased individually.

RevoStock is offering this bundle sale to bring awareness to their patent troll story. Read their full story here which came to a conclusion late last year. Sharing their story with others in the creative community helps shed light on a scenario many have been unaware of until recently.

Now a 41 for $40 Stock Media Bundle

RevoStock 40 for 40 Stock Media Bundle SaleThe RevoStock 40 for 40 Stock Media Bundle Sale has the potential to get better and better. By continuing to share it with your social networks and the creative community, you can help that download count grow and reach the levels at which BONUS items get added. At each 500 download count threshold another item gets added and all who have purchased it also get the additional BONUS items.
Limited Time Offer: Spread the word!

RevoStock Patent Troll Awareness Bundle Promo

UPDATE: 2-19-14
Our 32-bit stock footage transition was voted into the bundle by the RevoStock community and we thank you! Preview the results of the initial voting on the RevoStock 40 for $40 Bundle Promo page. Read the full story below on the background for this promotion.
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RevoStock.com has quite a story to share with the creative community regarding their defense against a ‘patent infringement’ lawsuit. This lawsuit was brought upon them by a company many refer to as a Patent Troll. You can read the full story at RevoStock’s Patent Troll Story blog post.

They’re bringing attention to this situation through an unbelievable promotion in which the RevoStock creative community can help shape. RevoStock will be offering an unbelievable deal of 40 various stock footage items for 40 bucks! That’s right 40 for $40 for a collection of After Effects templates, stock footage, music, sound fx, and Apple Motion template. They are allowing users to vote for the items they would like to see in the bundle. The results of the vote will help RevoStock shape the contents of this special promotional bundle.

Voting will be active thru 2-18-14. The promotional sale will begin the next day 2-19-14 and conclude 3-4-14. For every 500 downloads of the bundle, a new item is unlocked and added for all bundle owners to download! Read the full details here.

We’ve submitted one of our stock footage transitions as part of the group that RevoStock users will be voting on. Fire Streaks Transition 2 w Alpha (preview below) is a 32-bit clip with its alpha channel embedded for ease of use. Designed to be flexible and versatile, it can be used in a wide range of projects when needing a fast transition.

We’ve been a RevoStock contributing producer for some time and are happy to contribute to this promotional event. The staff at RevoStock puts a high priority on customer service and we’re happy to be a part of their creative community of contributing producers.

Preview our clip below with a mouse over. Cast your vote for our clip Fire Streaks Transition 2 w Alpha on the RevoStock 40 for $40 Patent Troll Awareness Bundle voting page. Spread the word and much thanks!

Fly Thru Wireframe Background

Here’s a stock footage clip where the camera flys thru a wireframe background of multiple golden lined structures. Various shaped 3-D models are rendered in a wireframe view. Multiple geometric shapes collied with the camera as it continues to fly thru them. The final frame on which the camera stops is structured with horizontal and vertical thin line elements. You could animate your titles and anchor them on these horizontal stroked lines.

Wireframe Background | Stock Footage Motion Background

View a Hi-Resolution Still Here     |     View or purchase this clip at REVOSTOCK.com or POND5.com

Fly Thru Wireframe Background small | Stock Footage | Postquis Design LLC

  • Length: 15 sec.
  • Loopable: No
  • Sound: No
  • Frame Rate: 24 fps
  • Field Rendering: Progressive
  • Codec: Photo JPEG

Resolutions:  1920 x 1080 | 1280 x 720

Fly Thru Wireframe Background finalHere’s the final frame of this stock footage clip. As mentioned above, you could extend this frame in your timeline and animate your titles while using the stroked lines of the wireframe model to format them. Add your logo or graphic elements in the center area.

Debt Ceiling Credit Crisis Bumper

A concept title animation relating to the ongoing federal debt ceiling credit crisis. This is a 32 bit clip with its alpha channel embedded. This stock footage clip also provides full frame alpha channel edit points for transitions under the animation as well as a reveal at the end. This clip also stands on its own as a bumper animation as just full video over its black background in the upper half of the frame or you could utilize the tail end with it’s alpha channel for a reveal as the lens flares fly away.

Alpha Channel Embedded – Pre-Keyed Debt Ceiling Bumper

View a Hi-Resolution Still Here     |     Purchase this clip at REVOSTOCK.com

Debt Ceiling Credit Crisis Bumper Stock Footage

  • Length: 6 sec.
  • Loopable: No
  • Sound: No
  • Frame Rate: 29.97 fps
  • Field Rendering: Progressive
  • Codec: PNG (32 bit with alpha)

Resolutions: 1920 x 1080

BUNDLE Promotion at RevoStock.com

Receive a 20% discount when you purchase all 3 clips below in our special REVO Bundle promotion!
Mouse over the thumbnails below for a pop out preview.

 

Postquís News Series –  Stock Footage

SPECIAL REPORT Breaking News Bumper

Be sure to preview our News Series of Royalty Free Stock Footage for openings and bumpers. There are various title combinations of BREAKING NEWS and SPECIAL REPORT as well as an opening title with a clean background for your graphics and logo additions.

Black Friday Cyber Monday 2013 Sale at RevoStock

UPDATE: This SALE has ended.

Black Friday Cyber Monday at RevoStock.com will arrive Friday Nov. 29th at 12am CST! You’ll be able to grab some great After Effects templates, stock footage, music, and sound effects all at 50% OFF for 3 days!

This is the perfect time to purchase stock footage items that are versatile and can be used in various projects… current and in the future. We’ve included a number of our After Effects templates and stock footage files in this Black Friday Cyber Monday 2013 50% OFF Sale at RevoStock. Keep an eye out for them when the sale goes LIVE!

Stay up to date on the sale at the following link RevoStock Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale

Here are 2 of our After Effects templates and a 32-bit stock footage transition currently on SALE at 50% OFF

50% OFF Sale at RevoStock - Black Friday Cyber Monday 2013

Black Friday Cyber Monday 2013 50% OFF Sale at RevoStock

Stock Footage Transition Sound Design

We’re often asked how to accentuate stock footage transitions with sound design for greater effect. When working on your stock footage transition sound design a few basic core factors come into play. These are how the transition is being used and in what context. One such use may be within a sports broadcast. In this case the sound design is accentuating a change of content, such as to a full page graphics panel or to and from a hi-light replay. This scenario may call for powerful SFX if being used during a hockey telecast as opposed to a more subtle swoosh type sound effect for a tennis match when used for a replay transition. If your project’s main body of work is an interview with a corporate CEO and you need to support the interview with full page graphic panels, then your transition sound design effects would most likely need to be subtle. In this scenario they most likely would be mixed with the CEO’s mic during his responses. Here a very subtle sound effect mixed under the main mic could put a subtle accent on your supporting graphics.

Once you’ve determined the style for your transition sound design you can then move on to determining how the visual aspects of the transition reveal themselves on the front end and back end of the transition. In the following example we’ve designed a lens flare that rises and flys toward the viewer to reveal the abstract elements. Here a sound effect that has a swell or build up helps to accentuate that motion. For the reveal a more defined lens flare flys out in a sweeping arc as it comes towards the viewer before flying away on the reveal. We’ve also chosen a sound effect with a ‘snap hit’ built into it to further accentuate the reveal point of the transition. We believe this type of transition sound design has an ‘impact style’ and thus more appropriate for situations where you’re looking to add a substantial accent in your sound design during the edit point transition.

Stock Footage Transition Sound Design with Impact

We hope this provides some insight into the general considerations you might take when adding sound effects to stock footage transitions in your projects. You can find some great sound effects at RevoStock.com

Stock footage transition sound designIf our stock footage transition above fits your needs (video only) you can find full details and info on our site at Solar Burst Transition 2.

Be aware you can time-remap the duration of your stock footage transitions to be shorter if you are looking for a fast interstitial visual to bridge your transitional edit points.

Fire Streaks Explosion Transition 2

A stock footage royalty free fire streaks explosion transition clip. This 3 second clip consists of multiple lens flares which build on top of fire toned streaks of light. This 32-bit transition builds to a full frame explosion of dissipating particles. This full frame (alpha channel) provides the edit point under which your transition occurs. As a  32 bit clip with its alpha channel embedded you will not need alternate blend modes to key this clip.

Video Preview

Pre-Keyed Fire Streaks Explosion Transition – Alpha Channel Embedded

View a Hi-Resolution Still Here     |     Purchase this clip at REVOSTOCK.com and POND5.com

  • Length: 3 sec.
  • Loopable: No
  • Sound: No
  • Frame Rate: 29.97 fps
  • Field Rendering: Progressive
  • Codec: PNG (32 bit with alpha)

Resolutions: 1920 x 1080

If you are in need of a shorter transition, this fire streaks explosion concept is available without the exploding particles at the end. Preview our alternate stock footage transition titled Fire Streaks Transition 2. This alternate clip has a duration of 2 seconds making it more flexible when building packages where total running time is critical as in a sports highlights package.

Fire Streaks Transition 2 | Stock Footage | Fire Streaks Explosion

Royalty Free Stock Music Packages-Big Sound Music

Finding royalty free stock music to fit shorter commercial duration times that are derived from the longer version you are using can be frustrating. This is seen when stock music producers, who are creating long play versions of their tracks, fail to produce the shorter derivative versions such as 60 and 30 second versions.

Editors are often asked to cut shorter versions of their projects for commercials and promos. Having these alternate versions available when you are picking out your main music track gives you and your editor added flexibility when producing these alternate edits. Big Sound Music is a producer of royalty free stock music which takes this package approach in their library and portfolio available at RevoStock.com.

They also have a Tag version as well as Loop versions available. Preview the package for their LP track titled Moonless below. Mouse over the thumbnails for an audio preview of the tracks. Each preview’s title is linked to it’s info page at RevoStock where you can find details as well as purchase the proper license for your project.

Big Sound Music Royalty Free Stock Music Packages

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Stock Footage As Basis For Facebook Cover Photo

Facebook’s new Timeline layout emphasizes a large area at the top of the page known as the Cover Photo. In addition to simply using an existing photo that you have on your Facebook page you can also get very creative and design a custom Cover Photo utilizing Royalty Free Stock Footage. In the example below we went to our favorite compositing application, Adobe After Effects, to demonstrate how you can design a custom branded graphic image for the area at the top of your Facebook Timeline home page.

Facebook Cover Photo Stock Footage Design

This example utilizes a Royalty Free Stock Footage clip from our portfolio at RevoStock.com. We then color corrected it, added a VCP lens flare with a blending mode of Screen, and finally added our name and tag line. The profile image graphic in the lower left has been added here to show you how both would work together when Facebook inserts your Profile Image on top of your Cover Photo. It all starts with a Royalty Free Stock Footage video clip from which you have multiple snapshot images to choose from for …Read More