Animating Orange Blob

orange blob

animated fractal effect created in After Effects with Trapcode Mir

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We’re in more places!

Our growing collection of royalty free stock footage clips is now available from four world-class agencies.  For many years now, you’ve been able to find us at iStockphoto and Getty Images.  This year, we’re excited to announce you can also find us at Shutterstock and Pond5 too!

If you’re looking for links to our narrative and corporate work—the non-stock footage films we direct and produce—please take a look at Ascalon Films.

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7,000 downloads at iStock

We’re very excited and happy to have just passed another landmark.  Thank you, thank you, thank you 7,000 times to everyone who has purchased our work!  Download number 7,000 at iStock was the “Happy 3D Audience” clip below:

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Banking People

We’ve been hard at work building up our banking and finance portfolio here. Now you don’t have to work so hard to find what you need for your project as there’s a beautiful selection in our Banking and Finance collection.

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Resolutions for 2013

In 2013, I plan to:

1. Add at least 700 new clips to my istock portfolio
2. Three stock footage shoots each month, with at least one studio shoot
3. Add more camera movement to more shots
4. Continue to improve (post production) color correction, (on set and post) contrast and (on set) lighting of shots
5. Use a dedicated make-up person on stock shoots
6. Find a stylist and start working with them
7. Learn more After Effects tools, especially particle generators, and produce at least two or three clips each month using that software as a source, in addition to the way I use it already for compositing and clean up
8. Read more good books
9. Do more writing

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6,000 downloads

We just passed another milestone!  Huge thanks to everyone who has bought and is using our clips.  It’s a lot of fun making them and we continue to work on improving both the quality and scope of our portfolio.  This was the 6,000th clip: 

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Another Featured Video

Video of the Week - Banking Boeing 747
Unexpected and pleasant surprise: one of our aviation clips was the Featured Video on istock!
Banking Boeing 747

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This Is Your Captain

We are cruising at a perfect attitude for your holiday destination.  As you start planning your vacation or vacation-related media campaign early in the year, take a look at our new collection of clips featuring a commercial jet pilot and co-pilot.  Throttle up and get ready to take off by looking in the People at Work and Aviation collections.

 

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Final Cut Pro to After Effects Workflow

UPDATE: Pro Import is now available as a standard feature in AE CS6, meaning you don’t need Automatic Duck or anything else to bring your XML sequences straight into the program! [7/15/12]

If you’re still using a version of After Effects prior than CS6, then the following is for you.

I’ve previously posted a few links for free scripts to convert FCP sequences into After Effects compositions. Lately, I’ve been noticing some of those were getting “buggy”, removing existing effects and filters, mis-reading frame rates and similar issues.

It now turns out there’s a better solution: Automatic Duck. “What? Wait! That costs $500!” I hear you cry. But no, not any more. A couple of months ago, the makers of Automatic Duck made their plug-ins available for FREE when they were hired by Adobe.

Read more about that here.

Workflow: Download and install the plug-in, export XML from FCP. Run plug-in inside After Effects (from the “File > Import >” menu) and hey, presto. Just tried it (FCP 7 and AE CS5 on my machine) and it works beautifully.

Automatic Duck’s website with downloads is here.

Merry Christmas!

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We’ve turned Gold!

Vesper Stock is thrilled to announce we’ve sold 5,000 royalty free stock footage clips at istockphoto.com!  We’re extremely grateful to the istock team, to all of the buyers, to the actors and models who appear in our work and to the crew who’ve joined us for various shoots.  The 5,000th download was this night-time clip of the Mackinac Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.  The Mackinac Bridge crosses the Mackinac Straits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, making a physical connection between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

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