LIGHT | PARTICLES
The two videos below were made using elements from "Hard rain", "Hard rain with splashes- 3 layers" and one part of "Smoke Drifts - 3 layers". As with the other multi-clips, just cut the clips into three seamlessly loop-able, nine second segments and they can be layered, sized, animated, cropped, masked, tinted, re-timed and looped over footage or stills to assemble an almost infinite number of different 3D, HD effects. In After Effects, try layering clips with the opacity around 50%, using the excellent (free) Knoll "UnMult" plugin - different opacity settings on the different layers give different feelings of depth.
Stock clips used: Hard rain | Hard rain with splashes | Smoke drifts
The videos below are low rez examples of some of the videos available from the sites listed at the bottom of this page. They show how the "multi-clips" can be edited into loop-able segments.
Their actual size is HD 1080 (1920 x 1080).
motion graphics and video design
Designing and producing motion graphics for broadcast, sales, marketing, special events,
movie titles, theater, presentations, multi-media installations, web and stock.
clients have included: Condé Nast, Hearst Corporation, Fornasetti, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Vera Wang, Vivienne Tam, Norma Kamali, SHVO,
Philippe Starck for Yoo, Yahoo!, W Downtown Hotel, W magazine, Rebecca Moses, Agency Sacks, Departures magazine, Jade Jagger,
Leading Hotels of the World, Temple St Clair, Global Brands Group, The Shed, Jonathan Adler, Zufall Health Center
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sample stock videos
This low rez sample video shows a selection of the stock footage of birds. Each clip has been composed over a still image to show some of the effects possible using the black and white footage of bird animations. The free Knoll "UnMult" plugin was used to silhouette the birds against the still backgrounds. They can be layered, tinted and mixed with other stock footage (such as the smoke/fog and rain).
Stock clips used: Pigeons fly away, flap and swoop | Pigeon flock small | Pigeon flock swoops | Flock of pigeons flies over | Crows flying
Video showing the three looping segments of "Smoke Drifts - 3 clips"
Stock clips used: Smoke drifts
The two low rez smoke videos below were made using various smoke elements. Just cut the clips into three seamlessly loop-able, nine second segments and they can be layered, sized, animated, cropped, masked, tinted and looped to assemble an almost infinite number of different 3D, HD smoke effects.
In After Effects, the (free) Knoll "UnMult" plugin works very well with all the smoke clips - it creates an Alpha channel and removes the black.
A growing number of my stock footage clips are "multi-clips" - they consist of separate elements (usually two or three), each of which is seamlessly loop-able. For example, a 27 second multi-clip, made up of three, nine second loopable segments, can be cut into three equal parts, each of which can be set to loop indefinitely.
Some of these loop-able segments are also designed to be used as 3D layers (e.g. the smoke and the rain). The segments from these multi-clips can be set to loop and can also be offset in 3D space so that they appear to have 3D volume. They can be layered, combined, repeated, re-sized, offset in time, animated, cropped, masked, screened, tinted and looped, allowing for the creation of an almost infinite number of different 3D, HD effects.
Alpha Mattes and Luma Mattes
Some of the clips contain alpha or luma mattes. If you don't know how to use these, search online and discover their uses as masks. I've heard from people who have converted my footage to use in Flash and have successfully used the luma mattes there too. The black and white clips of the birds can be used as luma mattes, so the black and white bird videos can be placed on any background of your choice. As mentioned above, if you're using After Effects, any of the clips can be used with the free Knoll "UnMult" plugin which removes the black from the clips by creating an alpha channel - it works really well with the rain and smoke clips.
My stock footage is available from several different sites. Many of the clips started life as elements in jobs for clients (e.g. the butterflies, the birds, the smoke and the rain) and I realized how my life would have been made much easier if I could have simply bought the footage instead of having to create it from scratch. Prices vary from site to site.