Trends, styles, and techniques
Things that inspire us and trends in the stock world (old and new).
Timelapse is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing.
Timelapse has been, and still is, a popular type of stock footage, and one we like very much.
Hyperlapse is an exposure technique in timelapse photography in which the position of the camera is changed between each exposure to create a tracking shot in timelapse sequences. As you can see, the effect is beautifully eye-catching.
Slow motion (or, slow-mo) is an effect whereby time appears to be slowed down.
Typically this style is achieved when each film frame is captured at a rate much faster than it will be played back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving more slowly.
Slow-motion footage can be achieved with high-end high-speed cameras such as the RED line of cameras or the extreme high-speed Phantom Flex, which shoots at over 10,000 frames per second.
One can also achieve a slow-motion effect by using a camera capable of shooting at 60 frames per second and then converting the frame rate to 23.976 in post-production. The only issue currently is that the resolution at 60fps in most cameras is limited to 720p.
A macro lens allows you to shoot and capture incredibly detailed close-ups, usually accompanied by beautiful depth of field effects.
Tilt shift can be achieved as a post-production effect or by using specialty tilt-shift lenses. One of the most popular and recent uses for the tilt-shift effect is to create the illusion of a “miniature scene” out of real-world footage.
Motion graphics, traditional animation, and stop motion
Motion graphics are looking better these days with software such as Adobe After Effects and myriad tutorials that help you hone your skills in motion graphics production. Combined with some 3D modelling techniques, your imagination is the only limit for what you can create.
3D-rendered and CGI
With 3D animation becoming more accessible to designer and motion graphic experts through software such as Adobe After Effects and external plug-ins, it's easier than ever to create stunning 3D-rendered footage.
Special effects and pre-keyed elements
People are often looking to add explosions, smoke effects, glass breaking, muzzle flashes, dirt, flares, fire, and other effects and pre-keyed elements to their projects and productions.
Now almost anyone can use the advantages of shooting on a green (or blue) screen. Footage shot on a green screen has many uses, including commercials and corporate projects, and allows for maximum customization. Every day, people find new and creative ways to use green screen in their workflow.