Monday, January 26, 2009

Artbeats After Effects Turorials & Free Footage

Artbeats, a company that sells stock footage, has a great podcast with After Effects tutorials. They lso have some video and writtien tutorials that are worth checking out. You can also get free footage from them, too.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Royalty free music from

Peter John Ross provides some royalty-free music on his website If you add it to your video, all he asks is that you list him in the credits.

All you have to do is credit the songwriter - Peter John Ross ( and the music is your to use for free. They may not be "Beatles" songs, but they can be the difference between your movie getting popular, or getting a "Cease & Desist" court order. And there is no more music for sale on this site or any other site from Peter John Ross. These are just a donation to the public domain.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Make a Blu-Ray Disk on a standard DVD

The 8th Annual MacWorld FCP SuperMeet was held on January 7, 2009. There were a number of interesting speakers and among those was DVD wiz Bruce Nazarian.

He gave a presentation on how Mac users can use a standard "red-ray" DVD burner and regular DVD-R media to create a Blu-Ray disk. His method involves Roxio Toast.

You can get a PDF of his presentation at his website (You will need to sign-up, for free.) Among the things Nazarian recommends is that content producers sign a petition to lower the licensing fees associated with Blu-Ray replication. The licensing cost is $4,500. Both DVD and HD-DVD never had a licensing fee. So, this is an important issue. You can duplicate Blu-Ray disks one at a time from your computer without having to pay this fee, but if you send it off to a professional replicator, you will have to pay the fee. You can sign a petition about this issue from the DVD Association.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Flash Website Templates - Free

If you want to set up a flash-based website for your film or to feature your work, you can get free flash templates for your website at You will need Flash to use them.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Making Movies: A Guide for Young Filmmakers - Free

The Film Foundation has a downloadable movie making guide targeted to teens titled, Making Movies: A Guide for Young Filmmakers. It offers film watching suggestions and a number exercises.

Created with the assistance and expertise of 25 professional film artists and educators, the manual is a detailed text that takes you step-by-step through the filmmaking process…from story concept to completed film.

The chapter on editing describes tape-to-tape editing, but the rest of the manual remains relevant.