Monday, November 30, 2009

Storyboard Pro Software - Free

Storyboard Pro Software is available for free from Atomic Learning. They offer both Mac and PC versions.

Please note that this is FREEWARE software and is currently offered "as is" without support, and with all rights and ownership reserved. You have our permission to use StoryBoard Pro for personal and commercial purposes, but may not redistribute the software without our express written consent.

While there isn't anything system-crunching involved (StoryBoard Pro is a solution using the FileMaker Pro runtime engine), there may be idiosyncrasies in performance on various computer systems and configurations.

They have a series of tutorial videos on how to use the software.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pan and Zoom Filter - Free

FX Factory is offering a free Pan and Zoom filter for Final Cut Pro/Express, Motion and After Effects.
The Pan and Zoom plug-ins let you create the photo animation style made popular by Ken Burns with intuitive controls and automatic motion control that achieves stunning results without a single keyframe.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Free Green Screen Plates

Hollywood Camera Work has generously made available some green screen and VFX footage that students can practice with.

They allow you to download clips .
  • Green Screen Plates
  • Tracking Plates
  • Matchmoving Supplies
  • Scripts / Blocking Diagrams
  • Blocking Template
  • Virtual Dolly / Crane For Maya

YOU MAY: Use the clips to make instructional videos or teach a class, as long as you mention us. You may even include a few original clips with our permission.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Creative Commons - Legal Music for Videos

The Creative Commons website has a page about using music legally in video projects.

Can I use any song with a CC license on it?

Almost — you need to make sure that what you want to do with the music is OK under the terms of the particular Creative Commons license it’s under. CC-licensed music isn’t free for all uses, only some — so make sure to check out the terms (you can find these by clicking on each song’s license icon).

Most importantly, you need to use music that is not licensed under a No Derivative Works license. This means that the musician doesn’t want you to change, transform, or make a derivative work using their music. Under CC licenses, synching the music to images amounts to transforming the music, so you can’t legally use a song under a CC No Derivative Works license in your video.

Also, make sure to properly credit the musician and the track, as well as express the CC license the track is under. For example, you might include text like this at the end of your video:

This video features the song “Desaprendere (Treatment)” by fourstones, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Free Music is a place to find music for student video projects under Creative Commons and other license agreements.
Are you a podcaster looking for pod-safe audio? A radio or video producer searching for instrumental bed music that won't put your audience to sleep? A remix artist looking for pre-cleared samples? Or are you simply looking for some new sounds to add to your next playlist? The Free Music Archive is a resource for all that and more, and unlike other websites, all of the audio has been hand-picked by established audio curators.