As a motion designer it’s always good to have a large assortment of stock footage in the toolbox. Video Blocks is a resource that could conveniently help you out of a tight spot or deliver your design message with some extra impact. Video Blocks has a subscription download model, offering over 30,000 clips across various categories.
Although some categories were limited, I found that there was generally quite a reasonable selection. Main search categories include US Cities and Locations, International Locations, Nature and Animals, Timelapse, Ariel, Slow Motion, Speciality and Looping backgrounds.
The Timelapse category has loads of useful clips including a range of clouds that we use regularly in our work. I did notice that some of the cloud footage was posterized, possibly to disguise upsizing to HD.
It’s always good to have a large assortment of stock footage in the toolbox
In the looping background category there were plenty of pieces to choose from although personally I found many to be too complex and fast paced to use. Ideally I would like to have the option to layer a couple of clips to create my own complexity within a project. Some loops I tested were seamless whilst others such as ones with a sky or simple 3d models were a dissolve transition. I probably wouldn’t use many of the the backgrounds with 3D models as I found them to be very basic and unrealistic.
There are are good range of looping light effects which always come in handy either by themselves as quick backgrounds for text or combined with other layers.
A few pieces that I came across were probably a little short (around 5 seconds duration) which could be a problem depending on your project timing, and some of the graphical backgrounds appear to have been created using Adobe After Effects and not always in the best way.
In the Slow Motion category there was a limited selection of fire, water, smashing, splatting and exploding type footage. As this is the kind of footage I tend to use most often in my projects I hope the selection grows because at the moment it could be a tad limited for choice.
Overall, for the convenience to download whatever you want, whenever you want and for $49/month, Video Blocks is a good design resource that with some additions over time could prove to be quite valuable. The 7 day free trial at least is a no-brainer, allowing you to download 20 clips a day for 7 days, so you can try before you subscribe.