Italian indie film maker Enrico Bellelli brings life to an everyday inanimate object in a way that will make you think twice about putting your cellphone in your pocket. Utilizing two production music tracks from Productiontrax.com to enhance the film’s soundtrack, Bellelli’s film Mephisto the Hellphone is an indie horror comedy tale of a nerdy college student finding an evil-possessed phone that satisfies his every whim. A virtual one-man production crew, Bellelli not only wrote and directed Mephisto, but handled all of the editing, compositing, effects, camera work, live audio capture, and even some commercial voiceover. Royalty free music tracks created the bulk of his soundtrack, an easy, affordable solution for such a small crew.
Looking for a fresh perspective? Take a vacation. But before you go, get some travel tips and maybe even a little inspiration from Kid On Vacation. Hosted by Connor and The Dad from the Gorman Getaway Series (featured on Orlando World Center Marriott’s social media campaign), Kid On Vacation is a website that allows children and adults to talk and share great moments of past vacations and to plan for future vacations. Kid-host Connor travels to destinations near and far, giving his tips on where to go and what to do when you get there.
Integral to spreading the word about Kid On Vacation is a video campaign with regular posts to YouTube and their blog. In a recent video, Connor and his creative genius of a camera and production crew (aka Dad… aka Brian) put royalty free production music from Productiontrax.com to work in a parody Eminem’s Space Bound video, creating a fresh and clever take on travel from a kid’s perspective. Utilizing royalty free music from Productiontrax.com, Connor and Brian create an unmistakable Eminem vibe with How We Roll by Robert Johnson, while Connor narrates his unforgiving, gangsta-travelin’ monologue. Combined with images of their travels, the result is fun and attention grabbing.
When you download a stock footage clip from Productiontrax (or any other content provider, for that matter), sometimes you have to do a little work with the video file to get it to fit into your project just right, or to even be imported properly into your video editing software. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for some more options to add to your arsenal, or you new to video editing and are looking for a good tool for encoding and converting your stock footage clips, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most poular video conversion software out there with a few notes.
Productiontrax accepts and delivers all stock footage in Quicktime (.mov) format, which tends to be universally importable these days in video editing software. There may be times, however, when you want the clip in .mp4 or .avi for different software and computer systems, so that’s when conversion comes in really handy. You may also need to adjust compression rates, frame rates, bit rates, or some-other-technical-specificatiton-rates to fit your project, maybe for broadcast, or web streaming purposes. Whatever the application, this list should cover your needs.
MPEG Video Wizard DVD (Windows)
Also known as MVW-DVD, this is video editing software that allows users to create DVDs with menus. You can export video files to MPEG-4, as well as shrink DVD files to fit on other media (useful if your client only has a CD player?), and transcode between certain formats, and saving of DVD disk images. Very handy PC tool when you’re in need of something that just does the job and is reasonably reliable.
Compressor (Mac OSX)
A personal favorite of mine, and I use it whenever I’ve finished editing a clip or video and need a polished delivery file. Compressor allows exporting of source video to a wide array of preset and custom formats, including several nice presets for high-quality video compression for Web and streaming on mobile devices, like the iPhone. Easy to drag and drop stock footage clips here, and works seamlessly in the Final Cut Pro workflow.
ProCoder 3 (Windows)
ProCoder 3 is a transcoding and encoding software that allows conversion between NTSC and PAL, exporting in a variety of useful video formats, and supports multipass vbr encoding, conversion of video to all popular formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Windows Media, QuickTime, and more. Also includes some handy presets for delivering media and authoring for Blue-Ray, which should make all you super-HD audio-video-philes very happy.
Quicktime Pro (Mac OSX and Windows)
The defacto standard for video playback, encoding, and conversion, for a fairly affordable price tag. The universal quicktime player is well known, but Apple’s quicktime Pro adds advanced editing and conversion features, supporting a wide variety of popular formats. PC users will find adding the free Quicktime for Windows uber usefull in using and viewing video online, as well as for downloading and using stock footage clips.
Other great software tools for encoding and transcoding:
Roxio Creator (Windows)
Telestream Episode (Mac OSX and Windows)
Cinema Craft Encoder (Windows)
ffMPEG (Linux, Mac, Widnows)
Each year, the American Harvest Workshop brings together five top chefs, some of the best artisan food producers, media and consumers to taste, talk, participate in harvest, cook and simply celebrate the bounty of Americas food and wine producers. To capture one of their recent workshops, Cakebread Cellars used stock music from Productiontrax.com to add energy and excitement to their event video.
Cakebread Cellars used track 30208 El Bailar En La Brisa (Breeze Mix) by Really Free Music, a royalty free music track in a Latin party style featuring hard funky bass and plenty of percussion and brass. The track created a perfect layer of sound underneath the documentary-style video.