Still photos can be very useful elements in videos. While certainly not the first, Ken Burns’s use of still photos in videos set a new watermark for what stills could accomplish. There are tons of stock photo houses where you can search millions of images. Flickr https://www.flickr.com and Wikipedia https://wikipedia.com allow searches and provide information about any copyright restrictions. You could search for “free stock photos.” You’d find hundreds of sites you could check out, but why not let Google do the work?
No one can beat the ease and speed of a Google search. It seems like it is part of the modern DNA. Here’s a trick that lets Google search for photos you can legally use. Try this: Do a Google search for some image you’d like to use in a video. Let’s say you searched for quadcopter. Then click on images. There are scores of images on the results page, but you can’t just use any of these images in your videos because they are copyrighted. Next click on Search Tools and then Usage Rights. You will see choices such as:
The default search is for “not filtered by license” which gives the most results. All the others allow some amount of reuse. Of the reuse options, you will get more results from images that are labeled noncommercial. But if your project is commercial, just click “labeled for reuse.” You could use any the images, text or video you find which are “labeled for reuse.” Here’s what Google says about finding free-to-use images.
The new DJI Phantom 4 claims to have a crash avoidance system. And for $1400 you would think it should. Well, some crazy guys over at TechSmartt needed to test that claim. Can they crash this drone? Fortunately they made a video to document their attempts. And besides their attempts to crash this drone, the […]Read More
Below is an example of Google Earth in a business video, in this case a real estate tour (just the first 40 seconds). The cloud footage is not Google, simply stock footage. Google Earth can create powerful HD videos of virtual trips anywhere around the world. What business client would not want a fly in […]Read More
GoPro HERO4 Session Camera Price Cut From $399 to $199 The GoPro HERO4 Session Camera is the smallest, lightest GoPro yet. It features easy one-button control to power up and capture videos or stills with one press. The camera captures 1080p60; 720p100; and 1440p30 video. This camera is waterproof down to 33 feet so it […]Read More
GoPro introduces 2 new GoPros and a Drone. The new Hero 5 Black ($399 )includes a 2-inch touch screen display. The new Hero 5 Session ($299) is intended as an entry level camera. Both cameras have built-in waterproof casings, good for up to 10 meters. Both cameras can shoot 4K video at 30 frames. The […]Read More