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Jon Kalizenski
stock motion graphics
on Jun 26, 2009 at 8:48:43 pm

Hey Guys, I'm looking for a site that has reasonably priced pre keyed motion graphics. A lot of sites have either crappy effects or there really expensive. Thanks in advance


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: stock motion graphics
on Jun 27, 2009 at 7:46:34 pm

Jon -

I think there are really only two ways to go, considering that you get what you pay for in Motion Graphics. You can go the cheapo route, where the seller has little or no design experience, a six pack of beer, and a few stock plugins, which don't get changed from the preset, or you can pay what they're worth, and get (sometimes) a really flashy looking graphic, AND someone actually makes a living doing what they're good at.

It boils down to the "no free lunch" corollary: only a fool wants to create something that has six hours worth of work in it, and get paid twenty-five bucks for it. Well designed Motion Graphics take time, talent, and equipment to create.

That said, you've got JumpBacks (from Digital Juice), libraries of canned Motion Graphics, some of which are cheesy, some of which are pretty good...none of which are unique images that only one client can have. There's also RevoStock, a company that sells stock footage and background images...I'm not very familiar with them, but some of their stuff looks pretty good.

If you own After Effects, you can also buy a number of templates from various sellers, such as Andrew Kramer, of VideoCopilot.net. He creates templates, elements, soundFX, presets, you name it, and sells them all at a very decent price. His tutorials are some of the best on the web, but this is only if you've got AE.

Artbeats has a huge library, some good, some not so good - depends on what your need and project is - but you will pay what it's worth; maybe a little more than what it's worth, considering that you've got no exclusivity. Pond5.com has some interesting looking stuff, with clips in the 20 dollar range. Some of them look as if they might have had a bit less than 20 bucks time put into them. It depends on what you're after. If you're doing wedding videos, cheese sells. If you're doing commercial production, or industrials, it depends on the client's image.

My advice is to do the tutorials, get up to speed yourself, and start designing your own Motion Graphics. Or tie in with someone in the area who can do it, and you be the producer. There's currently a whole industry of low-ballers who can do a job once for really cheap, then the client moves on to the next low-baller. The client isn't really well served, and the low-baller never betters his/her craft.

A quote I heard recently smacked so much of the truth that I have to pass it on: A client was complaining to the designer that his quote was too high...the designer's comeback was: "If you think I'm expensive, wait till you see what it costs you when you hire an amateur!".

Joe Bourke
MultiMedia & Graphic Design



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Dave Navarro
Re: stock motion graphics
on Jul 15, 2009 at 10:17:32 am

If you are looking for people, I highly recommend Aharon Rabinowitz new venture "Crowd Control". Individually, they are very reasonably priced and I've purchased a few clips for some projects.

If you're looking for motion graphics elements (3D objects, etc.) then Digital Juice is the way to go. They have individual packages of themes for $15 and run $1 deals on the weekends if you're on their mailing list.

Most of the stock sites like iStock, ShutterStock, etc.. have fixed pricing, but Pond5 lets the artists set their own prices and there's a lot of good, but low-priced stuff to be had if you spend a good amount of time searching. You can sort searches by price, but you can't search by price itself as the criteria.

Honestly, it all depends on what you consider cheap or too much.

All Bets are Off (Crowd Control):
http://allbetsareoff.com/

Digital Juice:
http://www.digitaljuice.com/

iStockPhoto (footage area):
http://www.istockphoto.com/video.php

Shutterstock:
http://footage.shutterstock.com/

Pond5:
http://www.pond5.com

Artbeats (mentioned by Joe):
http://www.artbeats.com/


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