Holiday Posts

Using Vintage Lenses for Holiday Flair

When it comes to video equipment, people usually want the latest and greatest version they can get their hands on. So, it might be surprising to hear that vintage lenses remain in demand and highly popular for specific types of shoots. In fact, we used rehoused vintage Cooke Speed Panchros in our recent holiday video shoot.

Why bother tracking down vintage lenses? Why are they worth rehousing to fit modern cameras? Aren’t modern lenses objectively better than vintage glass? We’ll dive into all that, and where to find vintage lenses for your own video shoot, in this post.

Gift Ideas for Filmmakers

Regardless of the holiday you celebrate, this is the season of giving. Chances are, you know someone who works in video and has been very, very good this year. If you’re stumped on what to get them, we’re here to help with twenty gift ideas for filmmakers.

Below, you’ll find some of the best gift ideas for under $500. Of course, we won’t judge if you get inspired for a little personal shopping while you’re at it.

last minute thanksgiving videos
Procrastination is something that just about everyone can relate to. Maybe it was putting off school projects or waiting until the last minute to go Christmas shopping, but we’ve all been there.

We won’t tell your boss, but we know this applies to work as well. For whatever reason, if you were planning on making a Thanksgiving video, but haven’t started yet, we’ve got you covered.

Below are five quick Thanksgiving video ideas you can create at the last minute.

This Earth Day, we’re worried about our planet. It seems as though every year brings news of yet another environmental catastrophe, whether it’s an oil spill, rapidly declining populations of pollinators and frogs, or increasingly extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

Yet, there are signs of hope. More people are conscious of their impact on the environment, and making changes for the better. A large part of why many are finding new motivation to help the environment is video.

Video shines a light on the far-flung reaches of the world, where many people would never travel on their own. It creates a connection with the plight of animals under environmental distress due to habit loss or other factors. And, as a result, it inspires action in a way that few other sources of information can achieve. Keep reading for our thoughts on why video just might save the planet, and steps you can take to help.

Filmmaking tips for capturing nature

Maybe it’s the warmer weather, maybe it’s the first crocuses poking up through the ground, but all we want to do is head outside and get some fresh air. While we’re at it, we may as well grab some awesome footage of nature in rebirth.

Here are five classic filmmaking techniques you’ll need to capture nature in all her glory.

Emotional Holiday Videos

We are in the thick of the holiday season, and as usual, emotions are running high. Whether it’s stress, joy, comfort, or nostalgia, it can feel like a bit of a rollercoaster.

As it turns out, almost all of these emotions are reflected in this year’s crop of holiday car commercials. Not content to show off a shiny car with a bow on it, different manufacturers tested out different holiday emotions to see which might strike a chord with viewers.

In this post, we discuss why this approach might work, and look at the range of emotions being explored in these ads. We’ll wrap it up in a neat package with key takeaways for your next video campaign.

10 Predictions for Online Video in 2017

The end of 2016 is upon us, and what a year it was! Tumultuous at times, 2016 saw lots of ups and downs. The world of online video is no exception.

From provocative live video streams, to innovative uses for 360 video and virtual reality, 2016 offered a lot of surprising moments.

But, we believe the best is yet to come. To help you hit the ground running in the New Year, here are our top ten predictions for the continuing evolution of online video in 2017.

The 10 Best Marketing Videos of 2016

2016 was a tumultuous year, with many ups and downs across the board. The one exception has been online video, which has only moved from strength to strength.

In this post, we’re looking back at some of our favorite marketing videos from 2016. These ten videos made us laugh, cry, or rush out to try the product! Enjoy.

Make a Great Holiday Video With These Tips

The holidays are joyous, merry, and cheerful, but they can also be quite overwhelming. Between the inundation of repetitive jingles, aggressively urgent sales, and the pressure to be the perfect host, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind and wake up in 2017 wondering what the hell just happened.

When it comes to video, it’s even harder to stand out. When you have big brands like Sainsbury’s, Burberry, and H&M releasing showstopper holiday videos, how are you ever going to get anyone to watch yours?

Here’s our guide to making a holiday video that will set you apart from the crowds, and help you reach your target audience.

Thankful for Fall Foliage

With Thanksgiving week upon us, it’s time to reflect on all the ways in which life has been particularly kind to us.

We are thankful for so many things here at SproutVideo. Our amazing customers, friends and family, our new offices, a remarkably warm and sunny fall in NYC, and all the delicious pizza and tacos at our doorstep, just to name a few.

This year, however, we are ultimately thankful for video. Admittedly, that might seem a bit abstract. So, in this post, we are detailing ten important reasons you should be thankful for video, too.

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