How to create Alien Invasion VFX – Tutorial

To prove the power of ProductionCrate assets, we put them to the test by creating a large-scale city destruction VFX shot.

ProductionCrate is a library of over 10,000+ professional video effects, stock footage, sound effects and 3D models. You’ll be happy to hear that a lot of these assets are free to download, while Pro users can access the entire library, including 4K assets.

We’re constantly updating our library with new and exciting creative content, such as our most recent bundle of 4K dust and smoke accents.

Download 4K Smoke Burst VFX Assets

These have been built in with alpha-mattes using a Quicktime PNG codec so that you simply need to drag and drop this into your project. This, with the different file formats available for you to download, means our VFX assets are compatible with After Effects, Hitfilm, Premiere Pro and more.

Another brand new asset that we used in the shot is our 3D alien spaceship model. This is provided in OBJ format, the most widely supported file type, compatible with Blender, 3ds Max, Cinema4D, Element3D and more.

GraphicsCrate provided a huge level of control for the look of the environment. While video assets are good for explosions and lasers, static graphics can give us the power to add cracks, scorch marks and rubble to our scene.

Here’s the full list of assets we used in this video:

FootageCrate

SoundsCrate

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You can learn exactly how we built this shot by watching our latest tutorial, which covers several valuable compositing techniques that will improve your skills. Enjoy!

If you’re interested in some fantastic new sound effects for your cinematic trailers, take a look at them here.

Meteor VFX Breakdown – Quick Tutorial

No disaster movie is complete without an apocalyptic meteor effect. This Davesplanation breaks down the steps we went through to create our very own asteroid impact using VFX!

This was built using a variety of software and ProductionCrate assets, including:

3D Photoscanned Meteor Model – A high-quality photorealistic asteroid that had been digitally scanned from the real world. You can learn more about these assets in this excellent breakdown video.

Dust and Smoke VFX assets – These were essential in completing the look of the effect, creating a realistic volumetric appearance to the meteor’s impact. Tinting them to match the ground, as well as stacking them several times is all that is required to professionally polish your compositing.

Explosion and Fire Sound Effects – ProductionCrate’s huge selection of sound effects means you will be able to pair the correct audio to your visuals. We layered together several of these to create a dynamic and exciting audio track.

Feel free to check out our 2-minute information-packed video to learn some of the techniques we used.

If you’re interested in learning about how you can create some incredible magic VFX, check out the assets we have recently made for you here. 

New Magic Effects Available

We are expanding our Magic Library with 2 New packs!

 

Our Magical Shielding pack is perfect for creating your own Harry Potter style short film. We have a variety of angles for the longer clashing effects, as well as the faster magic blocking assets. These are all pre-keyed and easy to use.

 

 

The Magic Energy-Ball Kit has 60 different elements. It includes various assets which you can mix and match to create your own custom energy-balls, as well as some fully built energyballs for some quick compositing. You can create Dragon Ball Z inspired Kamehameha effects, Sci-Fi blaster charge up effects and of course magical energy-ball effects with this variety pack.

 

 

We will continue to add more Magic VFX soon, so keep visiting for more!

 

 

Download Coronavirus Video Effects, Overlays and Backgrounds

Download loopable COVID-19 backgrounds, overlays and effects for your videos here.


We have recently received many requests to help editors create their videos covering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In response, we created a brand new collection of assets and stock footage that will help you create your information videos, PSAs, news reports, infographics and more. We have also created 2 unique 3D models of the COVID-19 virus.

These digital assets have been built to save time, as you only need to drag and drop them into your project. This can be done in almost any editing software, such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, Sony Vegas, Hitfilm, Final Cut Pro and more.

To maximize detail, the assets are provided in resolutions ranging from 1080p to 4K, ensuring you maintain a high-quality professional look in your project.

Many of these stock-footage elements are even loopable, meaning they can repeat for an unlimited amount of time without any “cuts” at the end.

3D Artists can access 2 unique COVID-19 virus models here

Download Coronavirus Stock Footage Videos here

You can also download the coronavirus videos in 4 different file formats to maximise compatibility including:

  • MOV – Maximum quality, with pre-keyed alpha backgrounds for instant application
  • .MP4 – Compatible with most software, with a built-in green screen
  • ProRes – Best format for Apple devices
  • PNG – Individual frames in a file, with pre-keyed alpha backgrounds.

ProductionCrate is a collection of over 10,000 stock video elements, VFX assets, sound effects, 3D models, graphics and more, helping over 700,000 creators like you. Feel free to explore our huge collection of content!

With the help of these stock footage elements, we hope you’ll be able to level-up your projects. We ask you kindly not to spread any misinformation related to COVID 19. Remember to stay safe!

 

You can also enjoy our recent interview with ShutterAuthority here.

Over 200 New Slime VFX

You can now download over 200+ Slime Effects!

These assets are incredibly versatile. Use them to create spider-webs, evil underground lairs, insane motion-graphics, monster-spittle and so much more! As usual we have gone through the trouble of prekeying these VFX for you. Both Free and Pro options are available.

Play with different blending modes to see what works best for your scene. For clear slime try adding a black solid composite and increasing the white levels to fill in the transparency. You can now use that black and white matte to drive an alpha matte of an adjustment layer, drop the original slime asset above both the matte and adjustment layer with an Overlay or Lighten blend mode.

Try various blurs and maybe even adjust the exposure on your adjustment layer to make it look like your slime is affecting your scene.

Our slime collection was built keeping in mind all the possible uses we could come up with. We decided to shoot slime drips, slime hitting the ground, slime pulled apart, slime pulled up, down and every conceivable direction. It got messy.

After cleaning up the first round we realized we didn’t want to just make clear slime, we wanted more options.

 

Colored Slime

Real specular reflections are captured with the colored slime. We have green, blue and pink, but the colors can be easily adjusted to any color.

 

Blood Slime

Our blood slime collection is exactly what you would expect it to be! If you need to dismember a character then this is the first pack you should look at.

 

Clear Slime

Our clear slime collection is the largest collection. Here you can find any type of slime asset you could possibly need!

 

 

3D Arrow Pack Now Available

Pro Users can now download these 4 unique 3D Arrow Assets. These 3D Models come fully textured. We made a variety of styles to choose from, varying from the Stone Age to the Future!

 

 

Let’s go back in time, starting from the future! We have a Sci-Fi style arrow available for you to download. This model comes with a separate tip, which you can rotate at a different rate to give your arrow animation a more mechanical vibe.

 

ScifI arrow Model for Download

 

Modern style arrows look pretty awesome as well! This model is similar to the look of many current hunting arrows, with plastic feathers and an intimidating arrowhead.

 

 

The medieval arrow can span many centuries, and is probably the style you think of when you think ‘bow and arrow’. This one has realistic feathers and an iron tip.

 

 

And finally, the stone-tipped arrow!  Thread keeps the arrowhead on this ancient looking weapon. This is my personal favorite, so I’ll give it two photos.

 

 

We have tons of 3D Weapon assets to choose from, including these Grenade Models!

Download 4K Grenade VFX Assets for your Action Video

Download 4K Grenade VFX assets for your action movies here.


Grenade props are expensive, especially if they’re only going to appear in your video for a few seconds.

ProductionCrate is a growing library of over 10,000 professional digital assets, here to help save you time and money.

Our newest bundle includes 50+ 4K grenade VFX assets, all ready for you to download and add to your projects without any hassle.

The full range of grenade types included are:

  • M18 Smoke Grenade VFX
  • M67 Grenade VFX
  • M84 Stun Grenade VFX
  • Type 97 Grenade VFX
  • WW2 M24 Stick Grenade VFX

Several animation types are available in these video effects. This gives you the flexibility to create consistent continuity by editing together several shots from multiple angles.

Grenade Fly-by VFX

These stylish action-packed assets are perfect to create a slow-motion effect.

Their built-in light wrap and adaptive lighting allow them to easily be composited. Contrast and colour correction can then be applied to seamlessly blend the object into your scene. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to create such an epic shot!

Download 4K Stun Grenade VFX Assets

Grenade Landing VFX

A huge portion of this bundle aims to help your VFX interact with the scenery. Realistic lighting and matte-shadows allow effortless integration into your footage. Our large variety of camera angles lets you pick out specifically which one meets your requirements.

 

Grenade Looping VFX

For unlimited possibilities, these looping grenade video effects give you full control over the speed, position and animation the grenade follows. Feel free to animate them in any direction using keyframes, a tool available in most editing software.

You can also use these to extract still-frames that can be edited into your scene, replacing any need for a real prop.news

 

How to add grenade VFX to your video

  • After downloading the grenade asset that best fits your video, open up your preferred editing software that supports multiple layers. Some examples include After Effects, Premiere Pro, Hitfilm, Nuke and Sony Vegas Pro.
  • Import your background footage, which can be a video or still image. You can then position it on the timeline of the video editor.
  • Now import the grenade effect, and insert it to the layer above the background. You’ll see your result instantly. With ProductionCrate assets, it’s that simple!

From here you can perform any further colour corrections, such as adjusting the contrast, in order for it to blend into the background better.

We’re very excited to see what action-packed visual effects you can create with these grenade assets. If you want even further control, you can create your own customised animations by downloading our grenade 3D models. 

 

Download 4K Particle Shockwave Motion Graphics

Download the 4K particle shockwave VFX assets here. 


We’ve expanded our collection of particle shockwave effects, all ready to download and import to your video.

These stylish assets feature sudden radial bursts of wispy smoke, being a perfect addition to your visual effects and motion graphics.

To maximise the detail, the particle shockwaves are available in up to 4K resolution. This allows you to scale and position these effects anywhere in your composition while maintaining high quality.

 

These are best composited using a screen or additive blending mode. In some of our file formats, the particle shockwaves have the alpha channel built-in. speeding up your compositing workflow.

We provide these in 4 file formats:

  • Zipped PNG sequence
  • Zipped ProRes
  • MOV (PNG)
  • MP4

This will allow you to import these particle shockwave effects into almost any video editing software, including After Effects, Hitfilm, Nuke, Vegas Pro and more.

Not only can these be great for motion graphics, but also for visual effects, such as in meteor impacts, sci-fi weapon muzzle flashes, or explosions!

Download 4K Particle Shockwave VFX Assets

Download these particle shockwave VFX assets today, and access the thousands of other assets available from ProductionCrate’s digital asset library.

If you’re interested in our similar content, check out our magic power accent VFX.

Blood Explosion Video Effects

Download 4K Blood Explosion VFX Assets here.


These new Bloody Explosion Effects are pretty intense. They’re almost comically excessive and extravagant. Blood mist and splatter, soft body dynamics and realistic jiggle, dust elements and ground-splashes all add to the absurdity that makes these effects unique.

We love action-comedy. Some scenes are so over the top that you just have to shake your head and smile. Check out our video showcasing some of these effects and what sets them apart from anything else we’ve made.

We’ve made over 30 of these video effects. Pro Users have access to 4K Blood Explosions. Basic Users can download 3 of these new VFX for free.

While overblown was the goal, we still made these to be professional-grade effects. The Mini Blood Explosions will let you customize your bursts, you can cover up any seams or start the explosion in various points. The full Body Blood Explosions come with a shadow catcher, the fully combined elements and realistic lighting.

Adaptable lighting has been built into these assets so that they fit into your footage with minimal compositing. The different variations we provide will also give you the freedom to specifically choose which one best matches your scene.

You can import and use these blood effects in most compositing programs, such as Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Nuke, Hitfilm and more.

Download these blood VFX assets today, and show us what you create with them!

If you’re interested in even more horror related video effects, check out our high-quality blood graphic textures from GraphicsCrate.

Download Realistic Snow Video Effects

We have created 28 New Snow VFX for you to download. These were all shot practically for optimal-realism. We have variations of 4K options, turbulent snow, heavy snow, snow-drops, flurries, and more. Several of these assets were built out to be loopable, so you’ll never have to worry about your effects being too short.

Snow Drops are great for things like wind blowing snow off of trees or from the roof of the house. These are fun-to-composite elements that will bring a new level of realism to your scene.

4K Snow Elements can be used in 1080p projects in fantastic ways. You can scale up to have foreground snow and scale down to have snow for the background. You can of course use them in 4K compositions as well.

Loopable Snow will let you create some unique projects. You can use looping snow over a photo to create a cinemagraph, or use them in any long-shot in your film. Check out our Free Loop Script for After Effects for more loopy goodness.

Falling Snow Download Assets

5 Of these new Snow Visual Effects are free, all 28 can be downloaded by our Pro Users.

Check out this tutorial for some tips on compositing your snow elements!

FootageCrate is now hosting over 70 Total Snow assets. These include digital snow elements for more movement and variety we could not capture in-camera, as well as digital snow ground-elements!

Want more? Check out this After Effects tutorial for compositing our snowy ground assets.