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Amazing Backwards Mini-Drone Footage

GoPro Awards recipient, Robert McIntosh, combines a custom-built mini drone, a deconstructed GoPro, and stabilization software he helped create, ReelSteady, resulting in this highly unusual and extremely tricky drone filming, run backwards.

Read more about how he did it on The Inside Line -

Learn more about the ReelSteady software used in this video here -

Music: Dexter Britain "Utopia" and additional music from ExtremeMusic.


LOLA Scoops the Pool with Achtel

LOLA, the LA and London based footage library, have just signed several talented natural history film-makers who have been featured on major networks such as National Geographic, including Pawel Achtel, an award-winning underwater film-maker who has designed his own 2D and 3D underwater camera housings to create outstanding ocean visuals.

The Pawel Achtel collection amongst others was brought to LOLA by Content Brick, LLC. Content Brick was founded by Jessica Napoli a previous head of the National Geographic Film Archive. “Content Brick’s Mission is to ensure talented filmmakers are distributed by the most reputable of companies and Lola was the perfect solution for the Achtel collection” says Jessica.

LOLA now have unique and powerful content from top professionals. Underwater cameraman and film-maker Pawel Achtel is one of them. Amazing material from his shoots in Australian waters is available from LOLA’s website.

Born in Poland, Pawel Achtel left the city life of Sydney to build a film production studio in Tasmania. For the past 20 years he’s been making natural history films, mostly underwater and has filmed in locations from the equator to Antarctica. He’s also worked as a DOP on features and live performances, predominantly using cine-style camera setups.

In 1999 Pawel produced and directed his first film, Aliens of the Sea. This film received the best documentary award at New York International Film Festival (1999); Aliens of the Sea was awarded the First Prize, Gold Camera Award in US International Film Festival and two Awards for outstanding Cinematography in International Wildlife Film Festival, Montana (2000). His engineering skills have helped him create award-winning 2D and 3D underwater camera housings able to record undistorted ultra-high definition underwater motion pictures.

See a gallery of Achtel’s material here.

Dominic Dare, Co-founder and Joint CEO of LOLA says, "It’s great to work with Pawel and with the help of Jessica at Content Brick as it fits LOLA’s mission to find amazing quality or unique archive to bring to the market. The footage is simply stunning and his re-breathing technique eliminates any form of air bubbles from distorting the image."

StockFootageOnline Features Studio Hamburg Enterprises

Studio Hamburg Enterprises is the exclusive worldwide distributor for ARD news footage, Germany’s oldest TV news archive, as well as the material in the NDR archives - both of which go back to 1952, the beginning of German Television. The huge range available includes documentaries from award-winning wildlife films to political features, light entertainment shows, music, culture, science, children’s programmes as well as other high quality productions across all subjects.


• Comprehensive full service archive catering to all producers in all media • Germany’s oldest TV archives: Complete, extensive and up to date coverage of German history • International insights from news offices around the globe • Collections of the extended unique NDR wildlife archive with more than 30.000 digitized clips. • More than 3,000 single clips and whole concerts starting in 1960s feature the leading artists of beat, pop, rock, disco, jazz, folk, blues, soul and funky and groovy music.

Size Of Library

Over 60 years of German Television. Daily programmes of the NDR TV and ARD newsreel as well as other selected productions are added continuously.
StockFootageOnline welcomes their continued participation in the world’s best portal for stock motion content.

See their profile here.


National Film Board of Canada Continues Partnership with StockFootageOnline

The world-renowned official visual media collection of Canada has renewed its commitment to the StockFootageOnline portal, home of all the best specialist collections on the web. The NFB is one of the world’s premier national archives, with material dating back over 100 years.

The National Film Board of Canada’s world-class collection contains footage shot on 16mm and 35mm film as well as born-digital footage in up to 6K resolution, and never-before and rarely-seen documentary footage. It also contains a huge collection of stills material. Although this archive mainly concentrates on Canada, there is a trove of content from around the world.

The NFB is noted for its collection of animated films, which cover a wide range of styles and subject matter, including award-winning ones which extended the boundaries of animated cinema.

StockFootageOnline welcomes the continuing partnership of this outstanding collection on the world’s premier hub for high quality visual media.

See their StockFootageOnline profile here.


Erickson Stock Launches New Custom-Made Footage Stories

The Erickson stock collection is a major source for emotional lifestyle, healthcare, travel and business footage. They are offering a new product: custom-made story-driven videos, created from existing Erickson stills and footage, available off-the-shelf, or reworked to the client’s brief.

Jim Erickson, Director/Photographer and CEO says, “We are offering a different product than all the other stock agencies combined.” Clients have the option of simply adding their logo and information to the ready-made spots, or customising them with footage and stills. Erickson will supply the editing, music, voiceover, whatever the client needs, so this is a simple one-stop solution for creating videos.

See the spots here.


Pond5 Debuts World’s Largest Collection of Royalty-Free Archival Footage

Pond5, one of the world’s leading marketplaces for licencing royalty-free footage and other media, today announced the launch of its archival footage collection — the largest of its kind — now available to producers and creative professionals across the globe. Expertly curated by international historians, the new Pond5 Archival Collection is one of the most comprehensive video libraries of historical moments and everyday life from the past 100 years, including rare footage spanning the 20th century, from major global events to authentic scenes of everyday life.

Highlights from the collection include stunning footage of World War II, the Space Race, and the 20th century’s most important world leaders. Also featured are a wealth of clips acquired from European footage agency Framepool, ranging from rarely seen historical moments to home video footage of daily life and activities from throughout the decades — much of which is now exclusive to Pond5. All video in the Pond5 Archival Collection is available with a simple royalty-free licence featuring worldwide usage in perpetuity. This unique content has all been digitally converted and restored using professional film-conversion techniques, with the majority now available in high definition (HD).

“Offering outstanding archival footage has been one of the most frequent requests from our customers, so we wanted to be sure we could deliver something truly special with this collection,” said Pond5 CEO Jason Teichman. “Now, the countless producers and editors who rely on Pond5 for their films, TV shows, documentaries, nonfiction programming, educational content, and other creative projects can find all the historical media they need on our platform, as well. We are very proud to offer so many unique views into history, and this is just the latest step in making Pond5 the one-stop resource for all creative professionals.”

For a taste of the new Pond5 Archival Collection, see this compelling compilation above featuring such famous faces as Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, the Beatles, Amelia Earhart, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and other icons and everyday faces from throughout the annals of the 20th century. Explore the full Pond5 Archival Collection at


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