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New! Free Stock Video Clips – Ink Flows

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Brand New Stock Video Clips | Ink Flows

6 new and completely free HD clips from www.videvo.net


Hey again, everyone! Here at Videvo, we just added a new collection of stock video clips featuring ink flows. We wanted to bring you something different than our past two collections of famous cities and landmarks, so this time we decided to release a batch of colorful ink spills, perfect for use as motion backgrounds, templates, or any other project.

So how did we go about creating these vibrant ink flows? In this post, we outline the preparation, filming, and touching up processes that went into delivering you your colorful ink clips. Remember, you can click on any of the images below to download the full and free HD versions. Enjoy!



Creating colorful motion graphics may seem like a daunting process at first, but it’s actually quite simple if you know how to go about it. If you’d like to create your own ink spill motion graphics, you’ll need the following things in addition to your camera and lighting equipment —

  • Black ink
  • Pipette
  • White backdrop or wall to film against
  • Clear glass container (a pint glass or fish tank works nicely)
  • Fork or other object that can be placed into container

Once you have all your supplies, be sure to give your clear glass container a good wash to remove any dirt that may appear on camera. Fill it with water, position it in front of your camera (on a hard surface against a white backdrop), and you’re ready to go!

Important note: Lighting equipment will help the ink appear more vibrant and clear on camera. Even if you are not using equipment, be sure that the room is lit with hard (not warm) lighting, such as fluorescents.

Filming Process


Once everything is set up, it’s time to start the filming process! We use a Sony FS7, but you can of course use whichever camera you prefer.

  1. Set the white balance and adjust your camera settings. We filmed at 50fps and then reduced the speed by 50% using our editing software.
  2. Adjust the camera so it is relatively close to or zoomed in on the glass container of water – if you have access to a macro lens here this is ideal. On screen, the water should appear “invisible” with the white backdrop clearly visible.
  3. Insert a fork or other object you have handy into the glass container of water and adjust the camera’s focus accordingly.
  4. Gather some black ink into the pippette and position it in approximately the same place where you just focused your object.
  5. Hit record! Release the gathered ink and aim your drops to fall in the same place where your object was.
  6. The ink drops should slowly fall into frame and eventually form some awesome designs. Record for as long as you’d like, but the ink usually settles out in about 30 or so seconds.
  7. Rinse out your glass (be sure that it is spotless!) and repeat this process as many times as you’d like to capture a variety of unique ink flows.

Touching Up


Next, we added some small touch-ups in Adobe Premiere, which was mainly to fix any white balance errors and increase the brightness of the white background and contrast of the black ink. We also used Premiere to reduce the speed of the clips by 50%, and export in Prores.

After that, we brought our Prores files into After Effects to add some neat coloring effects. The first step is to remove the white background using the track matte settings in AE so you have black ink drops on a transparent background. Then you can colour the ink – a cool way to do this is by applying the “4-Color Gradient” effect to the ink layer/composition. If you’re unsure on how to remove the white background using track matte settings, check out this quick tutorial here for one method here: https://www.videvo.net/tutorials/tutorial-keying-out-black-in-after-effects/

It’s nice to have these ink spills in their default black format so that you can easily customize them as you please and add your own effects — we just may have those default files for you (in Ultra High Definition, too!), but you’ll have to be an e-mail subscriber to access this exclusive content.

That’s about it! We hope that you enjoy these completely free HD stock footage clips of ink spills — we certainly enjoyed creating them for you. Don’t forget to view the entire collection here.

See you next time,

The Videvo Team
www.videvo.net – free stock footage and motion graphics