HD Stock Footage | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Free Downloads!
Rows of parked bikes and a view of Amsterdam's canals, houses, and Centraal Station.
That’s right! Videvo has just added 20 brand new stock video clips of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Last week we highlighted our collection of free HD video clip downloads feat. Paris, France, and now we are happy to reveal even more HD city clips.
In this post, we take you along our journey of filming your free Amsterdam clips, unveiling the processes underwent to capture this awesome footage and deliver it to your computer screen.
Film Protocol / Getting Around
View of the Muntorren and its Netherlands flag, with the busy Muntplein square below.
Lucky for us and other videographers, filming in Amsterdam doesn’t require any sort of permit — you can capture any images of their stunning city hassle-free, unless you are a part of a production team (i.e. a small or large film set), which would require either a ‘Notification’ or ‘Appointment’ with the Amsterdam city officials.
Even better, Amsterdam makes transportation easy for its residents, with plenty of options to choose from, such as traveling by metro, bus, train, tram, or even ferry. We decided to make use of the city’s trams, with a multi-day GVB ticket. Trams are frequent around the city, and we simply hopped on and off throughout the weekend with our Sony EX1 and tripod in tow. This allowed us to capture footage of Amsterdam’s most notable sights, such as the Cenraal Station, Magere Brug, Rijksmuseum, and many of its rivers and canals, in just a few days.
Blue and Gray Skies
A shot of the Bloemgracht canal in Amsterdam, with its surrounding canoes and canoers.
Of course there were a few setbacks along our video shooting journey, the most notable one being the weather. While July is typically the warmest month of the year in Amsterdam, it is also one of the rainiest – but because we’re British we’re used to that!
It is often advised to carry an umbrella whenever you step outdoors during Amsterdam’s rainy months, and we experienced this unfortunate weather firsthand during our first day of shooting. While the umbrellas helped, the rain made for some dull looking footage, and the clear skies you see in Videvo’s Amsterdam collection are all from the more ideal shooting conditions of Saturday and Sunday. Good thing Friday was the only dreary day of our shoot — there were clear and perfect skies for the rest of the weekend!
A Wide-Angle View
The city's central railway station, Amsterdam Centraal, and its busy traffic.
When shooting in cities like Amsterdam, it is important to have a wide-angled lens to capture the large landmarks and stunning landscapes in their entirety. We had just purchased a 16×9 inc. EXII 0.6x wide angle lens adaptor for our Sony EX1, so it was easy to capture the large shots that we needed. This lens adapter provides HD quality and allows for 40% wider coverage than a regular lens. Without it, our shots of the iAmsterdam sign, River Amstel, and other key landmarks simply would not be as wide, likely leaving out important features of the shot.
That concludes our Amsterdam journey! It was a great three days and we are happy to be able to produce many free HD stock footage clips for you as a result. Remember to click any of the featured images to download the video clips in full 1920×1080 HD resolution, royalty free. You can also view the collection in its entirety by clicking here.
See you soon!
The Videvo team
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