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Church Music Video

A church down in South Africa made an incredible church music video using some of the motion backgrounds from our Candle Light motion background package. Using a combination of several backgrounds fading in and out of the video create a neat dramatic effect that really help give the video a unique look.

Several of the candle backgrounds have darker space in them allowing for beautiful slow crossfade transitions mixing two shots together slowly. Also the quality of the audio is excellent and was just a really well done video. This is an outstanding example of just another way motion backgrounds can be used to help increase experience and environment of a project.

How to Change Virtual Backgrounds in Zoom

It has taken us absolutely no time at all to familiarize ourselves with the world of online video calls. It seems that there are dozens of platforms that instantly popped up over night when addressing communication problems due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the more tech save people, this wasn’t a hard adaptation, but merely took a few minutes to download the Zoom software and install it. For others, this should their worlds to their core and it’s an ongoing nightmare.

To get to the point, if you are doing zoom calls and are getting tired of the same old backdrop, whether that be in your parents basement, a white kitchen wall, or the crooked picture in your bedroom, changing up the background can be a nice breathe of fresh air. Jason Johnston has done a good job at walking someone through the steps. He made one critical error and that was selecting backgrounds from Pixabay, instead of, however, it was certainly good enough to be a huge help to those that need it.

Featured Motion Background Uses

Here are few of the ways people have used motion backgrounds downloaded right here from  While there are literally unlimited ways to use these backgrounds to help enhance live productions, lyric videos, personal projects, presentations, and other decorative enhancements, hopefully a few of these ideas will help generate more creativity.


Church@Home – April 19th | Watch Here:


Hillsong Worship | Watch Here:


Biti Janey | Watch Here:


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Motion Backgrounds used in Live Show – Nailtabuous Eps. 2

It’s not every day that you create something and then see it pop up on a concert stage, a rock band backdrop, a church production, or even a live youtube show. We know it happens all the time due to the thousands of downloads each week, but we’re talking people in over 100 countries downloading this media. We rarely see the final products. I want to thank Ocean Deep LLC for sending me a link to their live Youtube production in which they used the 6 Free Christmas Motion Backgrounds in their production.

There are multiple interesting motion backgrounds used in the production, most of which are not from, but if you scroll to about 7:51, and 11:23, you can see how the free Christmas motion backgrounds were used in a green-screen sort of way. Very nice and festive!! I also appreciate the show out from Ocean Deep LLC for adding my URL in the production.

As always, I love seeing how the motion backgrounds are used around the world in thousands of live productions and video each year and if you have used one and would like to share it with me, I would highly appreciate it!!!


Love, Kennedy, The Movie

In the movie by T.C. Christensen, Love, Kennedy, Kennedy Hansen is a funny, loving child, she inexplicably begins to fall ill. It takes years for the diagnosis: Juvenile Batten Disease – an extremely rare, terrible and terminal prognosis. There is no cure for Batten Disease, and after living only 16 years, Kennedy leaves behind a great legacy of love and friendship. But her story doesn’t end at her death. That’s when the miracles really begin.

In the trailer for that movie, and dynamic powerful and colorful motion background was used to introduce some title slides in the most impactful way. Comprised of 2 particle systems and a bright orange light burst, this motion background creates energy, has a sleek look to it, and perfectly delivers its message in accordance with the sound track.

This motion background was so well done that it was a challenge to recreate it. In my attempt to do so, I used two different particle systems, a light burst, some blurry adjustment layers and a couple gradient backdrops. In honor of this movie, enjoy this free motion background, Love, Kennedy.

Download this free motion background here:

3 Tips for Filming On A Construction Site

Filming on a construction site is much different than showing up on a film set. For one, the “set” isn’t completely built yet. It is still being constructed. So what are a few practical tips when showing up for a film shoot and you are needing to dodge cranes, dump trucks, front end loaders, fork lifts, dust swirls, and of course, lots of noise.

Communicate With The Foreman

For the lay person, they don’t have a massive team who does the communication for you, so it is imperative that when you first arrive on the scene, talk to the foreman and check in. Be sure you have introduced yourself, explain why you are there, how long you are going to stay and what sections of the construction site you will be shooting in. It puts the site managers at ease knowing a little information about the filming that is going to take place.

Bring Your Own Hard Hat and Work Boots

Construction sites require a hard hat, so don’t expect them to hand you one when you show up. They don’t cost much and it shows that you put a little preparation into your shoot before you got there. Adjust the hat so it fits on your head snugly, have your gear in a shoulder bag strap so you can move quickly, and I also highly recommend having your camera out and on a tripod for ease of access. Also, sites like these can be dirty, wet, and bumpy. Wear shoes that can get muddy, scuffed up, and allow you to focus more on what is being filmed, rather than how the shoes are devaluating.

Pay Attention To Your Surroundings

Videographers tend to focus on only what they are seeing through the lens of their camera. Typically, that is good enough. Not here. There large vehicles moving, cranes moving large concrete blocks, people moving gear, and of course the random chance of someone not seeing you are there. It is important you know what is happening around you. Look through your lens and then look around you to be sure safety is not compromised.

Move through the hallways and look up, left and right, and behind you to see what is happening when you enter a new building or room. Do not count on them seeing you, or caring about your gear. I have witnessed gear getting destroyed because the film maker didn’t think to move it a safer spot. Don’t assume anything. Be responsible for your gear and your safety. Finally, grab your shots and get out. Don’t hang out and small talk to the workers. They want to focus on their jobs just as you should focus on yours.

There you have it.  A few tips for filming on a construction site.


How To Get A Moving Background On Power Point

There are hundreds of different ways motion backgrounds can be used, but one of the most common is in power point presentations. So, this begs the question, how exactly does a motion background get added to a power point presentation. The process is simple and with just a few clicks, it can be done with ease.

To start the process, open Microsoft Power Point and add a new slide.

Next, navigate over to the menu and click on Video. A drop down menu with two options will appear.

Select the “Video From my PC” option. This will open a dialogue box from where the video can be navigated to, in order to be selected.

The motion background is inherently added to the presentation in the top left corner of the slide, but it doesn’t cover the whole slide.

To fix this, click the video and grab the bottom right corner. The video will scale proportionately and with the left mouse button held down, drag the video until it fills the whole slide.

Essentially, that is all there is to adding a motion background to a power point presentation, but there are also a few best practices to keep in mind.

  1. If you want to set the video to auto play when the slide is clicked on, be sure to check the setting of the video by right-clicking the video slide. It can be set to manual or automatic.
  2. If you are going to have text on top of your animated background, be sure to choose a text color that compliments not only the background, but is also visible and easy to read.
  3. Finally, be sure to save your motion background in the same folder as your powerpoint presentation to be sure it stays connected. If you upload your presentation and email without attaching the video, it will have a broken connection. Zip up both the presentation and all the video files by selecting them all and then sending them to a new zip folder.