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.

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:

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.


Why Is Utilizing Video Important?

There was a time not too long ago when people asked each other, “what’s an email address, and who really needs one.”  As technology progressed, those questions have been slowly revolutionizing our daily lives in ways that quite dramatic. Similar to the communication aspect of digital media, video has been in the forefront of being a number one provider of both communication and entertainment. It is impossible to deny the fact that video creates powerful emotion and can be done so in a very short time.

Youtube Video Usage Statistics

We are living in the age of video, not just technology. The amount of video being consumed each day is more than the video that been recorded in all of history, or at least since Philo T. Pharnsworth invented the first few little scanlines on a screen. Take a look at these statistic below to get in idea of just how much content is being watching and consumed each day. Youtube grasped the importance of video very early on, and now it has premiered as the second largest search engine in the world.

With video heading in the direction it is, it is also important to be working with the right video. If you are a media producer and need more lyric video backgrounds, you will find exactly what you are looking for in our motion background library collection. With nearly 1100 different motion backgrounds available, there is no excuse to not get on board producing good videos. Let us help you with your projects and help you leave maximum impact for your cause.

What Do Different Video Resolution Sizes Mean?

What is Video Resolution?

Video resolutions can be very confusing with so much terminology being thrown into the market place in such a short period of time. Interlaced, progressive, downsampling, display resolution, and pixel aspect ratios are several examples, just to name a few. What does video resolution mean and how does it affect the quality of video that a person watches on a TV screen?  Let’s start with defining what resolution means. According to, video resolution is defined like this:

Video resolution in a display device refers to the number of distinct pixels that could be displayed in each dimension. It is usually quoted as width× height; for an example: “1024 × 768″. In this example 1024 indicates the width and 768 indicates the height that the display could be resolved in pixels.

The resolution of digital video has slowly been increasing since its early stages, but most recently, the climb for higher resolutions started in the early 2000s. Note, that professional cameras were able to do higher resolutions long before we, the consumers, were able to get our hands on it. So, from a pro-summer perspective, lets assume that the early 2000’s was the decade of mini dv tapes, with a resolution of 720X480, and was actually recorded on a small film strip in a tape format.

I remember purchasing my first HD tv from Circuit City in 2008 with a 1280X720 resolution. I thought it was awesome and couldn’t believe how clear the image was being displayed. After shelling out $800 for a 42″ screen, a week later of course, a 1080p resolution TV comes out for nearly the same price, at the same time Circuit City went bankrupt.  Fast-forward to today and an average person can purchase a 4K 65″ screen TV for under $600. How things have changed.

What Advantages Are There To Have Higher Resolutions?

So lets get into some of the advantages of shooting video footage in a higher resolution. Per the chart below, once the resolution gets past the standard HD of 1920X1080, it increases exponentially and grows very large very fast. When shooting in a format such as 4K (3840X2160) the amount of extra data recorded in the video signal is nearly double that of its predecessor. There are several advantages to shooting in this format, and inherently, every format higher than that up to even 8K.

The biggest, if not the most obvious reason for shooting video projects in 4K as opposed to HD would be in post. There is much more room to crop, scale, and to punch in on a subject if need be, without sacrificing quality. With 4K footage, you can take a one camera shoot and zoom in on the footage to 130% and then cut back to the footage at 100% and it still looks incredible. The better way to do this technique would be to work with 4K footage in a HD timeline and scale down your wide shots, that way there would be a wide shot and close up shot, using the same clip. This cannot be achieved when shooting in lower resolutions because the image becomes blurry the more zooming in is applied.

Another advantage to shooting in a higher format is that you can always scale the footage down for years to come, but without proper software, it is nearly impossible to scale the footage up without compromising the integrity of the footage. 4K footage will always look good on 4K screens, HD screen, SD screen, however, 4K footage may not look good on an 8K screen that our grand children will be using in 30 years. The whole question of exactly where resolution will keep going is going to be interesting. Could it be possible to come up with a vectorized video format that no matter how much you scale footage up, it maintains its high quality? I am sure some computer science student is working on it.

One thing to keep in mind when selecting a video resolution: what will be the final output of my project? If your video is going straight to a website, perhaps 4K is over kill on quality. If the video is being show on a giant video wall in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, perhaps the 4K resolution won’t be enough. There are always other factors such as storage to consider when shooting in the higher resolutions as well.

Video resolutions are always increasing and as the world becomes more and more saturated with a desire to watch video on all different platforms, in order to make sure your message is seen and heard clearly, the right format must be chose. The same goes for selecting digital video, such as motion backgrounds. On two resolutions are offered on many of the backgrounds, HD and 4K. I understand the need for higher quality and that is a goal here, to help people obtain the best video loops in the highest quality, for an affordable price.

Video Resolution Cheat Sheet

SD = 720X480 

HD Ready = 1280X720

Full HD = 1920X1080

Quad HD = 2704X1520

4K (UHD) = 3840X2160

6K = 6144X3160


Are Subtle Movements The New Trend?

Early Years Of Worship Motion Backgrounds

For almost two decades, maybe even longer for those people that jumped on the video bandwagon shortly after their compact projector bulbs burned out, motion backgrounds have steadily become more complex, dynamic, and creative. From light bursting from the top, then all sides, then the middle, to particles going one way, then another way, then swirling, then came the whole geometric shape transition with its triangles, squares, reverse angles, and hexagons, animated loops have been reworked to the point to which people have nearly seen it all.  If there is one industry that has unlimited options, yet somehow manages to make everything look similar in one way or another, it would be the motion background world.

For many years, as technology was starting to emerge, new features were added to computers, cameras, and visual presentations, prompting the the content creators to start incorporating this into their presentation and productions. If a new feature was added, it must be used. Thus the say, “more is always better” became the trend in the early 2000’s especially in the church and live production arena. At the same time,  there was attention span concerns and by using flashy graphics, it was one way to keep the audience engaged a little loner before eventually drifting out. So why, after all these years, are certain trends starting to emerge?

Evolving Trends in Worship Motion Backgrounds

Well, it could be because some of the backgrounds were hurting peoples eyes when staring at them too long, or it could be because some content creators used no self control with their .5 second particle burst and you felt like you were traveling through space at mach 5 on a Sunday morning during worship. Either way, video background started to evolve into more refined background that were less distracting. Today, the focus has slowly shifted back to the message of the content, and not so much the delivery of the content. While both are important, if people tune out the message before full digesting it, you’ve already lost them.

Many of the new backgrounds that are being used feature very subtle motion, with fewer particles, less flashing light bursts, almost to the point to where it’s hard to tell what is actually moving. For some backgrounds, it’s a still picture with a small beam of light that is shining from a lantern, or some other vessel that could output light. Abstract backgrounds haven’t completely been driven of the map in the worship arena, but may have taken a back seat to some of the more organic and real backgrounds. Slow moving glitter through water, high fps clips of colorful smoke slowed down to where it barely can tell its moving. Fractal Noise makes an entrance again due to its ability to change the setting through a slow evolutionary process. Now that is evolution that actually does exist.

In summary, yes, there are certainly uses for all types of motion backgrounds today. Concerts and commercials still need the flashy up-tempo looks and sports games still use them to overlay their graphics. But the interesting thing is that the old phrase “less is more” is once again coming back and sometime, the backgrounds that move people’s emotions the most, are the ones that barely move.