Been away on vacation? Here are a few video editing articles you may have missed.

August was a slow month for the industry (as it always is), but despite there being a lack of exciting industry news, there were plenty of freebies and tutorials to fill in the gap. Let’s take a look at a few must-read articles from August 2015.

1. How to Fake a VHS Look in After Effects

VHS After effects

Everyone’s been losing their minds over the new VHS simulation app for iPhone so we thought it’d be cool to create a free After Effects template that does the same thing. Download your free project and learn how it’s done in this post from the team here at RocketStock.

2. 11 Ways to Make Money as a Videographer Right Now

Make Money in Video

In an ideal world, we’d all be able to work on passion projects and make money for it. But in reality, we normally have to do some gigs that are less-than-ideal in order to finance our passion projects. In this post from PremiumBeat, we take a look at a few ways to make money as a filmmaker, videographer, or video editor.

3. The Future of Adobe

Future of Adobe

Adobe is the biggest creative software creator in the world, so when they talk about the future of the industry, people tend to take note. In this interview from Video and Filmmaker, we get a few future insights from Adobe’s Director of Product Management for Video.

4. Free Movie Look Pack + In-Depth Color Grading Tutorial


Want your footage to look like it was shot on a specific camera? Well you’re going to need a good LUT. SmallHD is giving away 7 free LUTs, plus a free color grading tutorial on how to use them.

5. Free After Effects Template: Animated Font

Animated Font

We give away a free After Effects template at least every month here on RocketStock. This month’s freebie is a free ‘Helvetica Neue’ animated font. Download your free animated font and learn how to use it in this month’s freebie blog post.

6. The History and Importance of Color in Cinematic Storytelling

Color Grading Tutorial

Digital Color Grading is a surprisingly new art form, but films have been graded almost since the very beginning of Hollywood. In this post from The Film Stage, we take a look at the history of Color Grading and discover it’s importance in storytelling.

7. Affordable Software Every Filmmaker Should Have

affordable software

There’s a lot of really expensive post-production software out there, but if you’ve already blown your budget on a computer, it can be hard to fork over a lot of dough on software. This post from PremiumBeat takes a look at a few affordable software options for film and video editors.

8. In Praise of Chairs


A chair has the power to dramatically enhance the overall look and feel of your film. In this insightful essay from Tony Zhou, we take a closer look into the history of chairs in modern cinema.

9. How to Create Heat Waves in After Effects

Heat Displacement

Summer may be coming to a close, but you can still experience the heat all year long. Learn how to create heat waves in After Effects with this quick step-by-step tutorial.

Know of any other important video editing articles from August? Share in the comments below.