NEW YORK, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pond5, the world's leading online marketplace for royalty-free video footage, unveiled two new types of video content today— Backlots and Backlots+. Provided with partner CT Image, these digital backlots allow editors to flawlessly simulate background scenery from 25 of the world's major cities in their video productions.
Backlots are composed by stitching together three 4K clips to create a 160-degree panoramic video. This means, media makers can add motion to their green screen productions and maintain the seamless effect of a city landscape.
Backlots+ provides digital backlots with foreground elements, like sidewalks, streets or promenades that mesh perfectly with the background. Found only on Pond5, Backlots+ allow media creators to shoot their characters in full, without expensive foreground production.
"Instead of flying a crew, small operations can create realistic scenes in a different cities, thousands of miles away" said Pond5 cofounder and CEO Tom Bennett. "We're ecstatic to work with CT Image to bring Backlots and Backlots+ to the Pond5 community."
"This partnership is huge," said Roberto Tibirica, CEO of CT Image. "It gives video professionals unprecedented access to high-quality, never-before-seen content that's easily affordable at the world's one-stop shop for creative media assets."
The initial Backlots and Backlots+ collection includes 700 shots from cities worldwide, including New York, London, and Paris. Additional Backlot footage will be added as it becomes available.
To celebrate the launch, CT Image has provided three full quality files for free download. Media creators can download the free Backlot files directly on Pond5.
Based in New York, Pond5 is the world's most vibrant marketplace for media makers offering the Web's largest collection of royalty-free stock video footage, along with millions of photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, motion graphics templates, and 3D models. Unlike traditional stock agencies, Pond5 enables contributors to set their own prices. Contributing artists earn 50% on each sale—significantly higher than traditional players. All content is licensed under a simple royalty-free license that provides lifetime usage rights across all media.
Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, CT Image is an innovative, up-and-coming stock media company that leads the market in high-quality backlots and green screen products. With dazzling backlots footage from 27 of the world's top cities, CT Image helps filmmakers create realistic scenes set around the world, all without leaving their studio.