Saturday, 24 September 2016

Introducing: The Wall of Patreons (and new content!)

You're the creative type, right? Me too! Capturing beautiful footage brings me a little closer to nature and giving away Creative Commons clips for FREE helps thousands of people to be creative.

Below are the fantastic people who have 
been helping thousands of people too! Creating this footage not only requires equipment but a great deal of time. Their support has made it possible to continue to create Creative Commons content and sharing it with you.

Would you like to support NatureClip? Not only do you get that warmth from the knowledge that you have helped thousands of people to be creative like yourself, you also get special perks as a token of my appreciation for your support. Learn more here:

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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Zhiyun Z1 Rider-M: Unboxing, Review, test footage and guide!

Hello all you lovely, creative people! 

What a month! 

Bad news - it appears that the NR domain names are all down for the foreseeable future, so I'm back to until that gets probably for a while! 

Good news - I bought a new toy to get some sweet stable GoPro footage! I am using this in my line of work so bought with my own money (annual donations wouldn't cover a domain name, never mind this beast) but don't worry, I'll be sharing super stable stock footage with you all very soon. I got a slight discount from EachShot for an impartial review, so here goes:

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Firstly, a quick disclaimer – as you know, I share FREE stock footage and review the items that I use to create my free content.

I bought this Zhiyun Z1 Rider-M gimbal with my own money (not through any donations to NatureClip) and got a small discount from EachShot for writing an impartial review. I’ve owned the product for 14 days at the time of writing. So my review is subject to change but if it hasn’t been updated, it means the below still feedback applies. Now onto the good stuff…

If you are looking for a wearable gimbal for action shots (hence the need for 3-axis), you will very happy with the Zhiyun Z1 Rider-M. I would certainly recommend it. Your videos will be much smoother without any hassle or time spent balancing it before each shot. 

Why I chose to buy the Rider-M over other gimbals:
I was very tempted with the Feiyu FY G4S (not wearable)  and the Feiyu FY WG (still tempted if I could afford it) but the Rider M clinched it because  I can wear it and it’s versatile - it can be used with similar shaped cameras as the GoPro 3+/4 AND it can be adapted to the GoPro 4 Session (I haven’t tested this out as of yet but plan to get the adapter and will update this review if I do). This bodes well should GoPro choose to use this sort of shape with newer models. I don’t think the FY WG can be adapted to the Session 4 but happy to be corrected if I’m wrong.

First impressions:
Solid build, even the buttons are metal. It feels like a quality product. It was really easy to use from out the box, switch it on and click the mode button to get the stabilisation option you need for your shoot. 

To be honest, I’m  being a bit picky with these comments but I want you to be informed:
- The app could be better. It may have just been bad luck, but it crashed during the firmware update so had to manually update it. So I would advise you update through your computer. Download the software from Zhiyun , the latest firmware and it does it in seconds (I’ll add a tutorial on my channel should you need it -  It controls the gimbal fine, but as I would like to see the footage, I’ll be buying the remote. 

- It is pricey, so if you are thinking of casual handheld footage, there are 2-axis gimbals available which are much cheape

- No low battery indicator? 

-The adapter for the GoPro Session 4 can’t be bought direct from Zhiyun, Amazon and I’m still looking for someone who sells this separately. This is a shame as it’s a key reason for buying

(-) I’ve seen smoother footage with handheld gimbals BUT I think this either had additional stabilisation in editing or just comes with practice. Either way, until I compare the items myself I’m adding this as a potential negative.


+ The stability is incredible. You do get a bit of motion from body mechanics but it is greatly reduced (You have to see if to believe it - I’m pulling together footage and will add the link here if I can, if not, search my channel/website). 

+ Super quiet motor, none of that grinding sound from the mechanism 

+ Can be used upside down (easy to do so too

+ Battery life is very good (will update when I’ve pushed it to its limits).

+ Solid build (all metal casing) 

+ Easy to use – Just switch it on, no need to balance it. I calibrated it for the review  but I don’t think I needed to

+ Small and very light (you don’t notice you’re wearing it)

+ You can easily adjust the angle with your hands (don’t need the app or remote)

+ It comes with a GoPro attachment adapter

+ Good value for money – it isn’t cheap, but the impact on footage sure is worth it!

+ Versatile – the threads are easy to adjust and allows for the LCD screen to be added. Can also be used with other action cameras.

+ Easy to change batteries 

+ Once you set the angle, you can forget about it. I came across a car fire when out cycling (check out the video review!) and forgot it was recording. I was turning my head to talk to the car owner, looking around, checking my watch but the camera kept steady the whole time. 

Why did I buy from EACHSHOT?

+ EACHSHOT replied to my pre-purchase queries very quickly (which is the main reason why I bought from them, I got an offer of a similar discount elsewhere but not quite as quick).

+ EACHSHOT delivered this item the next day.

- They didn’t have the remote in stock at the time so bought separate and have to wait longer (no big deal).

I hope you found this useful. If you did, please add a like on the video. If not, please add a comment with what you would have liked me to include. 

Questions and queries are welcome, add them in the comment section. I’ll usually respond over the weekend. 

Want the test footage in the video? Leave a comment below, if I receive enough requests I'll release the footage under Creative Commons.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

5th year anniversary!

Hello to all you lovely creative people,

It's be a while! If you are new here, welcome! If you are familiar with my site, welcome back!

This year NatureClip will be celebrating it's 5th anniversary of sharing FREE stock footage. To celebrate there will be a massive upload of new content, a redesign of the site and maybe even a few surprises!

Not only that, but NatureClip is fast approaching some exciting milestones:

Adding a Like or tweeting about @NatureClip is a great way to show your support for the site.

As it's been so long I would really like to hear from you! What sort of content are you after? What do you like about NatureClip? What could be better? Please add a comment below, get in touch on Twitter or email me.

While we're here, I want to ask your a favour - NatureClip isn't a business, it's a resource for artists, charities and start-ups looking for ways of being creative without having to pay over the odds for material. Creating and uploading content is massively time consuming (which is provided for free too) and so it can only continue with your help - as you're here already, why not stop by and subscribe to my channel ( and help NatureClip reach 5000 subscribers for it's fifth birthday! Subscribed already? Well, a shout out to your subscribers would make a great birthday present!

Before you go, be sure to take a look around - I've uploaded some new content (and there is more to come). If a video isn't available yet, be sure to add a like or if you're feeling generous you can donate to support the site.

Keep being creative!


P.s. While I'm away, here is a brand new background video of a beautiful Rocky Waterfall to keep you going.

P.p.s. Would you like a shout-out to over 7000 people each month?
I'll be a giving special mention to supporters of NatureClip's Free Stock Footage site right at the top of my welcome page. This will be reserved for those who donate, provide equipment, or YouTube and social media campaigns to raise awareness of my FREE stock footage. Interested? Get in touch.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

UPDATE: New aerial footage ready to download!

Just uploaded some beautiful aerial footage - head on over to the 'aerial ' tab and get downloading. 

As always, they are completely free to re-use alongside credit - so enjoy!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Old Lighthouse

Hello everyone! January was a long month consisting of me finishing my thesis (which I passed) so I have recently had some time to render some new FREE footage and collect some new clips too!

Here is the first of many to come: An Old Lighthouse with dark clouds overhead.Quite a moody shot but versatile for a range of projects.

Remember: provide credit & do not simply re-upload my videos in original (raw) form - please be creative and mix with your own or others content - see T&C.

Old Lighthouse CC-BY NatureClip, 2014

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

New FREE aerial stock footage

Using a DJI Phantom 2 with H3-3D Gimbal , I've captured amazing footage and I can't wait to share it with you all.  As this kit has cost me a small fortune, I'll be making all this available when I hit 2000 subscribers. I'm providing early access to anyone who helps to spread the word (see below).  Check out the latest videos to see what you have got coming your way!

Ripples from above CC-BY NatureClip

Smoke and Flames

Filmed at 120fps - mesmerizing smoke and flames in slow motion. Great for a background video or to splice into your own creation.  Free to re-use under a Creative Commons by Attribution license

Remember: provide credit & do not simply re-upload my videos in original (raw) form - please be creative and mix with your own or others content - see T&C.

Smoke and Flame CC-BY NatureClip, 2014

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