For your background needs, Footage Firm offers many "free" HD stock footage collections
, many of which would be great for compositing behind your talent. However, while the discs are "free", they charge ~$8.50 for shipping and handling. Still, a fine deal if you are in the market high-quality HD stock of this nature.
And since you asked for advice, I'll give you this little nugget that seems to be overlooked partially or in its entirety by many new users: FXhome is a remarkable company in that they offer many levels of support and resources for their users, and much of it is completely free
. For starters, they maintain an ever-growing database of presets
for the Lab products to easily share effects, as well as a modest selection of sound effects
and a larger (but dated) collection of still images/movie clips called 'plugins'
. To bridge the gap between learning and support, there is lengthy list of free video tutorials, which are highly recommended for beginners
. There is also a growing number of written tutorials in the Knowledgebase
, which is also the best resource for troubleshooting any problems you may encounter in CL. There are great guides from members of the community, like this one
or this one
which are informative and helpful to anyone looking to learn the basics of filmmaking. FXhome also offers in-depth tutorial DVDs
to help you unleash the full power of the programs. And if you should ever have any problems with CL, the brand new Support center
will surely help you out. If all of that fails, feel free to post on these Self-Help Forums.
Lastly, if you feel like making a bit of chit chat, feel free to come by the forums
and join in on the community.