Vurb.tv is a new stock element site for motion designers.
[UPDATED] A new site for stock textures, animations, and videos for motion designers just opened its doors: Vurb.tv. The site features a decent array of elements for motion designers—from metal, plant, and paper textures to fire, ink, and water videos (in 1080p), even After Effects project files for particle simulations. There’s some great pieces on the site, and it’s clear they put a lot of time into capturing or creating these elements.
Now, being the talented motion designer you are, you could create these elements from scratch (especially the lens flare videos); however, sometimes you can be in a pinch and just need something quick. Vurb.tv, being created by motion designers, knows this, but they won’t gouge you. Textures go for $5, AE project files for $20, and videos for $25 (all prices in USD).
The site itself is fairly well designed, too. After registering, you can create various bins to hold elements while you browse. You can even email these bins from within the site to a producer or anyone else you might want to share it with. There are some oddities, though. For example, when browsing the elements, they are displayed in random order. So clicking back and forth between page two and three will give you different elements each time. Also, it appears bins need some work. There is no cross-checking for previously existing bins when you create a new one. So If I already have a bin named “Awesomeness,” and create a new bin with the same name, no error is given and anything added to the second bin cannot be viewed. [UPDATE: I’ve received word from Vurb that they are aware of the browsing issue, but not the bins. They are actively working on fixes.]
Overall, though, I’m excited to see what Vurb.tv has to offer. They promise to continually add new content (would be great to have an RSS feed for content in addition to their blog), and even offer to help track down or create elements you request. You can follow Vurb on Twitter and Vimeo as well. To celebrate their launch, they are providing 50% off with the promo code “Launch!” (including the exclamation point).
[Anti-Disclosure: Vurb.tv in no way compensated The Motion League or any of its contributors for this post. It was done independently and without influence of Vurb.tv, with the exception of any forthcoming response to the previously mentioned bugs with the site.]