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Pond5 Unveils Backlots and Backlots+ Digital Backgrounds

Backlots+ provide a completely new kind of video content—digital backlots with foreground elements, like sidewalks, streets or promenades, that mesh perfectly with the chosen background

Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for royalty-free video footage, music, images and other creative assets, unveiled two new types of video content today—Backlots and Backlots+. Provided by 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.

With an effective resolution of 8K, Backlots are composed by stitching together three 4K clips to create a 160-degree panoramic video. This means that media makers can add motion to their green screen productions, all while maintaining the seamless effect of a city landscape.

Backlots+ provide a completely new kind of video content—digital backlots with foreground elements, like sidewalks, streets or promenades, that mesh perfectly with the chosen background. Found only on Pond5, Backlots+ allow media creators to shoot their characters in full, without worrying about expensive foreground production.

“Instead of flying a crew around the world, even small operations can now create totally realistic scenes set in 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 Tibiriça, 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 around the world, including New York, San Francisco, London, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and Amsterdam. Additional Backlot footage is in production now and 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 find out more and download the free Backlot files directly on Pond5.

Pond5 is the world's most vibrant marketplace for media makers. Based in New York, with offices around the world, the company offers 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 customers lifetime, worldwide usage rights across all media. The company recently raised $61 million from Accel Partners and Stripes Group.

CT Image
Based in São 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.