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Where to Find the Best Explosion Elements

Caleb Ward

Explosion elements are a great way to create indie-budget action effects. Here are the best places to find earth-shaking explosion elements.

There’s no need to blow up your backyard! These explosion elements can be dragged into any video project to create a realistic VFX sequence. Let’s take a look at a few of the best places to find explosion elements and discuss how to integrate them into your work.

1. VFX Central

Where to Find the Best Explosion Elements - VFX Central Explosion ElementsImage via VFX Central

VFX Central is an awesome place to find 2K, 4K, and 6K explosion elements for video. In addition to having a wicked cool collection of explosions, VFX Central has a great collection of light leaks and lens-flare templates, perfect for overlaying onto video footage. This demo from VFX Central showcases their Combust Fire Explosions pack in action.


2. Shutterstock

Where to Find the Best Explosion Elements - Explosions at Shutterstock

Not only is Shutterstock the best image and video library on the internet, but it’s also home to some of the best explosions for video editors. Shutterstock elements are typically shot at a high frame rate, so you can easily drop them into your slow-motion projects.


3. Action Essentials

Where to Find the Best Explosion Elements - Action Essentials

When it comes to explosion elements, there really aren’t a lot of products that can equal Video Copilot’s Action Essentials 2. The pack comes fully loaded with explosions, fire, dust, smoke, and more. These elements also come with tutorials for compositing the video elements into your scene. This clip from Video Copilot showcases how Andrew Kramer put together a thrilling action short using Action Essentials.


4. Mitch Martinez

Where to Find the Best Explosion Elements - Mitch Martinez

In addition to being an all-around great guy, Mitch Martinez offers free downloads of 4K stock clips to anyone who wants them. He also offers various other assets like particles, smoke, and water elements.

Working on a microscopic budget? Check out our 329 Free Action Elements post to download an assortment of free explosions, fire, muzzle flashes, and more.

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