Explosions are an integral part of Hollywood action cinema. The big-budget films prefer to use practical explosions and for good reasons too – nothing beats the effects of real explosions on camera.

However, short and indie filmmakers with small budgets tend to add the explosions in post-production using explosion stock footage.

It is impossible for them to create real explosions as it is very unsafe to do it on the cheap.

While using explosion stock footage does take away some of the aftermaths of a real one, It is still an effective and cost-saving technique for sensationalizing an action film with large scale explosions.

The Action Essentials and ActionVFX are the two standardized sources of explosion stock footage in the visual effects industry.

However, ActionVFX stock footage elements are better in quality than Action Essentials as they are shot on the latest cinema cameras and are available in multiple formats such as PRORES, MXF, R3D, etc at 2K and 4K resolutions.

What I like most about ActionVFX is you can purchase individual explosion elements for as low as $15 USD instead of buying the entire pack.

Explosion Stock Footage By ActionVFX

ActionVFX offers more than 150+ explosion stock footage in 9 different collections.

These are large and medium scale gas explosions, dust explosions, dirt blasts, aerial explosions, and spark explosions.

You can purchase:

To composite these explosions in your live-action footage, you can use Adobe After Effects and Boris FX Mocha for accurate motion tracking.

1. Large Scale Gas Explosions

This collection includes 30 computer-generated large-scale gas explosions in front, high, and top angles.

These stock footage are available in 12-bit ProRes 4444 and OpenEXR formats in 2K and 4K resolutions at 23.97 fps.

Each explosion is made up of multiple render passes such as Lighting passes, Normals, Motion Vector, Depth, Fire, and smoke for easy compositing.


2. Dust Explosion Stock Footage

This collection includes 20 large scale dust and dirt explosion elements, perfect for intense action films.

Dust explosion stock footage are available as pre-keyed (alpha transparency) ProRes as well as original unkeyed 5K .R3D files.

These are shot at 96fps on a blue background with a RED Weapon Helium 8K cinema camera.


3. Gas Explosions Vol. 1

Gas Explosions Vol. 1 collection includes 44 real explosions in 2K and 4K resolutions at 60-120fps for slow-motion effect.

Shot on RED Epic Dragon and Sony FS7 cameras, these stock footage elements are available in 10-bit ProRes 4444 format.

Also included are the original unkeyed .R3D and .MXF files.


4. Gas Explosions Vol. 2

This explosion stock footage collection includes 25 real large-scale gas explosions shot on RED Weapon Helium 8K camera at 96fps.

All explosions are filmed in 3K and 5K resolution in 12-bit ProRes 4444 format over a blue background to retain the dark smoke.

Original unkeyed 5K .R3D files are also included.


5. Aerial Explosions Vol. 1

This collection includes 10 zero gravity aerial explosions in 2K and 4K resolution at 30fps.

Available file formats are OpenEXR and 10-bit ProRes 4444 with built-in alpha channel for transparency.

Each explosion is made up of multiple render passes such as RGB, Volume Light, and Fire/Smoke for easy compositing.


6. Aerial Explosions Vol. 2

Aerial Explosions Vol. 2 collection includes 20 computer-generated zero gravity aerial explosions in 2K and 4K resolution at 24fps.

Available file formats are OpenEXR and 10-bit ProRes 4444 with built-in alpha channel for transparency.

Each explosion is made up of multiple render passes such as Motion Vector, Normal, Depth, 3 Point Lighting, and Fire/Smoke for easy compositing.


7. Dirt Blasts

There are 10 large-scale dirt blasts in this collection shot on a RED Weapon Helium 8K camera at 96 fps on a blue background.

These stock footage elements are available 2K and 4K resolution in pre-keyed 12-bit ProRes 4444 format.

Original unkeyed 5K .R3D files are also included.


8. Spark Explosion Stock Footage

This collection includes properly exposed 36 clips of real spark explosions in 6K resolution at 75fps.

Files are delivered in pre-keyed 2K & 4K 12-bit ProRes 4444 and original 6K unkeyed .R3D formats.

Spark explosion stock footage collection are shot on Red Epic-W Helium 8K cinema camera.


Free Explosion Sound FX

Sound is important because it informs us and moves us in ways visuals can’t.

That’s why the ActionVFX team is kind enough to offer FREE EXPLOSION SOUND FX to go with their high-quality explosion stock footage.

This Sound FX collection includes 45 variations of real gas, dirt, glass, and debris explosion sounds, delivered in 24 bit 48kHz .WAV format.

Made for maximum flexibility, combinations of explosion sound and visuals can evoke what neither can do alone.