Driving Plate Guides



"The Ultimate Resource for Driving Plates and Set Backings."


Video Plates & Backings, LLC specializes in producing driving plates for VFX and interactive lighting and large scale images for LED set backings. We've worked with some of the most prestigious studios in the business, including Netflix, Disney, HBO, Fox, NBCUniversal, ABC, AMC, Starz, Hulu, and others. Let us know how we can start helping your production today!

Our driving plates let you execute your driving scenes while still being cost-effective. You can forget about insert cars, process trailers or cops—you'll never have to worry about weather or safety concerns again. Our 9-camera 360° 4k camera rig allows us to go places a process trailer can’t!

We offer both ultra high-definition (4K UHD) and high-definition (1080p) driving plates in order to meet your needs. Contact us today at info@videoplatesandbackings.com or call us at 678-551-2811 if you would like more information about our services.

Our team of experts can help you find the right VFX plates for your project, whether it's from our over 6000 driving plates or our extensive selection of backplates great for use as LED set backings. Let us take the stress out of shooting, and supply you with an affordable and seamless solution to your lighting needs.

Let us show you the extraordinary difference quality content can make.


What is a driving plate?

A driving plate is a video captured from the perspective of an occupant inside a moving vehicle. These videos are used in composited VFX shots or onstage playback and are positioned outside of the windows of a static vehicle so that it appears to be moving. The use of driving plates instead of a process trailer can allow for greater creative control, more interesting shots, cost savings for a production, and of course... a safer crew! Several angles are captured such that any perspective can be matched. Most camera set ups will use one or more cameras simultaneously capturing the action around the plate capture vehicle. Advanced set ups will capture additional angles to be used for realistic reflections in mirrors and on the body of the vehicle.

What are the advantages of using driving plates in my production?

Driving plates offer a lot of creative control when compared to other methods of shooting driving scenes. The flexibility of using a sound stage allows for interesting camera movement with less technical overhead. You also receive the added benefit of being able to shoot the same scene at any time of day. In the 3D environment of visual effects almost any shot is possible. Onstage playback can be used in interesting interactive ways such as queuing actors during sequences and bringing realistic lighting elements to otherwise sterile vehicle interiors and reflective surfaces. Driving plates are also one of the easiest ways to improve crew safety in your production and they don't require any special permits or hoops to jump through—which means you can focus on making your movie instead of worrying about red tape.

Considerations

When you are looking to buy driving plates for your film or television show, you have a number of options when working with us. Many shows find that we have exactly what they need in our library. However, if you need plates from a specific place we haven’t shot yet or if there is some specific action that you may need as part of your narrative we would usually recommend starting a dialog with us around shooting custom plates. Reach out to us via the email or phone on our contact page today.

When you are purchasing driving plates for your next production, be sure to inquire about the resolution the specific vendors want to work with ahead of time. If your production has chosen 4K driving plates but the post house requires 1080p footage, the footage will need to be rendered at a decreased resolution. This adds additional time and is best to be accounted for upfront. On a similar note if you are using our plates for playback whether it be LED video walls or rear projection make sure you talk to the company that will be displaying the footage for you during your shoot. Different companies use different media servers. They may require a specific resolution, frame rate, or video codec in order to give you the best result on the day. It’s important to get all of these details right upfront so that any render time can be accounted for.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help working through any of these specifics. We know there's still some confusion around best practices for using driving plates in film and TV—but rest assured we're here to help with any questions you may have and help facilitate a smooth experience!

We're so glad you're here!

We have a library of driving footage that covers almost every sate in the USA, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas. We also recently added Toronto Canada!

Occasionally we don't have the exact city or state you are looking for. Not to fear. We are pretty great at finding the same look somewhere else in our library so if you run into this please drop us an email at info@videoplatesandbackings.com and we'll let you know if we can help. We check our email as often as we can—but sometimes it might take a day to get back to you because we're busy shooting custom content for other shows.

If you need an answer right away call 678-551-2811 .

Using Filters On Our Site

We know how hard it is to find footage that fits your needs. That's why we've made it our mission to make finding the perfect plates easier than ever.

On any of our library pages, you can use filters to help you in your search for the perfect footage. For example, you could filter by "driving plates", "Los Angeles, CA", and then some more specific criteria like "downtown" and "industrial". You can add as many of these as you need to help you narrow down the plates that might fit your needs.

Keep in mind that sometimes you can find great choices by deleting some of your "city" and "state" filters and just using "location" filters.

We have tried to make our site as easy to use as possible but we are always here to help. If you have any questions or can't seem to find what you need, please email us and we probably be able to send you a list of potential choices that will fit what you are looking for!

Quality you can count on...

When you are buying plates for your next film or TV project, you need to know that you're going to get what you paid for. We stand by that promise!

We know the film industry can be rough when it comes to time constraints. Things change at a moment's notice in pursuit of the best possible product. Time spent solving unexpected problems is time (and frankly, money) you can’t make up. That’s why we have taken the liberty of developing our process from beginning to end with you and all relevant players in mind. Have peace of mind knowing the footage you receive from us will flow into the hands of production and post-production without the slightest hiccup.

We shoot all of our driving plates in ProRes 422 HQ which has remained the industry standard 10-bit format since forever. The beautiful log profile captured by our state of the art cameras allows for wondrously awe inspiring colors to be achieved.

Complete creative freedom without compromise! Our footage takes you there.