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« on: January 25, 2016, 04:37 »
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Hi,

I wonder what the best microstock video / footage agencies are. Today I'm a contributor at the following agencies:

- Shutterstock
- iStock
- Fotolia
- Dreamstime
- CanStockPhoto
- Bigstock
- Depositphotos
- 123RF
- Pond5
- Alamy
- Veer

I hope there are some video contributors at forum who can help me  :)

Regards,
Kjetil


« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2016, 04:53 »
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Pond5 for me.  They have had a problem with review times lately though that has taken far too long to fix, so I'm not as confident about them as I once was.

« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2016, 04:55 »
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Thank you sharpshot! Pond5 has been good for me too. Do you know anything about videoblocks or others?

« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2016, 05:21 »
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I haven't bothered uploading much to videoblocks because I thought that they might not be good when they have a larger collection.  New sites can do well for people before everyone uploads but then earnings get diluted.

The only other site I get regular sales with is shutterstock.  CanStockPhoto were selling a few but they slowed down.  Alamy wouldn't accept me and I didn't bother with the other sites because people were saying they didn't sell or the amount they pay me was far too low.

« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2016, 05:33 »
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I haven't bothered uploading much to videoblocks because I thought that they might not be good when they have a larger collection.  New sites can do well for people before everyone uploads but then earnings get diluted.

The only other site I get regular sales with is shutterstock.  CanStockPhoto were selling a few but they slowed down.  Alamy wouldn't accept me and I didn't bother with the other sites because people were saying they didn't sell or the amount they pay me was far too low.

Thank you for sharing your experience!
« Last Edit: January 25, 2016, 05:36 by kjekol »

Benozaur

« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2016, 07:04 »
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For me:

Portfolio size about 550 - 600 clips.
Monthly total revenue earned about $500 - $1500

Shutterstock is the best performer.
Pond5 have always been very nice with regular sales.
Videoblocks have been doing very well for me - no complaints at all.
Dissolve have been a bit poor over the past few months (probably Videoblocks taking a chunk out of their business). But the people there are very nice :)
iStock - I view them as a neccessary evil - I tolerate them.
Fotolia A bit dissappointing but I get the odd sale.

123RF - I felt that they abused my trust a bit too often, I pulled my portfolio.
Clipcanvas - Never had a sale in 3,5 years.
Canstockphoto - very poor sales.
Motion Elements - occasional sale, no curation, strange interface.
Revostock - still owe me money after they went bust.

Thats just my experience though...  ;)

« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2016, 08:08 »
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For me:

Portfolio size about 550 - 600 clips.
Monthly total revenue earned about $500 - $1500

Shutterstock is the best performer.
Pond5 have always been very nice with regular sales.
Videoblocks have been doing very well for me - no complaints at all.
Dissolve have been a bit poor over the past few months (probably Videoblocks taking a chunk out of their business). But the people there are very nice :)
iStock - I view them as a neccessary evil - I tolerate them.
Fotolia A bit dissappointing but I get the odd sale.

123RF - I felt that they abused my trust a bit too often, I pulled my portfolio.
Clipcanvas - Never had a sale in 3,5 years.
Canstockphoto - very poor sales.
Motion Elements - occasional sale, no curation, strange interface.
Revostock - still owe me money after they went bust.

Thats just my experience though...  ;)

I've been thinking to start contribute to videoblocks. So, maybe I will register the comming weeks. :)

Thank you for a detailed answer Benozaur!

« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2016, 08:37 »
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For me:

Portfolio size about 550 - 600 clips.
Monthly total revenue earned about $500 - $1500

Shutterstock is the best performer.
Pond5 have always been very nice with regular sales.
Videoblocks have been doing very well for me - no complaints at all.
Dissolve have been a bit poor over the past few months (probably Videoblocks taking a chunk out of their business). But the people there are very nice :)
iStock - I view them as a neccessary evil - I tolerate them.
Fotolia A bit dissappointing but I get the odd sale.

123RF - I felt that they abused my trust a bit too often, I pulled my portfolio.
Clipcanvas - Never had a sale in 3,5 years.
Canstockphoto - very poor sales.
Motion Elements - occasional sale, no curation, strange interface.
Revostock - still owe me money after they went bust.

Thats just my experience though...  ;)

I've been thinking to start contribute to videoblocks. So, maybe I will register the comming weeks. :)

Thank you for a detailed answer Benozaur!

VB is completely dead for me. Haven't had a sale since Nov. I agree with Sharpshot that as the collection grows/grew sales get diluted. My port is nothing special and I am probably competing with a lot of contributors for everyday stuff. I think those who do well have a better grasp of the video market, and know how to produce commercial material or VERY DIFFERENT, HARD TO REPLICATE clips. Good for those few.

« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2016, 03:22 »
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I am fairly new to Video, but after extensive research across many forums and websites I started contributing to these:

Shutterstock - obviously
Pond5 - my content has only just been accepted after months of waiting for it to be reviewed, so can't comment on sales
Videoblocks - hope it stays as it is, already earned more in 3 months than some of my image agencies in 3 years :)
Fotolia - they'll grow under Adobe, better to be there.
Dissolve - only testing them now, missing ftp is a problem for my workflow.
Motion Elements - hard to navigate, problems uploading, might get ditched soon
123rf - only testing yet, but not looking good - problems with uploading large files, long review times, haven't reported any sales yet.
Pixta - I've read on some blog they generate some sales, so testing - no 4K though.
Depositphotos - easy to upload, but they have yet to earn my trust.

Declined:
iStock - I am loading my 4Ks into their ESP portal, but will only submit them if they introduce fair pricing for 4K - if ever.
Clipcanvas - no sales reported by what I gathered
Canstockphoto - no 4K, low prices for small files, haven't heard of any sales lately
Dreamstime - very low prices, haven't heard of any sales
Videohive @ Envato - too many reasons not to join them. Mainly, $8 selling price for HD?

I haven't heard of anyone selling footage on Bigstock or Veer. Do you get any sales?
 :)

« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2016, 03:40 »
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Thanks Harvepino and Mantis!

I don't have that many videos online (about 120), but see that these are without doubt the best footage agencies for me:
- Pond5
- Shutterstock
- Fotolia
 
Istock and Dreamstime is under 8% of the total revenue for videos. For stills it's different .

Regards,
Kjetil

« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2016, 10:18 »
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I agree with what has been posted.

However you might want to give DepositPhotos a miss. Their footage sales are somewhere between dreadful and non-existent.

« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2016, 04:26 »
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I agree with what has been posted.

However you might want to give DepositPhotos a miss. Their footage sales are somewhere between dreadful and non-existent.

Thanks hstiver!

« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2016, 05:32 »
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Motion Elements is generally considered the best performing footage agency in the business.

Benozaur

« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2016, 07:16 »
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Motion Elements is generally considered the best performing footage agency in the business.

By who?

« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2016, 21:37 »
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Motion Elements is generally considered the best performing footage agency in the business.

By who?

A lot of videographers and my sales figures, although perhaps I should've kept this quiet.

« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2016, 21:49 »
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Motion Elements is generally considered the best performing footage agency in the business.

By who?

A lot of videographers and my sales figures, although perhaps I should've kept this quiet.

Well congrats pkphoto. My experience is the opposite. Are you pricing your work in the microstock range of $79 HD or $199 4K or competing on price? Obviously good content and content for that market helps. I have basic ham n egger clips, so I know a lot is my content subject matter.

« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2016, 17:13 »
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Hi!
I'm also interested in MotionElements.
If I'm not too invasive, can I candy ask pkphotos to share his/her ME portfolio?
As far as I understood, ME has a different market and, since I'm from Europe and my models are all caucasians, I doubt I'd have much of appeal for them.
But still, very curious!
Thanks.
Cheers!!  ;D


« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2018, 18:40 »
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Has anything changed here in the last year?

Any new agencies worth trying, beside the Top Tier - Big 4 regarding the poll?

Which ones are the steady ones in low earners?

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2018, 23:39 »
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Accounts for less than 0.75% of my earnings.

« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2018, 19:27 »
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Has anything changed here in the last year?

Any new agencies worth trying, beside the Top Tier - Big 4 regarding the poll?

Which ones are the steady ones in low earners?
Stephan, don't waste your time outside the top 4 (or probably the top 3)


 

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