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« on: May 20, 2009, 18:17 »
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Straight from camera, shot handheld so it's shaky :-) I need to use tripod for video for sure. Also I need simple video editing software, so I can crop videos. Any suggestions?

https://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/399567


« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009, 20:15 »
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Straight from camera, shot handheld so it's shaky :-) I need to use tripod for video for sure. Also I need simple video editing software, so I can crop videos. Any suggestions?

https://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/399567

Be careful with the rolling shutter issue. You can see the waves in the background "pulsating" when you make horizontal moves.
With photo-cameras it's a must to use a tripod, it's impossible to hold those still also since they don't have a shake reduction.

Google "rolling shutter issue" and you will find lots of tips how to reduce/eliminate it.


« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2009, 20:20 »
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Sorry to be a bit critical, but that doesn't seem like the kind of thing to build a quality collection from.

« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2009, 20:31 »
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Sorry to be a bit critical, but that doesn't seem like the kind of thing to build a quality collection from.

Sean, he didn't ask for critique. Once he does, we have the right to bash.  :D

I think there are quite a bunch of people on this forum who beg to differ when it comes to defining "quality" and not to speak of "collection"...

« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2009, 00:11 »
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Congratulations melastmohican! I hope some more will come soon, together with downloads :)

« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2009, 01:35 »
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I think there are quite a bunch of people on this forum who beg to differ when it comes to defining "quality" and not to speak of "collection"...

Mr. Locke is right. I did video for a travel agency a while after college. For non-steady shots like travelings, we had a shoulder mount with oil-damped head that weighed much more than the camera. Handheld video is snapshottish. The rolling shutter is a very serious issue on the first generation video-too DSLRs. On waterfalls it would pose no problem. The 5D is already better than the D90 but still not good enough for moving horizontal edges.

« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2009, 01:36 »
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2009, 02:00 »
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I am using adobe premier elements with my HV30, not sure how well it works with the 5DMKII.  It is cheap and does all I need.

« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2009, 10:12 »
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I am total newbie, so I looked at some images they displayed on front pages and it does not seems like 'cinematography' :-) Mostly time lapse videos of clouds. I wonder who is an audience for footage? Most of clips are half minute long and lots of megabytes. It could not be for websites, right?

As far as software is concerned I downloaded couple trials including Adobe premiere Elements and none of them seem to be very intuitive. I am leaning towards Magix Movie Edit Pro.

« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2009, 11:19 »
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Pond5 is a good site to sell footage and the majority of my income from video is from there... this month however has been especially low.  I don't know if that's due to my reduced submissions.  I've actually never had a video rejected by Pond 5, even thought I get rejections at other sites for the same file. 

Even though I want all my stuff accepted its actually a bad thing I think from a buyer's perspective.  Just glancing at other people videos there is a lot of clips with obvious camera shake and movement that would get rejected easily on a site like Revostock or istock.  I don't think there is a lot of quality control going on there.

I've just learned not to submit any videos with camera shake and ALWAYS use a tripod.  Just a tiny bit of shake will ruin a clip.  The thing that I do love about Pond 5 is that you can set your own prices and they pay 50% commission.  I use Final Cut Pro for all my editing.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2009, 11:40 »
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I am total newbie, so I looked at some images they displayed on front pages and it does not seems like 'cinematography' :-) Mostly time lapse videos of clouds. I wonder who is an audience for footage? Most of clips are half minute long and lots of megabytes. It could not be for websites, right?

As far as software is concerned I downloaded couple trials including Adobe premiere Elements and none of them seem to be very intuitive. I am leaning towards Magix Movie Edit Pro.

I've used Premiere Elements for my motocross video and found it just as you say ... not very intuitive, and the manual that I bought points to online help more than giving help.  Adding audio (dubbing) and following that timeline are really kicking my butt.

Thanks for posting this.  I am following your research.  I think learning who is the audience may be the most important element of your research. Hope you are generous in sharing.   ;D

« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2009, 12:18 »
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I also tried Sony Vegas and seems to be even worse than PE.  Once I got some files edited I will be ready for test submissions on other sites. I also got some older SD files from Samsung MX-20 which I might try. Anyway it's going to be side project unless I got hooked :-)

If I got sales I might start formulate any opinions about audience. Right now, I am waiting for others to enlight me :-)


« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2009, 12:33 »
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I actually had to read the manual for premiere elements, something I never usually do.  I also looked at a few tutorials on youtube.  It is fairly easy to use after the first few attempts and I now do everything automatically.

« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2009, 15:44 »
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Congrats to you! My first video also got accepted!!

Shot with HV30, captured and rendered in Vegas Pro

https://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/475781


« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2009, 15:04 »
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"One man's trash is another man's treasure."  Appropriate for stock as well as life.  I think Pond5 is on the right track.  I only wish they'd do more about keyword abuse.

« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2009, 22:30 »
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I've started uploading to Pond and Fotolia 3 months ago.
I have 13 dls with Pond so far. All earning were higher or equal to 20$. No rejections. Easy to upload. I like them.
In the same time I sold only 1 file with Fotolia. I have deleted all videos from FT. New earnings (3.7$ for 1080HD) are unacceptable. I don't want to see Pond's customers going to FT.


 

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