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« on: October 05, 2016, 09:21 »
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Up to now I have only shot and sold stockphotos, but I want to start selling footage as well. Which would be a good program for a starter (intuitive or easy handling)?

It should at least offer trimming, cropping, color/contrast correction and of course encoding for the agencies. On top it seems advisable to have an easy to use application for blurring something like a brand label on a cellphone or a face of some passerby in the background. I have just tested Sony Movie Studio Platinum and I could achieve this with a mask, but this would not follow the person... I do not know how this is called... maybe object-tracking?

And since I don't know now how many videos I will produce, I would prefer a program which costs up to about 100$/80.

I would be very grateful for your help.

Anya


« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2016, 12:50 »
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Just trimming and exporting. Any program.

But as soon as you said blur tracking you really should get into After Effects right away if you want to keep doing this.

« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2016, 12:56 »
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DaVinci Resolve.  You won't believe it's free.

« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2016, 16:18 »
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DaVinci Resolve.  You won't believe it's free.

Agree.

It i not the best solution for editing a video, but for basic clip cutting/trimming will do the job. Tho editing is not its best side, this program is used professionally for color grading videos/clips. You can use tracking, and everything you need for stock footage. And it is completely free! :)  And there is a ton of tutorials on yt.

« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2016, 16:41 »
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DaVinci is incredibly powerful, yes, but pretty much the opposite of "easy to get into". AE is quite a mess at first too...

However, the free DaVinci lacks noise reduction (something you might want to use on every single clip, depending on camera) and limits you to UHD resolution render. That's fine in most cases but not when doing time lapses and you want to output true 4k.

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2016, 17:14 »
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im using photoshop cc...  :-[ but works...

« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2016, 07:58 »
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Thank you very much for your help. I will look into that.

Anya

« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2016, 13:07 »
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May be you like liquivid
newbielink:http://liquivid.com/ [nonactive]

But I'm not sure if it's good. Had no test on it.
Costs 20$

« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2016, 06:45 »
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Same here, I way using Magix movie editor, then tried getting into after effects for the warp stabilizer. I'm still trying to figure out if the effort and cost of after effects is worth it for stock

« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2017, 18:03 »
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MovAVI does most of what I need. you can trim and do conversions without rendering; it will copy the original frame so you end up with the exact same quality as the original, pixel for pixel. I almost never use anything else.

I also recommend Mercalli.

Sony Vegas (Movie Studio) for many years was the best of the low end video editing programs, but they did sell it off to another company.

« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2017, 19:06 »
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Normally, I would recommend Sony Movie Studio - it's quite a versatile program and easy to learn. It covers most of my needs. However, there is one major disadvantage - the lack of a serious 1080p option. You can output videos at 1080p but only as a rather obscure file format that's not recognised by many devices and at a low bitrate.

« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2017, 22:59 »
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I also want to start doing videos. I don't know much at all but my camera is capable of 4K, should I start with 4K?

alno

« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2017, 01:39 »
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I also want to start doing videos. I don't know much at all but my camera is capable of 4K, should I start with 4K?

4K would be better generally. Check the options in your camera, some of them can produce more fps for HD format, which is good sometimes.

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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2017, 02:17 »
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I also want to start doing videos. I don't know much at all but my camera is capable of 4K, should I start with 4K?

If it's a decent camera then 4K is the way to go. Maybe upload a 1080p version as well, to sites that don't have the option to buy smaller versions, to maximise sales. Some 4K cameras have small sensors, not the best lenses and a low bitrate, so might not look that good... although you can give it a try and always render to 1080p after you've edited, if it's not looking very good. 4K downscaled to 1080p should look pretty crisp.   

« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2017, 05:10 »
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Thanks Irina and SpaceStockFootage. Video is such a learning curve!

I think the quality should be okay but I will take your advice to upload 1080p version as well.

« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2017, 00:03 »
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I'm trying to sort out which software to use. I downloaded a free trial of Movavi Video Editor and now that I'm considering buying it, it seems I can get Movavi Video Suite a little bit cheaper and it seems it includes the Video Editor. Does anyone recommend this or do you have a better program you would recommend learning with. I didn't want to sign up for the extra cost with Adobe CC.

Thanks, any advice appreciated.

Anya, did you decide which you would use?
« Last Edit: February 26, 2017, 00:06 by Zalee »

« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2017, 04:02 »
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If you look one year in the future and see yourself doing more and more video I really suggest starting with the real software right away.

My recommendation for ultimate control would be After Effects for single clips. There is a learning curve but sooner or later you will have to learn the advanced stuff if you see yourself uploading quality footage.

If you strive for perfection (or will in the future) stabilization, masks (exposure correction of a sky for example) and control over blurring (trademarks, people) is essential.
« Last Edit: February 26, 2017, 04:05 by increasingdifficulty »

« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2017, 06:18 »
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Most people doing serious video stock use After Effects, a few use Premiere (more suited for mounting several clips with sound,, rather than single clips) or Final Cut on Mac.
Don't know much about DaVinci Resolve, but I understand that it is used mainly for color correction rather than as a all in one solution (maybe I am wrong).
Keep in mind that video is very complicated and a lot of people coming from photo, try video for a while and then let it go.
Maybe a solution to start with a cheap stepping stone would be Premiere Elements. The interface should be rather similar to After Effect where you eventually go after a while

« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2017, 08:49 »
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DaVinci Resolve (free edition) is a powerful, professional, programme which will require much investment in time, especially for a beginner, to learn how to use it.  I use it for my stock clips in preference to Adobe Premiere Elements because of the detailed control it gives over colour control and stabilisation. Premiere Elements offers similar control but the tools are not as good and, in my experience, the resulting output not as good.

Neither offer noise reduction out of the box and that is the only feature I miss.

« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2017, 13:17 »
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The biggest issue is how long video takes to render and just how big the files are....started using after effects to get 4k done. But its a time consuming affair

« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2017, 06:23 »
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The biggest issue is how long video takes to render and just how big the files are....started using after effects to get 4k done. But its a time consuming affair

That is not an issue. It's a good thing that keeps 1 million photographers from competing. At least for now...


 

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