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« on: December 29, 2014, 11:17 »
Hi all,
I just got this email (pasted below) supposedly from Getty images inviting me to be a video contributor. Have anyone else got that? Is this real? Also, anyone here contributes videos there? How sales are and how do they pay? On their website i can see that the videos (RF) are selling for a good price, but nothing about contributor commission. I also hope it's not a scheme making contributor paying for uploads. Any advice/experience are much appreciated! Thank you in advance!


I'm part of the Getty Images team of curators looking for new creative talent.

Your website really caught my attention, and I wanted to offer you the chance to join Getty Images as a new Video Contributor.

At Getty Images you'll find an unrivaled wealth of high-quality video clips which can be searched, purchased and downloaded directly from our website. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage their digital content.

We're looking for fresh and dynamic HD videos which illustrate one or more of our key themes; lifestyle, business, health, industry, nature and travel. Clips with strong conceptual appeal and an emotional connection have the greatest power to make multiple, global sales.

As a contributor, you will join our expanding community of exclusive filmmakers and receive royalty payments for any of your footage licensed by Getty Images. You will also have access to exclusive creative briefs and trend information, put together by our Creative Research team, offering extensive insight into the industry.

If you would like to join our team of talented video contributors simply click here - - to sign up!

NB - if you are already enrolled as a Getty images contributor, then please disregard this invitation. We have a team of curators looking for new talent and your work continues to impress!

Please direct any questions that you might have to our contributor relations at: [email protected]
« Last Edit: March 03, 2015, 10:06 by asmai »

« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2014, 13:08 »
"And for your hard work, we'll pay you some of the lowest royalty rates in the biz!"

« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2014, 14:22 »
"And for your hard work, we'll pay you some of the lowest royalty rates in the biz!"
Do you know what's the rate? With the high price it may be still worth it?

« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2014, 16:15 »
You can set your own prices on pond5, will Getty really be better? They want exclusive content and you cant remove individual files if they dont sell.

Ask them about the royalty rate,but I doubt it will be 50%.

The video market is just starting out. Pond5 has the largest library with 3.5 million files,but only 490 000 are model released. They also only have around 90 000 4k videos.

All other agencies have much less files. The video market is at a very,very early stage, absolutely no oversupply and nearly everything still missing (well,except for sunsets...)

Maybe some people who are selling on getty can give you an idea if they are happy and what the average return is.

Of course you can add Getty as a side income if you want to, just for diversification.

But overall, at this stage I would personally not be to keen on putting videos exclusively somewhere, it is simply too early IMO.

Or at least not the majority of the videos.

But good luck whatever you decide.

ETA: maybe it is possible to add files on a non exclusive basis? Might be worth asking if they are so keen on your content.

ETA2: you might want to check out the istock video forum to see how happy the exclusive videographers are. I think many people already have left and the income thread doesnt sound too good. That is the other problem - will there be any growth or will your videos be stuck with a company that is going down?
« Last Edit: December 29, 2014, 16:31 by cobalt »

« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2014, 17:24 »
I am happy with the money I am making on Getty, I have been Exclusive for years there.

« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2014, 17:43 »
Thank you all for your reply! Oops, i forgot about the exclusivity thing, if they only want exclusivity i just can not give them anything, but it is not mentioned anywhere in the video requirement so maybe i will just write to them and ask.

@jjneff : May i ask what is the average $ you get per sale there? And are you selling RM or RF ?


« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2014, 18:17 »
The video market is at a very,very early stage, absolutely no oversupply and nearly everything still missing (well,except for sunsets...)
That's absolutely not correct. It's true that there's a much wider range of categories that are undersupplied when compared with photos. But there are easy to shoot, readily available, non-released categories that are definitely oversupplied. For example, considering how many fewer buyers there are for videos, how many "pouring coffee" (1716),  "ocean waves" (89376) , or "mountain sunset" (19496) videos are needed?

My own portfolio (which is largely made up of those easy to shoot categories) has increased in size by about 20% this year.  But my income is just barely going to be higher than last year. Worse, it's my older files that have continued to sell well. My newer files (added this year and last, which are technically, and I'd like to think aesthetically, superior) have not gained traction, and are languishing in the search results with all the 1000s of others.

Again, I'm not denying there are plenty of subjects that are poorly covered. Just that there are also a lot of subjects that are oversupplied, and that is going to get far worse next year.

« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2014, 19:14 »
I did add..except for sunsets...and I thought this made it clear that the easy stuff is covered ;)

The interesting shots are lifestyle with people, and with 490 000 files this is peanuts. It is basically an empty market. Think of all the different professions people can do,all the different meals around the world people cook,all the different health and fitness subjects...videos with one person,with families,with groups...

So from my perspective the market is completely open,also because in video you can supply many different angles and timing of a scene. You can shoot close up,far away,from above,from below,move the camera,keep it still,move the lights,change the focus all the post processing options...There are millions and millions of clips you can shoot without ever duplicating anyone else.

And then there is many different festivals does the world have etc...

I think even with 20 million videos you would still not have nearly enough to cover life on earth as it is happening today. And this is basically what you can cover with video.

So, I really see no problems at all, even if you still want to do "simple" there is still enough to do.

ETA: I am still uploading many shamefully simple clips, but they keep selling no matter how crazy I think it is.
« Last Edit: December 29, 2014, 19:21 by cobalt »

« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2014, 04:36 »
I would go for Shutterstock (naturally) as they invest in sales and not just PR stunt like P5 to have the biggest library (with no quality).

No point storing our files without any effort to sell them!
I do know that Shutterstock has a massive sales operations and for that reason I would trust they will sell my files the best, as they do!

Explore Getty too, why not...they are the first stop for Ad Agencies purchases, so if you have high-end stuff, totally consider that.


« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2014, 12:46 »
I am happy with the money I am making on Getty, I have been Exclusive for years there.

I can say the same. Like you I also dropped being exclusive, then when I saw the sales in the "real world" I went back to being exclusive and have never looked back.


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