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« on: April 11, 2019, 13:13 »
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I have sporadically submitted to microstock, but I have a huge library of quality microstock-worthy content that I'd want to upload non-exclusively.

Lately I've been using MicrostockSubmitter but the free version is limited to just 33 submissions/month. I don't love the idea of paying for something that might return very little as a result. Plus I've had some hiccups with the app anyway.

For most of my model release stuff, I submit to non-microstock so it's easier to manage. All my files are already keyworded but don't have titles or descriptions. Then there is stuff like categories.

Assuming I was okay to skip all model released content, anyone have any suggestions for managing hundreds if not thousands of submissions to multiple agencies? I worry with a huge backlog it would take me so long just to deal with titles+keywords. Most of them accept FTP, so at least I could upload them all quite easily... but then have to submit, too.

I'm worried I'm hovering around the tipping point of whether it's literally worth my time to submit or just hold on to the files that don't and wouldn't exist anywhere on the net...


« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2019, 16:21 »
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I'm submitting clips to AS/P5/SS/VB using StockSubmitter. Uploading via FTP using FileZilla. All of my keywording is done inside StockSubmitter and when I'm done I export a .csv which I submit to all of the agencies.

« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2019, 16:24 »
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I'm submitting clips to AS/P5/SS/VB using StockSubmitter. Uploading via FTP using FileZilla. All of my keywording is done inside StockSubmitter and when I'm done I export a .csv which I submit to all of the agencies.

You lost me at the CSV part - what's that for?

« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2019, 17:38 »
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I'm submitting clips to AS/P5/SS/VB using StockSubmitter. Uploading via FTP using FileZilla. All of my keywording is done inside StockSubmitter and when I'm done I export a .csv which I submit to all of the agencies.

You lost me at the CSV part - what's that for?

CSV file contains all of the titles, descriptions, keywords etc in one text file. Most agencies allow to upload a CSV file. If you have got some clips waiting to be keyworded for example @ SS and you upload a CSV file with all of the necessary data for those clips everything will get keyworded from it.

To export a csv from stocksubmitter you need to select all of the clips you wish to export to a csv and choose an appropriate option from the menu. When it's done it's just a matter of modyfing that .csv to agency standards (like adding a first line: originalfilename,title,description,keywords,categories; changing the ";" to "," etc.)
Every agency has got a sample csv file available for download.

If you're doing only photos you can embedd all of the info with for example free adobe bridge to the IPTC (or something like that) that's contained within the file. Then it's just a matter of uploading those pics and titles/descriptions/keywords will be filled automatically.


 

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