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jbarber873

« on: May 26, 2011, 10:36 »
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   I know I've said this before, but I just want to say that videos are doing quite well this year across many sites. I've sold 50% more files this year at istock alone compared to all of last year. Same with Pond5 and even shutterstock is selling very well. My point is that demand for video is picking up. This is the new frontier for microstock, and I urge you all to look into it. It's a lot more work, but once you get into the groove, it goes pretty well. The best part is that for a lot of subjects, there are only a few pages of results, and most of that is such garbage that it shouldn't ever have been accepted.
I put this in the general category because i know a lot of people don't go to the video forums, but you should really give it a try. The technology of the new dslr's is so good that you can now compete with production companies that were using far more expensive equipment. It's a golden moment in time, in my opinion.


« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 11:08 »
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Do we really want to encourage lots more competition?  My video sales are dreadful, I think everyone should stick to stills ;)

« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 11:11 »
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It's really easy as long as you can record simple shots, you can make $200-$2000 a week.  ;D

« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2011, 11:13 »
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I've been thinking about video these last months, but the thought of using my DSLR for it scares me off.  For many years (before photography), filming and editing movies was my n1 hobby, so returning to my "first love" would not be a huge step.  But I don't know the stuff that's on the market this year.  Are the HD video cameras by Panasonic, Canon and Sony equal in quality to the DSLR's ?  I know DSLR's offer shallow depth of field, but if you put that aside, is the video quality the same?

« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2011, 11:19 »
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I just started with it this month.  Haven't seen any sales yet but I'm going to remain hopeful and keep plugging away at it.  Then again I've only done 3 so that might be my problem  :P

jbarber873

« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011, 11:26 »
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I've been thinking about video these last months, but the thought of using my DSLR for it scares me off.  For many years (before photography), filming and editing movies was my n1 hobby, so returning to my "first love" would not be a huge step.  But I don't know the stuff that's on the market this year.  Are the HD video cameras by Panasonic, Canon and Sony equal in quality to the DSLR's ?  I know DSLR's offer shallow depth of field, but if you put that aside, is the video quality the same?


 the short answer is yes, the quality is amazing. As for HD cameras by Panasonic etc, it depends on what you are doing and which cameras you mean. The form factor of high end ENG cameras are good for video with sound and real time recording of events ( i.e. reality television), but that's not the market for microstock. There's a great series of videos here: http://www.zacuto.com/shootout
They put some of the dslr's up against each other and 35mm film. The results are pretty interesting. ( hint- a lot of very surprised hollywood directors )

« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011, 12:24 »
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Actually the market for video is shrinking!

jbarber873

« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2011, 15:47 »
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Actually the market for video is shrinking!

  gee, and I was in such a good mood. Guess i better go back to stills.

« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 15:52 »
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who is right here? the footage is up or down? I am not there so be please dont "jump" over me :)

jbarber873

« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 16:12 »
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who is right here? the footage is up or down? I am not there so be please dont "jump" over me :)

  For me, it's growing by leaps and bounds. jjneff says it's shrinking, but I'm not sure if he means video sales are falling in general at istock, or just for him.

« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2011, 04:54 »
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Definitely going to move into it but I need facts, not opinions (no disrespect). Anyone know of any sites/forums out there, besides those on microstock, that deal with footage and the marketplace?


 

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