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Mactrunk

« on: June 10, 2013, 15:17 »
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I bought a new camera and I want to start shooting footage. I just want to know if I can expect the same results as with images. I know I am new at footage so I have to learn many things but SUPPOSE my quality gets to the same level as my images. Can I expect direct sales and frequent sales like with images or does footage sell less frequent? And I am talking about Shutterstock only now. With every 10 uploads I now do at Shutterstock there are always one or two images that picks up within one day and keeps selling every day or every other day. Is this the same for footage or is this marked much smaller?

Hope to get some answers since I cant really find this on the web or on this site.

Thanks!  :)


« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013, 15:38 »
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I don't really shoot footage currently, because I realized that good footage requires a crew that stills don't.  Boom operator, sound, lighting, dollying, and all.  You can get away with one person work for real simple stuff, but probably everyone has the same content.

« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013, 15:44 »
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All the info is there if you look for it.  Find a contributor with a portfolio similar to what you think you can produce on Pond5 and see how many downloads they get.  Just like stills, it's a bit pointless asking other people how much they sell if their portfolio is nothing like yours.

For me, my footage portfolio isn't as commercial as my stills portfolio.  It took 300 clips to average 1 sale a month but I'm sure if I really wanted to, I could do much better.  Footage has been a bit of fun and I haven't worked hard at it yet.

Mactrunk

« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 16:01 »
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All the info is there if you look for it.  Find a contributor with a portfolio similar to what you think you can produce on Pond5 and see how many downloads they get.  Just like stills, it's a bit pointless asking other people how much they sell if their portfolio is nothing like yours.

For me, my footage portfolio isn't as commercial as my stills portfolio.  It took 300 clips to average 1 sale a month but I'm sure if I really wanted to, I could do much better.  Footage has been a bit of fun and I haven't worked hard at it yet.

Great tip! This is exact the info what I was looking for. :) I did not realize that pond5 showed sales and upload date! I know all I need to know know.  ;D Thanks!  :)

« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2013, 11:44 »
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I can't really speak for all video contributors, but footage sales for me have been much more significant than photos. I have the advantage of an almost exclusively aerial portfolio, which is not a flooded market and requires no more crew or equipment than it does taking photos (though Sean is right that for a lot of stock video the cost and equipment is much higher). But I started with photos on Shutterstock and I would get decently regular sales but I saw that I would REALLY need to build up volume to even make the monthly payout minimum. Then I thought I would put some clips on and after my first sale I did the math - 1 sold clip was worth 40+ sold photos, so I have been putting my effort into video since. I think people like aerial b-roll more than a good aerial photo anyway. :)

Like with all stock media, you just need to put your best work up and see what sells. I have plenty of clips that haven't made me any money, yet one clip on Shutterstock has made me over $1k at this point.

What sort of things do you like/are thinking about shooting?

Mactrunk

« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2013, 02:12 »
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Thanks for your reply! I am doing timelapses at the moment just because it's so much fun. But I also want to do emotions, people, wether, traffic, indoor etc... everything I can get. Just like images I would think diversity sells.

« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2013, 05:33 »
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Footage is a tough market but I am a one man band and have been feeding my family with stock video for over 3 years now :-). Nothing is easy but if you are willing to learn and work really hard you can do it :-)


 

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