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« on: February 27, 2009, 12:31 »
Hey Guys,

I'm going to start (or I guess I already started) posting my stats for microstock video sales across the sites that I upload to.  I know there is a lot of information out there about microstock photo sales and sites, but there isn't much about video, so here's what I got...


This is my first post (for Jan. 2009)  I plan on being more in depth with each month (depending on my school and work schedule - ugh, I need about 5-6 more hours in a day).

Any comments would be greatly appreciated!


« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009, 16:17 »
Nice graphs!

Glad to see after spending so long uploading HD clips, they are buying HD clips not just lots of small web size ones

A couple of questions

Did you submit videos to StockXpert? if so did you ever sell any?

Did you submit Video to Fotolia? Did you ever have any reviewed?

I wonder if Fotolia are going to implement the contributor percentage reduction to video submitters as well?

« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2009, 16:33 »
I used to submit to StockXpert, but never really had many sales and pulled my portfolio at the end of July 08 (not because of no sales, but because of other stuff going on with the site). 

I am still in the process of uploading to Fotolia...my problem has been that I upload and the videos never appear anywhere (other than 1 that made it though).  I tried again this morning and it looks like the FTP for video is finally working.  The 6 I uploaded are showing up for keywording. And no - the one I was able to get online weeks ago has still not been reviewed  :(

I was also wondering about the Fotolia contributor percentage reduction being passed off to the video as well.  I would hope that they wouldn't being that video is such a new area for them, but then again, I dont understand most of the stuff they do anyway, so I guess it will be a hurry up and wait to see - hahah.

« Last Edit: February 27, 2009, 16:35 by snaprender »

« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009, 17:46 »
yeah nice to see some information on this.

I have uploaded my feeble few videos to shutterstock, istock and pond5 and my one single sale so far has come from Pond5 - I see that is in line with your stats :)  Oh wait, I did get a $2.50 sale on shutterstock :(

Hopefully I can get more video online this year.

« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2009, 17:47 »
and how many videos do you have online vs how many images?

« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2009, 17:57 »
and how many videos do you have online vs how many images?

Hey Leaf,

It really depends on the site because IS doesn't always cooperate so much HAHA.  So, not including IS - approx.. 700 pics and 300 videos (all the videos are 2D and 3D animations - but I recently got an HV20, so we'll see how that goes....).
« Last Edit: February 27, 2009, 17:59 by snaprender »

« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2009, 18:01 »
I am impressed you are earning so much more with video than photos.

« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2009, 18:10 »
I've been kinda slacking on the photo's to be honest.  I just find so much more $$$ in video, that I have been having a tendancy to concentrate in that area.  I plan on getting back to photography and 3D stills soon though.  It's nice to have a give and take, so I don't get burnt out on constantly doing one or the other.

« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2009, 06:03 »
Thanks snaprender!!

...this is what I been looking for!

« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2009, 10:01 »
great blog, thank you for that.  I also contribute to stockxpert, but have only had one sale, not worth it.  I spoke with a stockxpert rep right before they got bought out last year and they also admitted their video section of the site hasn't done as well as they wished.

Pond 5 has been great since they accept basically everything.  However because of that when searching videos there a lot of videos that shouldn't have made it due to camera shake.  Things that would not be accepted at other sites right off the bat. 

I find issues with istock on their video side.  Odd rejection reasons, files not uploading, VERY long inspection times, over a month sometimes (may be better now), etc.

Revo, is find it the most difficult along with istock to get accepted clips.  They don't accept clips bigger than 15 seconds, wish they would go to at least 30 seconds.  Shutterstock can be good until you get a subscription sale for $2.50 which I hate.

All in all like other posters I like switching back and forth from editing videos and photos.  The video is just more time consuming and takes away time from my growing pile of photos to process.

Has anyone had experience with Corbis motion or some of the other top sites?

« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2009, 10:53 »
I've tried to get onto Corbis a couple times, but I have never even gotten a reply from them   :'(

What do you think will happen with Stockxpert now that the Getty deal has gone through.  Do you think they will close the video portion of the site since it's clearly not doing well?


« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2009, 11:34 »
Stockxpert's upload process is easy, but since we can't embed meta tags that sites can extract then it takes time to copy and paste all the keywords.  That gets time consuming and between uploading photos and video I don't have time for everything.  Like photos there are some sites that are just not worth my time anymore and for video stockxpert has hit that category.

My photo sales at stockxpert have been on a decline, so it seems to be dieing slow death, for me anyway.  There is another site thoughtequity.com which seems to be on the level of corbis, any info on that one?  Looks like I have to really upgrade my equipment to get to that level.

« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2009, 11:54 »
I actually had email corispondence with a guy from Thought Equity last year, and they wanted me to send in some more samples of my work, but they only pay a 20% commission rate and I believe they wanted exclusive videos (this I could be wrong on). If your videos get put in one of their package deals...you don't really earn much.  I decided not to continue with trying to get on there...the 20% on IS is depressing enough...no need to double the pain HAHAHA.


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