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« on: January 12, 2017, 20:32 »
After quick search I see there is no post regarding Naturefootage.com.
I thought I would write this quick post to others who may be thinking about uploading content to the site.
Over the last few months I have been uploading my HD and 4K wildlife footage which I love shooting, to Naturefootage.com. In that time I have uploaded just over 2400 files of various animal subjects from all over the world. The contributor dashboard section of Naturefootage.com gives you some basic stats like 'View Count' and a 'Preview Download' counter but no sales counter. Shortly after I began uploading I noticed that the view count and preview download count was rocketing with over 30 preview downloads a day. Naturefootage pays quarterly, as you can imagine I though wow I have got to be on to something and I excitedly waited for the payment date. In one quarter I had over 10,000 views and 3000 preview downloads, which I though has got to be worth something. When I buy stock for my own projects I may test a preview download but I pretty much always go with it so I though even if only 10% or 1% of the preview downloads translated to sales I would be happy.
The end of the quarterly payment date came and went, I waited a few weeks then decided to send an email to follow up. I received a reply saying that I had no licensing sales. I could not believe it, from 3200 preview downloads not a single sale.

To rap this up, if you are thinking of contributing to Naturefootage.com do not bother, it will be a massive waste of time.


« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 20:59 »
3200 preview downloads and no sales is highly unusual. What did they say about such a high number?

Have you downloaded a preview yourself? Was it watermarked?

« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2017, 01:07 »
They said "The preview download is a way for a client to download a low-resolution watermarked comp (360p). This allows them to visually test the clip"

Yes I did download a preview to test and it is low-res with a big watermark.

« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2017, 12:24 »
What seems REALLY odd to me is 10,000 views on a small site like that.

I think the numbers are simply incorrect, or the site has been crawled by search engines that count as views. I don't believe you've had 10,000 real human views and 3,200 real human preview downloads.

« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2017, 20:26 »
I agree, something very fishy about the numbers.. That is what I can not get my head around.. Not one sale from such a large number of downloads, it simply does not make sense. Maybe the view count could be high due to as you say some kind of bot crawling but the Preview Downloads? who or what would be downloading such a high number? What is stranger is that the files you would think would be popular do have a higher preview download count then the files that are more ordinary. Which would suggest order to the chaos. Is there anyone else who has an account with naturefootage that has experienced the same thing, large stat numbers but no or few sales?


« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2017, 08:42 »
You will soon find the clips on YouTube.

It happens to us all the time. The clips are monetized on YouTube even though they have your watermark in them.

You have to notify Google of the copyright infringement. The problem is that Google will give the person who monetized the clip the first rights. It's only after you appeal the Google's copyright decision will they actually look at the clip and see your copyright watermark.

Google suck - they just want the add money. . . and the people posting have no shame.


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