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General Stock Discussion / Re: video splicer suggestions
« on: March 07, 2019, 11:31 »
Having even a remote chance at being successful in producing stock content relies on you being efficient. You can't be efficient using programs meant for transcoding. You need to spend time learning how to grade and with this includes how to use scopes and other correction methods. Maybe others have a better eye than I do but if you're not using scopes, you're not grading you're guessing. My suggestion is don't overdo the grading. Don't go "artisitic". Gentle is the operative word here. You are not producing a final product but something that others can take and finish off. Your the first step in the production chain that yields the final product. Don't approach it as if you need to be the last.

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Software - General / Re: Video Content Management
« on: January 21, 2019, 15:42 »
I used to always recommend Media Pro by Phase One, it was nearly perfect in every respect. Sadly they have discontinued the product.

And THAT is why I typically stick with the front-runner.  Over the decades, I have tried way too many "gee this looks good, and the xxx feature that yyy is missing" products.  In the huge majority of cases, the cool little tool became discontinued, leaving me with thousands (and sometimes hundreds of thousands) of files that no longer had support.

No more...

I use Adobe Lightroom.  The clear frontrunner in the image cataloging field.  It also has top notch image editing tools, and every one of my 277,924 images has been processed by it.  They also have an excellent keyword / title / description / etc, etc, etc field support.

For video, they are not suitable for editing, but still have all the metadata support.  I have roughly 3000 videos in the catalog.  I do all the editing of metadata inside Lightroom, then can copy/paste to any website that needs it (since video does not support metadata).

FWIW, they existed a long time. My copy of iView Media Pro 2.6 is dated Feb 2005, which goes back further than the release date of Lightroom. Every edition has been rock solid. Microsoft owned it for 4 years and changed its name to Expression Media and then Phase One picked it up. It's hard to explain unless you've used it to generate metadata, it's orders of magnitude better than Lightroom. Or I guess I should say was orders of magnitude better than Lightroom.

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Software - General / Re: Video Content Management
« on: January 21, 2019, 11:14 »
I used to always recommend Media Pro by Phase One, it was nearly perfect in every respect. Sadly they have discontinued the product.

I did see this which may have good possibilties. http://www.cdfinder.de

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Frames per Second
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:07 »
There is no such thing as a free lunch. If your camera is limited in bit rate, which many are, then you're sharing a finite amount of image data to write twice as many frames of which only half you'll likely ever use and will be of lesser quality. The files will be much larger which will drag down your bandwidth and increase your upload times while costing more for storage and limiting the shooting time for any given media. When shooting at 60p the shutter angle is different than it would be at 30p and once those alternate frames are removed to make it 30p this will show. But it does make great slo-mo. 60p is also very good for reducing rolling shutter effects in environments with high vibration.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Video reject reason - frame rate
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:28 »
I had this problem suddenly come up at 29.97 frame rates. I started submitting at 30 fps and never had another problem. I think it may be how their programs are reading the metadata and perhaps rounding off.
I'm going to export in 30 fps even if the software suggest 29.97, to see if SS stop making problems
It's highly recommended to export in the same frame rate as you shot it. There is no zero reason to nudge frame rates on export.
I checked. Apparently it records at different  fps near 29.97 so that's why the software suggest 29.97 as the best match.
You should be able to set your recording frame rate to 29.97 or 30 or 25 or 23.98 or 24 and your software should be able to export at whatever you recorded at.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Video reject reason - frame rate
« on: January 02, 2019, 20:57 »
I had this problem suddenly come up at 29.97 frame rates. I started submitting at 30 fps and never had another problem. I think it may be how their programs are reading the metadata and perhaps rounding off.
I'm going to export in 30 fps even if the software suggest 29.97, to see if SS stop making problems
It's highly recommended to export in the same frame rate as you shot it. There is no zero reason to nudge frame rates on export.

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Both Revolut and Transferwise are good: low currency conversion fees, free prepaid cards, free atm up to //$100 per month...

But how do you get paid from stock agencies?

- Major sites don't send bank transfers to European contributors;
- Some that do (Creative Market) only pay to your own country; both Revolut and Transferwise give us only a German IBAN, so other european countries are out of luck; and even Germans can't receive payments in dollars to their German IBAN;
- Payoneer does not allow Europeans to withdraw in dollars;
- Paypal does not allow to withdraw in a different currency and to a different country than your own;

So I still haven't found a way to be paid from stock agencies to Revolut or Transferwise.

Unless agencies decide to work with them directly, there's potential but no actual way.

Any ideas?
TransferWise has something they call a Borderless account. I've only started to use it but it shows promise. Once you're set up it only takes a click or two to create bank accounts in Euros with Swift and IBAN numbers, GPB with sort codes, USD with wire routing etc. Internally it's a small fee to do currency exchange if needed. Fees seem quite reasonable compared to PP.

I know, exchange rates are great (less than 1% compared to over 3.5% Paypal) and already use TransferWise Borderless accounts for other freelance work.

But Shutterstock, Fotolia, iStock and most top sites (with the exception of Alamy) won't pay European artists to a bank account! That's the problem.
Those that do (PanterMedia, ColourBox, MostPhotos, Zoonar, ScanStock) are irrelevant because sales are almost non-existent.

I get what you're saying. The trick seems to be getting the money out of PayPal in the currency they establish without having to use their exchange services. What I don't know is can you send from PP to TW in that currency, what ever it is. If you can, then you can access a much better exchange rate with TW or just move the PP currency to your home account with TW. It is a two stage process but can save quite a bit of money.

This is exactly the problem. PayPal only allows to withdraw to a bank account in the local currency of the account holder. They'd do the conversion from USD to e.g. EUR, using their horrendous rate, before the money reaches TW.

There may be some exceptions or workaround in some specific countries (e.g. here: https://jeangalea.com/changing-paypal-withdrawal-currency/ ).
Thanks for your insight. I was hoping there would be a way to transfer USD PP to a USD TW but it looks like I'm heading for a disappointment.

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Both Revolut and Transferwise are good: low currency conversion fees, free prepaid cards, free atm up to //$100 per month...

But how do you get paid from stock agencies?

- Major sites don't send bank transfers to European contributors;
- Some that do (Creative Market) only pay to your own country; both Revolut and Transferwise give us only a German IBAN, so other european countries are out of luck; and even Germans can't receive payments in dollars to their German IBAN;
- Payoneer does not allow Europeans to withdraw in dollars;
- Paypal does not allow to withdraw in a different currency and to a different country than your own;

So I still haven't found a way to be paid from stock agencies to Revolut or Transferwise.

Unless agencies decide to work with them directly, there's potential but no actual way.

Any ideas?
TransferWise has something they call a Borderless account. I've only started to use it but it shows promise. Once you're set up it only takes a click or two to create bank accounts in Euros with Swift and IBAN numbers, GPB with sort codes, USD with wire routing etc. Internally it's a small fee to do currency exchange if needed. Fees seem quite reasonable compared to PP.

I know, exchange rates are great (less than 1% compared to over 3.5% Paypal) and already use TransferWise Borderless accounts for other freelance work.

But Shutterstock, Fotolia, iStock and most top sites (with the exception of Alamy) won't pay European artists to a bank account! That's the problem.
Those that do (PanterMedia, ColourBox, MostPhotos, Zoonar, ScanStock) are irrelevant because sales are almost non-existent.

I get what you're saying. The trick seems to be getting the money out of PayPal in the currency they establish without having to use their exchange services. What I don't know is can you send from PP to TW in that currency, what ever it is. If you can, then you can access a much better exchange rate with TW or just move the PP currency to your home account with TW. It is a two stage process but can save quite a bit of money.

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Both Revolut and Transferwise are good: low currency conversion fees, free prepaid cards, free atm up to //$100 per month...

But how do you get paid from stock agencies?

- Major sites don't send bank transfers to European contributors;
- Some that do (Creative Market) only pay to your own country; both Revolut and Transferwise give us only a German IBAN, so other european countries are out of luck; and even Germans can't receive payments in dollars to their German IBAN;
- Payoneer does not allow Europeans to withdraw in dollars;
- Paypal does not allow to withdraw in a different currency and to a different country than your own;

So I still haven't found a way to be paid from stock agencies to Revolut or Transferwise.

Unless agencies decide to work with them directly, there's potential but no actual way.

Any ideas?
TransferWise has something they call a Borderless account. I've only started to use it but it shows promise. Once you're set up it only takes a click or two to create bank accounts in Euros with Swift and IBAN numbers, GPB with sort codes, USD with wire routing etc. Internally it's a small fee to do currency exchange if needed. Fees seem quite reasonable compared to PP.

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Also, if your camera was shifting from the wind, then again you are either using very low level amateur equipment, or don't know how to use it.  I have used my tripod (gitzo carbon fiber travel tripod) in heavy winds and not had any problems at all.  You need to do such things as NEVER raise the center pole, hang a bag (often my camera bag) on the hook under the center column to weight it down, etc.

Try photographing on a sandy beach and/or use a 400 mm lens and you might change your opinion on this.  ;) Not to mention anything made of wood. You can bolt your camera down and still have movement.

If you use a program like FCPX to edit the timelapes, the stabilizer has a "Tripod" mode where it will shift frames to remove small bounce and jiggle caused by wind. I've had good success with it from drone footage shot over a 5 minute period while in a hover and turned that into a timelapse clip with no apparant motion, as if on a giant stable tripod.

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Only for content that demands a GoPro to be there or the shot would't happen.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: iStock is "stealing" my videos
« on: April 27, 2018, 10:57 »
Final customer really does not care if product was made with hogh-end or lower-end equipment. The only criteria is "does this product fit my needs?" and "can i afford it?". It might sound cruel (and at some points - it is), however, that's how it works.
If the final product is a 500 pixel wide email GIF insert then you're probably right but there is a wide segment of the market where technical quality is every bit as important as aesthetic quality.

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Learn how to interpret the various chroma and luma wavefroms and vectorscopes. You'd be able to see how you blew out the whites without even looking at the final render.

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Photography Equipment / Re: Is Ebay a Waste of Time?
« on: November 21, 2017, 12:20 »
It's not 2005 anymore. E-bay is useless. Craigs List is Best. I've sold stuff In Minutes and I don't ship. Meet me for coffee and bring Cash. Period.
This is mostly how I feel. I've only had one bad experience selling on eBay but enough to keep me from using it except in special cases. If you are selling something rare or eclectic, eBay can be a better choice, but otherwise local sales choices like CL are better.

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My new GoPro Hero 6 outputs 4K - 60fps and 2.7K - 120fps clips in HEVC - H 265 only.  Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve (free version), Quicktime and imovie all fail to open the files.  The internet says FCP will update eventually...

I downloaded a trial version of Brorsoft Video Converter.  It does convert to 422 which would be okay for short clips but the file sizes are too far too big to work with if you have an hour of footage to chop.  Anyone working in Final Cut Pro with GoPro Hero 6 in h265 yet?  If so please let me know the best conversion work flow. 

Update:  Updated my Mac system to High Sierra and updated imovie.  HEVC - H 265 will preview in Quick Time Player and Finder now and import into imovie.. but will not export 4K.  Seems crazy that FCP is lagging behind.

Best h.265 convertor is iFFmpeg. About 18 Euro but a decent program that allows a wide variety of transcoding settings.

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Mantis,

Yes I guess it is within Compressor. I bought the two together so can't actually tell.

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Mantis, not my first choice in codecs but photo jpeg does seem to be there in FCP.

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I find it a bit amusing that so many think it's completely natural to expect no less than $79-$199 for a few seconds of footage but don't want to spend even half that for software that takes years to develop.  ;D

If you're interesting in doing video, do yourself a favor and get the real software right away.

For me, I have Final Cut Pro X. But since it does not output certain codecs, I can just use MPEG (or used to) for quick access. For me, it's not about cheap. It's about speed and flexibility.  So I now use Quicktime Player Pro (that I paid for) which works just fine to export to other formats. For me, clipping will be done in FCPX where I have better control, but you can do it in Quicktime as well (if your'a Mac user).

Anyhow, I agree that to do things right you should make a modest investment for the right tools.

Mantis, I am surprised you are using FCPX and are having trouble getting the codec you want especially for stock. What are you missing?

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Originally I was looking for a proper H.265 to ProRes converter. There a lot out there but most are substandard. I found something called iFFmpeg which is quite good. I see besides being a transcoder it does basic editing like trims and filter applications, rotations etc. It's not free but not expensive either. 18 euros I think

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New Sites - General / Re: OverflightStock
« on: October 21, 2017, 15:52 »
Hey folks

Yes indeed we are working hard to build a solid collection and network of contributors and of customers, quite literally from the ground up. The process involves many challenges and what are worthwhile add ons, like contributor back ends, take second place to more important aspects of the company's growth. Sometimes it may appear as if all is stagnant, but there really is a great deal of work going on, not only to build our niche but to connect that niche to a customer base.

Overflightstock never started out to become another long tail agency like the many you are used to. This hasn't changed. We have started to tighten up the collection and will continue to tighten it up. High end buyers expect high end products and they expect service and they don't want to have to sift through thousands of non relevant files. This is what we are selling. The 79/199 video is not the primary product but we certainly realize that many users require this and will find a way to mix the two so it makes sense to the buyer.

Long tails agencies need you to do the background work; there is no other way for them to ingest the millions of assets per week that they do. For us, there is a lot of advantages to not giving access to the contributors in this regard. But it hardly means that contributors don't have a say in what appears on the site, both visually and WRT to metadata. Quite the opposite. Sales are made, reports and money are sent out, information is there.

One of a couple of scenarios can play out: those who insist that Overflightstock is waste of time can indeed be proven right OR those who took the time contribute will be there to share in its success. I happen to think it will be the second.

Cheers,

Peter







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That's all great getting your USD deposited in a USD account in Canada, and not having any fees as a result... but what if you want to actually spend this money? I'm assuming Canadian ATM's don't dispense USD, and if they did, would most places accept them? And more importantly, would they accept them without charging you a fee? There's always a fee somewhere down the line.
Even if all you wanted to do is move the money over to a Canadian account at the same bank, the exchange rate would likely be better.

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One time, I even went to BMO Branch to pay my BMO U.S.$ credit card with a wad of U.S$ cash in my hands and they wouldn't take it because they would lose on  the rate.  (Mind baffling isn't it?)  I had to deposit it into a CDN$ account and pay conversion fees then pay the fee to convert it back to U.S.$ and yes, I said f*You and made the teller call and cancel the card before I left the bank.

It doesn't matter which major city you go to in the world, the biggest buildings in the best parts of town are usually banking centres.

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There used to be workaround with a certain type of RBC USD account, where you "could" get USD from PP arrive as USD into that account but believe that is all history now.

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