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General Stock Discussion / Re: Making The Family Work :-)
« on: April 16, 2015, 10:30 »
just can't see the LCD well enough with my old eyes in daylight glare to keep stuff in focus.

A $12 LCD viewfinder is a great way to get around that:

I see many wondering who will want to buy a subscription when the marketplace has XX,000,000 files. I can tell you exactly who will. People like me that have clients with VERY limited budgets and people that also want access to After Effects templates, audio tracks, and backgrounds.

As a contributor it's easy to focus only on the aspect of their subscription offering that you produce, but that's not all that they offer.

Great job! I liked the video and subscribed (I'm nosheep on YouTube) to your channel.

I would like to see some more basic tutorials as well. For example, you say that you can refine your curves and lines. That would be a great topic for another tutorial.

While I understand that you want to keep your intro short, a cut-down version of the end montage wouldn't be out of place at the beginning.

Love the icon and keep up the great work!!

She's a winner, all right! I can't believe that there are 8 pedestrians or vehicles struck by trains every day!!!

On another note, my brother works for that train company.   :)

Not that anyone cares what i think  :) but I have been a VideoBlocks subscription customer for the past 2 years. Not only do they provide excellent service to the buyer, but there are some people that I highly respect (Luke and Marika Neumann for example) that have supplied footage to VideoBlocks. At the level at which the Neumanns and others operate, I highly doubt that they would work with any company/website that wasn't on the up-and-up.

I personally can't wait for the for the marketplace!

Just my two cents.

Off Topic / Re: UAS and Model Aircraft - AKA "Drones"
« on: February 28, 2015, 22:51 »
Here's a cheap way to get a decent (from the reviews that I've read) UAV:

The two image linked were both editorial, so that makes a difference as well.

Off Topic / Re: UAS and Model Aircraft - AKA "Drones"
« on: February 22, 2015, 19:22 »
It seems to me that people using UAVs commercially (like myself) are more likely to be responsible and to have insurance than hobbyists. It feels like the FAA is focusing the regulation in the wrong direction.

General - Stock Video / Re: 30p or 24p?
« on: February 22, 2015, 00:21 »
For the rest of us, outside the US (and Japan, Canada and some more), it is even worse: the native FR is 25p...

Thanks Lio! I forgot to mention that 30p is NTSC and 25p is PAL. It's based upon the frequency of the electricity in the different countries, I believe.

General - Stock Video / Re: 30p or 24p?
« on: February 20, 2015, 15:38 »
30p is used more often for television (in the US) while 24p is used for movies and other cinematic purposes. The choice really comes down to who will be using your word and for what purpose. Make it easy for your typical buyer and you'll sell more.

Off Topic / Re: UAS and Model Aircraft - AKA "Drones"
« on: February 20, 2015, 15:35 »
i warmly welcome very strict laws against as-s holes running drones.

That's easy for people to say when they're not small video producers like myself that can't afford to get a pilot's license for something no more dangerous than the thousands of gas-powered radio control airplanes already out there.

The beauty of the DJI Phantom, etc. is that their low cost allows producers like me to provide a great service to our clients at an affordable rate.

12 / Strange surge in $2.00 royalty subscriptions
« on: February 20, 2015, 15:22 »
Has anyone else seen a large number (relative to your normal volume) of $2.00 subscription sales at Dreamstime today? I've got about 5-10 times my normal volume today and the royalty for each was $2.00. I'm just worried that those downloads might be fraudulent.

I've used a similar solution for wireless video monitor...

Not my post, but the one that I followed. Works great, with a bit of lag.

General - Stock Video / Re: Time lapse photography help
« on: January 18, 2015, 11:05 »
Do a Google search for "bulb ramping" or "exposure ramping" and you should find what you're looking for.

15 / Re: Can a 25-A day be used on YouTube?
« on: December 26, 2014, 13:53 »
Oops! I read the post wrong. I thought that the OP meant it was one of those "videos" that just had a link to a download. My apologies.

16 / Re: Can a 25-A day be used on YouTube?
« on: December 26, 2014, 09:37 »
Redistribution is never allowed as far as I know.

17 / Re: Anybody know any Rasberries?
« on: December 22, 2014, 17:54 »
The reviewer must be referring to the restaurant located near me:

I didn't build the website, but eat there fairly often.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe shakes things up
« on: December 13, 2014, 21:41 »
Photographers using cracked copies of LR/PS, tremble and fear!
They already have your ID, now they'll check the EXIF information and come and catch you.

I guess most of us professionals here have regular software licences, but what about some newbies/wannabe stock photographers?

I would hope that most people creating digital products wouldn't steal other people's digital products. I personally think that CC has allowed many people that used cracked/pirated copies of Adobe products in the past to "get legal" and be more productive. I know that many of you won't agree, but I love CC.

New Sites - General / Re: Is this legit?
« on: November 24, 2014, 18:52 »
Where the LEGITimate credit is on the clip?

Could you rephrase your question? I'm not sure what you are asking and I would like to help.

General - Stock Video / Re: Video: which sites are worth it?
« on: November 24, 2014, 18:49 »
It sounds like people want both of the following:
  • Set your own pricing where you feel it is appropriate for your work
  • Require other artists to set their prices where they don't undercut yours

It seems to me that you have to choose one or the other. I would rather have the ability to set my own prices.

New Sites - General / Re: Is this legit?
« on: November 23, 2014, 14:31 »
While I don't know anyone personally that has submitted to VideoBlocks, one of the independent film-makers that I follow (Neumann Films) has produced content for them. The offer that the OP referenced does exist.

It appears that VideoBlocks is going to expand beyond their current subscription-only model into pay-per-download as well with 100% of the sale price going to the artist. In an email, VideoBlocks said the following:

Many customers have asked us if they can sell content through VideoBlocks. With the new marketplace, you can. And you get to keep 100% of the commission from sales! We don't need to make money from the marketplace: We will pass all sales directly to contributors and remain focused on our subscription-based business. We believe that by improving the value of our subscription, we will attract and retain more customers like you.

I don't work for VideoBlocks or receive any affiliate bonus from them and I'm not trying to suggest that anyone should or shouldn't participate. In my understanding of this forum, it's purpose is to discuss issues relevant to contributors of stock photos, video, and audio. I just feel that people that may be interested should be aware of the offer so that they can make their own decision.

Anyone interested can find out more at

Wow - dismissing Jo Ann with a cheap comment like that will not win you any friends here.

You beat me to the punch. It seems that someone starting a business should have thicker skin considering the fact that Jo Ann was only bringing up points that many of us were already wondering.

Computer Hardware / Re: 5K display
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:09 »
people are buying a lot of high quality 4k Tvs.

What is happening in the home entertainment space is almost exactly opposite of what is happening in computing. The average Joe wants a bigger, more theater-like, experience in their living room, but is using his desktop less and less as everything happens on his cell in this day and age.

Sometimes it's hard for us to keep up with what real people (as opposed to us micro-stock crazies  ;D) are concerned with. I often want to choke people that look at crappy photos on Facebook, Instagram, etc. and ooh and aah over them when all I can see is motion blur, camera shake, noise, etc.

Photoshop Discussion / Re: Photoshop Murder Mystery
« on: October 30, 2014, 22:37 »
That looks like it's going to be fun! Thanks for posting it.

It is very easy to make a video black and white as well as resize it using any common NLE (Non-Linear Ediotor) software like Premiere Pro of Final Cut.

If you don't have the budget for one of those, you can also try LIghtworks which is free.

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