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Pond5 / Re: Poll: Pond5 exclusive
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:11 »
You should add an option for those who already opt-out, like me. Exclusivity was a big disappointment, sales decreased month after month. Now after re-uploading all the files to Shutterstock and AS, I've lost all my files ranking everywhere, which is a huge loss.

Pond5 / Re: ~~
« on: February 01, 2020, 02:31 »
Anyone of you guys noticed drop of views in the statistics tab? Now I'm getting 1-10 views (for the past ~7 days) where as I was usually getting more like 60-130 views per day.

Yes, the same here



The program will keep your original filenames if you use only Latin characters, digits and underscores in them :)

Are you sure? My file names are always changed despite using Latin characters, digits, and underscores (I upload videos only).
Example: My latest upload: 06_regie.mov becomes: 5e073b888f9ab82daa580520.mov on SS

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 will remove ability to set prices?
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:12 »
Frankly I am fine with this move as long as they increase the lower prices that are below $79 to $79!! My guess is they won't so it that is true then they are the ones responsible for lowering the pricing on the market

I wish that too!

Pond5 / Pond5 will remove ability to set prices?
« on: August 30, 2019, 09:45 »
Just got this e-mail from P5:

Dear Artist,

As you know, allowing artists to set their prices is a principle we hold dearly at Pond5. We do this because it attracts a diverse set of artists and content to our community, which in turn brings in more buyers. Ultimately this freedom creates value for everyone.


As stewards of the marketplace, we have an obligation to make sure that no Artist is doing something that will negatively impact other Artists. That is why our Contributor Agreement mandates pricing minimums and also requires that non-exclusive content not be listed for a price higher than on competing websites. When non-exclusive content is priced higher on Pond5 than on competing websites it destroys the integrity of the marketplace and hurts all the other artists on the platform who abide by the community rules. Over time when buyers learn they can find the same clip for less money elsewhere (at lower artist royalties by the way), they stop coming back. We can never allow this to happen.


If you have non-exclusive video clips in your portfolio priced higher than what they are listed for on a competitive site, in the coming weeks, we will be adjusting pricing to the market rate of $79 for HD and $179 for 4K.


If your portfolio is exclusive but is not marked as such, please  sign up for the Exclusivity Program. "

It looks like non exclusive contributors won't be allowed to set prices higher than 79$ and 179$

General Stock Discussion / Re: pond5 sales plummet to $0?
« on: April 22, 2019, 00:20 »
I voiced an opinion

Ah, if that was the case, I have made so many extra ultra positive comments, I should sell like crazy!

They are not stupid, content is king, customers (guess) buy what they need. Not "exclusive" irrelevant or inferior clips! Perhaps they messed with something, look how many times login (with w/out) verification changes, curation times, order in own clips, etc.

Guess things will settle down. After Easter or in time.

EDIT: On a second thought, all us people exclusive or not raising prices, might affected negative our search ranking? I dunno.

Just wondering if anyone else who voiced an opinion noticed the same, or - if it is just a bit a fluke. (Very concidental fluke, seeing as the last year has been consistently a couple hundred/month, now $0).

I'm exclusive and this is happening to me too (0 sales this month against 8-15 usually)

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 Wrong Price
« on: April 09, 2019, 07:12 »

I just had a couple of HD $77 sales on Pond5.
I have no clips priced at $77 they are all $79.
The license just says the usual 'Individual License'

Any ideas where the $2 went?
Is this more greedy shenanigans?

They make various offers to customers (-10%.. -20%), after that we get the usual split (60% - 40%)

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Terms
« on: April 03, 2019, 03:03 »
I'm also sure it's related to P5.. I've deleted most of my video port at AS and I wasn't aware of the terms

General Stock Discussion / Re: Pond5 "Good News"!
« on: March 24, 2019, 05:08 »
For those thinking of going "exclusive" to P5 and maintaining a non-exclusive account with the same clips that are found on other agencies, keep in mind that:

  • According to their new agreement, P5 has the right to adjust your pricing DOWN if you raise the price of a non-exclusive clip on P5 if that same clip is found to be at a lower price elsewhere (i.e., if priced at $79 elsewhere), and
  • Your exclusive clips cannot of be SIMILAR to your other non-exclusive clips.  As an example, if you have two shots from two different angles of the SAME concept that you shot at the SAME shooting session, you cannot make one exclusive and the other non-exclusive.

I think a lot of people aren't getting these two concepts.

Point #1 also applies to those who AREN'T going exclusive to P5: If you're thinking of raising the price on your non-exclusive clips to make-up for the new 40% commissions AND those same clips are on SS and AS at $79, you have to price them on P5 at $79 (or lower, if you want).

Of course, it's up to P5 to police and enforce these new regulations, which I think is a whole other conversation.

I'm very aware of that.. I've  priced all my non exclusive at 78$ long ago at P5 and now I'm going to raise prices of those that sell well there and remove those that sell better elswhere

General Stock Discussion / Re: Pond5 "Good News"!
« on: March 24, 2019, 00:38 »
I'm now exclusive with P5.. it wasn't a hard choice for me because already about 35% of my port was exclusive with high prices and most of my income is coming from those files, so instead of losing 20% of my income I'll get 20% more, I'll raise the prices of the files that were on other stocks from 78$ to whatever I believe is fair.. for those files that doing well on SS, I'll delete those from my exclusive account at P5 and create another account for non exclusive footage. I'll lose the ranking for those files at P5, but I believe I'll be the winner in the long run.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Pond5 "Good News"!
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:22 »
Oh I get it but it is not exclusive to just Pond5....... File exclusive is the way to go! like Stocksy does it.


General Stock Discussion / Re: Pond5 "Good News"!
« on: March 16, 2019, 02:24 »
Remember Videoblocks announcement after their commission cuts. 'Look forward to more sales' they said. Instead sales have gone completely AWOL for most contributors. I wonder how their financial books are looking. Or can they just survive off their second rate membership library?
It's a win win for them. They wasn't getting anything from contributors and now they get 50% of the few sales they have now, they can use this money to buy more clips from contributors and add those to their library, this way they get more and more subscribers.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Pond5 "Good News"!
« on: March 15, 2019, 12:06 »
Wouldn't this exclusivity be a good thing though?
If other agencies see users deleting or stalling new uploads in favor of Pond5?
They should have to give good, or better alternatives to keep contributors?

For me, if P5 encourage exclusivity it will be definitely a very good thing to me because I have many exclusive clips there

General Stock Discussion / Re: Pond5 "Good News"!
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:31 »
.. and I expect they will give some advantages for those exclusive contributors to encourage more exclusive content (something like better ranking)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Pond5 "Good News"!
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:00 »
I expect that they will remove the option to price your clips if those are not exclusive to P5

Adobe Stock / Re: Editorial Video in Adobe?
« on: March 07, 2019, 11:46 »
+1 for video

General - Stock Video / Re: "Crossroads" on Shutterstock
« on: November 24, 2018, 02:12 »
Also tried: "girl" "woman" "man" "nature".. always "croassroads" at the top!

General - Stock Video / Re: "Crossroads" on Shutterstock
« on: November 24, 2018, 02:07 »
wow.. tried: "roads", "cars", "beach" and "house"... and yep, those guys are always at the top!

General Stock Discussion / Re: so... pond5 sales??
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:01 »
same here..

I didn't get any such sales... yet

Did you notice any first problems with AfterDodecs?
At their official page thy mention:

"Known Limitations
Dont use the ProRes for broadcast. Always test your hardware and software. It is a reverse engineered version of ProRes not approved by Apple ; for example ProRes 4444s Alpha channel doesnt seem to be accepted by Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studio Mini.
For x264 Quality < 100 and x265, dimensions of the video must be even (odd resolutions will fail)
Alpha renders (ProRes 4444 and Hap) dont store the Alpha mode, by default when reimported in AE the footage will be in Straight Mode
Theres a slight color shift when ProRes videos are played in Quicktime Player and VLC (but no color shift when the video is re-imported in AE)
There seem to be an issue with High DPI screens on OSX (4K / 5K), press SHIFT+ESC to put the window back in the top left corner
When rendering with After Effects :

ProRes 422 always have a soundtrack even if you dont render sound (for AE OSX compatibility)
If the content is complex (with small repetitive patterns in background for example etc.), AfterCodecs ProRes has a hard time matching the official Apple bitrate : files can be 50% bigger but they will also be of higher quality. If that happens, you can try to step down the profile (e.g. choose Normal over HQ)
ProRes 422 has a color shift when reimporting on Premiere Pro / Media Encoder CC versions <= 2014"

I'm using Premiere Pro for rendering:
Looks like they meant don't use it for live tv broadcast unless you test it with your hardware/software
Clips were looking great.
Audio wasn't rendered with the clips

I tried aftercodecs 1.3 from AeScripts and I've sent some clips rendered as ProRes 422 HQ to AS, SS, P5, and SB. The clips were accepted and online now at AS and SS, still pending reviews at P5 and SB but I think everything will be ok. I've used the trial version which allows you to render full resolution clips but limited to 20 seconds

New Sites - General / Re: FiveDollarPhotos.com
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:52 »
If I'm a serious buyer I'll create an account at storyblocks, I'll have their 400,000 photos for 149$, and I can license any picture in their marketplace at 3.99$.
But FiveDollarPhotos isn't targetting that market, it's targetting people who just need one or a few images at a time.

I know, but this is another competitor that the owner of fivedollaphotos should be aware of. The big buyers will go to the big agencies (shutter, adobe..), buyers with lower budgets will go to storyblocks (maybe envato?), the other buyers who buy few pictures per year from fivedollarphotos will barely be enough for their Operational costs

New Sites - General / Re: FiveDollarPhotos.com
« on: March 12, 2018, 13:35 »
If I'm a serious buyer I'll create an account at storyblocks, I'll have their 400,000 photos for 149$, and I can license any picture in their marketplace at 3.99$.

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