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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Latest DeepMeta 3
« on: April 05, 2019, 04:01 »
Thank you Franky, DM is working well again on mac with the last update  :)

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Video look differs between browsers, stock sites, media players etc. Different video levels (0-255, 16-235), different gammas (2.2, 2.35, 2.4), different decoding algorythms. Each and every one generates previews in an unique way. A particular browser may be ICC enabled, others may not. Stock sites may convert lets say the rec709 @2.4 gamma video you've just uploaded to srgb @ 2.2. Sadly we can't do anything about it. Just be sure to grade the footage on a calibrated system which should be a good middleground between all of that nastyness buyers have to deal with on stock sites.

I didn't know that different players may use different settings/encoding algorithms to display videos. Thank you for pointing this out, I've learned something today, and it might pretty well explain the reason of my issue.

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Hi all,
I've recently noticed that my videos look darker on microstock websites (at least on Shutterstock and Adobe) than on my computer.

I mean, if I put side by side on my screen, the video on the microstock website, and my local file preview on the computer, I can notice a slight difference in brightness between the two.

It's an issue, because I expose the video correctly on my computer, and then it looks underexposed on the microstock websites.

I have no clue what is causing that. I would not be surprised if it's a color space thing (like uploading a photo in Adobe RGB on microstock makes it look different because of the conversion to sRGB).

Here's my technical environment:

- Video from Canon DSLR or DJI drone (in .MOV or .MP4 - I've noticed the problem with both file formats)
Canon DSLR video settings:
- Picture style: standard
- Full HD 29.97 fps ALL-I

- Post-treatment in Premiere Pro (always up to date version)
- Computer: MacBook Pro with Display Profile: Colour LCD (default setting)
- Export settings (I don't know which ones are relevant in this case, they are basically default settings):

Format: H.264
File extension: .MP4
Basic video settings:
- Field Order: Progressive
- TV standard: NTSC
- Render at Maximum Depth: Unchecked
Encoding settings:
- Performance: Software Encoding
- Profile: Main
- Level: 4.1
- Rec. 2020 Color Primaries: Unchecked
- High Dynamic Range: Unchecked
Bitrate settings:
- Bitrate Encoding: VBR, 1 pass
- Target Bitrate: 50 Mbps (HD video)
- Maximum Bitrate: 50 Mbps
..... cannot find any color space setting. From what I read on Internet, Premiere Pro maintains the color space of the original file.

Have you experienced something similar? What can cause this?

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I believe this position is based on the all time earnings.

On Fotolia, both the all time position and the weekly position were displayed. The one on Adobe is closer to my all time earning position.

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The new features are very nice, it's great to have to possibility to download the activity as CSV :D

But there is a small bug on the activity CSV export: only the currently viewed page (~ 50 lines) is exported, instead of the full data.

It's normal to have pagination for the browser view, but export is usually expected to be on the whole data.

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OK, so according to French customs, I should fill a form when I receive a payment from Pond5 Ireland, even if the headquarters are in the US. It's the country of origin of the transaction which is important.

I don't need to pay any VAT, it's Pond5 (the buyer of the service) which has this responsibility in the EU VAT system, according to local rates in its country. This form (compulsory) help ensure that there is no hidden transactions.

In France, the form is a DES (Dclaration Europenne de Service), found on https://pro.douane.gouv.fr.

I don't know how it applies in other EU countries. But it looks like royalties or author rights are generally considered similar to "services" (as opposed to "goods") in a VAT perspective. Check your national laws.

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I'm also having the same questions about Pond5.

In France, according to the tax law, "royalties" are considered in the category of "services" for VAT.

In the EU, when a company (here Pond5) buys a service from another company located in another EU country (here the contributor), it's the buyer (Pond5) which should pay VAT according to the relevant tax rate in its country. The seller (contributor) should write the gross price (without tax) on the invoice, and mention that the other company is responsible for paying VAT.

In France (but I imagine in other EU country as well), the seller (contributor) is nevertheless responsible for declaring the service provided to another country to the customs. This declaration is called DES (Dclaration Europenne de Service) in France and is filled on the website https://pro.douane.gouv.fr.

For example, when I receive a payment from Alamy (VAT number GB718294123, which is still in EU at the time...), I write an invoice (which I don't send, but keep in case of control) with the gross price in EUR, and then I fill a DES form to the French customs. It's mandatory, and I can get a fine of 750 per missing declaration if I don't do it.

Now, It's still not clear for me if I need to do the same for Pond5 because they pay me through their Irish office, but their headquarters are in the US. I'll call the customs to clarify.

(It's a bit complicated, but at the end, it's not me who pays VAT, so my income is unchanged, and it's all what matters ;))

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General - Top Sites / Re: Life Expectancy of an image
« on: July 16, 2018, 12:02 »


My guess is that this behaviour is coded somewhere in the search algorithm, directly, or indirectly. But it can be only a guess, because those algorithms are never disclosed.



or in the finite size of the market

Well, I think the finite size of the market influences the vertical scale of the lifecycle graph (the volume of downloads), but not its shape (up, then down).

Let's take the example of a landscape photo of London.

The number of downloads per month depends on:
- The number of potential buyers (here is the size of the market, or the demand)
- The number of photos from competitors available on stock (more competition = more offer = less downloads for our photo)

I believe that for a landscape photo of London, the demand is stable or increases.

What could create the up and down shape of the lifecycle is an increase of the competition: the photo becomes online, then it gains popularity during the first months, then the competition becomes stronger, and there are less and less sales for our photo.

However photos after photos, subjects after subjects, I notice a consistent shape of the lifecycle. It cannot be random.  I believe that search algorithms take into account the "age of the photo" to show less the old photos, and provide more turnover, so customers always have fresh content. I imagine the three main criteria in search algorithms are:
- Relevance with the search (the higher the relevance, the higher the position in search results)
- Popularity of the photo (the higher the popularity, the higher the position in search results)
- Age of the photo (the oldest, the lower the position in search results)

New photos are not popular, so we don't sell them that much during the first months.
Then maybe they become popular and sell a lot.
Then they get old, go further in the search results, thus become less popular, and sell less and less

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General - Top Sites / Re: Life Expectancy of an image
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:28 »
I read the article, and I think your comment is misleading.

The article is about observations.

But there is nothing in it about "forced" lifecycles.

"Forced" in this context to me means something done deliberately that goes against what would happen normally.

The article doesn't really deal with that.

Yes, you are right, the article only speaks about observations. Sorry if my comment was misleading, it was not my intention. The same for me: I only have my own observations. Stock agencies never speak about lifecycle of images, and we can easily guess that they would not like to.

However those observations show most of the time the same lifecycle. From one image to another one, it is mostly the vertical scale that differs: number of downloads, or popularity of the image. But the shape is the same.

And it is not only on Shutterstock: on Adobe Stock, iStock and Dreamstime, images' lifecycles are quite similar too.

My guess is that this behaviour is coded somewhere in the search algorithm, directly, or indirectly. But it can be only a guess, because those algorithms are never disclosed.

It doesn't mean that old images will not sell anymore, but that, on average, they will sell less at the end of the cycle. On my previous chart, we can see that amount of downloads nowadays is not 0, but nevertheless much less than during the first 6 months.

In my experience, some images don't follow this lifecycle, for example seasonal images (Christmas, summer vacation, ...) behave a bit differently.

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General - Top Sites / Re: Life Expectancy of an image
« on: July 14, 2018, 17:49 »
Anyway on stock agencies, images have a "predetermined" or "forced" lifecycle, with a lifespan of about 3 years (http://blog.microstockgroup.com/the-tyranny-of-the-microstock-lifecycle/).

On Shutterstock I noticed that some popular images have an increased lifespan, maybe 4-5 years.

Here is the actual lifecycle of one of my images on Shutterstock. We can clearly see the ramp up phase of 3-6 months at the beginning, and the following constant decline. Almost all my images follow this same pattern on Shutterstock.

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Hi Mat,

Thank you for asking the contributor community!

One feature that would be very nice to have is a detailed CSV file with one line per download. This CSV file would be very similar to the "Activity" view:

1 line per download with those rows:
- Date/time (if possible in ISO format)
- Asset ID
- Asset type (photo/vector/video)
- Sale license
- Earnings
- Currency
- (optional: asset upload date)

Currently, I couldn't find the possibility to download such CSV file.

I'm doing some statistics with my own tools, and this CSV file would be the perfect input data for it. It would allow anyone to get any custom made statistics (in Excel or Google spreadsheets, with analytics solutions, ...).

Some agencies, like 123RF, are already proposing a CSV file like this. It would be great to have it "standardized" across agencies, as it is (IMO) the most logical format to allow contributors to reuse statistics the way it fits them the best.

Another nice feature would be to see which keywords were used to download images. This is maybe a bigger step for Adobe Stock as Fotolia was not proposing those stats. However it would be probably one of the most useful feature.

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Discussion Franaise / Re: Remboursement de la TVA
« on: June 21, 2018, 05:14 »
Tu as raison, le seuil de TVA pour le remboursement est moins lev que je pensais. Tant mieux !

Pour le logiciel, j'utilise macompta.fr. Il a l'avantage (de mon point de vue) d'tre en ligne, donc toujours jour et fonctionne quel que soit l'ordi. Il fournit des FEC (fichier des critures comptables, obligatoire depuis quelques annes) conformes.

Pour les achats de matriel photo, il faudra que tu les enregistre sous la forme d'immobilisations (faire une fiche d'immobilisation par matriel), qu'il faut amortir en plusieurs annes (3 5 ans, pour ma part je n'ai jamais eu de remarque en mettant 3 ans). Il y a une option 2 par mois pour faire les immobilisations sur macompta.fr. Pour ma part je fais des fiches PDF et enregistre les amortissements la main dans le logiciel de compta.

Il faut aussi que tu aies un compte bancaire ddi ton activit (pas besoin de compte "pro" qui n'est qu'une appellation commerciale des banques et ne correspond aucune obligation lgale, et qui sont souvent trs trs chers). Mais il faut un compte courant bien spar.

D'autre part, si tu utilises PayPal pour te faire payer par les banques d'images, il est de bonne pratique de faire apparaitre PayPal en tant que compte bancaire dans ta comptabilit. Pour ma part j'ai prfr faire apparaitre 3 comptes bancaires dans ma comptabilit : mon compte courant de la banque, mon solde PayPal en USD, et mon solde PayPal en EUR. Dans la comptabilit, j'utilise le compte 580 (virements internes) pour faire apparaitre les virements entre ces comptes.

Pour l'AGA, j'en ai pris une prs de chez moi, mais j'aurais peut-tre plutt du en prendre une spcialise du type APL ARAC ou ARTAGA.

Je ne sais pas s'il existe des prestations d'assistance pour remplir les formulaires fiscaux. Au tout dbut, j'avais cr un compte d'essai gratuit chez macompta.fr avec toutes les options (immobilisations, liasse fiscale, devis, facture, ...), j'ai fait ma comptabilit, puis j'ai export tout ce que je pouvais exporter, y compris la liasse fiscale. Cela m'a permis d'avoir une premire ide de ce qu'il fallait remplir. J'ai ensuite cr mon compte en payant l'abonnement, mais sans prendre les options, et je fais tout manuellement ct.

Sinon tu as aussi la possibilit de payer l'option liasse fiscale. Je crois que c'est 60 /an. Mais tu auras toujours un peu de modifications manuelles faire (par exemple sparer les frais kilomtriques des autres dpenses de missions).

Et a ne fait pas le formulaire AGA (tableau OG BNC, exemple : https://www.cgaprovence.fr/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/tableaux-og-bnc-2018.pdf), pour lesquels on peut trouver quelques aides sur internet avec les mots cls "OG BNC"

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Discussion Franaise / Re: Remboursement de la TVA
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:07 »
Par contre je ne suis pas sr que le rgime de la dclaration contrl soit plus intressant :

- Pas mal de frais fixes : Logiciel de compta : 130 HT/an, AGA : 200 HT/an, expert-comptable (juste rvision des comptes) : 850 HT/an (je ne l'ai pris que la premire anne car l'AGA me le demandait), je fais ma compta moi mme.

- Pas mal d'obligations (mais je ne connais pas les diffrences avec micro-BNC) : tenir une comptabilit avec un logiciel conforme, formulaire de TVA 3514 remplir en juillet et dcembre (bon, ok, trs facile remplir, il faut juste mettre 0), liasse fiscale 2035 + formulaires AGA (pnible la premire fois...) fournir avant mai de l'anne suivante + formulaire TVA 3517S CA12 la mme priode.

- Moins d'avantages : pas d'abattement de 34% du chiffre d'affaire au moment des impts, mais augmentation de 25% du bnfice si pas d'AGA ou d'expert comptable. L'AGESSA (cotisations sociales) et l'IRCEC RAAP (retraite complmentaire obligatoire) utilisent une assiette de bnfices + 15% dans leurs calculs...

Par contre en effet, a permet de dduire le matriel photo, les dplacements si justifis, une quote part du loyer, des charges locatives, de l abonnement internet, ... pour utilisation professionnelle, et de rcuprer la TVA

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Discussion Franaise / Re: Remboursement de la TVA
« on: June 20, 2018, 05:57 »
Hello,

J'ai le statut EI, BNC dclaration contrle, TVA au rel simplifi. Mon activit est 100% micro stock donc je ne collecte pas de TVA (banques d'images situes l'tranger). Cependant je n'ai eu aucune difficult me faire rembourser la TVA (sous la forme d'un virement sur mon compte bancaire).

Toutefois pour que cela arrive, il faut que le montant de TVA que l'Etat te doit, soit suprieur un seuil (qui dpend de ton statut, environ 760 pour moi). Si tu ne dpasses pas le seuil, le montant est reconduit d'une anne sur l'autre, et une fois que tu franchis le seuil, la TVA est rembourse.

J'ai quand mme eu un appel tlphonique de la DGFIP pour confirmer qu'il est normal au regard de mon activit que je ne collecte pas de TVA. J'ai ensuite du leur envoyer par courrier une copie de toutes les factures avec TVA pour que ma demande soit valide.

A savoir aussi, qu'il y a un dlais assez important entre le moment o tu payes la TVA lors de l'achat d'quipement, et le moment o tu la rcupre (vers juin de l'anne suivante, aprs avoir fait toutes les dclarations)

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Hi, About a year ago I had my account terminated by mistake by SS without any notice from them (no email, no warning, nothing). I panicked and sent them messages both on the support form and forum. It took almost a week to get an answer from them, and they finally put my portfolio back online.

- Time to understand what was happening: 2 days (when they terminate a portfolio, images are disappearing gradually every hour)
- Time to get a reply from SS: 1 week
- Time to get portfolio back online: 3 days (the same as when they terminate a portfolio, when they put it back, images appear gradually)

In total I lost almost 2 weeks of sales because of this event, it was a super low month.

And still, no excuses from SS, no compensation for the lost sales, and mostly: no notice at all before or after it happens. You are alone in front of a huge company that doesn't consider you at all...

I really want SS to fight all kind of bad behaviours (thieves, keyword spammers, money laundering, ...) but they do it with occasional collateral damages which are terrible for normal contributors.

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Hi,

How is Microstockr getting data from stock agencies? Is it using some API or by scraping websites' content? Then how is it dealing with reCaptcha, like on Shutterstock login page?

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Paypal / Re: Personal vs Business account
« on: November 05, 2017, 22:35 »
Hi chrisphoto,

I'm from a EU country too, and last year I moved from a personal PayPal account to a business one.

Regarding stock agencies payments, nothing changed: the only fee that I pay is the currency exchange fee of 2.5% between USD and EUR which is actually hidden in their exchange rate (which is 2.5% less good than the current exchange rate you'll find on google for example).

This is because stock agencies are paying us using the "mass payment" system, which is different than when someone send you money on PayPal using the regular way. With the mass payment system, all transfer fees are actually paid by stock agencies (and it's quite low).

Having a business account on PayPal is useful for me because I have access to monthly account reports in PDF format that I can use for accounting purpose. Except a few differences in the interface and added features, I have exactly the same experience with the business account than with the personal one.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: DeepMeta v3 Coming soon...
« on: February 10, 2017, 06:18 »
Thanks Franky for DeepMeta v3.0.2!

The keywording panel is really nice to use now  :D

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: DeepMeta v3 Coming soon...
« on: February 07, 2017, 15:17 »
Another suggestion: Add a functionality to move a file from one batch to another one (could be quite practical when you notice that you were in the wrong batch after having refined all keywords)  :D

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: DeepMeta v3 Coming soon...
« on: February 07, 2017, 14:52 »
Hi Francky,

Thanks a lot for this update of DeepMeta. I like the interface even better than the version2 ! And I understand that the main drawbacks (batches, date, country, and no information on earnings) are not due to you.

Here's one small suggestion after using the new version of DeepMeta:

When working with a file, it would be nice to be able to delete a keyword in the rightmost column (under "Please refine..."). Sometimes it happens that one of my auto-loaded IPTC keywords is not relevant because I cannot find the right meaning in the vocabulary list offered by Getty. In this case, I have to let this keyword on the top, and continue working with the second keyword. Or I can click on the unwanted keyword and then delete it in the column on the left. But either way, it would be even faster to directly delete it from the column on the right  :)

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: ESP
« on: February 07, 2017, 04:28 »
Hi,

I had a problem to login to ESP. After entering the good login and password, I couldn't access the main page but instead was brought back to the login page as if my login/password were wrong.

I deleted all cache data and cookies related with getty images, and now I can access the main page.

If someone else is in the same situation, I hope it can help.

However, ESP is still incredibly empty of any useful information for the moment...

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