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Shutterstock.com / Re: Is this January especially low for you?
« on: January 23, 2020, 09:29 »
Bad across the board for all agencies, haven't seen such bad performance for many years.

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Pond5 / Re: What's up with P5
« on: September 26, 2019, 14:48 »
They're having another town hall meeting on October 8th, might be a good time to see if they can address our concerns.

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If you choose to incorporate these types of computer generated faces into stock media will you need a completely different type of model release from the agency where only the contributor signs and declares that it computer generated etc?

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Pond5 / Re: What's up with P5
« on: September 19, 2019, 13:23 »
Another terrible month for me, although strangely enough my best sellers are still on the 1st page of results and also near the top. But all of mine and other contributors videos are below the person who sells their HD videos of a similar quality for $25, and there is me who had to increase my price in order to compensate for the drop in commission.

IMO there should be a minimum cap for HD video from $40 - $50 , that way pricing is more equal and more revenue for P5 which is what they seem to be focusing on these days.

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General Stock Discussion / Usage of 3rd party fonts in videos
« on: September 18, 2019, 11:37 »
Hi, does anyone know about the usage of 3rd party fonts within videos or any other stock media? If possible I would like to use a 3rd party font which is free for commercial use and has an Open Font License. Or can only standard fonts such as Arial be used for such purposes, i'm pretty sure the creator of the font has no objections however seeing as agencies say that all work must be created by the uploader, this has made want some clarification.

Thanks.

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I only work with full HD. Within Media Encoder both target and max sliders only go up to 50 Mb/s so I guess i'll have to play around with both codecs to see what works best.

Thanks.

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I used to use Photojpeg codec in a .mov quicktime container and set quality slider to around 90% but it appears to have been discontinued, so I am needing a new workflow for exporting videos out of after effects for uploading.

I'm assuming for CGI that H264 is the next best alternative, so within media encoder which bitrate is preferable in order to keep the quality high enough for acceptance and also which should used VBR or CBR considering that the source footage is a rendered image sequence, also in Media Encoder the sliders go up to 50, is this overkill?

Are there any other settings in Media Encoder which should adjusted to maximize quality?

Thanks.






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Pond5 / Re: Pond5 video sales since royalty cut
« on: May 16, 2019, 10:31 »
Pretty much normal. This month looks like it could be the best of the year... they always do though. Give it a couple of weeks!

I'm curious as to know if your volume was pretty much the same as previous months and did you go exclusive with some videos?

Thanks.

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Pond5 / Pond5 video sales since royalty cut
« on: May 15, 2019, 17:37 »
It's been a full month of since the royalties were reduced and I'm curious as to how were your sales including exclusive sales, assuming you opted to create a new account and make some of your content exclusive.

For me it was one of my worst months at P5 for over a year and a half, very disappointing.

How have your sales been?

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Pond5 / Re: Non exclusive will be cut to 40% on pond5
« on: April 13, 2019, 20:35 »
I've got to admit this knocked the wind out of me, even though I was mentally prepared for this day since the announcement I still get a nauseating feeling every time I think about it partly because they have always been a fair commission stock media site for nearly a decade.

And over the years they have steadily grown their business, expanded, entered new markets, released new product lines (images, AE templates etc), continually updated their website and all this while maintaining a 50% commission, so what gives? New blood in the ranks looking for world domination?

Not sure if I will compensate by raising prices which obviously needs no mention that P5 has already thought that one though and expects to gain (except our customers of course).

All the aboard the race to the bottom train, next stop 35%.


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Pond5 / Re: Letter to pond5 and quick Poll for contributors
« on: March 21, 2019, 20:28 »
Such a disappointment, this year I was planning to increase my prices slightly but now even If i did I would still receive less commission after this cut.

When they implement decisions like these it's highly likely that this was on the cards for a long time and that there were probably elements within the P5 management structure championing for the cut to be 35%, similarly others with a more conservative approach wanting 45%

And so naturally the end number was to go with 40% and monitor contributor reaction like a hawk right from the get go, and you can bet your bottom dollar that right now they are listening because they haven't made such a drastic change to contributor policy in over a decade.

So guys and girls, now's the time or it's all down hill from here.

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Are there any traditional stock agencies that pay in cryptocurrency? I'd be happier to experiment receiving some earnings in a small cap cryptocurrency than deal with paypal.

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Ignore it, it's just their marketing department trying to justify it's existence, by creating these useless surveys which they then cherry pick the results in order to show to upper management so that they can create an action plan on how to slightly improve something which has no effect on contributors.

Thing is they know exactly what contributors want which is why these surveys are just a total waste of time.

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Pond5 / Re: Pond5 Limited Licensing Program
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:05 »
Where does one opt out of this?

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General - Stock Video / Re: videoblocks or istockvideo best earner?
« on: September 26, 2017, 11:13 »
Here's my VB vs iS data for 2017...

Thanks for that SpaceStockFootage, VB clearly better than istock.

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General - Stock Video / Re: videoblocks or istockvideo best earner?
« on: September 25, 2017, 18:35 »
I know everyone has beef with istock and I do too and for good reason however I'll be honest and say that it's actually a bit difficult, terminating my account there feels like breaking up with a girlfriend in a long term relationship that's been going sour for quite some time, you know you should break it off but you have so much history together something is stopping you from doing it when you should have left a long time ago.

In terms of pure earnings videoblocks can at least match istock? are the sales constant or do they vary month on month? I ask this again as I was reading an old thread here about videoblocks and there were quite a few mixed opinions.

If in the future things were to improve over at istock can you reapply after previously terminating an account? if so how long is the cool off period?

Thanks

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General - Stock Video / videoblocks or istockvideo best earner?
« on: September 24, 2017, 20:44 »
Purely for video, I was wondering if anyone knows which is the best earner between istock and videoblocks as I am currently a long term non-exclusive video contributor at istock and my earnings aren't actually that bad but if I could equal what I earn there at videoblocks I would gladly terminate my account at istock.

Thanks.

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Sitting in front of the computer screen looking at 4k means a lot more detail than HD, but sitting in the couch looking at a TV a few meters away makes it hard for people to actually notice a great benefit of 4k.

I've always thought this as well which makes me still question if it's really worth it. For instance I remember back in day the difference between DVD and Full HD was like night and day personally, and on say a 42 inch TV I currently struggle to see the same wow factor from Full HD to 4K although TV manufacturers marketing departments would have you believe otherwise.

I asked my Dad if he would buy a 4K TV and he wasn't interested and I don't think most average households are that excited about ditching their current TV just to buy a 4K one. So that basically sums up the end user market trend, so I then tried to think of other markets such as blu-ray or the conference events industry and those aren't huge either. Are there other markets?

I'm guessing that everyone will eventually have a 4K capable TV when their current one stops working but how long will that be?

I've sold some 4K videos. HD is still sold more often, but that will undoubtedly change gradually over the years.

That's encouraging, will you keep on creating animations or footage in 4K?


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General - Stock Video / Ultra HD animation footage selling?
« on: April 28, 2017, 15:17 »
Hi, has anyone had more than one Ultra HD animation or footage sold yet? I could be wrong but it appears that after years of it being a 'standard' its mainstream adoption seems to be rather slow.

Up until now I've personally held off at creating projects @ 3840 x 2160 but am thinking about giving it a try just to test the water.

Or is the market waiting for 10K?

Thanks.

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Adobe Stock / Slow upload to Fotolia?
« on: August 22, 2016, 08:36 »
Hi all, I was just wondering if any of you have experienced slow FTP upload to fotolia in the past 24 hours?

Just trying to work out if it's my connection or their servers which has a problem. I guess this applies only to their FTP server and not http image uploads.

Thanks.

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I am considering requesting my account to be terminated or have my videos deactivated and just keep my account there. The only thing that is stopping me is that I heard I think in this forum that they are planning big things for video sometime this year, can anyone confirm this or have any details? I would just like to know if this is true though I doubt I would be a game changer unless they seriously overhauled the royalty scheme.

Thanks.

I wouldn't hold your breath.

Why terminate your account? Why not just leave what you have there and not upload any more. I'm a diamond level footage contributor and I just dropped iStock video exclusivity after being exclusive for 9 years. I'm going to leave my footage on iStock, but I'm not planning on uploading any more. If iStock does make some changes that are good for the contributors, then I might start uploading again.

Hi Forrest, I too am a long time contributor and stopped uploading about 2 years ago after the last set of contributor unfriendly changes as a 1st step to see how things would pan out at istock, and it looks like things are continuing down the path. If they are indeed going to make it difficult to remove videos then I may consider pulling the port altogether but keep my account there as my port is small and 15% isnt cutting it anymore. The difference in royalty really becomes evident once you are non-exclusive for a long time, although in your case with a large port an dmuch invested effort over th eyears I can see why you have decided to stop uploading for the time being.

Good luck.

 

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I am considering requesting my account to be terminated or have my videos deactivated and just keep my account there. The only thing that is stopping me is that I heard I think in this forum that they are planning big things for video sometime this year, can anyone confirm this or have any details? I would just like to know if this is true though I doubt I would be a game changer unless they seriously overhauled the royalty scheme.

Thanks.

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123RF / Re: Strange, no sales in 5 days???
« on: December 06, 2015, 09:34 »
My October, November and December video sales are down in comparison to the rest of the year.

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I was wondering if there was any clarity on the pricing at dissolve. Now that I've lost an agency (Revostock) I was hoping to fill the gap with another but I am still confused about the pricing at Dissolve as I've done a quick search and can see clips for sale at $49 and $79.

Who exactly is pricing these clips, is it the contributor or do the staff evaluate the clip and price it accordingly?

Also, has anyone seen any increase in sales this year at Dissolve?

Thanks.


Avoid Dissolve like a plague.  Just try VideoBlocks and you probably will be happy.


I would say that if you are on vb then avoid dissolve. You are simply competing against yourself for lower royalties.  Way lower royalties. Thats why i closed my account. If you are not on vb and are on higher paying agencies or pricing your content higher on p5 then you "might" consider them if 30% is okay with you.

Thanks for your input. Yes 30% does sound low especially if it is of $49. I'm not with VB either and was seriously considering it, but there's something that says $49 per video and 100% royalties doesn't seem right. $49 because it seems a bit low considering the market and I don't like to encourage this price point to customers especially if your content is high quality. Although $49 is OK for smaller agencies that don't represent any threat or dominance to the market.

And 100% contributor royalties seems too high, I know that sounds crazy where a contributor questions a 100% royalty but I would actually feel better if the royalties were something like 80% for contributor and 20% for agency even if it was just to cover admin costs, keep servers running etc. I like to think of when joining an agency both parties mutually benefit in some way in terms of royalties, but that's just me. Now If I could price my clips at say $59 and keep 80% VB would become my new favorite agency :)

btw. I'm not questioning any other contributors reasons for joining a particular agency as we all have our different lives and circumstances. But I'm just not completely sold on VB which then leaves Dissolve to fill the gap, and I originally asked about Dissolve because the lowest my clips sell for $60 on P5 which I feel is reasonable for the quality and length.

Good luck.


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I was wondering if there was any clarity on the pricing at dissolve. Now that I've lost an agency (Revostock) I was hoping to fill the gap with another but I am still confused about the pricing at Dissolve as I've done a quick search and can see clips for sale at $49 and $79.

Who exactly is pricing these clips, is it the contributor or do the staff evaluate the clip and price it accordingly?

Also, has anyone seen any increase in sales this year at Dissolve?

Thanks.

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