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Hi,
just thought it would be interesting to open a discussion regarding top 10 best microstock agencies, focused on Footage. Sometimes the information one reads is ambiguous as to whether people are giving their opinion on the photo market or the footage.

so.. i'm currently uploading to the following:

Shutterstock
Pond5
Dreamstime
AdobeStock
Videoblocks
Videohive


i'm still very new to the game so i really don't have relevant data regarding sales and performance, but i will notice that of the 5 above SS has the most confortable workflow (metadata etc.) and videoblocks has the longest waiting times for me (although it's also quite easy to use). Videohive has a limitation of 15 keywords and monthly upload limit, which hinders and slows down the process...

I'm thinking of starting in a few months to upload to 4-5 new agencies... so far i listed these as potencial new ones:

123rf
motion elements
Depositphotos

...

what are your thoughts here? i really am focusing totally on footage... so that's on that basis that i'm inviting discussion. i'd love to hear opinions and suggestions to other agencies! thanks




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Dreamstime.com / Average waiting time normal?
« on: January 10, 2019, 07:00 »
Hi guys!
just wondering, of the 5 agencies to which i currently upload (SS, P5, SB, AS are the other 4), Dreamstime is by far the one that takes longer between workflow stages. What i mean is that it takes as many as 7 days for me to be able to tag and complete files on the site after i uploaded them through ftp... is it like that with everybody or am i doing something wrong?

also, since they approve the clips until i actually see them online on my portfolio, another many great number of days goes by.. thanks!

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hi everybody!

for those experienced in such matters, what is your advice for a cheap drone, with camera, to learn the chops (flying it basically).
I'm not looking for anything capable of producing good footage, just a drone that i can learn to fly without being afraid to though away a lot of money in case it crashes, necessarily with a camera (to start getting the feel of shooting drone footage), as a mid step towards a really good video capable drone.

thanks!

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For people who have dealt with this before, how do you deal with editorial footage in terms of urgency of upload?

What i mean is: say you shot an event (a city marathon or christmas event, etc.). Do you put that footage as top priority to upload as close to the event as possible? or do you simply take it as every other footage you have, and just upload it when you can?

I think the question comes from considering whether or not i have something to profit (newspapers, tvs, etc.) from uploading a christmas event on the 27th December, or not (it will be bought the next year as a promotion for the next similar event?)

Just curious to know if somebody has had any thoughts or experience on that!

Thanks!

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So, i own a couple of Fuji X bodies, and a Sony E-mount. Ive been using Leica m-lenses from my 35mm cameras (love the combination, both with Sony and Fuji). I also have 4 Nikon DX lenses, that i used extensively with my old now almost retired D60. I would like to bring those lenses to life, using them prefereably in the Fuji bodies. I read extensively about the Smart adapters Nikon to E-mount. and i understood that apparently you get AF with the adapters (which is nice but for my type of use not a dire need) and you get to control the Aperture of lenses that don't have an aperture ring. Is this ALSO true for the DX lenses? I haven't seen anywhere that this is a fact, and as such i assume they simply won't work with this kind of adapter.

Has anyone any kind of experience adapting DX lenses to mirrorless APS-C sensor cameras? Thanks a lot in advance!

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General Stock Discussion / resolution question
« on: January 20, 2017, 07:28 »
Hi, I posted this elsewhere, in the newbies forum, so i think that wasn't quite the right place to begin with, since the question is aimed at people with experience in the stock business:

 I'm new here. I've decided to make a move into the Stock Footage business. I find it at the same time potentially lucrative (like, i suppose, everybody) and fullfilling.

Anyway, i already have very nice glass in my arsenal, and a few interesting cameras where i can use it. But i have nothing that shoots better than 1080.

So, although i know that 4K is the future, i would like to ask experienced people if it is already an unavoidable present. In other words, is it "ok" for me to start creating my portfolio and uploads shooting 1080 film, or should i just forget about that, make the necessary investement in a 4k capable body, and just go from there?

I side question to my point would be: What sells more? Having footage taken with fantastic lenses in 1080, or more mundane (though competent) footage taken with something that shoots 4k?

People who have already sold many clips, and are in the business for long, how does the 1080 (still) sell when compared with 4k.

PS - the purpose for me would always be to update at some time and start shooting 4k.

Thanks for all the comments, it's a tough world to get into, so many things to learn and decide...

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Newbie Discussion / Resolution, to begin with
« on: January 20, 2017, 07:12 »
Hi. I'm new here. I've decided to make a move into the Stock Footage business. I find it at the same time potentially lucrative (like, i suppose, everybody) and fullfilling.

Anyway, i already have very nice glass in my arsenal, and a few interesting cameras where i can use it. But i have nothing that shoots better than 1080.

So, although i know that 4K is the future, i would like to ask experienced people if it is already an unavoidable present. In other words, is it "ok" for me to start creating my portfolio and uploads shooting 1080 film, or should i just forget about that, make the necessary investement in a 4k capable body, and just go from there?

I side question to my point would be: What sells more? Having footage taken with fantastic lenses in 1080, or more mundane (though competent) footage taken with something that shoots 4k?

People who have already sold many clips, and are in the business for long, how does the 1080 (still) sell when compared with 4k.

PS - the purpose for me would always be to update at some time and start shooting 4k.

Thanks for all the comments, it's a tough world to get into, so many things to learn and decide...

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