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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 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 / 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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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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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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General Stock Discussion / Licensing video directly
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:36 »
The other day i was contacted from an agent for a TV company who was interested in one of my clips for use in a TV show. He wanted to license the clip directly from myself because apparently the license agreement from the stock site didn't cover what he wanted and the actual studio is fussy about these types of things, i guess for legal purposes.

So basically he wanted to offer 10 times the value of the clip and i would still own the rights, but in return i would have to sign an agreement. However I've always been a bit weary of these types of deals as i prefer to have that layer of protection by selling via the stock site. I've never done this before and I don't have a lawyer so i was wondering if anyone could offer any advice or mention anything that i should be aware of in the agreement if anyone has done something similar to this in the past. And also what are the biggest risks of signing something in a direct agreement?

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General - Stock Video / Video sales on all sites
« on: October 17, 2012, 16:25 »
There has been a lot of talk about photo sales tanking recently and would like to know how the video side is doing for you all.

I have a relatively small cg port and my sales in istock, fotolia and P5 have all been tanking since the summer began and it doesn't look good for October either. So i was wondering how the rest of you are doing.

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Adobe Stock / Price increase for video?
« on: September 26, 2012, 18:14 »
Just sold a video for 75 credits today (1080p). Anyone know when the price went up? Although strangely in the control panel all my 1080p videos are still listed as 50 credits but the page for buyers is showing the newer prices. So what is our commission and where is it displayed?

Small 10 -> 15
Medium 20 -> 30
720p 40 -> 60
1080p 50 -> 75

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General Stock Discussion / Which stock sites have you given up on?
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:44 »
Throughout your time as a microstocker, which sites have you submitted to and then after some time decided to delete your port and close account. And what were your reasons. eg. No sales, poor commission, treated badly etc.

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I had this thought kicking around my head and thought that it might be interesting to hear your thoughts.

So we all know there are plenty of online stock imagery/video/vector agencies out there and many of you might say that the marketplace is already too saturated.

However if another one were to come along, what do think it would need to do or provide in terms of its customers and contributors in order to be successful. Kinda like what are the current agencies doing right and wrong and if a new angency were to start up, what would be a surefire way for them to succeed? eg. good community/contributor relations, exclusivity option etc.

And no i am not thinking of starting my own agency :)

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General - Stock Video / canstockphoto
« on: June 22, 2011, 17:03 »
Any of you videographers had any kind of success with canstock? ive been with them for a month with about 67 vids online and not a single sale as of yet. And to be honest im not holding out much hope either as im seeing good videos from other contributors with lots of views uploaded 2 years ago with only a handful of sales.

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General - Stock Video / The Smaller Sites
« on: May 13, 2011, 14:58 »
My experience with these smaller stock video agencies is that you tend to get a few sales within the first few weeks of uploading with for example a 100 video portfolio but the sales quickly dry up if you stop uploading. I have found this to be the case with clipcanvas.com (apart from the initial 2 sales within the first couple of months) and after a year of no sales i asked to be removed from their site. After that i tried clipdealer.com and i got more initial sales from them because i believe they are older and therefore have a bigger presence in the market but again the sales are not coming anymore - sound familiar?

My theory is that their search engines prioritises your newest uploads for a set period and then after that you go down in the rankings. Personally i dont like this type technique that they impoly within search engines. Other sites such as pond5, fotolia and istockphoto sales seem to keep coming and i didnt experience any tailing off with my sales with those sites based upon my frequency of uploading. It would appear that the smaller sites use a 'dangling the carrot' method to keep enticing you to upload.

Based upon my theory maybe it might be a good idea to upload in stages, maybe like 50 in one go just to get your presence in there and then 10 every week after that. In the grand scheme of things im not sure if they would want to you upload in that manner as a bigger portfolio for them in a shorter space of time would be more beneficial to them, but if their search engine treats you liek that then they leave me with no choice.

Of course these are just my theories based upon my own personal experience so others may well have a different opinion depending on their type/quality and size of their port.

I have also just finished uploading my entire port to canstockphoto and will report back with findings in the coming months. My inital findings are that their keywording and submitting process looks quick but insta-fail with the inability to choose thumbnail pic of your video, which for CG videographers such as myself can be the make or break of sales.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to add your experiences with the smaller agencies.

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General - Stock Video / mediastock
« on: March 18, 2011, 16:26 »
Just found out about "yet another" all-in-one photo/footage etc. site called www.mediastock.ca

Their percentages seem good and their site appear to be fully featured apart from the blog and forum link which takes you no where :)

Anyone have any experience with them?

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