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Same here.
5 clips each 0.84$

My impassioned yet most likely ineffectual letter to the folks at Shutterstock:

I am disabling my account for the following reasons:

- The new 'stick and carrot' tier system that is basically a pyramid scheme to get contributors to work harder for less.

- The recent addition of 4K video subscriptions, which highly undervalue content that customers would literally have to spend thousands of dollars to create themselves (per clip). The payouts on these clips will never be made up for by volume and do nothing but lower the bar for the entire industry and reinforce the customer expectation that they deserve the closest thing they can get to free content.

- The apparent shareholder gains that clearly resulted in the recent earnings structure change.

- All of this either being introduced/maintained during one of the worst times of financial hardship most people have seen since 2008.

As a video contributor I have to stress how much I disagree with the new video subscription packages.

 I understand some customers need quick and easy content, and I might be willing to entertain the sale of my content for low res web use at SD quality for such small amounts. However, for 4K or HD video, I feel that this is still high demand/quality content that needs to be labelled as such. I would be open to a sale price drop to increase competitiveness and overall volume as long as the net revenue went up but I think this new subscription plan is lowering the bar to an unacceptable degree.There is no way that any increase in volume will make up for the decrease in return per download.

Furthermore, Shutterstock is well aware most contributors sell much less video than photo, and that video yields a much higher profit per download than photo. The new tier system affects video earnings for contributors in a much more significant way. The new changes purport to provide incentives for contributors to produce better content, but I can't see how there is an incentive if most contributors, even with a reasonable amount of effort, will end up losing out on the average annual commission percentage, even if they do make it to 30%. The losses are even more pronounced when you take in account investment into high end photo equipment, models, lighting, and other expenses to create a quality video/photo.

What I would hope for is an end to the annual reset, the abolishment of 4K video subs in place of a lowered price option for large clip packs that result in a increased profit for both a parties, and increased focus on valid customer usage of content.

You guys need to realize that just because you are the biggest game in town doesn't mean every single person is going to go along with your method to up your shareholder's stock. Yes, Shutterstock helped people earn a supplemental income, or even create a living, but the company would be nothing without the efforts of those that put in work to make it what it is. Just remember that.


Adam Melnyk.

3 / Re: Boycott Shutterstock
« on: June 09, 2020, 12:50 »
Shuttestock's new payment policy is unacceptable. A total disregard for all those who have long contributed to the growth of the company. They bet on garbage published in astronomical quantities ... I refuse to earn 10 cents per photo. I will not post more photos until them go back!

4 / Re: Shutterstock Madness
« on: June 09, 2020, 09:50 »
Shutterstock has flaming lost their mind!  .10 cents and image and the level resets to that every January.

Mr. time traveler, please go back in time and warn us about this and also about coronavirus.

5 / Re: Shutterstock Madness
« on: June 09, 2020, 09:45 »
Shutterstock has flaming lost their mind!  .10 cents and image and the level resets to that every January.
Good morning mister sleepy
Old news

6 / Ss wake up!!! People are leaving you!!!!
« on: June 05, 2020, 00:43 »
How many peoole needs to close their accounts for ss to understand they made a mistake??
Its ok to say we hear you and we are putting this decision on hold for now
Step down from the tree!!!!
You are playing with people lives.

7 / Re: May sales drop dramatically?
« on: May 10, 2020, 09:37 »
The situation is not simple.
I feel it on daily basis.

8 / Re: Didnt get my december payment yet
« on: January 16, 2020, 06:16 »
Have you checked:

a. Your tax details are they up to date?
b. Your payment details to make sure it hasn't been hacked/changed?

Got mine on the 8th
I guess its A  i will check it.

9 / Didnt get my december payment yet
« on: January 16, 2020, 01:36 »
I use to get my payment on 7-8 every month.  But this time ss forgot about me.
Wrote them on the 13th day said that by 15th i will get my money.
Well now its the 16 and nothing.
Anyone else?

Hi Ronib,
I had the same problem, it seems Shutterstock not accepting png or animation codecs anymore.
The solution i found it is luma matte ....extract the white from u'r animation and stick it at the end of it ...export it as h.264 or photo jpeg...good luck
Most of the costumers dont want to work with  this kind of solution.
I will try some more alpha options and if i will find a solution i will notify you. Thanks alot

11 / Shutterstock dont accept png or animation
« on: July 13, 2019, 16:36 »
Hi guys.
I am trying to upload motion graphics with alpha channel. (I uploaded thousands in the past) and now shutterstock saying we do not currently support the codec of your video
I tried qt animation with alpha also qt png with alpha and they cannot accept the file.
When i asked them they said only png or apple prores.
Well png i tried and nothing and i dont have mac only pc.
Can someone help me please?

13 / Re: Worst month on shutterstock
« on: June 27, 2019, 01:04 »
...well then i am moving from Austria to Serbia, i know  their food is good and cheap  :)

14 / Re: Worst month on shutterstock
« on: June 23, 2019, 22:02 »
Catastrophic for me too, if nothing happens in the next week I'll be down 50% from May.
Exact like my situation

15 / Worst month on shutterstock
« on: June 23, 2019, 16:55 »
It looks like june is going to be my worst month on shutterstock and i cant understand why?
Anyone else?

16 / Re: Problems to upload videos in FTP
« on: June 17, 2019, 08:18 »
Same here. I tried different formats with the same answers

I think its a positive news that they removed the heads up notification when you search footage that its not part of their membership program.

18 / Re: Video sale for $1.50?
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:39 »

. . . these clips are for web or mobile application only. They can only be streamed; downloading and broadcast usage isn't permitted. This restriction has been designed to protect your earnings and give you an extra chance to make money.

Shutterstock Contributor Care Team

This is not true. Anyone can right mouse click on the website and download the master file. The videos are not protected.

See this:

Pond5 / Re: Non exclusive will be cut to 40% on pond5
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:32 »
Instead of adressing our issues, they just rub extra salt in our wounds and have the guts to present it as a great opportunity for us. They clearly don't want to listen to us.

Pond5 / Non exclusive will be cut to 40% on pond5
« on: April 08, 2019, 09:10 »
I got email from them saying from now exclusive to pond will get 60% and non exclusive go down to 40%. And i thought pond5 is the only fair agency. Such a fool.

VideoBlocks / Re: Alternative for Storyblock
« on: January 22, 2019, 11:23 »
Hi everyone,

I'm using a few agencies to sell videos. I have about 1.000 clips and I can earn couple hundred dollars per month.
I work with Shutterstock, Pond5, Storyblock and AdobeStock. Storyblock was about 30% of my total earnings.

But I didn't sell anything there for two months.

Do you have any suggestion? Some agencies that I can use like alternative for Storyblock.
For now this are the only that I recommend.
You have dreamstime with low prices and istock which is very low prices.

With 9000 footages i have 1-2 sales per month. So much work so sad

Dissolve / Re: Is it worth uploading to disolve?
« on: December 27, 2018, 14:18 »
Thanks alot guys. I guess I will stay away from them

Dissolve / Is it worth uploading to disolve?
« on: December 17, 2018, 12:42 »
I am old member in footage industry and wonder if someone had good experience with disolve?

VideoBlocks / Re: Sales dropped down by 90% on storyblocks
« on: December 12, 2018, 05:26 »
Did the reality of $79 prices kicked in? No wonder they had sales before if they were dumping the whole industry...
It sucks
Worked so hard to upload to them for years

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