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General Stock Discussion / Re: Microstock Poll Results
« on: February 06, 2020, 19:43 »
Yep

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Well thank you for the kind feedback!  We work so hard to produce these individual products for the marketplace, and then rarely see where they end up.  It's very gratifying to make creative edits with stock footage.

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Nice one.

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If anyone else has made some edits with their footage, post a link in your comment... I'd love to give it a look!

Not sure if you are interesting on a promo reel of work / stock / errors / family stuff mixture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI9vWhaBqDc
That was a good reel.  Well cut.   I like the hyperlapses!

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Crazy, Tyson. Beautifully done. I've spent enough years as a videographer to appreciate a well-cut presentation. Is editing your background? Good choice of pace, music and composition. That was a lot of work. What's the plans for the show? IMO, I'd enter it. Lots of film competitions around the world worth submitting to.....
Thank you!  Yes filming and editing snowboard videos in my younger years was the beginning of everything I do now.  Unfortunately not a lot of money in it.  I submitted to a couple blogs but really just wanted to get it out there.

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General Stock Discussion / Made a Short Film with My Stock Footage
« on: December 06, 2019, 17:46 »
Hey y'all, has anyone edited any films using their own stock footage?  I recently made a short snowboard movie that I started filming middle of last winter.  At that point it was unplanned, but I then resorted to the last few years of stock footage to create a story around an idea I had.  I'll post the link below for anyone that would like to check it out.  If anyone else has made some edits with their footage, post a link in your comment... I'd love to give it a look!

The Great Powder Hound Migration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHAvswMVJmQ&t=4s

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First month, for me, with Adobes Stock earning more than Shutterstock

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General Stock Discussion / Contributing to Artgrid?
« on: July 31, 2019, 19:46 »
Hello is anyone contributing to Artgrid.io that would like to give feedback of their experience?

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Get what commercial videos you have on Adobe Stock and give Dissolve a try would be my best advice.

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After Storyblocks's dead i decided to subscribe another site.
What's the best site for videos sellers in your opinion?
I like Adobe to, but i've a lot of editorials so it is quite limited for me. ::)

From what I understand, Pond5 specializes in video, which sells well there.

I can't speak to that, since I've just uploaded a few hundred videos there and am still awaiting my first sale in that department. (I've got many stills there, but compared to SS, AS, and the like, they hardly sell at all.)

Please excuse my ignorance, but why is Storyblocks dead...? Just getting started and also registered there. Would appreciate your reply!

EDIT: I guess it's related to what is being discussed here...?

https://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/next-step-videoblocksstoryblocks-exposure!/msg0/?topicseen#new

Sales have fallen off for some contributors

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After a while of uploading some mediocre images to Fine Art America and completely neglecting them, I'm finally about to add some higher quality images and give Print on Demand another shot.  I embedded the widget to my website, which looks clean and professional, but I don't like how many print options there is available...

My question:  Is there a way to limit the amount of print and frame options on a photo by photo basis?  To clarify, I would like to only sell metal and acrylic on one image, but then have only canvas on another. 

It looks like I'm able to deselect all the other household print options.  I can also specify exactly what print size options I want available for each image.  I just don't see a way to deselect all the frame, matte, and paper options.  To me it seems like it would be a lot of work for the average customer to think about.  In my opinion, people want a lot of those details figured out for them.

Anyone with experience in these matters?

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General - Stock Video / Re: Vertical video anyone?
« on: February 01, 2019, 15:07 »
It makes sense with so many ads popping up for smartphones.  I've shot a few vertical videos but no sales yet.  I think demand will increase though.

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They're Live?!  I'm pumped!  Uploaded a bunch of photos their months ago.  Interested to see how this works out

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Software - General / Re: Video Content Management
« on: January 23, 2019, 16:59 »
Adobe Bridge is solid!  I just wish all agencies could read the embedded metadata... get with the times people!

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Photography Equipment / Re: The Best Unlimited Cloud Storage?
« on: January 23, 2019, 16:56 »
Great topic!  I need the same as I'm pushing over 10tb.  Planning a trip to Chile and hoping for a solid cloud service to upload from down there as a backup.  Either Dropbox or Google Drive... anyone with experience using both have a preference?

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About a year after I started I was really proud to make my $220 car payment off monthly earnings.  lol.  Hope that helps.

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Solid move.  I'm all for it!

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Glidecam is another option.  You can get smooth shots without having to charge more batteries and depend on motors working.
This is what i started with, i was trying to find a more compact glidecam and thats how i got to the roxant type stabilizers.

The issues remain the same though, takes time to balance, mostly horizontal shots, takes some getting used to for the knack of the two hand operation.
I hear ya.  I get smooth shots out of the glidecam but sometimes I screw it up.  It's not easy.  I also have 2 motorized gimbal and both have presented issues.  I usually know what went wrong with the glidecam.  The motorized gimbals seem to have weird glitches at the wrong time.  I just don't fully trust em.

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HD will sell but 4K will sell better in the future.  If you put a lot of energy into filming great shots, you might regret not investing a little more to get a 4k drone.

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Glidecam is another option.  You can get smooth shots without having to charge more batteries and depend on motors working.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Video for beginners
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:54 »
A lot of market research.  Dig through some successful portfolios and topics to start switching your mind into shooting for microstock .  It's definitely a different game than shooting for other gigs.  Film in 4k and find some niches.  Good luck!

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VideoBlocks / Re: Commission cut
« on: July 18, 2018, 18:37 »
Oh yeah, you're all right.  We should take time away from processing footage to complain and start petitions.  No!  Not one comment on here or petition signed is going to change their business decision.  Weak and powerless is going on a forum to complain like a sissy.  Buck up and get back to work if you're strong enough to adapt.  Wining is not speaking up for you self interest.  Not you or anyone on this forum is actually changing the business decisions of these big companies.  So you have the decision to accept the rule change and keep playing the game or sit on the sidelines and complain.  I really don't care what ya choose.  The more people complain and hold back from uploading, the more money I can potentially make.  I'm just trying to keep things positive.  And yes I fully understand what's happened here and why everyone's so mad... I just don't think that response is a productive choice when it comes to business.  Good luck everyone!

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VideoBlocks / Re: Commission cut
« on: July 18, 2018, 17:46 »
I'm blown away by everyones response.  $25 isn't enough for an HD sale?  $100 for 4k?  That's way better than all these under $20 4k sales I've had flooding in recently.  People complain about how bad their business model was before, and then complain about it when they make a change... and now a petition?  That's crazy!  It's not like they dropped it to 5%.  It's still 50%!  That's good in this game.  They should have some money to spend on marketing now, which usually creates more sales.  But good ahead and write them off if you want.

Tyson, you don't seem to see the big picture. They're driving down market prices while also massively cutting our commissions, which is bad enough in itself but gets worse if/when it encourages other companies to do the same. We are the suppliers in an industry. When our profit is squeezed - especially in dramatic cases like this - if we do not respond as suppliers in any other industry would, then that is economic suicide. We've seen this play out with stock photography, and plenty of people here, myself included, will do all we can to not have that process repeat in stock footage.

SpaceStockFootage: why would you think there has to be a murder in order to  use words like "betrayal," "back-stabbing," "crap" excuses, etc.? It's a betrayal for a company to market themselves as especially contributor-friendly and then make a massive 50% cut in commissions. And it is crap to paste it over with hollow excuses. Do you really think they're going to increase sales enough to make up that 50%? Do you think even they believe that? Of course not, it's a false hope meant to pacify us. So what do you do when a business partner takes 50% of your money and then gives a BS reason about why he took it?

Let's address the obvious problem. The businesses are strong and centralized, we as individual suppliers are weak and widely dispersed. They're always looking to increase profit and undercut the competition, and to do that they'll always have an eye toward paying their suppliers less. Every single time they make a move in that direction, we owe it to ourselves as business people to take a stand and say no. By not uploading, by deleting portfolios, and especially by then telling the companies that you're taking those actions, we let them know that there are economic consequences to squeezing us. The more unified we are in that, the more powerful the response, then the more economically defended we are in the long term. So please don't shrug this event off. Don't take a "it's not so bad" attitude or a defeatist attitude. Simply take one single minute to sign the petition and share it with your friends. And if you have other ideas to protect our interests, please share them.

I see the big picture very clearly.  This modern outrage culture looks exhausting.  It seams to me that people are getting so caught up in complaining that they are really missing the big picture.  Wasting time speaking out about this will not help you succeed in any way.  Adapt and get back to work!!!  And please quite saying this is driving down market prices.  $25 for HD and $100 for 4K isn't driving anyones prices down.  I just sold a video for under $5 on Shutterstock.

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VideoBlocks / Re: Commission cut
« on: July 18, 2018, 17:36 »
I also do this for a living.  I just don't think Videoblocks cutting commission from 100% to 50% is a reason to publicly speak out against them and start a petition.  And for anyone else doing this for a living, isn't it a bad business move to burn a bridge with one of the few companies that sells stock footage?  Let's say they do invest this money wisely and sales increase from them doing more marketing... 50% commission from a company that can sell videos is good.  As far as #facts about amateurs underselling for beer money, I know nothing about that.  I do know now that 50% commission from one company is standard, but with another company, it can get a petition started against them. 

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VideoBlocks / Re: Commission cut
« on: July 18, 2018, 15:32 »
I'm blown away by everyones response.  $25 isn't enough for an HD sale?  $100 for 4k?  That's way better than all these under $20 4k sales I've had flooding in recently.  People complain about how bad their business model was before, and then complain about it when they make a change... and now a petition?  That's crazy!  It's not like they dropped it to 5%.  It's still 50%!  That's good in this game.  They should have some money to spend on marketing now, which usually creates more sales.  But good ahead and write them off if you want.

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It's not possible to make this sort of money from microstock. Some people will claim it is, however most contributors are earning less than $500 a month. At the very best it can earn you a few expenses. Definitely keep the day job and only do micro if you enjoy the hobby of shooting stock.

Not possible?  Definitely is!  If you work hard enough at this industry and jump on opportunities, There's a lot of money to be made.  If you put in lazy work with unrealistic goals, you can end up bitter spending more time posting on this forum then grinding out sellable content.

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