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Hmmm....now I'm not so sure if submitting videos to DT is a good idea or not. Apparently, if P5 find out that your videos are on other agencies, they will lower the price of a sale to match the other agency. Though then again, there are so many variables which influence the price on an agency like DT or SS. It's not exactly a fixed price. Though I get the impression that generally, videos would be priced lower on DT compared to P5.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Deepmeta - commercial and editorial
« on: May 11, 2023, 19:09 »
I just went to deepmeta.com and it's not there. "404 website not found."

Regardless, it looks like Ive likely found the official site anyway. Oddly, the url is the same one above.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Deepmeta - commercial and editorial
« on: May 11, 2023, 19:00 »
Ah I see the option now. It wasn't specifically pointed out in the otherwise comprehensive video tutorial.

iStockPhoto.com / Deepmeta - commercial and editorial
« on: May 11, 2023, 18:31 »
It's been quite a while since Ive used Deepmeta and Ive forgotten a lot of the details. Just now, Ive watched a comprehensive tutorial on how to use this software to refresh my memory so I can use it again and start uploading more content to iStock. I do recall that you need to submit commercial and editorial photos in separate batches. Though I didn't come across that aspect in the tutorial (unless I missed it somehow.) Just wondering how I would mark a batch as commercial or editorial?

A nice surprise this morning: 4 sales for a $694.22 total (gross), 40% mine. First time it happens all in one day (Champagne !!!)  ;D

Woah, that is awesome!

3. Television in buyers' countries is 30 fps standard.

North American and Japanese TV use 30fps as well as a few other Asian countries. The majority of countries use 25fps for their television.

4. You can make 24 fps out of 30 fps, but you can't make 30 fps out of 24 fps.

For countless decades, many of the big budget US TV shows were shot on film (at 24fps) and then converted to 30fps. I could list many examples of these - Bewitched, MASH, Charlies Angels, The Six Million Dollar Man, Happy Days, Miami Vice, Knight Rider, The A Team, LA Law, NYPD Blue, Ally McBeal, Sex & The City, Seinfeld, Scrubs and so on.

Plus these days, there are a number of big budget TV series shot on digital (at 24fps) within the US. Though I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of US TV content is shot at 30fps. 

Especially those contributors from your series:

Those three ports are gone. I was curious to know what they looked like. I guess SS are cracking down on spam ports. Though it's odd why reviewers let them in in the first place.


I upload batches of images when I have them, and then process them in the DT system over the next several months, as I have time and think of it. Their processing is easy for me, so no big deal.

I find the DT uploading process mostly straight forward except for one thing. Their web uploader is really buggy. Uploaded images seem to disappear and I have to start over again. And this could happen a few times.

Now that's with photo files which is frustrating enough. Though last night, I tried using their web uploader to submit video files for the first time and that is a whole new level of frustration.

So many times, the web uploader stops the transfer part way through and I have to start again.  And again and again and again. It's morning now and none of my video files have been successfully transferred.

I think it is possible to use your earnings on Dreamstime to buy photos, not sure though if it works below the $100 threshold.

I thought I recall someone asking about that on DT's own forum a few years ago. So far, this individual had no sales and was wondering if he could buy his own images from his port. I guess he was so desperate to get sales that he thought it was worth trying this. Regardless, one of the mods said that this wasn't allowed. Though I guess there might be a difference here. This guy had no earnings from Dreamstime. So I'm not sure if it makes a difference if you make earnings from DT or not.

Is there still support available for Stocksubmitter?

Shutterstock announced their "good news" about finalizing the Pond5 takeover I think around Jan 2023.

And yes - so far - jan/feb were about 60% lower than both previous months & previous years, march about 40%... perhaps the "good news" from shutterstock is they somehow found another way to steal revenue... not sure... but, the timing is interesting.

My sales on P5 have been few and far between for a long time now. And if SS is taking over, I could only imagine things will get worse (especially with regards to royalties.) However, around mid January, I received a $46.40 HD video sale via P5. So good things can still happen at least for the time being. Though later down the track, one can only guess at what plans SS have in store for P5.

Ive been trying to install Stocksubmitter on a new pc running Windows 10 Pro / 64bit. I went through the usual installation steps but the program won't open. When I try and open it, I see the horizontal green bar moving across the screen from left to right with the text: "Checking for updates."

After that, I get:

"Comparing files"
"checking whether the files get modified"
"No updates found"
"Completed (success)"
"Differences found: 0"

This is all displayed very briefly and then disappears. The Stocksubmitter program never appears. I got the same result multiple times last night and today as well.

Should I delete the program and reinstall it?

So, if some lame ass with millions of followers tweets your photo then you get an enormous exposure.

Without credit.

If you shoot tourist sites in cities, it may be a profitable business.

That would be rather challenging considering that most cities around the world have banned drones. I don't think I would fly mine in a city regardless - the risk is too great with all the people and buildings around.

I miss the global sales map. I guess that's a part of history now.

It's gone?

Oh no, it's still there and they added a +/- so you can zoom in? Still looks terrible and why do I want to zoom in on a useless Blue Dot? Scroll down.


Ah I see the map now. Though mine doesn't show the whole globe. I also get broken thumbnails when I let the cursor hover over the blue spots - probably because I closed my photo port on SS.

It's a pity that this map doesn't show video sales because that's all I sell on SS these days. Also, I'd like to see my sales info on the main page as well instead of having to go to another page to learn about the details of each sale. This main page is now just mostly wasted space.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Mr. Rinder?
« on: March 20, 2023, 09:47 »
I do remember reading about Rinder's musical contribution to the film Enter The Ninja. Also, one of the SS forum members was watching an old movie (can't recall the title) and Rinder's name appeared in the credits for the music.

I miss the global sales map. I guess that's a part of history now.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Rejects
« on: March 20, 2023, 04:50 »
In the past, I found reviews on Adobe Stock to be more harsh. I used to get a fair few rejections but also a fair few accepted images as well. Can't recall if it was close to a 50 / 50 split or not. In more recent times, Ive found the AS reviewers are a lot more generous. Currently, I only have the occasional issue with illustrative editorial images. Some of my images are accepted as IE and some aren't (it seems pretty random.) Most of the photos I submit as IE have similar kinds of subjects with no recognisable people but apparently, some just don't qualify as IE.

It can be anything from $3-4 to $28. My latest sale was $8.59 for a lvl 0 sale of that video.

Ah highly variable. That's good to know there are some decent royalties to be had. I think I will submit my stock videos to DT and see how things go.

2 of those sale were at DT with $3,70 each for me.

Oh darn, that's low. But still higher than my last two video sales from AS.

I know I'm getting desperate considering DT for video but times are tough.

Dreamstime.com / What are the usual video royalties on DT?
« on: March 18, 2023, 11:37 »
Just wondering what most people get paid for individual video sales on DT? I tried to find the info on their site but could only find prices for customers. It looks like they offer video subscriptions these days so I guess the royalties would be pretty low. However, I have been getting some low priced video sales on AS lately and a little bit of that on P5. Would DT be any better or the same or worse with regards to video? I hope they're not as bad as SS who give videos away for less than $1.

Shutterstock.com / Re: What a cool SS, how well he sells
« on: November 25, 2022, 08:21 »

I had a sub to Wile E. Coyote yesterday Acme, United States

Out of curiosity, did the image happen to be of a road runner?

Shutterstock.com / Re: What a cool SS, how well he sells
« on: November 21, 2022, 10:06 »

(My husband Nick has been sick. He woke up one morning with the lefthand side of his face paralysed. It was such a shock - he only recently turned 50yo. But fortunately it wasnt a stroke. He has Bells Palsy.

Annie, I am sorry to hear this. I really hope that this condition is temporary and that he can recover soon.

Thanks sweetie. Very kind of you to reply. Hope everything is ok on KI. No storm damage or flooding. We're ok here, no damage.

Good to hear that you haven't had any storm damage. It's been a crazy year with so much rain. Like an extended winter. No storm damage locally on KI. I only recently discovered a new waterfall here which looked amazing after heavy rain fall. I photographed it the old fashioned way on medium format film with a twin lens reflex.

It's 5% for Australia, I got the info from https://eezycontributors.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360040283911-What-is-the-Withholding-Rate-For-My-Country-

Oh yea definitely confirmed now. I'm puzzled why my previous W-8BEN form says 0.5%. When I updated the new form, it wouldn't let me fill in the section that requires the amount / percentage. That particular area remains blank. Though what I am assuming is that it will be filled in automatically with what was typed into the previous form - 0.5%. And that is not ideal.

Alamy.com / Is Alamy giving our images away for free?
« on: November 19, 2022, 07:36 »
I just logged in to Alamy now and in the Recent Sales within my dashboard, I see one of my images has $0 next to it. Though it's still classified as an RF sale.  So what exactly is going on?

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