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« on: January 10, 2020, 08:17 »
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So I've been submitting stock for almost 13 years, but just (really just) decided to start attempting to do some footage. I've recorded some super boring clips on my new iPhone 11 pro max, just to see if they meet the technical requirements. My first two clips were accepted to Adobe, but apparently they are missing some of the tech requirements for SS, and not simply because they're boring cooking footage! I initially received a rejection for it "resolution/aspect ratio." I went back into the editor and adjusted it to a 16:9 format. The same one was rejected again for that reason after changing it. I also had rejections for noise/artifacts, etc. I can easily see these errors in my photos, but I'm missing it in the videos. Does anyone here use an iPhone for shooting footage and what settings to you use to insure suitable quality. I really want to capture some more footage but not until I stop with the rejections. What am I missing?   :)


« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2020, 08:40 »
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What am I missing?   :)

Well, I think the obvious thing is that you're not using a real camera to film with... ;)

But if you must use your phone, find an app (like Filmic Pro) that lets you change the bitrate first of all. The standard bitrates are set to conserve space for personal videos, not for professional quality.

And due to the tiny sensor, noise will be an issue in anything but perfect conditions. You might also get rejections for the "strobe" effect, which will occur in bright conditions with lots of movement due to the fast shutter speed (that should ideally always be 1/48-1/60 unless you're doing slow motion). Since you can't change the aperture, this will be a problem.
« Last Edit: January 10, 2020, 08:45 by increasingdifficulty »

« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2020, 09:08 »
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Thank you! Yeah, I know...it's just easy compared to shooting with my old 5D Mark II, which I had not desire to use for video! I've been switching to 4K when recording, hoping for great quality, but they were taken inside, so it definitely could be lighting. I'll have to shoot something outside and see if I don't still get the same rejection. Thank you for the app recommendation. I really know nothing about shooting footage or editing it right now. Need to learn!!!

« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2020, 17:12 »
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Footage rejections at Shutterstock are totally random, at least it seems it is like that. I have some iPhone footage accepted (even if it is not totally noiseless) and lot of videos from great full frame camera rejected for noise (and there is really no noise). Basically, I would recommend to shoot at 4K with iPhone and submit that as Full HD.

« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2020, 18:46 »
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Before you make any big moves with your equipment, workflow or anything, try to resubmit those same footages again a couple of days later. No need to edit or change anything. Shutterstock reviewing process is so random these days, the AI can be incredibly good and incredibly stupid at the same time, so it's impossible to predict the outcome. That's why I always wait a day or two, maybe submit a new batch, before I give it a new shot for those rejected footages or photos. Most of the times they are all approved faster than I can say "Microstock - not worth it"!  :D

« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2020, 10:29 »
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Footage rejections at Shutterstock are totally random, at least it seems it is like that. I have some iPhone footage accepted (even if it is not totally noiseless) and lot of videos from great full frame camera rejected for noise (and there is really no noise). Basically, I would recommend to shoot at 4K with iPhone and submit that as Full HD.
Before you make any big moves with your equipment, workflow or anything, try to resubmit those same footages again a couple of days later. No need to edit or change anything. Shutterstock reviewing process is so random these days, the AI can be incredibly good and incredibly stupid at the same time, so it's impossible to predict the outcome. That's why I always wait a day or two, maybe submit a new batch, before I give it a new shot for those rejected footages or photos. Most of the times they are all approved faster than I can say "Microstock - not worth it"!  :D

Thank you for your information! I was wondering about random rejections and trying to resubmit. Since I'm new to the footage game, I've actually decided to apply to Pond5 for exclusive video status. They've accepted the few I have right away and I'll see how I fare there before trying to go crazy submitting elsewhere. :)

« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2020, 12:49 »
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Everything I upload and is getting rejected, eventually gets approved from second or third time.
All you need is patience. It seems that the reviewers just trying to earn their bread. Actually SS mention it in the FAQ now - if you aren't agreeing with a rejected content do not complain over it. Just resubmit. And eventually it will be approved. Its f&%d up but that's how the system works :) 

« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2020, 19:03 »
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i ve heard in the past that people who resubmited their content for second and third time got warnings from ss for ban.isnt that risky??? i agree maybe some cases the reviewers are right cause in the end of the day the photographers make mistakes too as much as experienced they are,but in most of the cases the rejections have nothing to do with technical problems  Just an AI doesnt know what its accepting or rejecting or reviewers who like to reject just to earn more money 


 

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