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Old November 26th, 2019, 05:07 PM   #136
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Re: Selling Stock Video Footage.

Steven, those are couple of great posts and I agree with almost all your comments and observations. Especially the part that it is good news for us that Shutterstock is getting more selective. The less crap customers have to wade through, the better for everyone. And as professionals we ought to be able to submit clips that are above average quality.

I think that both of your editorial clips should have been approved, but that's Shutterstock's choice. I guess one is hate speech and the other is advocating for change. I think that is a difference and a line they may not want to cross. However, I think you should submit them again and see what happens. Sometimes rejections can be just because of the whims of a single reviewer. Send a couple in again and see if they get through a second time. One thing I do when I resubmit something (only if really think it could be a good seller) is to change the name just in case their system will recognize the old name and automatically reject it or give it closer scrutiny. Change the names on a couple of them so they have no history and then resubmit. I'd love to hear if they get through on another try. Good luck.
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Old December 2nd, 2019, 02:46 PM   #137
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Doug, those are some pretty impressive statistics. Thanks for sharing. In addition to uploading new clips I have been going back into Shutterstock and editing the metadata on my earlier submissions. I could not believe that know that I know about what I am doing I was able to really beef up the descriptions as well as significantly increasing the number of keywords that I was able to generate. Again, thanks for putting it all together for us. Bob
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Old December 3rd, 2019, 06:56 AM   #138
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It is always a good idea to go back and revisit the metadata with fresh eyes. Occasionally when I'm on a boring phone call or something that doesn't require my full attention I will start surfing through my clips and making improvements. Sometimes I am really surprised at how many good keywords I didn't think of when I originally submitted them. Then I go down this rabbit hole of looking at more clips and before i know it a couple of hours have elapsed. Also, while you're in there, make sure your thumbnails are truly the best "book cover" for what the clip is all about.
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Old December 10th, 2019, 05:27 PM   #139
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Doug, I am happily uploading clips to Shutterstock. Question, under "catalog Management" do you create sets? If so, how do sets benefit you? Is it because if someone say looks at one of my clips of a shrimp boat them all clips I have of shrimp boats will come up regardless of when I posted them? Bob
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Old December 10th, 2019, 05:43 PM   #140
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Hi Bob, creating sets for clips is a feature that Shutterstock just added this week so I have not had a chance to use it yet. I am right in the middle of submitting 550 new 4K clips this week and I don't have time to get distracted by that new feature . . . yet. I think it sounds like a great feature , though. I like the idea of being able to put related clips into a group where customers can see them all together. They've offered this feature for photos for a long time and have just opened it to videos. Which is ironic, because I think video editors are much more likely to purchase multiple images than photo buyers. When you think about how editors often need to build a sequence of shots this could be a great feature. I look forward to giving it a try in the near future. Hopefully it won't be too much hassle to create the sets or else it won't be worth the time it takes. If anyone else tries it before me I'd love to hear what they think.
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Old December 11th, 2019, 03:22 PM   #141
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wow Doug, 550 4k clips is quite impressive. I went in and created a couple of sets of clips. Supper easy. Just check the box of the clips you want in the set, click cerate a set, name the set and that is it. Also, you can delete the set without deleting the actual clips out of your catalog.
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Old December 11th, 2019, 10:28 PM   #142
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I tried that feature also and it worked pretty well.
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Old Yesterday, 04:21 AM   #143
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Thanks for the info. It's good to hear that the sets feature is easy to use and I look forward to giving it a try as soon as I can. Only time will tell if it will be effective or not. Out of all the "improvements" Shutterstock announced this week for contributors this is the only one that actually has any potential value.

I gotta say I am just about burnt out on submitting these 550 new clips. It is too much to tackle in a few days and I'm sure my metadata will suffer due to my boredom. I just want to go outside and shoot. :-)
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Old Yesterday, 11:57 AM   #144
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FINALLY!!!
The contributor account dashboard at Shutterstock now shows the location of the buyer when someone purchases a clip. They've had that feature for photos for a long time but now it works for video. On first glance I'm really surprised to see how many of my buyers are from Europe. It is a much higher percentage that I had expected. Ultimately, I'm not sure if this new feature will actually be useful to increase sales or decide what to shoot, but it does satisfy some curiosity.
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Old Yesterday, 07:50 PM   #145
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Doug:

May I suggest you spend less time on the clips and put that effort into updating your information videos. I've been out of the loop for a couple of years because of illness, so when I got a new camera recently I naturally did what I did in years gone bye... I bought the Vortex videos (I'm on my 5th one, now). I've had some difficulty grasping the editing process because you have given conflicting information on things such as how to import media. In the one for the Z150 you stressed not "digging into" the Sony files. When I kept having problems (with Catalyst on my Mac) I posted for help here. A gentleman suggested I use the files on the card straight into FCPX and forget about Catalyst. Doing so did not make my camera or computer explode. It actually worked. Just fine, as a matter of fact. There have been several instances where I got information that turned out to be not so (because of time aging the data, I'm guessing.) I won't go into all of them, but I will tell you as a very long time customer of yours (over a decade) it is frustrating to spend hours trying to work around issues that could have been avoided if you had updated your guides. I'm not talking about things going back to the DSR 250, but rather two current information guides (Z150 and Selling Footage). Sheesh. I spent a couple hundred bucks and made myself nuts trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. Doug, if you're going to sell those videos please give updates or take them off the market. If asked who I thought was the best in the biz for this sort of thing, I would not hesitate to say it's you. But I feel a little neglected and I'm letting you know. By the way, one of the things that bothered me is your endorsement of Pond 5. I sold some stock through them several years ago and I finally wound up having to threaten to take them to court to get paid. And I wish I had spent more time researching the camera than I did. I relied heavily on your video and shortly found out it's almost impossible to see what you're shooting in daylight. I wound up buying a Hoodman loop and gundecked a mount for it. It's also a pain in the butt to use the menus because my old, fat fingers with neuropathy can barely work the thing. I'm glad I didn't sell my Canons and L lenses. I don't think the Z150's going to get used much. All of this blather aside, my original posting is your should take time to watch your videos, then come up with a way to update us buyers. You can work on your submissions later. Peace, Charles
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