Stock Video Clips - Day of the Tripods

As well as selling still images, many libraries now sell stock video clips as well. One of the reasons I've been so busy recently is that I've started to take this seriously. I have a handful of video clips uploaded, but difficulties over formats and the time it takes to upload have always made me reluctant to really get serious about it. However, the library above has made things somewhat easier and I now have the option to upload 4K clips from my Panasonic phone which don't take ages to upload and are excellent quality. I'm going to write about the CM1 and 4K video in more detail in a separate post.

The above clips were shot with Olympus OM-D E-M5 II (Top) Panasonic CM1 - 4K (Middle) and Sony A7 II (Bottom) As you can see if you click the links, the files are quite short and pretty much still images in terms of composition with a bit of movement. Two are single shots, but the bottom one is a series of clips edited together. This is very early days since I've only been doing this seriously for a few days, but I was encouraged today by the sale of 5 clips. 

It's something I've thought about doing for a while and now I've finally got round to putting in the time to do this. At the moment I'm exploring the virtues (or otherwise) of the cameras I have to shoot video with. How they perform, how heavy they are to carry, ease of use and editing and I'll be reporting on that as I go along. I'm using all my mirrorless cameras plus my phones and as you can see, I have no problem getting my Panasonic CM1 files accepted. 

So how are they used? Well to be honest, I'm not sure, since I don't get feedback on this, but I presume the use is mainly for websites. The libraries say that this is intended as stock footage that can be used in any medium, but I doubt Steven Spielberg will be browsing my clips anytime soon!

This does of course mean that I'm carrying a tripod around with me, which is not good news for my back, but it does mean that I'm taking the opportunity to shoot some high quality tripod mounted stills at the same time. 

Nokia Lumia 1020

Now it may seem a bit strange to mount a smartphone on a tripod, but it's sitting there shooting video so I might as well take advantage of it. I've even bought an attachment so I can mount my Panasonic CM1 on a tripod.

Now I have no real idea where this is going to go and whether I will have any success with it. It's certainly a lot more work and considering what kind of backlog I have with my stills, that's not particularly appealing. But it is something new and it also lets me use this sophisticated hybrid gear I have to it's full potential. It's certainly make me look very seriously at the options I have as well as letting look again very seriously at the kind of video quality I can get from them. 

It would also be nice to generate some income from shooting video again. And one of the attractions is the higher price that video sells for on the library sites. It's around 6x minimum over stills, so I don't have to sell so many!! So currently I'm selling stills, video and music via these stock libraries. So Soundimageplus starts to live up to it's name at last!

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II 12-40mm f/2.8 zoom