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  1. I feel your pain! I used MS based systems for 20 years... Switch! But seriously, if I am searching for stock video, I'll never buy an MPEG or WMV file for editing. These are distribution formats and not for editing. They all sacrifice quality to a point that makes them useless in video editing, especially if you are looking for high quality. Please note: AVI is not a format, is an extension. An AVI, just like MOV (for QuickTime) may contain video compressed in many formats.
  2. All systems do take DV25, in either AVI or QT, as long as it is encoded in standard DV25... but if you ask me (as a video producer), I'd rather have them in QuickTime. There are more standards but DV25 is huge enough for the Net. It is clear that codecs for submission are not clear. Has this been written?
  3. I would not use MPEG as it is a distribution format and not an editing format. I just have to figure how long it takes to upload those 200-300MBs. Ouch!
  4. As a video editor, I prefer a DV codec as this is the fastest in any DV editing application and no conversion is required. Quicktime or AVI does not make any difference as long as they are DV. Not all codecs are directly imported by editing software and all encoding will sacrifice quality from the original. With DV, files are quite large. A minute of video will be about 300MB at DV25. The fact is that most stock videos only require to be a few seconds long. You rarely see an image for more than a few seconds in a finished video. This is going to be interesting...
  5. Actually, yes. Video is actually what I do for living. I happy to see this addition. Is there a release date planned? Are there any established categories? It would be nice to see what SS is looking for when launching... BTW, will there be a new URL (website)? Shutterstock makes a lot of scene for pictures but maybe not for video.
  6. You are right. I would probably have not switched if it was based on what they offered 10 years ago. OS X is completely new from its core to the inteface and the company's offerings in software and hardware. Regarding the software, I have a PC friend that recommended a few but I have to ask him... I'll post the names.
  7. There are "similar" applications for the PC but none are as integrated with the OS as iPhoto... meaning that in the MAC world you can access your libraries (music, movies, pictures) from other softwares just as you set them in iPhoto. Also, and very important, applications for the PC (as far as I know) do not move your picture to a standardized location, so they basically serve like a picture "Explorer" without truly managing the files. In MACs you do not even have to know where they are stored. The program does that for you so you do not mess up the files and create missing links if you delet
  8. I looked at your most popular picture and it was taken with a Canon Rebel XT. Excellent camera. I recently had the opportunity of using one and let me tell you: My dream camera is a Canon with a Foveon sensor. That will not happen as I do not see Canon using someone elses patent. They rather work on overcoming the limitations of Bayer sensors and call it DigicII. Unfortunately, you have been misled by the output of your camera as it does produce an image that is 8MP in size but it does so from 4MP green, 2MP blue and 2MP red. It is 8MP total and it has the dimensions as for an 8MP but it d
  9. I guess that my real question is why green screens are not common in photography? Is it because that in the "old days" computers were not common and photographers stuck with white background? ...not a lot of post-processing plus white is transparent in a color slide. Just curious.
  10. But if you are using channels, wouldn't it be easier to separate a color that does not exists in your model? I want to preserve fine details such as hairs, semi-transparent textures and so on. I am used to doing this on video with almost all of my video projects (with filters) and I do not have PhotoShop. I use Corel'd Photo-Paint mainly because I've been using it for over a decade... I guess the process should be very similar. I rather make the background invisible (transparent) than replacing its color or make it uniform. This way I can replace the background with anything. Does anyb
  11. I do a lot of green-screen work in video. I have a few color-key filters that I use to remove the background and replace it with something else. I have only seen photographers with white screens or drapes with decorative patterns (no removal required). My question is, how do you remove your background? I know how to do it with video but was wondering about what you use. Does anybody use green/blue screens. Yes, no, why? In this picture, I used a white drape for my background but manually removed it in Corel's Photo-Paint. I later added the sepia look from iPhoto. Well, since this i
  12. I finally find out what the per-pic-sales are!!!
  13. This is how they describe it: "...you can easily: Fine-tune exposure Adjust levels (using a histogram with midtone and quadtone controls; includes Auto levels and Auto contrast settings) Set White Balance (includes an eyedropper for easy white point setting) Crop / Modify highlights and shadow Mix RGB channels for perfect black-and-white conversions Reduce noise / Correct red-eye Sharpen images (using Unsharp Mask or Sharpen Luminance tools) Straighten images and horizons / Desaturate color levels Change a color image to Sepia (with controls to set the degree of Sepia coloration)
  14. ...eat some beans, get a sound-activated shutter release and smile after your flatulence. It will be hysterical, your assistants will not appreciate it, but you'll snap your best smile. LOL
  15. Since only a few show up at the homepage, I think they show up there based on posts and traffic... if it gets popular it will show up there.
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