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  1. Patrick Cooper

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Circles, circles. Looking forward to flying manual circles!
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    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Sari LOL. I might be getting a new quadcopter fairly soon. It will be a GPS quad but won't be a DJI craft. It will be a low cost alternative. Can't wait to put it up in the air but I'm betting it's going to have pretty short flight times when I add the weight of a camera and gimbal. Looks like a nice flyer with good potential but unfortunately, it only accepts proprietary batteries that don't have a balance plug so I'm going to have to add a second battery (with a balance plug) in order to power the gimbal which would reduce flight times even more.
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    This right here is what's killing Shutterstock

    Certainly not all of them! There is a very similar thread to this one on another microstock agency's forum with contributors complaining about loads of images that have irrelevant keywords. And it's no surprise that that site does not check keywords either. So once again - it's not just SS that has this problem.
  4. Patrick Cooper

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Great montage, Sari. It was really nice seeing deer being intimate with each other. And the appearance of the rabbit hopping along was really cool. Really enoyed he lone raccoon too towards the end. I noticed a few cases of animal vandalism! We've experienced some of that on our farm too but in our case, it wasn't a trail cam that was the target. Those inquisitive horses have got character!
  5. Patrick Cooper

    Seriously need a better alternative for uploading videos

    Ive also got a copy of Adobe Premier Elements but haven't used it as yet. I'll have to find out if that offers the PhotoJPEG codec.
  6. Agreed. Some of my best sellers are editorial images.
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    Seriously need a better alternative for uploading videos

    Just hope I can source a version of Resolve that has PhotoJPG. Yes Ive heard that stock agencies accept hard discs. Though not really convenient when you're based on the other side of the world.
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    Seriously need a better alternative for uploading videos

    I was just about to export a new video from Shotcut when I discovered that it does not have the photojpeg codec. Unbelievable. From the huge selection of codecs, I simply assumed that it had photojpeg but I could not find it. The closest or similar looking ones are jpeg2000 and jpegls. Does Davinci Resolve have photojpeg?
  9. Patrick Cooper

    This right here is what's killing Shutterstock

    Not quite. I used that same search phrase on another stock site and although it mostly gave relevant results, it also displayed a young couple in a park and also an extremely young couple (little kids) and some photos of empty park benches. Though of course it could have been much worse. And sometimes it is. It's not a problem that is unique to SS.
  10. Patrick Cooper

    This right here is what's killing Shutterstock

    There are many cases of irrelevant keywords attached to images in a whole bunch of stock agencies (not just SS) that do not make any sense at all. Some might be an honest mistake but it's also likely that many do it deliberately. For whatever reason - I have no idea. On another site, there's a photo of a body of water and some grass and the keyword "kangaroos" is included. And yep - you guessed it, there are no kangaroos to be seen. And on another site, there's a closeup image of an animal of some kind (might be a horse if I recall) that has about at least 5 - 7 different kinds of animals featured in the keywords but the photo only features one kind of animal. Some of these sites don't offer keyword suggestions like SS does so that's a clear indication that a lot of it is intentional.
  11. Patrick Cooper

    Seriously need a better alternative for uploading videos

    Most of my clips are very short. The one in particular that I spent ages trying to upload was a 4k time lapse clip that was around about 7 - 10 seconds in duration. I used prores which I found out later was a mistake. Ive since been told that the prores option available in Shotcut is not the legitimate prores codec and can cause problems when editing on a mac computer. When I found that out, I removed the video from SS and deleted the file. Unfortunately, I can't remember the file size. It may have been less than 1GB but I can't remember. I'll re-encode the video as photojpeg and try my luck with Stock Submitter.
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    my first 100 downloads

    Well done!
  13. Patrick Cooper

    Seriously need a better alternative for uploading videos

    Thanks Linda. I'll give Stocksubmitter a go. I might try it with a photojpeg codec video just to see how it handles it. If it takes 1 - 2 days to upload, maybe I'll switch to h264.
  14. Patrick Cooper

    Seriously need a better alternative for uploading videos

    Yea I wasn't being realistic. I was just hoping that there was something like what I thought Dropbox was from my vague memory - having files sitting on your desktop that can be viewed and accessed by other online users. Perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me and what I'm describing is akin to science fiction. I was really determined to provide superior codecs like prores and photojpeg to give clients more flexibility in editing. But doing so makes the files absolutely gigantic and the time it takes to upload them is ridiculous. I guess the only thing I can do is upload videos with the h264 codec which unfortunately, will compress the hell out of them and severely limit colour grading options. The ironic thing is that we've got NBN here for internet which is meant to be quite fast (theoretically) but it's super slow.
  15. I'm starting to create larger video files for submitting to the different stock agencies and it's literally an uphill battle trying to upload them. Regardless if I use FTP or upload directly to a site, it can take one or two days just for one file with constant breakdowns and restarts. And I really don't want to repeat that painful process. So I'm looking at alternative options where not only is uploading quicker but I can also submit content to different sites at the same time. Someone on another stock forum suggested Dropstock which works in conjunction with Dropbox. Interesting concept though I tried Dropbox a long time ago but couldn't get it to work. Tonight, I managed to use Dropbox successfully with a word document that I used as a test. Though despite the instructions I found online, I can't create folders within the Dropbox website (though I can upload files.) Unfortunately, I don't think this system will be sufficient for sending my videos to stock sites. When I read about and tried Dropbox ages ago, I had this vague recollection that you create a folder on your desktop and transfer files there that you want to share. Essentially, those files in your desktop would be accessible to other people on different computers that have your permission to view them. What I did just now with Dropbox is very different to what I remember it to be. Following the instructions I found recently, I had to upload a file to the Dropbox website which relies on my internet speed. If I try that with a large video file, it's going to be no better than uploading directly to an individual stock site which may take one or two days. Even with a word document, the process of sharing seemed sluggish and slow. Don't suppose there are any alternatives that don't rely on my super slow internet speed?
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