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Quality over Quantity ????

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toddmedia
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Posted Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:06PM
I was told in another thread to think "Quality over Quantity"

Well ....Yes ..... and maybe no? LOL

Quality we need for sure .... lest iStockvideo gets labeled from the start as a source of nothing but hobby clips.

Quantity .... well ... I'm thinking huge variety. I joked in another thread about shooting closeups of myself shaving in the morning. I'll kick myself later if I find out that the first clips bought here are by a gov't employee producing a video on bathroom safety. LOL

I mean really. I'm sitting here trying to think of just who may be the first editors stopping here to buy ... and what they might need? Do we really think it'll be the big post houses producing some $250k corporate project? We hope so and will be adding as many business/retail/corporate type clips as possible. But will that be the big seller like on the photo side? Only time will tell.

Or will it be smaller budget videos on environmental issues by a professor at some college who got a gov't grant? Lets go shoot those smokestacks and shots of spotted owls.

Some high school kid who wants to jazz up his music video of his friend's band with some stock footage. Well ... we can start with tatooed girls in bikinis and then add just about any other footage you can think of here that would go with the lyrics. (Reminds me to get some footage of cars with those spinning wheel hubcaps, driven by a guy wearing lots of gold chains). LOL

A lot of churches in my area have complete TV production systems now and produce weekly braodcast videos as well as many in-house videos of youth groups, etc. I can think of a gazillion clips for them.

Its harder to think of what NOT to shoot than what TO shoot. Now .... shooting each thing from a quality standpoint is another whole issue. Lighting, time of day, etc. , etc.

It really will be interesting to see what types of clips get bought first.
varius-studios
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Posted Fri Aug 11, 2006 5:47PM

At the price range IS will offer the clips, this is completely new. We might have buyers here that would not buy at higher prices. Thus we can hope for sales in areas that would not sell elsewhere.

Big budget projects will probably not come here - unless IS manages to build a reputation for good quality standard clips.

So, basicly all we can do is guess what sells. The better the quality, the better the chances. But there is a market for the strange and obscure - certainly at this price.

We will find out soon enough I guess.  
JLPhotographix
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Posted Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:47PM

I know I said quality over quantity. And I hope that Istockvideo does well, but my fear is that it will just be full of below average DV clips taken with single chip cameras with no composition or any value to editors or producers. Just a bunch of video that looks like it should be on youtube.


The reason I say this is because I am an editor and I look through footage every day and purchase stock footage on a regular basis. Like today, we bought 2 shots for something were working on at a cost of just about $3000 . For less than 30sec of video. Granted it was shot on film, great lighting, telecine transfer etc.. And to be honest they were nothing special but it fit what we needed it for, and cheaper than shooting it ourselves. But it would be nice to come to Istock and find that same type shot for a lower price and know there is some kind of quality.


Maybe Istockvideo is aiming for low end video productions and not higher end stuff. I thought different. Maybe they want that kind of footage.

We wont know untill the the site goes live and see whats out there. And what people are buying.
toddmedia
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Posted Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:13PM

Posted By JLPhotographix:

Maybe Istockvideo is aiming for low end video productions and not higher end stuff. I thought different. Maybe they want that kind of footage.



My view? I think they would like the high end .... but will market to the low to mid. Remember ... this is the video side of microstock images. On the stills side there are a few high end iStock clients ..... but Getty and other high end libraries are not seeing all their clients jump ship. LOL

Did you read last month's POST magazine? (July). Articles on high end stock libraries and a lot of HD video and camera discussions. None of these guys will even notice micro-video stock sales.

I've been producing small corporate type videos for many years in a small town for low budgets (anywhere from $1k to 5k usually). If I needed shots of a lake, I would go grab my gear and spend 2 or 3 hours getting that those shots. Just no budget to get a clip from NY or LA in the past. But now ..... I would gladly spend $10-50 to download a clip and let the camera stay in the case. Over a year ... I may wind up buying enough clips here to eat any profit from selling them. LOL

And like I said above .... low to mid gov't and small corporate in-house facilities. College students, churches, a million non-profit orgs ..... there is the market. peple who always needed video but could not afford it before. Its a whole new market of nickels and dimes that will add up quick. WalMart video LOL
JenDen2005
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Posted Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:40PM

An iStock, with a blank slate. Very interesting if you think about it. Assuming iStock as we know it today, with NO images, never get a too many similiar , all the common stuff needing to be shot, have the first cell phone shot online,  etc. What a party that would be!

Unfurtuneatly, I know little to nothing of video, so I will just have to be content watching others have fun while I continue with my single frames .. I mean snapshots .. I mean photos!


 
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