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  1. In AIM, the filters include the option of Discoverability/Not on Sale. Does this not isolate the ones Alamy have highlighted?
  2. The afternoon is wearing on and there has been no further word from Alamy on this situation. I am genuinely disappointed and dismayed. What has happened to a perhaps small number of esteemed contributors is bad enough in itself. What is worse is the potential for it to take place again, affecting possibly any contributor. It seems we are all vulnerable to sales being refunded at 50% and resold at 40%. Alamy, have you really nothing further to say?
  3. I couldn't quite believe what I was reading here! It's so obviously an injustice to refund an old sale then immediately repost the sale on terms which then favour Alamy and disadvantage the contributor, that I couldn't believe Alamy would knowlingly do it. I've been confidently expecting that Alamy would make an appearance here to say, Our hands are up we made a boo boo and overlooked the fact that rectifying it it would leave contributors worse off. Sorry folks, we'll set things to rights with haste. That is what has happened and will happen, isn't it Alamy? Surely? I've never ha
  4. Thank you for pointing us back to Mark's original work. I couldn't find the initial discussion thread, through I had a vague memory it was Mark who had done the legwork.
  5. This is absolutly fascinating, Mark. Thank you for posting it. I had no idea that it might be possible to apply for a patent for such a generic operation as searching a database and applying a ranking order to the results. The 2011 document describes in brief outline how picture metadata is used to select images from a database from search critera. The 2007 documents(s), 'Assignment of a display order to images selected by a search engine' seems to describe very much the way we have believed the search to operate, assinging each 'supplier with a handicap (presumably the individua
  6. It's hard to feel motivated by lower sales, lower income and when your agency makes you feel unloved by cutting your income from whatever sales you do make. I have about two thousand images stretching back nearly three years waiting to be processed and uploaded to Alamy. I think they will have to wait a while as my motivation to work on video clips which are homed elsewhere is just slightly greater.
  7. Good grief, I'm losing my mind.. it's pr7dbp. This one. It's time I went back to bed, I think. 🙃
  8. Sorry Guido, that reference was a late -night bleary eyed typo. It should have read PR7DPB. It's always difficult to know what keywords to include when some things are minor elements in the picture, or if something is implied in the picture but not explicit. I lean towards keywording literally as much as possible. I set up an experiment for myself three or four years ago where I created an extra pseudo which I strictly keyword as tightly as possible, trying to eliminate the possibility of false positives as much as I can. That pseudo now has an above average CTR and has produced p
  9. What you are describing is an aspect of Alamy's search results which we know a little about because of research done by other contributors. Your first image appear in position 3 of a search for Majella. This is quite good. The succeeding photos belonging to you then appear every 19 images in the search results. This pattern is imposed to prevent the top search results being dominated by one or two contributors. This pattern will continue as long as there are photographs from other contributors to fill the intervening spaces. You have 338 pictures of Majella, nearly one-sixth of al
  10. My Alamy measures is now accessible. However, it's showing many more views over the weekend than I would normally expect but no zooms at all. As a result my current CTR has plunged compared to what it was last week. My guess is that they have been catching up with some of the views which had not been included in previous weeks when they also had strange behaviour on measures. It would be nice if everything was sorted now and we can proceed with a degree of certainty from here on in.
  11. I have a trail camera which cost about £100. The video is full HD an the stills 4000 x 3000. In neither case would I contemplate submitting them as items for Alamy or a video agency, the quality is simply too poor, probably due to lens quality and high compression rates on the video. I don't know how much you would have to pay to get one which produced decent quality.
  12. Of course we have no way of knowing if any video sales have accrued to us as Alamy ascribes all the sales to the 'Pond5' contributor and Pond5 won't reveal to us which agency was the source of any Global Partner Programme sales we make there. I've not seen any GPP sales through Pond5 in the last two months, it's fairly safe to assume Alamy hasn't sold any of mine ☹️. Overall, I haven't seen the Alamy video portfolio grow at all since I set up some benchmark searches at the beginning of August. I'm checking for changes most days and I'll report anything I find here.
  13. Not sure where I saw it but there was a news story reported today that someone had bought in an OpenSea auction a supposed NFT of a Banksy work which seemed to originate on the artist's own website. The virtual currency used was real enough though, the money disappeared and the artwork/NFT was found to be imaginary. Not only are NFT's and virtual currencies strange concepts to begin with, it seems you now have to negotiate a world where two things which only exist as binary data to begin with may well be unreal as well. I think I will stay well clear.
  14. RM stills to Alamy is fine. RM footage is not accepted by Alamy directly, but may be possible through Pond5. Alamy have recently started acting as a distributor for Pond5 footage but there is no sure way of a Pond5 contributor selecting which of their clips will appear at Alamy. You will find discussion of the new developments in this thread and this thread. Actually, I've just thought that Pond5 footage is sold as RF and the Alamy licence for video is basically RF, so I don't know of a way of submitting footage to Alamy which is RM rather than RF. Futher clarification
  15. It's normal for payments to take six weeks to clear from the invoice date. It's not unusual for some sales to take longer than this to clear, strtching into two or three months, sometimes longer. However, for a sale stretching back to March it may be worth querying it with Contributor Relations (contributors@Alamy.com). It's very likely they will say they are doing what they can to obtain payment from the client, after all, Alamy have an interest in being paid too. Unfortunately, a minority of sales never clear (client goes out of business or simply refuses to stump up) and these w
  16. UK based. I used my real name as when I signed up so many years ago, it never occured to me to do any other. I have one pseudo which is not based on my name but the name I trade uner (JYImages). If I were signing up nowadays I might well choose a name which does what Geogphotos suggests - whenever I search for my real name I end up looking at many, many photos releated to Clemson university whose football team have/had a player called Joseph .
  17. Alamy no longer requires you to upload a copy of any moel or property release you have, it simply requires you to indicate that you do have a properly completed release available. In the event that they need to see a release they will contact you to request a copy. As long as you have the releases ready and are able to respond to their request there should be no problem.
  18. A couple of seaside pictures with a current affairs theme, and one atmospheric one. Honeycomb seawall defences at Blackpool south promenade Teenage boy pondering the distant windfarm stood on newly laid beach shingle at Llandudno, replacing the beach defences which washed away in storms of 2013-14. Sea anglers on their way home after a day of fishing on the beach at Formby, Merseyside
  19. Others are reporting the same in the Payment thread and on another forum. No detail as to what has gone wrong.
  20. Why on earth is this post being given a red arrow? Betty is briefly explaining the reality of how Alamy deals with payments, in response to a question which is not even set out with clarity. Sometimes I despair.
  21. Hello John, I'll say at the outset that I'm not familiar with AVCHD and I'm too tied up at the moment to research it properly. You can certainly open it in Shotcut or Resolve, but whether it is the best format to be editing it in I am by no means sure. A brief lesson (look it up in more detail for a proper understanding): Video files come in some kind of container (.MOV, .AVI, .MP4 are examples), sometimes called a format. Within these containers the video itself is encoded/compressed according to the system employed by a CODEC (Coder/Decoder). Different codecs compress in diferen
  22. I did shoot a wedding as a favour for my favourite nephew. The editing took me weeks to do! Afterwards I looked into entering the wedding video segment to replace the declining stock photography. Once I realised the hassle of getting permissions, releases and additional fees for filming the 'performers' (officiant, organist, choir, hotel MC), the licence need to distribute copies of your video if it contains copyrighted music... This is before I counted the potential hassle of messing up the shooting of someone's BIG day. Ideally too you need more than one camera/operator to give you alternat
  23. Given that each act of transcoding may introduce degredation into a file that has already been natively stored in a lossy format (on tape or memory card) by the camera, the ideal would be to convert in one operation to a codec better suited to editing, i.e. DNxHD or ProRes, while maintining as much quality as possible. The final delivery is another transcode after editing to a delivery codec acceptable to the agency(ies) concerned. It's this first step of converting M2T files (of which I have a large collection) into DNxHD which I need to solve, so I can do a minimum amount of grading in Resol
  24. Sadly, no joy on the DNxHD export. It says Handbrake is designed to tbe the last stage in a video workflow so they only export to delivery codecs,, not those designed for professional editing. Thanks for trying. I'm tied up on other projects this week (not least my Fantasy Football teams!) so I'll have to continue my search for a suitable convertor in the coming days.
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