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Joseph Clemson

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  1. In some respects you may have the advantage of me in coming to video now and learning from the current state of technology and software. You can see and incorporate the best and niftiest of what is new. I've been doing video for about fifteen years and much of my workflow has been set in semi-stone since I last reviewed my workflow when I got my Canon 60D and Resolve first came to my attention about seven years ago. I still work in HD (4K being a bridge too far financially). This thread has been most useful in prompting me to look seriously again at how I do things, so the discussion on variou
  2. AVS. Shotcut looks to be much more sophisticated than AVS but I found it not intuitive so I have no incentive to move from Davinci Resolve.
  3. Hello Vincent, Thanks for pointing out this one. This program seems to be aimed at the consumer level, rather than someone aiming to edit files for profesional use. I haven't downloaded the program to try it out, but the screentour suggests features like the colour adjustment is done at a very simple level - no access to the separate colour channels, for example. I wouldn't write it off if someone is just looking to set out to learn a little about video editing, but not I'm so sure for what people here are likely to be working on. I did download the AVS video convertor as I'm looki
  4. Two versions of the same clip is not an approach I've ever tried and in some agencies may fall foul of a reluctance to accept similars.. To the extent that one can see what sells on video stock sites, I don't get the impression that minimal processed bland clips sell especially well, though I can see their attractiveness to the professional colourist. I also have a feeling that unprocessed video is of most benefit when it comes from high end speciaist video cameras and terms I barely understand like uncompresed, raw and logging are bandied about. Such as this is far above my level of knowledge
  5. To know what to do for the best I would have to be a colourist or video production specialist and I am neither. I find myself leaning towards what I have learned as a photographer, where some degree of exposure adustment, contrast, saturation etc. will help a photo to sell where a bland image may not. I shoot using my Canon 60D with a neutral picture style, including zero in-camera sharpening. My basic processing procedure is to try to compensate for any significant over or under exposure (though badly exposed footage goes to the waste bin). Sometimes getting the overall exposure
  6. Thanks Phil for the introduction to Shotcut, I hadn't seen it before. I've installed it and had a brief firtle around. It looks almost as complex as Davinci Resolve as a video editor and under the bonnet there is a geat amount of capability available. My reservations are probably coloured by the fact that I'm now familiar with Resolve, but I think some are genuine reservations. It wouldn't play clips smoothly for me, in either the editor or the player. Resolve has that limitation on my hardware too, but it handles it elegantly with slower but very smooth playback. Overall, even though I've bee
  7. Learning new things all the time here. I too had a GPP sale today, but it couldn't be through Alamy as they have not (yet) imported it. I'm slightly relieved that it can't have been an Alamy sale because the net licence revenue, after which my 60% (exclusive) commission was calculated, was much lower than I would have hoped. I remain hopeful that the £48 Alamy price for video, once the sales begin to flow, will not be too greatly sliced and diced before I get my 60% share of what remains.
  8. Rather pours cold water on any hopes of any future direct submissions to Alamy then. Thanks for the info.
  9. You are absolutely right about the moveable feast that is P5 displayed prices, they often display a lower price to the contributor (as permitted in their contributor contract) and may charge yet another actual price on sale (again, as permitted in their contributor contract) . In this respect they have the same attitude to contributor-set prices as Alamy has to their price calculator on the image details page. We have no way of knowing, and likely can never know, whether the set prices for video on the Alamy site are the ones actually charged to the customer. As far as I know the
  10. I don't think having similar or identical clips on both Alamy and Pond5 at slightly different price levels is going to be a big problem. In essence, the regular video buyer is mostly going to be using P5. I think Alamy are hoping to pick up the occasional video buyer from among their regular customers for still photography. There will be some people who are already both P5 video buyer and Alamy still image buyers, but probably not a high percentage common to both groups. I've seen comments that Alamy have still not got their video approach right and have no Unique Selling Point, g
  11. Hello Hanif, If you have not yet seen any of your Pond5 videos transfer over to Alamy, try setting them in the price range $55-79, which is what others have reported as seeming to be the price selection criteria. Setting video prices really low helps no one anyway, to be honest, as it is the subject matter and quality of production which matters to most buyers. Your post prompted me to revisit the Pond5/Alamy partnership programme thread. As I've been away I haven't yet conducted any experiments to see what price changes will do to cause clips to transfer to Alamy. However, I
  12. Maybe he's just read the contract and had second thoughts?
  13. There is a contractural obligation to not mark an image as exclusive to Alamy if it is available for licensing as stock on another agency. You don't actually have to TELL Alamy you're going non exclusive, but they will know if you mark your images correctly and they care to look!
  14. I'm leaving my portfolio as exclusive, simply because they are not uploaded anywhere else and I see no prospect of them being uploaded anywhere else - I've not found anywhere which pays decently and has a good prospect of selling the generic editorial stock I produce. Or have I not looked hard enough? I never sell directly to clients so the issue of infringements being wrongly chased is, for me, nil. The actual benefits I can see of being exclusive to Alamy though are so small as to be negligible.
  15. Thank you, TeeCee for spotting this usage and for your ongoing sterling effort in trawling through The Times.
  16. For urban and landscape photos put more detail about the location in both caption and keywords. Include the names of buildings, businesses, street as well as town. Most images sold here are used to illustrate a very specific subject, general terms such as landscape, mountains etc may be searched from time to time, but you are more likely to end up at the top of the search result if you specify which mountain is in the picture.
  17. That looks quite frightening to me, the notion that a news photograph has no creativity or originality and is therefore not worthy of copyright seems to have the potential to blow out of the water the ability of freelance press photographers to earn a living from their work. Thank you for highlighting this, though I have no idea what can be done about it.
  18. Always be aware that Alamy only checks a sample of any submision made. They expect each contributor to strictly QC their own submissions and Alamy just examine a small sample this to make sure the contributor is doing this. Most images in any given portfolio have never been looked at by Alamy QC at all. This method of working trips up a lot of new contributors here, especially those who have moved over from microstock sites where all images are checked before acceptance. Also be aware that Alamy only checks for technical quality. Again, operating in a different way to
  19. For me the balance was restored to the correct amount automatically. I'd identified the sale which had lost its cleared payment as one made on 28th May 2021 and originally cleared on 12th July. I've checked that transaction this morning and the cleared date is again showing 12th July. I'm a little surprised more people who posted in the early part of this thead haven't reported in to say if their balance has been restored to the correct amount. Also, Alamy haven't given any further update, all of which makes me wonder if the issue isn't yet fully resolved. You might want to keep a
  20. Yes, Radim, not you alone! Joy abounding with highly polished brass knobs on. My cleared transaction which was lost is now found and restored to its rightful place in my cleared balance.
  21. Alamy QC don't work weekends or UK public holidays so adjust your upload patterns to account for that. My own pattern is to upload a batch of 20-30 at a time as that is also a batch size I can comfortably finish processing in a session once QC have given the thumbs up (captioning ,keywording, choosing supertags, filling in the 'optional' fields).
  22. Ah. I see. I was confused by the word 'Hi'.🙂 . Carry on....
  23. Perhaps while Alamy are looking for the missing cleared balances, they might at the same time look down the back of the sofa and see if any sales have dropped down there. I do seem to be a few short this month....
  24. You might like to start a welcome thread of your own. At the moment the thread title suggests you are based in Germany. While that is no bad thing, its a tad confusing.
  25. Uppercase and lowercase are ignored in searches of both captions and keywords. I make sure I use capitals and punctutation properly in captions simply to make the caption more easily readable and to maintain an air of professionalism.
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