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    I wanted to ask a couple of questions about stock footage.
    How often you guys use it, if you ever bother to pay for it or if you build up your own collection of stock footage?
    Also, do you sell any of your stock footage?


    I've just started goofing around with a video camera before I start my big social media/content project and am exploring all the options available to me.
    Either for making my own videos or shooting footage to flog for cold, hard cash
    Obviously, I'm not rich enough to buy stock footage from ITN or anything crazy like that (check out the prices, they are scary!),
    but does anyone know of how you can sell it to companies like this?

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    I've never used stock footage and would imagine you would have to have some really good content at good quality to be able to sell it to a stock footage site or it wouldn't be worth bothering.

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    Agree,
    OP, what camera do you have?
    . . . I suspect you'll need BBC standard footage which is high data-rate and HD (so a Pro-style camcorder).
    If you do a webSearch you should find many suppliers/Agents(where you share revenue).
    The problem of offering footage is "what is it for?"
    If you have a speciality, lets say macrophotography, then you may find this is useful for documentaries, . . . but general footage is easy to come by (most of us have miles of it!), but somehow it's just not quite what's needed. This is the root cause of high prices . . . they don't sell it very often.
    Undoubtedly web-based suppliers will have an edge, with low overheads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vidmanners View Post
    Agree,
    OP, what camera do you have?
    . . . I suspect you'll need BBC standard footage which is high data-rate and HD (so a Pro-style camcorder).
    If you do a webSearch you should find many suppliers/Agents(where you share revenue).
    The problem of offering footage is "what is it for?"
    If you have a speciality, lets say macrophotography, then you may find this is useful for documentaries, . . . but general footage is easy to come by (most of us have miles of it!), but somehow it's just not quite what's needed. This is the root cause of high prices . . . they don't sell it very often.
    Undoubtedly web-based suppliers will have an edge, with low overheads.
    I think you've hit the nail on the head there.
    If I wanted to flog stock footage as a sideline, I'd have to invest in some serious kit, then shoot very specific footage.
    Documentary based stuff sounds like the easiest sell.

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