I’ve been uploading stock footage for approximately 6 months now with varied success. I’m now trying to decide whether to use Blackbox Global or upload manually to the major stock footage web sites.
I am enjoying using Blackbox to upload my stock drone footage. It is easy to use and the collaboration options are very good to use. Being able to find a good curator to add the keywords and titles to my clips saves me hours of time. However, it does mean that I could lose money on my sales. Blackbox take 15%, a collaborator could take 20% – 25% depending on the agreement I’ve set. Together with the fact that I can only upload 70 clips per week has made me start to wonder whether I would be better off uploading my drone stock footage clips manually.
The Uploading to Shutterstock Experience
To help me make my decision, I have set up an account on both Shutterstock and Adobe Stock. I wanted to find out what the process was when uploading manually. Looking at Shutterstock first, I found the uploading experience very simple. Adding keywords was easy and Shutterstock also have a great keyword help tool. This makes sure that your stock footage clips are being submitted correctly to be found by people looking for your relevant footage.
The only major problem I found was when my footage was being reviewed by the Shutterstock review team. Some of my clips were rejected because the clips had “Noise / Artefacts: Content contains noise, film grain, compression artefacts, pixelation, and/or posterisation that detracts from the main subject.” I found this a little odd. I studied my drone footage on Shutterstock and could not see any such noise, film grain, compression artefacts, pixelation, and/or posterisation. The clips that were rejected were of waves in the sea. I am wondering whether the the uploaded clips are run through an automatic quality control program and confused the movement of the sea as artefacts.
I’m only saying this because the 2nd batch of clips I uploaded at the same bit rate and quality all passed this test. A few of the second batch of clips I uploaded were only rejected because they were too similar to my other clips, which I can take on board.
The Uploading to Adobe Stock Experience
Again, setting up the Drones Deep stock footage contributor account with Adobe Contribute was simple. In less than 10 minutes I was able to upload my drone stock footage clips. I was really impressed how the Adobe Contributor system was able to automatically add keywords to my clips after they were successfully uploaded. It does a great job at recognising what type of footage I have uploaded and adds the keywords itself. I have to say that it doesn’t always get it 100% correct. It can add the wrong country to the keywords and occasionally there is a random keyword that is not relevant to my clip. But a quick glance down the keyword list enables me to find and replace any keyword that doesn’t not belong with the clip.
The only issue I have so far with Adobe Stock is that my clips are still yet to be reviewed. So at the moment, I am unable to comment about if my clips are approved or rejected and on what grounds if rejected. Adobe Stock contributor does state that my drone footage will be reviewed by the moderation team within the next few days. Well it’s been a few day and my clips are still waiting to be reviewed.
BlackBox Global or Upload Manually Conclusion, So Far…
I’m still torn between whether to save time and getting BlackBox to upload to Shutterstock, Adobe Stock and a few other stock footage sites. On one hand, it would save me time to get a curator to title and keyword my footage, but then again I could loose over 30% in revenue. Also, seeing that some of my clips have been rejected my Shutterstock, I’m wondering how many other clips have been rejected from the major stock footage sites. I have over 630 clips showing as online through Blackbox, but I am now wondering just how many have been rejected by Adobe and Shutterstock.
With Shutterstock, I’m also able to upload 100 clips per week rather than the 70 per week with Blackbox. I am unable to locate the upload limits for Adobe Contribute.
I guess it all comes down to how much time I have to upload, title and keyword my drone stock footage clips. I am leaning towards uploading manually so I can fully understand what type of clips are selling and (just as importantly), which type of clips are being rejected!
I think I will continue to experiment uploading manually for another few months and see what type of results I get.