As some of you have already noticed, things are moving at age fotostock.  Literally.  Our pictures are moving.  Welcome to the next step in age fotostock.  Welcome to video!

age fotostock has now incorporated video into our offering of products.  We have put a tremendous effort into developing a platform where we can meet our clients’ needs at every level.  Now that includes motion.

So if you have been thinking about trying out the full potential of your DLSR camera (with HD capabilities) or if you have been working in video for some time, now is your chance to “get in motion.”  We would like to see the same creativity, depth of material and technical excellence in the age fotostock video collection, as we currently find in our image collections.  

We have opened with RF video only, but we will soon be offering RM and LBRF (Low Budget Royalty Free) video as well.  There is a place for each of you and we will be offering the same fair 50% commission.  

If you are interested, grab a camera with HD capacity and follow the guidelines below.  We will be following up with further instructions on how to submit in a few weeks, once our system has been fully adapted to receive and process your video.

Capture: Produce video clips in High Definition, preferably Full HD (1920 x 1080p). If you have unique clips shot in Standard Definition (SD), you can consult with us.

File format: You will have to send clips in the mov format (QuickTime).

Codec: You will have to send clips in codec H.264.

Clip Conversion: If your video archive is in a different format/codec, don´t despair.  There are many software conversion tools available for converting clips (format and codec).  We recommend MPEG Streamclip (developed by Square 5) which is free and works for both the Mac and PC platforms.  You can download this tool at: http://www.squared5.com.

Frame rate: The frames per second (fps) as you originally filmed it.  We will convert the fps if necessary.

Edited clip duration: Minimum of 5 seconds / maximum of 90 seconds.  If you have clips that are longer than this, you may consult with us.

Releases & Metadata: Keep in mind that we will need the same model and property releases and full metadata information for video as we currently require for photos.  Be sure to get those releases signed!

Knowing the industry, we’re sure that video will be subject to the same low pricing pressures as has happened with stock photography… it is our destiny.  In spite of that, we think that there is money to be made in video, just as in photography, and given the possibilities that modern DSLR cameras offer photographers; one can produce video at the same time and with the same camera that you produce still images. Get on board; we have a new offer for you!


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February 8. 2011 20:31
Most common codec across video sites right now is Motion-JPG or Photo-JPG do we have to recode everything to H.264? Canon EOS 5Dmk2 actually makes movies in H.264 but I am using MPEG Streamclip to recode all videos to Photo-JPG.


United States alfonso gutierrez
February 9. 2011 02:10
Yes, once TIFF was a very common format and LZV a popular compression standard, then all flavors of RAW but finally everybody adopted JPG as the compression standard for many good reasons. I wonder why Canon precisely decided on H.264 for the Canon 5D MKII, Canon 7D and even the Canon 60D all very well equipped for HD video. I assume that you recode to Photo-JPG a copy of your H.264 while keeping the original shot videos in the native camera codec, don’t you?  DSLR Video is still a largely ambiguous world that will need to redefine certain standards as it happened with digital photography.  


March 28. 2011 11:49
The problem is that you cannot edit H264 . It is really a poor professional acquisition format and has only been put into 'still cameras' so that they can squeeze a lot of info onto a SD compact flash card. I am hoping the next version of the Canon 5d will have the ability to capture video in MPEG2 which is an editable format, and will not have the blockiness of some areas of flat detail that you have to process through  a noise reduction software programme to reduce.


April 1. 2011 19:50
>>The problem is that you cannot edit H264.<<

A codec is a compression/decompression standard not a file per se, therefore you have to edit the file .mov in this case.

>>It is really a poor professional acquisition format and has only been put into 'still cameras' so that they can squeeze a lot of info onto a SD compact flash card.<<

The H.264 is the most used codec for high resolution video compression today. Please read more in here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264

>>I am hoping the next version of the Canon 5d will have the ability to capture video in MPEG2 which is an editable format, and will not have the blockiness of some areas of flat detail that you have to process through  a noise reduction software programme to reduce.

What Canon could do next is a mystery but I wonder very much that they will choose a codec like MPEG2 that has twice as much bit rate than H.264 with the exact levels of quality. Furthermore I have not been able to find any loss of details, blocking or flat areas on the most of 500 video clips that I have done as a test with the Canon 5D, 7D and 60H cameras. Obviously I had the cameras well adjusted for color, saturation and contrast and I was using Canon original lenses of different focal lengths. Maybe you should review your adjustments

Editing programs like Vegas, Premier, Final Cut and even Video Pad work very well with files using the H.264 codec.  


United States Tomas Abad
April 2. 2011 21:18
Back to basics, What step comes first: Converting a MotionJPG to compression H.264 or exporting the MotionJPG to QuickTime and then converting it to H.264? For example, the Nikon D300s uses MotionJPG. I'm using StreamClip as recommended by AGE. Should I compress to H.264 prior to using StreamClip to "Exported to Quicktime"?  If so, what compression software does AGE Fotostock recommend?    


April 6. 2011 11:34
Hi Tomas,
The D300 records video in the AVI format with the codec Motion JPG.  In order to prepare this material for an age fotostock submission, you only have to convert it to the MOV format (Quicktime) with the codec H.264.  This conversion is done for both the format and the codec at once.  If you are using MPEG-Streamclip, you just have to “Export to Quicktime” and select the compression codec H.264.  MPEG-Streamclip converts both the format and codec of a clip as needed.


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