View Full Version : Stock footage demand?

05-27-2012, 11:21 PM
Hey everybody,

I'm just curious what you all think about the market for visual effects stock footage. I'm thinking about setting up a website were people can preview and buy really high quality stock footage. It'd be things like muzzle flashes, bullet impacts, water splashes, fire, smoke, explosions, and anything else you may find your self wanting to composite into some footage, but it would be too much of a pain in the butt to film by yourself. The footage itself would be good, high quality stuff. I'm thinking of getting a Scarlet for this, so the footage would be extremely high-quality, high resolution stuff (maybe even some slo-mo).

Before I go to the trouble of setting all this up and spending a lot of money to do this... I'm just wondering what ya'll's opinions are on this... Do you think there's much demand for this type of thing? Would YOU use it? I know I'd have fun creating it, but it wouldn't exactly be cheap to do so, and it'd be nice to know I could count on at least breaking even.

Thanks everybody!

05-28-2012, 11:13 AM
Have you researched what's already out there by any chance?



05-28-2012, 02:03 PM
Trouble with videocopilot for me is that you have to buy a collection (as far as I know?)

You might just want to preview and select a single muzzle flash and pay just for that

DVD collections taking up space on shelves (or even hard drives) is an old business model

05-28-2012, 06:15 PM
Something along the lines of:

Finalight - http://www.finalight.com
Motion Elements - http://www.motionelements.com/
Pond5 - http://www.pond5.com/
Videohive - http://videohive.net
Shutterstock - http://footage.shutterstock.com/

Might be tough to make money on it...

05-28-2012, 09:15 PM
Hey everybody, thanks for all the quick responses.

I have looked around to see what's out there, and most everything I found was either not very useful, or hideously expensive, and, like littlewaves said, more than you'd want (and therefore more than you'd be willing to pay for). I'd rather choose from 10 GOOD shots, than have to slog through a thousand really really awful shots to find a few gold nuggets.

Pond5, Shutterstock, Motionelements, and videohive don't seem to be specifically geared towards visual effects, so you have to look hard for something useful. Most of the stuff on Finalight's website looks fake (and way too expensive anyways).

I DID find one really good website... one that is actually REALLY close to the kind of thing I had in mind. http://fxelements.com/ Hell if that's one of the only decent sites I've found then surely there's room for another, if nothing else than to provide variety.

Maybe if this takes off really well, I'd grab a second camera and do some stereo shooting...