How to Become a Clip Shot Provider
How do I sell media on Clip Shot?
First, you must join Clip Shot as a user. After successfully joining us as a user, login, then go to the Clip Shot Provider Application and register to become a Shot Provider.
Submit sample footage by uploading using YouSendIt, or by sending it via mail on DVD's or other digital media. PLEASE NOTE, any drives or media sent to Clip Shot, WILL NOT BE RETURNED. If uploading your files using YouSendIt, provide the link in the Application. When received, we will review your application and samples of your work. We will make a determination at that time whether to approve or deny you as a Clip Shot Provider. We want you to succeed and hope to provide you with the tools and marketing to help you accomplish your goals.
After I am approved, what is the next step?
If approved, your account will reflect your Clip Shot Provider status, and you will be able to submit your footage or photos. We will provide detailed instructions on submitting your individual clips or photos for sale at that time. As part of the submission process you will need to add a Name/Title and Description, keywords / tags and other pertinent technical information about your photo or video clip. After our reviewer approves the photo/clip it will be added to our databases, converted to the necessary versions we are offering for sale, and will be immediately available for buyers to purchase.
What can I sell on Clip Shot?
Currently we accept Commercial and Editorial Photos of at least 4 Mega Pixels. For footage, we accept high quality RED, HD or SD clips. In particular, we are looking for high resolution RED and 3D stereoscopic footage as well.
If you hold the copyright to your media or footage, then you are eligible to submit content to our store. You as the copyright holder will always remain as the owner. Clip Shot is an electronic store where you can license the use of your media using our royalty free licensing agreement. Clip Shot’s licensing agreement is non-exclusive, which means you can sell it elsewhere if you choose to. Clip Shot though offers a very aggressive royalty payment to our providers of 50%, so why would you want to sell your clips anywhere else?
Who owns the copyright to my clip?
As the shot provider, you do. You are simply licensing your copyrighted material to purchasers using the terms of Clip Shot’s Royalty Free Licensing Agreement.
You MUST be the copyright-owner of any material you submit for licensing on Clip Shot. Don’t upload a photo or clip if you are unsure whether or not you are the legal copyright-holder. Usually, if you shot and created the footage, you are considered the copyright owner.
To find out more about copyright, check out the US copyright office at
http://www.copyright.gov/ or http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ45.html.
How do I set the price for my work?
Purchasers buy Clippy’s (Clip Shot’s Currency) and pay for their media purchases using them. The amount of Clippy’s purchased by the buyer, determines what their value is. For instance on the high side 1 Clippy may be worth $1.59 each and on the low side $ .79 each depending upon what package the buyer selects at the time of purchase. Royalty payments paid will be based on the value of the Clippy used to purchase your photo/clip.
You set the price of your work when it is submitted. There are no minimums or maximums. As with any true free marketplace you have total control over the price to be charged for your work.
Keep in mind however that the market also dictates pricing levels and if your price is set too high and your work never sells, it defeats the purpose of having it in our store’s inventory.
Our Goal is to provide buyers with quality and value in their media purchase, and providers with a decent return for their work.
What if my clip does not sell?
Providers will have the ability to change the price of their clips or photos, if they have not sold. However once a sale is made for a particular clip or photo, the price is locked in.
How much can I make?
Providers make 50% of the value of the Clippys used to purchase the clip. If for example you price a video clip at 5 Clippys per second. A buyer purchases 10 seconds of that clip. In this instance, the total selling price was 50 Clippys. If the user that bought the clip paid $ 1.39 per Clippy, then the dollar value of the total was $ 69.50. Your royalty payment on the clip is 50% of $ 69.50 which would be $ 34.75.
Photos are priced at flat rates for each resolution offered. You set the different price points for each size. If for example you price a photo at:
• 20 Clippys for Super Large
• 15 Clippys for Extra Large
• 10 Clippys for Large
• 5 Clippys for Medium
• 1 Clippys for Small
A buyer purchases a Large version of your photo and pays 10 Clippys. If the user that bought the photo paid $ 1.39 per Clippy, then the dollar value of the total was $ 13.90. Your royalty payment on the clip is 50% of $ 13.90 which would be $ 6.95.
You will be able to price all photos and footage in tenths. You don’t have to price on whole numbers. So, if you want to price footage at 0.5 Clippys per second, you can.
You will be able to see full reports for each month on what clilps or photos sold, how much they sold for, what value of Clippys were used, and what royalty payments are due.
How do I get paid?
Once established, payments are made on a monthly basis. Payments will only be made to a provider’s Paypal account, so you must have a valid Paypal account to receive royalty payments. Payments will be made on the 20th of each month for the previous month’s sales. You will be able to track all of your sales with access to your account at Clip Shot. There is a minimum of $25 before a payout will be made. If you do not have that in your account it will accrue until that minimum is reached and will be paid in the next month that value is reached.
Paypal is an online service that allows you to securely send and receive monetary payments. At Clip Shot this is our only method of making payments to providers. Paypal charges a 2-percent fee, up to a maximum of $1, on each payment made. This amount will be deducted from a provider’s total. For example, if your earnings for the month are $101, you will receive $100.
What about releases?
If your photo/clip is for commercial use, Clip Shot requires a model release for each recognizable person portrayed. Property releases are required when a property is recognizable or has a brand logo or trademark. There can not be any brands, logos or trademarks shown in the photos/footage without the proper release.
What if I don’t have a release?
You can submit content as Editorial footage. (Footage considered newsworthy or footage which has documentary value), and releases are not usually required. If you are submitting Editorial footage you must indicate that at the time of submission.
Does Clip Shot provide model and property releases?
Yes, Clip Shot has downloadable model realease and property release agreements. We also accept other standard model and property release agreements - using Clip Shot’s version is not required.
Upload a Talent or Property Release?
We will only accept completed releases scanned at 300 dpi and saved in .jpg or .pdf format. Signed releases should be scanned and uploaded when the photo or clip is submitted. You will be able to attach you releases to the clip or photo in your admin section. Illegible releases will not be accepted, and footage or photos will be flagged as Editorial if so.
What are the technical specifications for the files I submit?
Footage Technical Specifications
We accept footage in the Quicktime .MOV file format. We accept footage using Codecs that are High Quality and are used on a variety of machines. Apple Pro-Res is the preferred choice for its quality and efficiency of the compression. Other accepted codecs include the Motion JPEG, Photo JPEG and DV codec. Other codecs may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact us if you plan on using a different codec.
QuickTime Pro is very inexpensive and can be used to convert many different types of video files into the MOV format.
HD and SD Video Clips should be no larger than 1.5 GB and at least 5 sec to 60 seconds in length. Depending on the material submitted we may accept longer clips up to 2 min.
Footage Resolution and Frame Rate
Footage should be submitted using the highest resolution and frame rate of the original. Below are some standards to be aware of.
• HD-1080: 1920X1080
• HD-720: 1280X720
• HDV-1080i: 1440x1080
• SD - PAL: 720X576
• SD - NTSC: 720X486
• SD - NTSC DV: 720X480
All HD footage is in a 16:9 format. SD footage can be in either 4:3 format or 16:9 (Anamorphic) format. Footage sent in SD needs to be indicated whether it is Anamorphic or not when submitted.
Footage with Audio
If your footage has audio and doesn’t contain copyrighted material or recognizable voices, then please include the audio with the clip. If there is a recognizable voice a release would be required. Do not include the audio if copyrighted material, including music, is audible.
Photos Technical Specifications
Photos should be submitted in their original resolution and file format whenever possible. Accepted file formats are JPG at the highest quality or uncompressed TIF files. Minimum resolution accepted is 4 Mega Pixels. This equates to a minimum image resolution of approximately 2500x1600 pixels. In terms of size, this image at 300DPI is 8.33 Inches x 5.33 Inches.
I Have More Questions
If you have additional questions on your material and how to prepare it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.