Learning to monetize your videos using Stock Footage

A beginner course for learning the stock footage business model
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  • Lectures 38
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2014 English

Course Description

I struggled for years to figure out how to make money with my passion for travel and making videos. After many travel videos on Youtube that earned me very little, a stock footage agency in Singapore contacted me to organize my video collection and sell it over the Internet. I organized my collection and figured out how to get my collection on-line making money for me. Finally I figured it out. Nothing more exciting than seeing sales on the video clips.

If you have a passion for Travel, video, or even photography I want to share how you can make money with your passions and save you the struggle. This is a practical hands-on course that will teach you everything to need to start creating travel videos and making money with them on stock footage agencies.

  1. An Introduction to stock footage
  2. Getting started - First I provide insight into what videos will sell. We cover camera gear, lenses, and accessories you will need.
  3. Filming video - We do a live video shoot and teach you how to film video. We take it a step further and cover special techniques like time-lapse photography, action camera's, dolly shots, and aerial video.
  4. Manage media - We teach you how to manage your footage and even some video editing in Final Cut Pro X to produce your stock footage clips.
  5. Uploading Media - We provide a complete walk-thru uploading your videos onto the 2 main stock agencies. We take it a step further by showing you how to create CSV files for large uploads.
  6. Getting paid - We give you an overview of the payment process

What are the requirements?

  • SLR camera or action camera would be helpful, Mac laptop with final cut pro x would be helpful

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to build an income with your travel videos on stock footage sites
  • Learn about camera gear and accessories
  • Learn about stock footage
  • Learn how to create good travel video
  • Learn how to upload and get your video files on-line efficiently using CSV files
  • Develop familiar with the top 2 stock footage agencies sites: Pond 5 and Shutterstock
  • How to price your footage and insight into will sell

Who is the target audience?

  • Travel photographers and videographers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: An introduction
  • An audio and visual introduction to what stock footage is
  • See a stock footage site
  • A introduction to the stock footage process
  • Location freedom. Just 1 of the 4 reasons why selling travel videos through stock footage is awesome
2 pages
  • We provide the URL's to the top stock footage agencies and the pro's and cons of using each
Section 2: Getting started
  • Insight into what kinds of videos have sold for me
  • We review some of the highest selling travel video clips on the web to see what we can learn from them

I give you a summary of which stock footage sites have actually paid out for me. Click here for the article.


A source of quality information and resources to help you in the world of Stock Footage. Click here

  • I introduce the SLR video revolution and narrow down the types of SLR camera's I recommend for travel videos.
  • I provide benefits and disadvantages of using these camera's

I added video clips that I've sold over the past year. Learn what video clips sell in detail by clicking here and analyzing patterns

  • Focal length - The different lengths from wide to telephoto and when to use them
  • I introduce my one of the most versatile travel lenses and introduce the L series of lenses
  • Provide info on where you can rent lenses
  • Different types of camera bodies on how they affect the lens
  • Introduction to the go pro action camera filming and demo's of the footage
  • How to use a light panel and why it's important
  • Cover batteries, memory cards, and external hard drives
  • Introduce the accessories you need for a time lapse
Section 3: Filming - creating video
  • Using video I show you the main types of video shots to use in stock footage
  • Cover specific video settings to record video and how long to record
How to pack for the shoot
Planning and choosing what to shoot
  • We head out to the park and give you a live demo of how we frame and set up the camera to film video
  • We will cover things like aperture (F number settings) and iso
Framing the shot - stock footage shoot in taipei
Changing the lens
  • How to enhance your sound on the SLR camera
  • How to do dolly shots and what they look like
  • How to take a time lapse and a live demo of how to do them in Final Cut Pro X
  • In this special lecture I give you an intro to aerial filming and overview of how you do it
  • You get to see special aerial footage from our trip to the south of Taiwan
Section 4: Managing your media & curation
  • I give you a workflow and tips on how to organize your video footage
  • A live demo setting up the video editing software Final Cut Pro x to store our video clips
  • A live demo importing our video clips into Final Cut Pro x
  • A live demo of creating our first project and video clip in Final Cut pro x
  • The tips in this section will help you create your video clips faster
  • We show you how to reduce camera shake in your video clips to get your video clips into a commercial ready form
  • I show you how to add value to your video clips by creating a sequence
Section 5: Uploading Media to Pond 5 and Shutterstock
Renaming a batch of files using Name Changer
  • A live demo uploading video clips in the stock agency website Pond5
Once you upload your video clips you need to describe and tag them so they customers can find them easily. To do this you can do this on the stock agency website or sent a spreadsheet file (CSV) with your video clips. It is faster to do in a spreadsheet.
  • We show you how to create a csv file for pond 5
Cateloguing your collection in a CSV file part 2
  • Creating your csv file is only half the battle. In this lecture I show you get to get it to work on Pond 5.

Each stock footage agency has a slightly different method of getting your video clips to their website.

  • In this video I show you how to upload your footage to shutter stock using an FTP program called filezilla
How to apply your CSV file to Shutterstock
Section 6: Getting paid
  • A walk through of he payment process on pond5 and shutterstock and how to make sure you receive emails when you get paid

Learn how to use the new contributor Shutterstock app

Section 7: Course Summary
Course Summary
4 pages
3 questions
Recommended resources (planned)
What Sells - Stock Footage Reports
Make Money with Travel video Summary and next steps

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Instructor Biography

Greg Hung, World Explorer, Videographer, MBA, BA, Entrepreneur

Hi! I was born in South Africa but as a child my family relocated to Canada and lived most of adult life in beautiful British Columbia. I remember getting a VHS camcorder and would make and direct my own home videos with my sisters. I attended Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a Communications degree and had another opportunity to film an educational hip-hop video for earth quakes. After I graduated university I went on to have a successful IT career working 13 years in the field.As an IT manager I went onto pursue my MBA at SFU and found inspiration to start my own business and travel and film.By the time I had completed my MBA in 2011 I had found my passion travel, business, and filming.

During a wild and intense 3-year period I sold my house and purchased a camera and traveled the globe with my camera in search of adventure. I traveled to places such as Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, The Grand Canyon, and Turks and Caicos. During this period a new revolution with the SLR camera was allowing people to create cinema quality video. I spent countless hours trying to learn everything I could from the best to hone my craft.I currently have over 100 videos on youtube and have one of the strongest travel video collections on the Internet. I recommend you check out my videos on-line if you’re interested in watching my videos.

After returning to Vancouver I planned my next travel adventure to Australia, Asia, and Taiwan. I sold my car and all my possessions and arrived in Taiwan with my essentials, camera gear, and my dreams. I currently live in Taiwan learning mandarin, teaching English, and filming travel videos.

I believe I’m a continuous learner (currently learning Mandarin) and I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to learn things.I get upset when an article gives advice or directions and it is so general it leaves out the important details. I try to provide detailed step-by-step instructions using visuals or video. I hope you find my courses interesting and I see you in there!

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