Learning to monetize your videos using Stock Footage
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Learning to monetize your videos using Stock Footage

A beginner course for learning the stock footage business model
4.0 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
615 students enrolled
Created by Greg Hung
Last updated 3/2017
Current price: $35 Original price: $70 Discount: 50% off
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • SLR camera or action camera would be helpful, Mac laptop with final cut pro x would be helpful

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
Who is the target audience?
  • Travel photographers and videographers that are new to stock footage
  • Stock footage beginners. Expert can look for my masterclass
Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
An introduction
4 Lectures 04:24

Most people know what stock photography is but what is stock footage and how does it benefit videographers. Watch and learn.

Preview 02:10

  • An audio and visual introduction to what stock footage is
  • See a stock footage site
  • A introduction to the stock footage process
Preview 01:04

  • Location freedom. Just 1 of the 4 reasons why selling travel videos through stock footage is awesome
Why making money from stock footage is awesome?

  • We provide the URL's to the top stock footage agencies and the pro's and cons of using each
Where can you sell - Introduction to the stock footage agencies
2 pages
Getting started
7 Lectures 25:22
  • 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
Preview 08:09

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

Which stock footage sites pay out the best

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

Stock Footage FAQ

  • 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
Preview 02:05

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

Visual board - Video clips I've sold across agencies

  • 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
Camera essential accessories: action camera (gopro), memory cards, hard drives
Filming - creating video
8 Lectures 32:17
  • 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
Techniques: The main type of shots (still, pan, tilt, macro) bonus

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
Out in the field: framing your shot

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
Advanced techniques: Dolly shots and time lapses

  • 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
Bonus: Aerial footage introduction
Managing your media & curation
6 Lectures 19:16
  • I give you a workflow and tips on how to organize your video footage
Managing your media

  • A live demo setting up the video editing software Final Cut Pro x to store our video clips
Creating libraries & events in Final Cut Pro X

  • A live demo importing our video clips into Final Cut Pro x
Importing video clips into events - Final Cut Pro x

  • A live demo of creating our first project and video clip in Final Cut pro x
Creating your project and creating your first video clip - Final Cut Pro x

  • The tips in this section will help you create your video clips faster
Shortcuts to improve your efficiency creating video clips

  • 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
Stabilizing video clips and creating sequences - Final Cut Pro X
Uploading Media to Pond 5 and Shutterstock
7 Lectures 26:37
Renaming a batch of files using Name Changer

  • A live demo uploading video clips in the stock agency website Pond5
Uploading video clips to Pond 5

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

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.
How to apply your CSV file 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
Uploading to Shutterstock

How to apply your CSV file to Shutterstock
Getting paid
2 Lectures 05:52
  • A walk through of he payment process on pond5 and shutterstock and how to make sure you receive emails when you get paid
How will you know you got a sale

Learn how to use the new contributor Shutterstock app

The Shutterstock app
Course Summary
5 Lectures 03:17
Course Summary

4 pages

3 questions

Recommended resources (planned)

What Sells - Stock Footage Reports

Make Money with Travel video Summary and next steps
Bonus content for 2017
5 Lectures 26:18

There are a lot of camera's available these days. Get the overview on these camera's and what they are for. Check out the link to the 2017 Media Creator Guide which covers the gear I use and want to use as a location independent videographer

Camera roundup: An overview of camera categories in 2016

i started using this camera in late 2016 to film stock footage. It's turning heads everywhere I go from Thailand, South Africa, Singapore to Bali. Meet DJI Osmo

My new secret camera weapon: The DJI Osmo

Once of the most popular questions I get about stock footage. Which stock footage agencies do I use. Watch to find out.

Which Stock Footage Agencies to work with in 2016

My 2017 Stock footage predictions

Get some ideas for what sock videos sell in this case study on my existing sales and what went behind it.

Case study: What stock videos sell
About the Instructor
Greg Hung
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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 attended Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a Communications degree . 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.

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 on a working holiday my essentials, camera gear, and my dreams. 

I discovered the laptop lifestyle digital nomad culture in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I used Chiang Mai as my base to travel and film around South East Asia. I now teach videography, online video business, and share knowledge from my IT career.