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Stock Footage Resources

Stock and royalty free resources abound on the Internet By John Virata
Stock footage and royalty free images are great ways to augment original content in your video projects as well as in interactive multimedia, DVD projects, print, PowerPoint and other presentations. The Internet is an excellent resource to search for content that fits your specific needs.

Need a video of Old Glory waving proud? There is a company offers it, often in varying degrees of image quality and resolutions that are suitable for web, CD-ROM, and all the way up to broadcast quality. Companies offer their content in several formats, the most common being CD and DVD-ROM, and other companies are increasingly offering their content as downloadable files via the Internet.

So, what is the difference between stock footage and royalty-free? The terms and conditions are always spelled out in the user agreements, but for the most part, stock footage is paid for on a per use basis, while royalty free is basically just that; you pay for the video or images once, and you are free to use them in your projects to your heart's content. With stock footage, there are oftentimes extra fees incurred for such services an clearances and research. Visit the sites users agreements for more information. The one stipulation found in virtually all of the stock and royalty free user agreements is a prohibition of distributing the company's content for sale as content. It is best to read the fine print, which is provided by each company in varying degrees of legalese. When in doubt, ask the sales person. They can explain to you how the contracts are devised.

The Web is a vast resource for searching out the video that you need for your video project. Many companies that offer stock footage and royalty free videos and images vary in their degree of subject matter, while others will offer more general use footage that covers a wide spectrum. There are companies that specialize in specific subject matter. For example, if you are looking for a lot of footage of sea mammals and the like, there is a company that specializes in it. If you are looking for a company that offers, say hotel videos that run the gamut from a doorman opening the door to a bartender opening a bottle of wine, there is a company that offers it. We are going to take a look at a sampling of companies and what types of video footage that they offer, payment scenarios, and if the content is obtained via CD, Internet download, or both. For this story, we will be looking at still images as well as video. There are companies that offer royalty free animations, models, and textures, as well as royalty and stock sound files. We'll take a look at those at a later date. Keep in mind that the resources below are just a sample of what you can find on the Internet.

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