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Buy and Sell royalty free footage online By Ko Maruyama
There are so many different stock video companies out there, each with their own library of content.  Here's one that has YOUR video content on their library.  Unlike hosts who use a subscription base or a dollar value, iStockvideo assigns a point value to each of the elements, providing users to mix and match their clips and resolutions based on the number of credits they purchase.   iStockphoto has always been an easy way for designers to pick and choose which elements are going to be used in the next production.

Recently, iStockphoto added the ability to download stock footage video clips.  Only a couple of months after iStockvideoo launched, the company boasts a library of 12,000 clips, and has sold 15,000 times in three months.

The content is produced by professional stock video photographers as well as motion graphic designers who design looping background video for sale through their web portal.    It's not just users downloading the video, but users uploading video as well.  The content community virtually fuels itself through iStockphoto and iStockvideo.  As the world's leading community-powered site for stock photography, there is a lot going on at the site.

The company has created (and continues to create) several user surveys that poll individual and studio involvement in online stock purchasing.  More than 25% of the participants said that they purchased stock footage monthly.

iStock not only has an easy-to-navigate interface, allowing you to get to the images and videos quickly, but also large format images and movies of the stock material, allowing you to see what you're going to get as download.  There are also areas where users of the stock material can write reviews about the specific clip.  A rating system is also in place to help to sort the clips.

One of the great parts about the community of artists at iStockphoto and iStockvideo (whether they are producers or purchasers) is the available forum within the site.  The message boards there allow for many different topics of discussion.  Not only support, but design tips, critiques, galleries and even events.

iStock has also created a "Steel Cage" which hosts different design battles between users who incorporate the istock content into their work.  With over 67,000 posts in the Steel Cage thread alone, the forums are a well-visited part of the site.

There are also several articles and tutorials which might help you in the creative process as well.

There are contributors from all over the world, including Belgium, Slovenia, Canada, Germany, Austria, Norway, India, United Kingdom and Netherlands.  

Video clips start at $5, and go up to $50 for the HD 1080 footage that they offer.  Actually, there are several free clips that they offer as well, and specials that occur on a regular basis.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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