Digital Stock Footage Library FAQ
Are These Shots Royalty-Free?
Yes. Once you purchase the Time Image library you are free to use the shots for as long as you wish royalty-free in broadcast, non-broadcast, and Internet productions. You may not however resell any of the shots to be used as stock footage to any other person or company.
Why Is Time Image Such A Great Deal?
Stock footage is a tool that saves the production industry millions of dollars a year, however the prices for stock footage are still out of reach for many video professionals. Traditional stock footage companies can charge $400-500 for one shot for a one time non broadcast use, $700-1,200 for a single broadcast use! Plus you’ll have to pay research fees, dubbing costs, and shipping costs. Time Image offers a huge and diverse library for less than a dollar a shot. Also, other royalty free stock footage companies usually charge $299-499 for a single CD of shots covering just one subject. Time Image provides a huge library for less than the price of one stock shot CD.
Where Does Time Image Get These Shots?
We shoot 90% of the material ourselves for exclusive inclusion into the Time Image library. What we can’t shoot we buy and license for re-sale to our customers.
What Is The Quality Like?
90% of the shots in the library where shot on film and mastered to Digital BetaCam for superior quality. We pull the dubs from our Digital BetaCam masters. The only exceptions are shots in our Volume 6 News and War volume where the shots where acquired on BetaSP, and our Volume 10 Medicine. However, we choose only the best quality shots for the News library. (Time Image is the only royalty free film library to offer a collection of contemporary news imagery.)
What About the DVDs?
Each shot on the DVDs is a stand alone full resolution 720 x 480 QuickTime movie (.mov). The DVDs are perfect for those that do not work with MiniDV or want high speed access to the shots in the library. The DVDs are Mac and PC compatible, your computer must be equipped with a DVD-ROM drive. (The Time Image library is also available at higher cost on Beta SP or Digital BetaCam, please e-mail for details.) Since most of the library was created on 35mm film, we are now offering those shots in HD. Please inquire.
Will I Get A Shot Log?
Yes. Each library ships with a fully indexed shot log complete with shot descriptions and locations. Additionally, each shot is clearly slated on the tapes.
How Does This Product Make Me Money?
In addition to the huge savings achieved avoiding the stock houses, you can of course charge your clients for use of the Time Image shots that you place into their productions. Say for example your client needs four shots from the library in their production, you charge them $100 per shot and pocket the $400. None of this money needs to be passed onto Time Image, most producers make back their money after just one use.