Depressed by the economical downturn? Look at some new companies:
After the entry "istockphoto.com: "Bringing the price down to a level where everybody can afford to buy a stock photo" and a recent comment by Bahar Gidwani of Index Stock Imagery ("istockphoto.com: You do the math") regarding Dreamstime and FreeStock here´s another new RF agency: Bildunion. They are offering images for 9.99 Euro (10.69 Euro including Tax) with no limitation regarding time, media and place of use or image size. Mostly material for illustrations, but also some real nice images (sorry, can´t link to them) that could be considered to be close to serious photography.
Two other new companies: Konrad Dienst and Artur Krüger over at confessMEDiA finally have launched their first and new website (sorry, no english version so far) some days ago. Their main product, the Communication Server, creates virtual photo portals for photo buyers and - together with their partner agencies - for photo agencies. But as always: the clients in Europe and US are top of the line but the dumb traditional media in our industry won´t listen. Not even one single word. Why? Is it just because the mighty German Press Agency (Deutsche Presse Agentur) bought APIS Picturemaxx through one of their subsidiaries three months ago? There are rumours regarding pan-european anti-trust laws and how they might apply to reality.
Another new company is Kappa Motion Media. Founded by the former co-founder of Digital Collections, Dennis Zierahn, Kappa is heavily focussing on software for broadcasting and stock footage companies: indexing, archiving, storing/media management, retrieval and scene detection of digitized film, video, motion and footage for rights management and new distribution channels like video-to-handy (handy = mobile phone; related: "Stock Footage: Need a Disaster? An Assasination?"). Stock footage might be the next hype ("Stock footage: Look no further than the newly organized, digitized and revitalized stock footage industry"; "The footage industry is set to grow dramatically" and "will increase and over time may approach that for still imagery", so Jonathan Klein of Getty Images on Dec 9th, 2004).
After looking at what Kappa´s doing practically, footage retrieval over the web is only a small piece of what can be done... . Watch out.
BTW: Getty had revenues in 2004 of $ 34.2m from footage sales (5.5% of the total revenues of $ 622.4m), the average license fee for a clip of stock footage was $ 629 with a final 2004 quarter rise of 25.5% compared with the last quarter of 2003. Corbis instead is unable to give figures breaking down revenues between footage and photos (Link).
[Links to Footage agencies and the new business field of mobile phones: "Traditional Stock Photo Industry Player Delivering Content On Mobile Phone"; "Corbis delivers content on mobile phones"; "After Corbis and Superstock, Getty Images Supplies Content To The Mobile World"]
Posted by Andy