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Both Sides of the Coin: How Videoblocks by Storyblocks Helps Drone Pilots Create High Quality Videos and Sell Them for Passive Income

BY Zacc Dukowitz
16 November 2017

We’re pleased to introduce Videoblocks by Storyblocks, a returning community sponsor for UAV Coach.

Since last year, Videoblocks has been combined with Audioblocks and Graphicstock under the name Storyblocks. Put simply, Storyblocks is a one-stop-shop for inexpensive, high quality stock media.

Videoblocks by Storyblocks provides stock videos; Audioblocks by Storyblocks provides stock audio; and Storyblocks itself provides stock photos, illustrations, and vector images.

In case you haven’t heard of them, Storyblocks has a huge footprint in the stock media world. They recently passed a milestone of 100 million downloads worldwide, and they work with big companies like National Geographic, NBC, and ABC.

Introducing Storyblocks: Your First Stop for Stock Media

As a community sponsor, Storyblocks is offering a free, seven day trial exclusively to UAV Coach community members, as well as $50 off for those who choose to purchase a subscription.

If you’d like to try Videoblocks by Storyblocks or buy a subscription at a reduced rate, please use this link for the free trial, as well as the $50 discount (offer ends on 11/30).


Sell Your Drone Footage through Storyblocks

Drone pilots can buy stock video from Videoblocks by Storyblocks or stock audio from AudioBlocks by Storyblocks (not to mention stock images from Storyblocks), but they can also use the Storyblocks Marketplace to sell their footage. You can even find out if Storyblocks customers are looking for specific clips—say, a shot of a certain city or skyline—and create footage just for them.

When you sell your drone footage—or stills, or other media—through the Storyblocks Marketplace you get 100% of the sale price. Storyblocks doesn’t take a cut.

This practice is a testament to Storyblocks’ founding vision to be a creative community, not just a marketplace where creative media can be bought and sold.

To date, Storyblocks has paid out over $6 million to the artists selling content through their Marketplace, and their top contributors make over $100,000 a year in passive income.

With a few hundred thousand customers and 3 million monthly visitors to their site, Storyblocks has a huge reach when it comes to selling stock footage. Every month they email contributors to their Marketplace with insights about what customers are looking for in stock footage, and drone footage is in increasingly high demand.

By using Storyblocks’ services I can generate extra revenue by indirectly licensing my aerial (and other) footage. The uploading process is straightforward and the crew is very helpful in their assistance.

– Stef Hoffer

So how can you sell your footage through Storyblocks and get 100% of the sale?

  • Upload your drone footage. Since Storyblocks supports 4K (and customers pay a premium for 4K footage), it’s recommended that you upload your drone footage in 4K. But you can also upload in 1080p HD. 15-30 second clips are preferred.
  • Categorize your video. Make sure to add relevant keywords and a description to make it easier for people to find your videos.
  • Publish and wait for buyers. If someone downloads your footage in HD, you’ll make $49, and if they download in 4K, you’ll make $199. For each download! Contributors automatically get paid out each month.

Here’s what it looks like:


Cheap Stock Audio for Your Drone Videos

If you’re looking for a song to liven up your drone video, Audioblocks by Storyblocks has a huge audio collection to pick through. We have a subscription ourselves, and we’ve used it to spice up our own drone videos.

One of the nice things about the way Storyblocks sells stock media is that it’s simple. Anything you download as a member is yours to keep forever, royalty-free, and members can use all of the content they find on Storyblocks for commercial and personal projects.

When Alan Perlman, our CEO and Founder, took a trip to Namibia earlier this year, he used his Audioblocks by Storyblocks subscription to find music for the video he made from the footage he shot on the trip.

Check it out:

Drone / Aerial Footage of Namibia [Desert & Water]

Special Offer for the UAV Coach Community

Storyblocks is offering our community the chance to try before you buy.

Sign up for a free seven day trial of Videoblocks by Storyblocks, Audioblocks by Storyblocks, or Storyblocks and get access to unlimited downloads of video clips, as well as backgrounds and Adobe After Effects templates you can use in your own aerial post production efforts. If you like it, use the same link to buy an annual subscription for $50 off.

Sign up now for a free seven day trial of Videoblocks by Storyblocks.
Also, remember to sign up for the Storyblocks Marketplace if you’d like to make passive income with your drone footage.


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