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I'm sure many of you chaps have been approached by Nimia, or will be in the not too distant future. They are a new outfit based in Seattle that offer a service somewhere between Vimeo and Getty. That is to say they're a stock library but the content is managed by the producers. Thus it can also serve as an online portfolio, an alternative to wetransfer, and a place to host videos for embedding in websites, blogs, etc.



http://nimia.com

Great idea. I believe the founder is a timelapser, so they should be well tuned to our needs. They support up to 8k files, support ProRes (though not 444 as yet) and are well ahead of the rest with social media integration. The interface is still in beta and does have some glitches and a few glaring omissions (like the ability to choose a poster frame) but is generally pretty slick and will undoubtably get better. It already makes the other libraries look like dinosaurs.

It appears, and this is just guess work, that their service is based around Amazon cloud. From what I hear this ain't cheap, so they have some significant overheads to pay. And they have some pretty good introductory offers for content producers, so they seems intent on making this money largley from footage sales.

Now we have never done too well with stock libraries, though this is at least in part due to our own failings. We've always licensed more footage directly, though if we were looking to making a living out of this we'd have starved long ago. But Nimia might fit better into our workflow, and if it's no real extra work, the stock thing makes a lot more sense. We could directly post the files we render for internal use (ProRes in source resolution and aspect ratio). Then we could use the files on Nimia for multiple purposes (embedding and marketing as well as sales and archiving). This seems to be worth a try.

We've signed up and are going to post a few clips as an experiment. I'll report back on this thread as to how we get on, and it would be great to hear from anyone else who has experiences with this lot.

Initial impressions are, as I say, quite good. The young lad we're dealing with has been helpful, personable and effective. The interface is generally appealing and functional, though there is a few important features missing (more on those next post).

I'll report back when we have a bit more experience to share. Anyone else had joy/pain from this lot? And most importantly, anyone had any sales?

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Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:31 am
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I'm with Nimia as well as FootageBankHD.
The thing I like about Nimia is their amazing web site. It is super easy to upload and keyword, and you can upload in your native ratio.
They have a large development team and their library is growing rapidly.
Ok, I like them.


Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:37 am
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Just received an email and scheduled a Skype meeting for next week. That they're taking the time to contact and meet with producers individually is quite impressive, usually it's just an email from this or that company to join their site. Will see how it goes.

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Karl M wrote:
Just received an email and scheduled a Skype meeting for next week. That they're taking the time to contact and meet with producers individually is quite impressive, usually it's just an email from this or that company to join their site. Will see how it goes.

Someone from Nimia contacted me the same way, it was quite nice. He explained how the platform works and we talked about licenses, among other related things.

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Joel is a great guy and is Canadian!


Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:34 pm
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I joined 2 months ago. I've received lots of kodos and views but no sales yet. It's a cool site with a good look. Its $29/mo so I'll give it a few more months and see how it goes.


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I am with Nimia for 1 year now and I can just speak positive about those guys. We had a 30 minute skype call where they explained me everything. They help you with everything related to your footage marketing needs. legal stuff, website embeding, direct sales etc... Also sales are going pretty well considering how small it is compared to other services.

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Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:40 am
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I've just signed up - as discussed in another thread the uploads are what's taking most of my time - but am aiming for the best quality collections I can.

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I'm working on a review of our experience so far. Upload times are our main issue too, but we should be getting our fibre channel upgrade next month. The most important thing though, WE'VE HAD SALES!

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Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:31 am
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Congrats on the sales! How many clips have you got online?

I've slowed down lately, only have about 12 online which may be why I've not made any sales yet.

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cool guys, but I don't see much effort to sell the footage. More effort in recruiting content providers via searching vimeo and skype meetings. I am a member but can't justify paying the sub yet.

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Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:36 am
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Karl - We've got a few more, twenty odd. I've given up posting for the moment as we're due to get fibre channel internet very soon. With our current 1 meg upload speed it's pretty painful trying to post 5K material. Apparently they do accept hard drives now but I can't say sending a magnetic disk via airmail fills me with much confidence.

oneLapse - They claim the last year has been about building the platform, the next year will be about building sales. What that means I can't say but I do know they've been contacting some of the established libraries to discuss distribution deals. I'd say we have to give them a chance on that front...

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In Nimia's defense, I'm a member, they are a start-up and clearly need to build their library.
Nimia's model supports the producer selling their own footage in addition to Nimia's activity.
This model is new to the industry but I think they're in it for the long run.
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Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:54 am
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Are subscription fees a normal part of most image stock libraries? I'm new to the scene and have never been a member of one of these libraries as yet.


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From what I understand here's how it works:

As a stock footage house Nimia can sell your clips under different licenses with varying % payouts (35% - 50%).

If you want to get the 50% payout, you have to make sure a particular clip is ONLY available on Nimia (their "premium" content).
You can still sell the clip yourself, BUT, you have to sell your clip through the "direct sales" option at a 90% rate to you - still through Nimia service.
BUT!!!, in order to use this option you have to subscribe.

So for the small independent artist it's not very appealing.
You can either get 35% through the multi-agency license and still retain complete control over your clip sales, or you can get 50% and but have to subscribe to sell your clips.

I wish more of this was clear on their site, it's confusing and you definitely need to talk to a rep to clear things up.


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I've been with them for 6 months now, over 1,000 views nothing sold so far. I get clients from Vimeo and Youtube directly and that doesn't need any commission.
Here is my Nimia page https://app.nimia.com/profile/LoungeV/v ... 1&limit=40 Looks like the only way to get sales would be promoting our own pages and lose on commission.
On the other hand Nimia has to promote itself to keep the contributors, otherwise we will go.
Very nice platform though!!!!


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miozio wrote:
On the other hand Nimia has to promote itself to keep the contributors, otherwise we will go.


About that, I've been thinking maybe it would be best to use several stock sites and earn little money per sale instead of staying with one big stock site and make a lot of money per sale. Diversifying our footage on different stock sites, basically.

Has anyone here tried something like this? What were your results?

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leandroprz wrote:
miozio wrote:
On the other hand Nimia has to promote itself to keep the contributors, otherwise we will go.


About that, I've been thinking maybe it would be best to use several stock sites and earn little money per sale instead of staying with one big stock site and make a lot of money per sale. Diversifying our footage on different stock sites, basically.

Has anyone here tried something like this? What were your results?


That is what I am thinking also but that would mean our hard work would sell for pennies and the footage will be lost among millions.
Nimia has super cool contributors with a small amount of great footage but there are no sales. I hope someone could share their good experience with Nimia in terms of sales!


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miozio wrote:
leandroprz wrote:
miozio wrote:
On the other hand Nimia has to promote itself to keep the contributors, otherwise we will go.


About that, I've been thinking maybe it would be best to use several stock sites and earn little money per sale instead of staying with one big stock site and make a lot of money per sale. Diversifying our footage on different stock sites, basically.

Has anyone here tried something like this? What were your results?


That is what I am thinking also but that would mean our hard work would sell for pennies and the footage will be lost among millions.
Nimia has super cool contributors with a small amount of great footage but there are no sales. I hope someone could share their good experience with Nimia in terms of sales!


That's what I was thinking as well, but keeping the files in just one site with zero sales is even worse :/ (it's also lost, just among thousands instead of millions)

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We've been on Nimia for about a year now. In that time we've made 5 sales, netting us roughly $500. Until very recently we've only had 20 clips up there, not a bad return really.

We have decided to go for the multi agency approach. We're only on two libraries so far and haven't got many clips out there but it is beginning to pay off. That said 35% is pretty insulting given we do all the work preparing, uploading and tagging our own footage. The Science Photo Library pay us 40% while they do all the uploading, key-wording, research scientific names, and so on. To be competitive Nimia ought to be paying a higher percentage, not lower.

For Nimia to make sense you need a fast internet connection. We've just been ungraded and now uploading is practical. It really wasn't before, thus the small amount of footage we'd posted. Also I'd say you need one format that is good for all the libraries you submit to. You want to be rendering things once for many destinations. We use full resolution ProRes444s. Ideally you also want to enter your metadata into a single file that you then submit to all libraries. This we haven't cracked yet but I believe it is possible with CVS files. I'm going to try it with the next batch.

On the whole our experience with Nimia has been good. The platform is easy to use (though still fairly buggy) and has some great features (like being able to embed your Nimia library in your own website). Technical support have been quick and helpful. We've made roughly the same amount of sales as we have through the Science Photo Library, though we have more material on the SPL. The shit royalty rate is the main sticking point, and the reason I'm reluctant to spend time uploading new material. That said, it's money we would not have made otherwise for relatively little work.

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