ETHICS STATEMENT: Vimeo are one of my site sponsors. They are my video hosting platform of choice, as for me they offer the best service with the best community. I am writing about this new feature, not at their request, but because I just found out about it and it’s big news!
Vimeo have introduced a new feature which I think is going to be massive. It’s a way of giving a small amount to content creators to show your thanks/ appreciation. It’s a simple way of monetizing online content, no set price is given…anything from $1 to $500 can be donated. This is great as it can help fund further projects, or for me and the reason why I have enabled it on my review videos is it will help me make more of them.
Let me explain more. I am working professional. I earn money shooting, directing, editing and of course teaching. The website brings in some money too. What I don’t earn money from is camera and gear reviews. I don’t take payment and will never take payment from manufacturers for reviews. It’s incredibly ethically unsound, and my ethics are so important to me. I can’t have Canon paying me to review a C300 or Sony paying me to review an FS700. Even if you are utterly fair to the cameras, the fact you have been paid by the manufacturer means your opinion is no longer valid. I need to be totally objective and under no influence from anyone! Without that, my reviews are worthless…
Camera reviews take A LONG time to do to be done properly. Take the BlackMagic Camera review for example. This was 4 days of shooting and 4 days of editing. That’s 8 days of not being able to earn any money. It is a big hit to take financially, and I know my accountant is not impressed, nor is Sarah who is turning away bookings whilst I do these. But they NEED to be done…I also don’t want to do them in a half-arsed way. So I do them all the way. That BMD one , the FS700 one, the 5Dmk3 one and the Shootouts take so much time. Although they are great content for my site, financially they are getting harder and harder to justify.
Now with new cameras coming out almost every day, it’s looking even harder. I get dozens of requests a day to review Camera X, Y, Z…All I can say is that I will do my best but can’t promise anything. It’s rather overwhelming, and taking time off from paying gigs, which I would have to do to make these, is becoming really tricky.
That is why I have enabled the TipJar feature on the following reviews.
Would I rather not have to ask for this? Of course I would rather not. I would rather just put them up for free so all can benefit without even thinking about money! In effect, they are all up for free and not tipping is of course absolutely fine! It just helps things, well me…how well it works I have no idea. It’s new and it’s a great idea. Any “tips” are accepted with huge thanks. Remember that they all go into making the next ones!
Vimeo will soon be introducing pay to view. I won’t use these for reviews at all, but I can see this also being a fantastic way of monetizing content for others!
Some people will of course gripe that you shouldn’t be asking for money for these things, but unfortunately we live in the real world where we need money to keep on going. So for me, I am totally for it. I am not forcing anyone to do anything – you can carry on as before and just watch for free! All I can say is that, if it works, I can do more and more of the reviews and keep up the quality. I do believe they are valuable resources for people, otherwise I woudn’t make them!
To enable TipJar for your own videos you need to be a PLUS or PRO member. Simply go into your settings and account then add your Paypal info. Then go to a video, settings, advanced…then you can enable TipJar. It’s as easy as that!
The only other option would be to find a sponsor, which I may look into if this doesn’t work…
So if you do contribute I thank you enormously and hope to keep on making great reviews!
Oh…one last thing…I have created a new account dedicated to reviews and tutorials. It’s here. Please subscribe as this is where I will put all future reviews/ tutorials. https://vimeo.com/pbreviews