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Another potential income stream for drone pilots: stock video creator

Want to make some easy money off of the photos you take from your drones? There’s a pretty easy way now for you to become an aerial stock video photographer by simply recycling the scenic shots you’ve already taken.

Drone network site DroneBase released hundreds of its 4K aerial videos to license on Shutterstock’s Footage Collection. If your video is one of them, then you’ll get $15.

So how does it work?

Drone operators who are a part of DroneBase’s Pilot Network can upload their 4K clips via the DroneBase Pilot App.

If accepted by DroneBase, those videos will appear for sale on Shutterstock, which is a royalty free stock photo, picture and video site. All videos that are not accepted will receive quick, constructive feedback on what could be improved.

And how much money can you make off of your stock video?

A DroneBase spokesperson said all accepted videos have a guaranteed payout of $15, which is paid by DroneBase (not Shutterstock). The spokesperson added that it is better to have a standardized payout procedure rather than a royalty system, because customers typically have a subscription to license videos for only a few dollars a piece. If they worked on a dividend procedure, pilots would only get a few dollars or cents out of one purchase at a time.

Most of the clips are scenic shots, whether it’s an aerial clip of a big city, or a pan of a coastline vista.

DroneBase has drone pilots in all 50 U.S. states and in 70 countries. The startup has been on a tear this year. DroneBase, which operates a network of drone pilots, announced in May that it had landed a deal with global aeronautics leader Airbus Aerial to create what it calls ” the world’s first multi-source data service solution for aerial imagery and data from a single provider. ” DroneBase also has a similar, existing partnership with another stock image site, Getty Images.

DroneBase has received $17 million in funding from venture capitalists including Union Square Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Hearst Ventures and Pritzker Group, as well as from dronemaker DJI’s venture capital arm, Skyfund.

DroneBase says it has grown 10x each year for the past two years, and it has pilots active in all 50 U.S. states and in more than 60 other countries. It also says its pilots have completed over 100,000 drone missions for clients including Hilton hotels and Zillow, according to TechCrunch.

Is this a good gig for freelance drone pilots? Would you try to submit your footage to DroneBase to make $15? Leave a comment below!

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