The advent of computers and internet has given almost everybody the capability to become a movie or television director and producer. With today’s technology and some basic film-making equipment, any aspiring director or any movie buff for that matter, can create and produce a documentary film or short film. In addition, the internet not only allows you to share your creation to others, it also allows you to make money of it. Selling videos online has become a launching pad for some artist. For others, it has become a business opportunity and a source of living. Luckily, it requires very minimal investment to sell videos online. It does not need a large capital outlay like the normal selling and distribution of videos does in the real world. Moreover, there is not much physical effort needed as you can actually sell videos online from your home.
However, there are still some prevailing problems that exist in selling videos online. On top of the list is probably digital piracy. It is a challenge for filmmakers and content owners to protect their work or product from duplication if it is out in the web already. Just about anybody with the technical know-how can copy the film and sell it as his or her own. Luckily, there are now services that solve this problem (this is further discussed below). Of course, this is not the only thing that should be considered if you sell videos online. Here are some of the basic things to remember if you are to sell videos online:
1. Web Hosting Services. In order for you to sell videos online, you need to hook up with a web hosting provider where you can upload your film. This is also where the clients will download or stream the videos. There are several providers that cater to the different video genre. You just need to choose which category you belong. In addition, not all web hosting providers meet the requirements of serving videos. It is also important for you to choose a provider which is capable of audio or video streaming and has digital rights management (DRM).
2. Digital Rights Management (DRM). As mentioned earlier, digital piracy is rampant in the internet. To protect your film, there is the digital rights management or DRM. DRM makes it possible for the filmmakers to prevent access and distribution without authorization from its creator. It encrypts the contents of the video so that can never be played unless someone purchases a license from the original source. There are also several providers that offer this service. You just have to choose which best suits you and your budget.
3. Online Payment Account. Naturally, when you sell videos online, you will be paid online. That is why it is imperative that you set up an online payment account. The most famous this online payment accounts would probably be PayPal. But there are also other alternatives such as MoneyZap and BidPay. It is just a matter of picking the type of account which is convenient for you.
What were mentioned above were just the rudimentary things that you need when you start to sell videos online. However, it is also important that this 3 will go hand-in-hand for you to kick off this endeavor. Of course, the work does not stop here. You still need to market your work (this could be a whole new topic by itself). But this will come easy once your work is in the net. Once it’s out there, you just sit back, relax and let the net do the selling and distribution for you.