Video Use and Licensing - Microworlds Photography

Video Use and Licensing

Online video use

What is free

My online clips (YouTube and Vimeo) can be shared (embedded) in social networks,  non-commercial websites, and personal blogs - all according to Vimeo license. They can also be a part of non-commercial educational presentation.

Please contact me if you are embedding my video on a high-traffic news website to discuss links and text.

What is not free

The video material cannot be edited or adapted for your purposes without my permission, even when it comes to a home-made non-commercial Youtube clip. In other words, no derivatives. Uploading videos to other online services or duplicating it on youtube or vimeo is prohibited without a license, as well as airing on TV. Same applies for streaming videos in public places.

When you embed my video, please make sure it is hosted from my YouTube or Vimeo account.

Youtube vs Vimeo

"Slow Life" is not on YouTube and won't appear on that service. Despite frequent requests for uploading "Slow Life" to YouTube and complaints that Vimeo is slow, I am unable to do so due to quality issues. YouTube doesn't enable highest quality by default and this clip is all about quality. The clip's success was achieved utterly due to Vimeo's HD mode - experience that most YouTube-browsing people miss. In other words, vimeo's content loads slower because there's a lot more data to download to achieve better quality. Without that extra data "Slow Life"is pointless to watch.

4k and UHD are not for online distribution

Any 4k/UHD content is not online at this stage. I might produce a UHD teaser for an upcoming project, however I have no plans for UHD distribution online due to prohibitive production costs in exchange for small online profits and ease of piracy. My UHD content might appear in cinemas, public events, etc, please follow my updates on facebook.

Stock footage and Commercial Use

My growing video stock collection (offline) consists of media made through the microscope and ultra-macro lenses. I am happy to discuss any projects and recommend certain sequences that I have. My footage is available in up to 5+k resolution. My online clips are available for licensing as well.

The current collections includes:
- artistic colorful underwater life sequences (focus stacked), up to 6k
- microscopy footage
- documentary story-oriented footage showing interesting hard-to-capture behavior
- fluorescence in marine animals

Focus stacked time lapses represent unique media content with stunning resolution and amount of detail. In 4k (or higher) resolution, these videos create a tremendous visual impact on a display of any size.

My topics are extremely specialized, the content is hard and expensive to produce, and I am not licensing footage for non-commercial (such as private use or any zero-budget productions) uses anymore. I do not offer Royalty-free type of pricing or unlimited use.

The footage is distributed as RM (Rights Managed) content and the fees are determined by the type of use, territory, duration, distribution media etc. The licensing is either by second, by minute, or by clip.

University facilities and copyright

Any footage made using University of Queensland facilities or related to my university activities cannot be licensed directly and requires permits, paperwork, and discussion with my department.


I work in partnership with Plankton Productions, thus I am able to offer stock footage bundles combining underwater content of various cinematographers in addition to my work. Our stock footage is diverse in topics. Please feel free to ask for specifics or research.

No free videos

Although non-commercial sharing of my published videos is free, I charge for use of stock footage and public screening/TV airing of my online clips.

Despite the fact that I make online videos, share photos on facebook, etc, cinematography is not my hobby and incurs significant expenses for filming gear, rentals, use of professional facilities, storage of large quantities of data, large-scale image processing that loads studio computers for weeks to generate a few minutes of content, and performing work typical for nature cinematographers and stock footage producers.
Giving videos away is highly disrespectful towards my clients who purchased videos from me in the past or planning to do so in the future. In addition, it destroys the media market and makes my future career tougher.

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