FAQ and Site Information
Using this site:
Video clips available on this site are organized into categories. Navigate to the desired category using the
menu page buttons, and use the thumbnail images to view
the sample videos on YouTube. The video sample will play (in a separate browser window) in YouTube's reduced
resolution and quality for the purpose of auditioning the content of the clip. Note that multiple short clips
may appear in a given YouTube sample video, with gaps in between each individual clip. The YouTube link
contains a timecode offset (start time in [m]inutes and [s]econds) so that the sample video should start
playing at the correct clip. The YouTube player timecode display can be useful for replaying the sample clip.
The video file you receive will be the original full length, resolution, and quality version. The original
clip's actual resolution, format, and other details can be displayed by hovering your cursor over the video's
thumbnail. Any soundtrack that plays in the YouTube video sample is NOT included with the clip unless
specifically noted. The clip you receive may have an original soundtrack (which you may also use) or no audio
at all. If you are having trouble finding a particular clip or subject, the
Raw Search page which allows you to search the
entire inventory by catalog number and keywords may be helpful (caution - it's REALLY big!).
Use the "Add To Cart" buttons to select video clips for which you wish to purchase a usage license. Your
selections will be added to JCM Digital Imaging's secure PayPal Shopping Cart hosted on PayPal's
secure website, which will automatically add any applicable CA
tax and shipping/transfer charges to the order. Special orders such as format conversions, custom work,
quantity discounts, etc. will need to be handled outside the shopping cart - please eMail JCMDI customer
service (customerservice @ JCMDI.COM) to discuss your needs prior to purchase.
Still images may be downloaded directly from this site and may be used for non-commercial purposes per the Free Usage Policy below. Audio material
(ambient/nature soundtracks, Technician original music, etc.) may be purchased/downloaded from CDBaby, iTunes, etc.,
or ripped from online sources for personal use and non-profit/non-commercial purposes per the Free Usage Policy below. See the Commercial Use Licenses section below for
commercial use licensing.
Commercial Use Licenses:
Any visual (photo/video) and audio material displayed on this site which is not priced may
be licensed for commercial use by contacting JCMDI customer service to discuss your needs and pricing. Stock
video footage prices shown are for a Commercial Use License, a copy of which will be included with your
receipt (both receipt and license documents are provided in PDF format) for your records. Additional rights
and modifications may be added by contacting JCMDI Customer Service. The standard usage license is worded as
Standard License Verbiage
This license, upon payment of the license fee, grants its owner the royalty-free, non-exclusive right to use
the intellectual property listed below (the "material") as delivered by JCM Digital Imaging (JCMDI), in ONE
film, video, project, or other production (the "finished work"). The material, in whole or in part, MUST be
incorporated into and be distributed as part of the finished work, may be modified as needed, and may occur
more than once. The finished work may be monetized, replicated, broadcast, sold, licensed, assigned and
otherwise distributed to end users and audiences, world-wide, via all media, in perpetuity, without further
payment to JCMDI. This license does not grant permission to use the material in additional or subsequent
finished works, with the exception that the material, or portions thereof, may appear in trailers or
advertisements for the finished work, and, if the finished work is one episode in a series of related shows,
the material may also appear in the opening titles and closing credits of other shows in the series. In no
event shall any portion of the material be sub-licensed, distributed or sold as stock footage or for use in
subsequent works by others, so as to prevent competition with JCMDI's on-going licensing of the material. JCM
Digital Imaging is the sole owner of the copyright and intellectual property rights to the material listed
below. The material is original and authentic. This license grants ONLY the right to incorporate the material
into a finished work for use as described above. Under no condition shall JCMDI, its employees, owner(s), or
affiliates be liable for any damages or losses, whether incidental or consequential, caused by the use or
misuse of any material obtained from, or licensed/created by JCMDI. This license is provided without warranty,
and is transferable to subsequent owners of the finished work, should such sales or transfers occur.
For low budget/low-profit productions or large quantities of audio, video and/or photographic material,
discounted licensing and delivery can often be negotiated, so do feel free to contact us to discuss your
project and needs.
Clips Purchased Offsite
Select JCMDI Footage is available for LEGAL commercial use from the following AUTHORIZED sources: Pond5.com, Newsflare.com, VJLoops.com, and clipcanvas.com. Footage
acquired from the sources above may be used commercially as provided by the usage license which you will
receive directly from them.
If you paid for or otherwise acquired JCMDI footage from any other source (such as VIDEOBLOCKS.COM), you have
probably been sold watermarked footage which was downloaded from YouTube, and you may even have been given
false rights to use the footage in any way you like. Unfortunately, such footage is NOT legal for commercial
use and may NOT be monetized in any way. However, it CAN be used for non-profit/non-commercial purposes under
the JCMDI Free Usage Policy below.
Purchasing/downloading Technician original music from
CDBaby and other sources entitles the purchaser to use the
material for personal enjoyment, and other non-commercial purposes as defined by the Free Usage Policy below. Commercial use requires
additional licensing, which can be obtained by contacting JCMDI customer service to discuss your needs and
This site is
partially automated so far as navigation, shopping cart and payments are concerned. Once you have placed and
paid for your order, the rest will be handled by a human. In most cases we will be in contact with you and/or
ship/upload your order ASAP (usually within 24 hours). Unless otherwise arranged in advance, the original
full-quality/resolution non-watermarked video clips(s) you ordered will be sent to you as data files on
recordable data DVD(s) via United States Postal Service Priority Mail. You may also be offered or request
direct digital transfer (download) via our secure web site instead of physical data disc delivery for the same
shipping/transfer charge . Larger files may take several
hours to transfer before they are available for you to download. Some 4K/UHD/HD files are so large that
direct download is not possible, and must be delivered on physical media. If delivered by download, your
file(s) will remain available online for at least a week, and may be downloaded more than once at your
convenience. Delivery methods and options can be arranged by contacting JCMDI customer service in advance of,
or immediately after your purchase as needed.
CODECs and Formats:
video clips available on this site were recorded on a variety of equipment, and are being offered here
in their original, native format for highest quality. Due to the wide range of compression and file formats in
the world today, compatibility is sometimes an issue. CODECs for all of the formats used here are available
for the PC. JCM Digital Imaging does not sell or support CODECs. However, downloads of free CODEC packages are
available on the Internet if needed. One such package we installed, tested and found to be useful is here:
PC CODEC Pack: ffdshow (note - this is not a JCMDI product
- download and use at your own risk). Please contact us in advance if you are concerned about CODEC and format
issues not covered here.
MAC OS X:
Most of our time lapse sequences are now compressed in standard high bitrate MOTION JPEG compression
(compatible with MAC OS X). For files in other native formats; .MTS(AVCHD), WMV(Windows Media),
H.264(MPEG4), etc.), A limited selection of format conversions are also available at extra charge
($5 per clip). Please let us know your needs before ordering.
Video File Test Samples:
To check for compatibility of our clips with your equipment and software in advance of purchase, you may
download these short, low quality test sample clips for the following formats (right-click the link and
select "Save target as" to save the sample file to your computer for testing use):
Motion JPEG (SD in a .AVI container)
AVCHD H.264 (HD in a .MTS container)
Windows Media 9 (SD in a .WMV container)
Casio EX-F1 (512x384 300fps) H.264 QuickTime (in a .MOV container)
(More samples to come...)
Free Usage Policy:
(Important - See the COPYRIGHT/Claim/Ad and
sections below, too)
We receive many requests for permission to use JCMDI's finished videos, stock footage clips, photos, and music
for "non-profit" purposes on YouTube and elsewhere without purchasing a usage license. Our general policy is
to allow such use, provided that the JCMDI material (or material that it is incorporated into or bundled with)
is not sold, sub-licensed, commercially broadcast, monetized (except for YouTube partners -
see below), used
for sales, recovery of operating expenses, or profit of any kind. Viewers must not be charged for access to
the material, website or physical location where the JCMDI material will be displayed/performed, nor may the
JCMDI material be used or otherwise bundled with any sale, paid service or access fee. Examples of non-profit
use include music videos/artist promotion, school projects, public education/activism, personal entertainment,
background imagery, and YouTube videos. The resulting production must be given away completely free and
independent of any money-making activity. Note that due to JCMDI's partnership with Google/YouTube,
ads/commercials placed on YouTube videos containing JCMDI copyright-claimed materials, and YouTube's RED
subscription access are allowed under this free usage policy.
Credit and/or a link to the source of the JCMDI material, consistent with other credits
for your production/performance, should be included either in the video, image or descriptive text. Something
as simple as "Video footage/imagery and/or music courtesy of JCM Digital Imaging HTTP://JCMDI.COM" is
Note that for free use, we cannot ship or otherwise deliver any material. JCMDI material
may be downloaded/ripped directly from online sources, such as YouTube for audio/video material (freeware
rippers can generally be found online) and the JCMDI website for high quality still images.
A small selection of our most popular videos can be freely downloaded directly from our site
For low budget productions, limited distribution, one-time events (webcasts, etc.),
large quantities of material, and discount in exchange for credits/advertising consideration, reduced-cost
licensing and delivery can often be negotiated, so do feel free to contact us to discuss your project and
Embedded YouTube players showing JCMDI video(s) may be posted anywhere on the Internet,
provided that the usage complies with the above free usage policy. You may post links to any JCMDI.COM pages
and YouTube channels/videos without further permission or condition.
Downloading JCMDI material and re-posting it elsewhere is also allowed, provided that
the use complies with the above free usage policy (i.e. the content is not sold, monetized or otherwise
distributed for commercial purposes), the audio/video/image is unmodified, and a credit note/link to the
original source of the material is provided to viewers as described above.
If you are using your own soundtrack, please mute any JCMDI original soundtrack so it
doesn't conflict with yours, and remove or obscure audio credits (if any) in the original JCMDI clip to avoid
mis-crediting your audio soundtrack.
Under the free usage policy detailed above, you may use as many clips, images and/or
Technician soundtracks as you like, in whole or in part, from the JCMDI website or any of the JCMDI channels
listed below, in your own projects, free of charge:
COPYRIGHT CLAIMS and NOTICES:
Using Partner Material
Note that JCMDI is a YouTube/Google partner, and there are pros and cons to using partner material...
On the positive side, YouTube/Google may promote videos containing partner material such as ours, on which
they can post ads, so you may see increased traffic, featuring, more frequent appearance of your "Content ID
claimed" vids in the related video sidebar/player windows and possibly higher placement in searches as well.
JCMDI has experienced all of these positive side effects. The only real negative is that YouTube is more
likely to post ads on videos containing partner material than those without. If you are also a YouTube
partner and monetize your video(s), see the PARTNER
section below, too.
YouTube's Content ID System (CMS) may place a copyrighted material "claim" on your upload for each piece of
JCMDI or TECHNICIAN material it contains. This is essentially harmless and simply means that some JCMDI audio
or video material appears in your upload. If you receive a claim notice on behalf of user JCMegabyte, or a
music/audio claim notice from RUMBLEFISH or CD BABY, all is well and no further action is needed on your part.
You should click the "ACKNOWLEDGE" button if one appears by the copyright notice, otherwise, The claim should
be left as-is. Copyright claims of this type will not adversely affect your account or channel standing UNLESS
you dispute them. If there is truly NO JCMDI audio or video material used in your upload, or if there is, and
you have licensed commercial usage rights from JCMDI to use or monetize that material, it is better to contact
us directly to resolve the issue rather than disputing the claim. Please note - filing YouTube claim disputes
and appeals could result in more serious action such as takedown notices and/or strikes, so please avoid
filing claim disputes if at all possible. Contact us instead.
Details: YouTube's Content Management System (CMS) is fully automated, and uses digital "fingerprints" to
search all uploads for material owned/created by others, then automatically places a 3rd party copyrighted
material "claim" on the owner's behalf for each piece of copyrighted audio or video material it finds. Some
copyright owners have chosen to block or take down videos uploaded with their material, however, JCMDI has set
the CMS to ALLOW use of our material, so no strikes or penalties will come to you or your account for use of
JCMDI material, UNLESS you dispute the claim. Any claim you receive on behalf of user "JCMegabyte" (for video)
or user "Rumblefish" or "CD Baby" (for Technician music) can simply be ignored, or, just click the
"Acknowledge" button if one appears. JCMDI copyright claim notices can look a little scary if you're not
familiar with them, but they are purely informational in this case. They help protect original content makers'
rights, and are legal for copyrighted material authorship identification as provided under title 17, section
106a, paragraph a,1,A of the 1976 United States Copyright Act.
If you use audio/video material from many sources in your production, you may have additional (and more
serious) claims from other copyright owners, however, JCMDI has no control over any claims placed on behalf of
other copyright owners for use of their material. Again, no action (other than clicking the "Acknowledge"
button) is required on your part for any claims placed on behalf of JCMDI (JCMegabyte for video and
Rumblefish/CD Baby for Technician music). More detail about copyright can be found in this JCMDI Copyright FAQ
YouTube Partners and Content ID (CVP/CMS) Users
If you are a YouTube Partner, you may now legally monetize (commercialize) JCMDI content contained in your
video on YouTube without buying a commercial use license, provided that any JCMDI/JCMegabyte copyright claims
placed by YouTube's system are not disputed. Note that disputing copyright claims can result in takedowns and
strikes against your channel/account. This permission authorizes monetization of JCMDI copyrighted material
only, and does NOT apply to copyrighted material belonging to others. You will need to get permission from
each of any other copyright holders before monetizing their material.
Content ID/CMS Users
If you are a YouTube Network, CVP/CMS user, or Copyright Owner/Licensing Agent with Content ID privileges and
you intend to create, upload, or claim OWNERSHIP (content ID matching) of a video which contains ANY JCMDI
audio or visual material, you must EXCLUDE the segment(s) of your video which contains the JCMDI material from
Content ID matching using the CMS asset reference editing tool, to avoid ownership conflicts.
Enjoy the clips, images and audio, and good luck with your project(s)!
Please contact us directly for questions, details, and special requests not covered above.
customerservice @ jcmdi . com -- Thank you for your interest!
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