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Edit Clips and Music Before You Buy with Shutterstock Sequence

Nothing increases the value of your production quite like unique, well produced stock footage.  Today, you’d be hard pressed to find a television series or feature film that didn’t utilize stock footage or music. However, if you want to use the freshest, highest quality stock footage available, it’s going to cost.

A composition made in the timeline of Shutterstock’s Sequence

So just like if you’re going to buy a new camera, lens, or support gear for a production, you’ll want to make sure you actually need it and that it enhances your production.  For gear, this means going to the store, testing it out or maybe even renting before you buy.  However, with stock footage it’s not that easy.

In the past you had to buy the footage you ‘think’ will work and then hope it’s right by inserting it into your project.  Today that all changes with the introduction of Sequence from Shutterstock.  Sequence is actually an Google Chrome app that allows you to search and choose video and music and then drop them into a functioning timeline.  There you can edit the clips just like in Premiere Pro, Final Cut or Avid.  However, you can also drop in your own clips from your desktop to see if the stock footage or music actually works.
Those two features alone are awesome, but the developers over at Shutterstock Labs didn’t stop there.  Once you’ve completed your sequence, you also have the ability to share their video creations via links with colleagues and clients for feedback before downloading clips.  This means you make sure your whole team including clients and producers are on board with the purchase of the footage.
My project made in about 10 minutes with Shutterstock Sequence

Just to show you how this works, here’s a link to a sequence I made in about ten minutes using only footage from Shutterstock in Sequence.


Shutterstock Sequence is available right now, but only using Google Chrome.  The service including saving and sharing your files is absolutely free.  
To access Sequence go to the website at:
For more information about Sequence, go to the Shutterstock blog at:
Here’s more from the Shutterstock Press Release for Sequence

NEW YORK – November 5, 2014 – Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), introduces Sequence, an in-browser editing tool designed to provide an easy way for anyone to create and quickly share videos with colleagues and clients. Sequence allows users to seamlessly integrate their own footage and music with Shutterstock’s collection of more than 2 million high-quality video clips and music tracks to spark inspiration and bring their vision to life.
“Our video collection grows by about 16,000 new clips each week, providing marketers, editors, and businesses with vast options to tell their stories. With Sequence’s simplicity, storytellers can pinpoint the right footage and music in context to make choices early in the production process,” said Ben Pfeifer, VP of New Business at Shutterstock.
As video becomes an increasingly popular way to communicate, users can now leverage Sequence to:

  • Shorten turnaround times: By combining their own music and videos with those from Shutterstock’s collection, users can quickly move from content selection to first cut.
  • Access high-quality content: Users have access to Shutterstock’s collection of more than two million video clips and music tracks.
  • Quickly collaborate with others: Users also have the ability to share their video creations via links with colleagues and clients for feedback before downloading clips.

Now available in Google Chrome, Sequence is the latest prototype from Shutterstock Labs, which develops innovative search tools and product features. The introduction of Sequence follows image-discovery tool Palette and search tool Spectrum, all created in-house by Shutterstock’s team.
“Sequence was initially created during Shutterstock’s annual company-wide hackathon, where our team comes together over 24 hours to spark ideas and build tools that drive innovation for our users’ success,” says Vivek Garg, Product Owner for Video.
To learn more about Sequence, including how to make use of its features, visit Shutterstock’s blog.
About Shutterstock
Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos, and music to businesses, marketing agencies, and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 60,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 40 million images and 2 million video clips available.
Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Paris, and San Francisco, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock-media agency; Offset, a high-end image collection; Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital-asset management service for businesses.

Written by Clint Milby

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