DJI and Pond5 have officially launched their stock drone footage marketplace, which was announced earlier this year. As of today, the first wave of professionally-shot stock footage from FAA-certified pilots is available for purchase.
The duo announced their partnership back in April with aspirations to create an aerial footage marketplace where Part 107 certified drone operators could sell their stock footage. It’s really a first of its kind. Though there are a number of other places that sell aerial footage, there isn’t an aerial marketplace that’s solely dedicated to drone footage and connected with professional FAA-certified pilots.
The collection will feature professionally shot footage of locations around the world. If you’re looking for clips of wildlife, cityscapes or natural wonders, you’ll probably find something you can use in the Pond5 + DJI collection.
“The response to our call for filmmakers using DJI drones is truly inspiring,” said Pond5 CEO Jason Teichman. “We received a wealth of aerial footage to choose from for this collection, and it’s continuing to roll in non-stop. Being able to provide our buyers with shots of this quality captured by certified pilots speaks directly to Pond5’s mission of supporting filmmakers on both sides of our marketplace, and to the passion of the artists in the DJI community.”
Pond5 claims DJI’s been working closely with their team of video experts and curators on the genesis and launch of the collection.
“This collection marks the start of a new era for filmmakers looking to purchase and sell drone footage,” said Michael Perry, Managing Director of DJI, North America. “We’re always amazed at the sheer quality and diversity that pilots using DJI drones display in their work. Bringing this creativity to the millions of filmmakers who use Pond5 in a way that reinforces safe and legal drone operations is extremely rewarding.”
The pilots who are accepted into the program are operating with a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate — issued by the Federal Aviation Administration and required for US commercial use. Pond5 says it offers its industry knowledge to the accepted pilots to help them identify their most in-demand shots. Pilots can also potentially get assistance in preparing their footage for licensing in Pond5’s marketplace.
To check out the new Pond5 + DJI collection — or to apply to the program — head to pond5.com/dji.