Personally, I think 1080 is overkill for microstock (for now). I'm not only a producer, but also a buyer. And I can tell you that 1080 HD isn't something we--as a production company--create or even get asked for. If anything, we get the occasional request for 720 for use in movie theater advertisements. But 98% of everything we do leaves the building on BetaCam SP, so, that means we only need 486.
As a buyer, when I'm looking to buy a clip, I look for 720 or less. If the only option is 1080, then I reluctantly choose that format. Or, I move on until I find a 720 (or even 480) clip that's comparable.
As a producer, I like 1080 because I get more $$ on a sale. But overall, I don't think the average microstock purchaser cares if a clip is "full" HD or not; they just look at price and the quality of the clip.
I've settled on producing my clips at 720. I like that size. The file sizes and uploads aren't too weighty, and I think that size is the "sweet" spot for buyers. Not too pricey, but yet, it gives decent quality that can be downsized to 480 (or, gulp, web sized) without breaking the budget of the customer.
Now, that's not to say I don't still upload 1080. I do, if I feel the shot is "worthy" of that resolution. I'm sure many others will disagree with that philosophy. Now if Revostock starts auto downsizing, well then I'll upload more 1080, since the customer will have his/her pick at the desired resolution. (I don't manually downsize myself anymore due to the time it takes.)
So, in a nutshell, create great stuff and it'll sell regardless of the resolution.
Oh, and when I buy the occasional AE project here, I find the 1080 HD sized projects TAKE TOO LONG to render for my tastes. Even on my hefty workstation at work. Sorry AE guys/gals, your AE projects may LOOK cool, but actually, they're impractical. Tone it down a bit.
Last edited by ODesigns
on Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:53 am, edited 1 time in total.