Content Review Guidelines Updates

We want to inform you of several changes to our content review guidelines, effective the week of December 4, 2023.


‘Editorial Use’ Updates

To align with the broader stock content industry, we’ve made a few changes to our editorial use acceptance criteria. Starting next week, you will see a new Editorial Use checkbox in the content upload experience that will allow you to designate content specifically for “editorial use.” Additionally, the following changes will take place:

  • Editorial Caption: We ask that you include an editorial caption if your editorial content is newsworthy or of public interest.
  • Releases: Editorial use content will no longer be accepted when provided with model or property releases.

Learn more about writing editorial captions and find instructions and guidance on these changes here.


‘Metadata’ Updates

To improve metadata quality so that we can better surface your content in our search and discovery experiences, we are also making some changes to our metadata guidelines. Please take note of the key change below:

  • Trademarked Terms: Specifically for Commercial Use content, please refrain from including metadata with trademarked terms.

As always, our team is here to assist and we will make every effort to guide you through these changes. If your content does not meet the new guidelines, we will return the content to you for revision and resubmission where applicable.

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions.

Creative Briefs: 360/VR


360/VR or 360-degree Virtual Reality is a type of footage that allows viewers to step into another world and explore it from every angle – in the end, it makes them feel like they are there! Unlike traditional videos, 360 VR videos let viewers interact with the content by turning their heads while wearing a VR headset to explore the environment, making it an engaging and immersive medium for various purposes. This technology is constantly pushing the boundaries of how we consume material.

With new emerging technologies like Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest 3, we expect the demand for 360/VR experience will increase dramatically. This month, we’re looking for fresh takes on various 360 VR subcategories


Equipment to Capture High-Quality 360 VR Video

To create high-quality 360 VR videos, you’ll need some crucial equipment. While the specifics will vary depending on the scope and intricacy of your project, here is a baseline list of equipment you’ll need:

  • 360-Degree Camera: Invest in a high-quality 360-degree camera that can capture all angles simultaneously. Popular options include the Insta360 Pro, GoPro Fusion, and Ricoh Theta.
  • Stabilization Equipment: To achieve smooth, shake-free footage, consider utilizing a tripod or other special 360 VR camera equipment.
  • 360 VR Editing Software: You’ll need software to stitch together your footage and edit your recordings. Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X are popular options.
  • VR Headset: A VR headset, such as the Meta Quest or HTC Vive, will allow you to preview and edit your content in a genuinely immersive environment.
  • Audio Equipment: Don’t forget to record high-quality spatial audio to enhance the viewer’s immersive experience.


Shotlist Thought Starters

Get inspired by the following 360/VR subcategories and ignite your imagination with these initial ideas on what to shoot.

360/VR Animation

Imagination is endless, and thanks to VR, we can experience worlds filled with mythical creatures, dreamlike environments, and mind-bending abstract art that surrounds us from every angle.

  • Fantasy environments suitable for games, main menus, etc.
  • Space animations from the spaceship interiors
  • Space environments like galaxies, etc.
  • Virtual real-world like environments, such as office interiors, home interiors, etc.

360/VR Cities

Provide an opportunity to explore a city as if on vacation with a deep dive into different cultures and traditions from the coziness of a sofa!

  • 360 VR shots at famous places like squares, well-known landmarks, parks, etc.
  • Timelapse shots of crowds moving in the cities
  • Casual places like streets, neighborhoods, etc. during the daytime and nighttime
  • Countryside 360/VR videos

Sports in Virtial Reality

Buyers will feel the adrenaline rush when your 360 VR sports videos allow them to see the world from an athlete’s perspective, as well as become
a visitor to a sports event.

  • Extreme sports experience, such as skydiving, mountain biking, motocross, bungee jumping, wingsuit flying, parkour, etc.
  • Recreational sports include swimming, fishing, riding a boat, running, hiking, etc.
  • Sport events

360/VR Aerials

Enrich your portfolio with a bird’s-eye view that allows viewers to explore the world from an exciting and unusual vantage point.

  • Panoramic views of natural wonders, such as mountains from above
  • Cityscapes from above
  • 360/VR POV shots from aerial activities like paragliding or hot air balloon rides
  • Bird’s-eye view of landscapes, landmarks, or events.

Nature in 360/VR

From the pristine lakes, lush forests, and majestic mountain ranges to life underwater, captivate the audience with the mysterious worlds.

  • Bodies of water – lakes, ponds, waterfalls, or even the world underwater – think of a scuba diving experience, shots of pristine lakes, majestic waterfalls, etc.
  • Forests – especially 360/VR videos with a high-quality sound of chirping birds, breeze, bugs, and other typical sounds distinctive for forests will be in high demand.
  • Beaches – 360VR videos from sandy and rocky shore lines.
  • Mountains – views from the top of the mountains, hills, and other vantage points with spectacular perspectives.


Submission Ideas

Don’t forget to pay attention to composition, lighting, and capturing authentic moments that showcase the essence of each subtopic.

Get inspired by our collection of content we’re looking for here.


Suitable Keywords:

360, 360VR, 360 VR, 360/VR, Virtual Reality in connection with keywords like nature, city, underwater, space, animation, sport, beach, aerial, mountain, clouds, forest, waterfall, nature timelapse, landscape, nature water, city building, city skyline, city timelapse, city street, forest, mountains, scenery, etc.


Target Group

360 VR videos have numerous applications, making them appealing to a wide range of buyers, including travel and tourism organizations, educational institutions, marketing agencies, and gaming and entertainment studios.



  • Check out our marketplace for visual reference and inspiration.
  • Stand out and create something that pops out among the other search results.
  • Ensure your submission falls under commercial use by submitting the appropriate release forms when necessary.

TOP Image: Swiss Mountain Lake Nature Drone Drone Air 360 Vr Virtual Reality Drone Panorama by VividCafe

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Music Briefs: New Orleans Jazz

Louis Armstrong, Castle Hill, Massachusetts, USA

Add a touch of timeless nostalgia to your stock music library with the melodies of New Orleans Jazz. Its roots are deep in the heart of New Orleans, and the genre has enchanted listeners for over a century. This article explores New Orleans Jazz music origins, history, iconic artists, and key characteristics, giving you valuable insight into this enduring genre. Dive into the fast pace of this genre playing out from the gramophone and prepare your next masterpiece that resembles the nostalgia of the good old days.


What Is New Orleans Jazz

New Orleans Jazz, often known as “Dixieland” or “Traditional Jazz,” is a genre that emerged in the early twentieth century, particularly in the southern United States. The former name “Dixieland” refers to the original Confederate states, which historians typically connect with the distinct culture and tradition of the American South.

We can trace this genre back to the vibrant musical traditions of the city, where a fusion of African, European, and Caribbean elements gave rise to this recognizable genre. Its early evolution was influenced primarily by brass bands, ragtime, and blues, which resulted in a vivid and distinct sound.

The movement of jazz musicians from New Orleans to other places, particularly Chicago, was a turning point in the history, resulting in the spread and popularization of the genre in the 1910s and 1920s.


New Orleans Jazz characteristics

We can clearly recognize this genre for its lively and upbeat nature, characterized by these essential elements:

  • Instrumentation: Key instruments include trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano, banjo, and a rhythm section consisting of drums and double bass. This instrumentation produces a lively and upbeat ensemble sound.
  • Fast tempo: New Orleans Jazz is generally played quickly, sometimes with a vibrant two-beat rhythm. The music has an appealing intensity that is ideal for dancing and celebrating.
  • Improvisation: New Orleans Jazz, like its roots, welcomes improvisation, allowing artists to express their creativity and add distinctive touches to performances.
  • Melodic Phrasing: New Orleans Jazz is known for its memorable melodies and expressive phrasing. Its catchy and memorable songs make it suitable for stock music.

Among the most prominent figures are:

  • Buddy Bolden was an African-American cornetist regarded by contemporaries as crucial in forming New Orleans ragtime music, or “jass,” later known as jazz.
  • Louis Armstrong’s performance of “When the Saints Go Marching In” is a renowned New Orleans Jazz classic. He is known for his excellent trumpet talents and seductive voice.
  • King Oliver, a cornetist and New Orleans jazz pioneer, mentored Louis Armstrong. His Creole Jazz Band records are classic, with songs like “Dippermouth Blues” standing out.
  • Jelly Roll Morton is a pianist, songwriter, and bandleader whose “Tiger Rag” is a genre’s standard.
  • Bix Beiderbecke is best known for his cornet skills. Beiderbecke’s “Singin’ the Blues” and “In a Mist” are also New Orleans Jazz classics.



Pond5 Examples of New Orleans Jazz

Listen to the tracks dedicated to the genre and get inspired for your next production.
Please note that we are looking for genre-inspired original music tracks, not actual public-domain music from the past.


Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 3-6 minutes long.
  • The tempo should be between 120 and 180 BPM.
  • Use authentic instruments like bass, trumpet, harpsichord, tuba, banjo, guitar, clarinet, drums/percussion, or piano.



  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. Please do not use a recognizable band or artist name!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
  • Don’t forget to add NEWORLEANSJAZZP5BRIEF among your keywords so we can track down and promote your content.
  • Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top Image: Louis Armstrong, Castle Hill, Massachusetts, Usa” by LIFE_Picture_Collection .

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