Thank you both for all the great info and advice!!
I’ve been threatening to make an AE template for about a year now and I am finally doing it. So of course I have a few questions for some of you more seasoned authors.
1. Is there some PDF guideline or FAQ on how to submit a template.. do’s and don’ts etc?
2. If I am using a font in my template that I found for free online, do I include the font in the zip or do I link to where you can download the font for free?
3. I’m trying to keep my template as clean and user friendly as possible, offering lots of pre-rendered footage and f/x so that the user doesn’t need lots of third party plugins in order to utilize the template. Is that a good selling point or is it just annoying for people that really want deep customization? Trying to find a heathy balance that works for everyone. One thing I noticed, I see some people uploading templates that look super complex but they make it really user friendly and easy for beginners and then I see them offer the more complex template (via email and proof of purchase) for buyers that already bought the template but want the super duper complex version for deeper customization. I can see where that benefits the more advanced user, but I’m not really sure I want to offer that option, for some reason it makes me really nervous that I will be barraged with emails and questions about how to do this, that and the other thing.. is it really worth it when you are selling a template for $27 and only getting 1/2 of that plus other taxes/fees?
4. I am running CS6 but I want to offer the template in older versions of AE. Is there a way to save the the CS6 version down to earlier versions? Does it even matter at this point, are there still a lot of people out there still using CS4 etc??
Alright.. I think I met my limit for questions. Any details you guys can share would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I lost about 15.. maybe Envato cleaned up some stagnant accounts? Who knows.. I thought it was just me cause ppl were like why am I following this weirdo
So I tried one these out and I had a couple options here. Make annoying “hotspot” appear over my footage to get people to engage on the content OR Tell people in the beginning of the video that everything is clickable and they can just click on whatever, whenever and content would get revealed. Here’s the thing though.. if I went that route then I would have to put a videohive watermark over everything. If not the footage could be potentially stolen (screen captured or whatever) so whats the best of the two evils? A hotspot that appears to engage additional content (which also deters stealing footage) or a videohive watermark with no visible hotspot? I feel like either way you have some distracting blip or watermark taking the attention away from your presentation. I know a lot of you guys aren’t a fan of this, and thats fine.. also I may have had a couple of glasses of wine when I wrote the initial post. So yeah, sorry about that but honest feedback is appreciated, please don’t just hate on the idea just for the sake of hating on it.. on the other hand constructive criticism is most definitely welcomed.https://www.wirewax.com/8008273
and please… moderators, I am not spamming my footage to envato users, I am well aware that it is against the rules to promote your work on the forums, plus I’m sure that 95% of envato authors aren’t interested in the type of footage I offer anyways. This is just to get feedback on the questions above. Thank you for understanding and not locking my thread!
there’s one feature that I really hate on youtube, those damn annotations that I constantly turn off but are always back on again.
Yeah I’m not a fan of youtube annotations either.. I feel like this is different though. You can actually make the clickable hotspots invisible if you want, that actually could be the way to go with these kind of videos. I guess as long as you communicate with your audience, let them know that it is an interactive video and that if they see something in the video that interests them, try clicking on it, to see if there is content attached to it. If not, if they don’t want to be bothered with floating tags all over the video.. then they can just watch the video as is without the nuisance. I don’t think the technology is fine tuned yet and I agree its annoying to have things stuffed in your face all the time.. but I really think it has the potential to be something cool. Lots of possibilities to engage your audience in an ever growing video world.
I don’t think its appropriate for every video you watch, all the time. Also its not just for marketing, its a cool way to introduce extra content into a trailer, etc. Also for educational videos, instructional videos. Its not just for selling you stuff, but that seems to be what everyone is focusing (and hating) on. Thought it would be cool to share it, I think its awesome. To each their own though.
Guys… Gals.. whomever. If you aren’t using this to promote your stock vids, stop what you are doing and check this out. Seriously, this is a game changer. Shoppable, interactive videos? No way. I guess this is old news (since 2011)? But its new to me.. so whatever, I guess it has not caught on yet. This is seriously cool and the free version of it is seriously sick. Their mid level packages start at $750 and the premium packages at $15K.. what? The free version does EVERYTHING you need it to.. so don’t bother with expensive packages. This isn’t just a way to promote your stock footage.. this is a game changer for any videographer out there that is trying to find new ways to market their video shooting/editing market. When I’m not filming creepy dolls and carnival rides I’m working 40+ hours a week for the man.. mostly fashion films and editorial photography (can’t complain about that) our PR company stumbled across this site and suggested we try it out.. well, let me tell you… BEST IDEA EVER. So amazing… Nike, MTV, BBC and Coach to name a few, already using it. The click thru and conversion rates… OFF THE CHARTS (so long as they are telling the truth about the stats). I’m not saying this is gods gift to the videographer/retail world.. who knows, maybe its just a fad, but I have a feeling this is the future. AND if you don’t know.. NOW YOU KNOW. At least go check it out, can’t hurt. I wonder if there is a market for making custom hotspot buttons for these in After Effects? My mind is racing.. tons of ideas. Could be a dead end, could be a gold mine, check it for yourself.https://www.wirewax.com/
Thanks guys, looking to add even more creepy stuff in the cert near future!
Indeed 100 is def the next goal. Only 46 more to go!