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We reached our deadline and this event is now over!!

This particular Envato’s Most Wanted is now over. We typically wait a week to make sure any held/resubmitted items are processed before establishing the full set of winners. We’ll then announce all the winners and winners will receive their prizes in about 3-4 weeks from today (please do not contact us about status of prizes).

If you have an item in the review queue please message me to let me know, don’t worry about adding a link to this thread.

If you entered and haven’t already done so, be sure to sign the entry form! Good luck! :)

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UPDATE: Waveform Player Now on AudioJungle Search Results Too

Hey Everyone!

As part of the current CEO Hack Week Challenge, we’re excited to announce the initial launch of a brand new waveform audio player on AudioJungle. This new audio player provides an interactive waveform display on the item page to help you quickly get a visual overview of the audio track and navigate playback more easily.

Current Audio Player:

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New Waveform Audio Player:

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We’ll be launching the new player to 20% of visitors initially and monitoring the site as we ramp it up to the wider community. Please feel free to share any feedback or issues with the player here in this thread if you happen to come across any.

Note that for a very small percentage of visitors who may be browsing with FireFox on older operating systems may not support the new waveform player, and in these cases will simply fallback to the current audio player.

Next up we’ll be looking at where the waveform player may fit into other areas of the site and how we can get it there, so stay tuned!

UPDATE: Waveform Player Now on AudioJungle Search Results Too

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Envato's Most Wanted

We’ve put up $7,500 in prize money for Envato’s most wanted file type – App Promo Videos on VideoHive.

We’re running a “Best Item” contest where authors of all eligible App Promo After Effects items uploaded to the marketplace between March 31st and May 26th will have a chance to win awesome cash prizes!

What You Can Win

  • $2,000 – 1st Place Prize
  • $1,500 – 2nd Place Prize
  • $1,000 – 3rd Place Prize

Plus:

  • $1,000 Bonus Prize for the best App Promo “toolkit” type item.
  • $1,000 Bonus Prize for the best use of included video footage.
  • $1,000 Bonus Prize for the best use of gesture emulation.
  • All winners will receive the much-desired “Won a Most Wanted Contest” badge.

This means that creating an awesome app promo template built with flexible and modular “toolkit” style components, realistic gestures, and high quality keyed & tracked video footage has the opportunity to win up to $5,000 for a single item!

What We’re Looking For

We’re looking for After Effects templates that do an outstanding job of mocking-up and promoting mobile apps. Templates made to be used for app commercials and demos, and truly able to showcase what the app can do.

Here are some eligibility criteria to keep in mind:

  • We’re not looking for templates simply with spinning iPhones here. These are not iPhone commercials! The templates must be designed to promote the app, not the device. How well the template is able to highlight and effectively present the app itself will be a key criteria in judging.
  • The template must make use of gesture indications (e.g. tap, double tap, scroll, swipe, pinch & zoom, etc). These can be animated or real/filmed hands, or any other pre-animated graphic representation.
  • Any included device footage must be pre-keyed and motion tracked for easy screen image/video replacement.
  • The main promo sequence must be a minimum of 1 minute in length. Shorter alternate versions may also be included.

Additionally, we recommend that you:

  • Make the template as flexible and customizable as possible. Things such as including alternate device skins will help your project’s universal appeal.
  • Show a demo of your template working with a real app. Make sure you have proper permission for any assets included in your item preview, or you could always just make up your own.
  • Remember that the end user will likely add narration/voice over to the video, so keep the timings and transitions at a nice and natural pace.
  • Keep it real! There’s nothing worse than a flurry of fake body parts flying around the screen. If you don’t have the equipment or access to capture a good pair of hands, that’s okay, an illustrated version or more graphical gesture indicator can also look good and work well.

It’s a Contest!

This Envato’s Most Wanted is a contest. And like any contest, you don’t want to be disqualified because you didn’t follow the rules. So as well as carefully following the procedure below, make sure you read the in full.

Here are the key details:

  • Upload your items to Envato Market on or after Tuesday, March 31st and before the competition closes on Tuesday, May 26th at 23.59 AEDT time.
  • The winning files will get a share of $7,500.
  • All winners will receive the much-desired “Won a Most Wanted Contest” badge.
  • An author can enter as many items as they wish.
  • Multiple submissions from the same author must be different to one another.
  • An author can win a maximum of one (1) “Best Item” prize.
  • An author can win a “Bonus Prize” as well as a “Best Item” prize for the same item.
  • An author can win multiple multiple “Bonus Prizes” for the same item.
  • Eligible items must be a minimum of 1 minute in length.
  • Eligible items must make use of gesture indications.
  • Eligible items must make sure any included device footage is pre-keyed and motion tracked.
  • Final eligibility of entries is determined by Envato staff.
  • Envato staff to judge “Best Item” prize winners.
  • How well the template is able to highlight and effectively present the app itself will be a key criteria in the “Best Item” judging.
  • Envato & judges retain the right not to award “Best Item” or “Bonus” prize(s) at their sole discretion if they deem appropriate levels of skill have not been met.
  • Prizes are payable only via PayPal or Moneybookers/Skrill.
  • Only new items uploaded to the site within the contest time period are eligible.
  • The entry deadline is based on the date of the final submission/resubmission leading to the item’s approval on Envato Market. Not the date of final approval.

We’ll announce the winners a week or two after the event closes, and send out the prizes two or three weeks after that. So, let’s get started. To be in the running, follow our procedure to the letter.

How to Enter Your Items

What to Do After Your Items Are Approved

Once your items have been approved, do the following as soon as you can:

  • Complete the Most Wanted Entry Agreement. By doing this, you agree to keep any winning entries online for a minimum of two years.
  • Post your approved entries in this forum thread.

And that’s it. Good luck!

Please Read Full Terms & Conditions Here

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First one is that I must upload the project into motion graphics section right ?

Yep, this event is only for Motion Graphics, like the examples shown in the Presentation-style Preview Video article. Submissions should be uploaded to the Motion Graphics category.


And since the reviewing is taking to long if I upload it per example on 01/03/2015 and it only by accepted on 09/03/2015 does it still count to get into the contest?

The entry deadline is based on the date of the final submission/resubmission leading to the item’s approval on Envato Market. Not the date of final approval.

So if you upload it before the deadline (and your item is subsequently approved) you’ll be fine! We typically wait a few weeks after the deadline to make sure all entries have finished processing through review.

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The After Effects projects are not allowed here.. I got it right ?

I’m working on a project – which contains shape elements / animations etc. + it has a Presentation Style preview – I can’t upload it to Motion Graphics subcategory..but it’s actually a motion graphics project.. I’m kind of confused..

Yep this event is only for Motion Graphics, like the examples shown in the Presentation-style Preview Video article.

You can certainly use After Effects to create the rendered motion graphics clips, but fully customizable After Effects templates are not eligible for this event.

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Only new items uploaded to the site within the contest time period are eligible? I’m planning to update my item, adding 25 more animations and creating a new preview, can i enter the contest? :)

Sorry, new items only. There’s still plenty of time to create another!

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Hey Everyone!

Only 10 days left to go before this competition closes! If you haven’t already started on it, now is definitely the time to begin thinking about how you can present your motion graphics items in an engaging and inspiring way.

Look forward to seeing your amazing preview videos :)

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Hey everyone!

To elaborate on this, the idea here is to give buyers a real sense of how your theme will fit the niche and meet their specific needs, and to take complete advantage of marketing your micro niche items. Using generic placeholder text in your demo is really a missed opportunity to effectively engage buyers and promote your item! Using realistic copy is also a great way to see if your theme really meets a niche’s needs, and may even lead to a new idea or inspiration that will make your theme even better than it was before.

For example, if your theme was a Sports Club theme, on the “Match Results” page demo you could show how the page would really look and feel using copy that describes an actual game and it’s play by play highlights, and/or describe how to use that particular feature including perhaps how easy it is to set up and add results pages for each new match.

Or in a more general sense, for a blog post placeholder you could write up a short article that highlights one of your theme’s best features and selling points!

Hopefully this makes more sense and helps you to create the best micro niche themes possible :)
Hi Eric, this makes sense but there are many authors who are not native English speakers (yeah, me included) and such requirement may not to be very fair to us. This can lead to demos with a LOT of grammatical errors which can hurt our sales, or at least our reputation:) So I hope that using texts from wikipedia or similar open sources will be also ok.

Understood, just try your best! If you have permission to use copy from a particular source that’s okay, as long as it fits your niche and makes sense contextually within your demo.

Also, you may want to check out the new “Content & Writing” service category recently launched on Envato Studio! There’s hand-picked providers for Website Content, Product Descriptions, and Proofreading & Editing. I bet they could really help your theme demos and descriptions pop!

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Themes with ‘placeholder’ text or images in the live preview will not be eligible (e.g. “lorem ipsum”)
Entire body copy too? Or could it just be first 3-4 sentences?
Yes all copy. Try to avoid any use of ‘lorem ipsum’ and other placeholder text. Instead try and include copy that would be used in a real situation, or that describes your theme features in context.

Hey everyone!

To elaborate on this, the idea here is to give buyers a real sense of how your theme will fit the niche and meet their specific needs, and to take complete advantage of marketing your micro niche items. Using generic placeholder text in your demo is really a missed opportunity to effectively engage buyers and promote your item! Using realistic copy is also a great way to see if your theme really meets a niche’s needs, and may even lead to a new idea or inspiration that will make your theme even better than it was before.

For example, if your theme was a Sports Club theme, on the “Match Results” page demo you could show how the page would really look and feel using copy that describes an actual game and it’s play by play highlights, and/or describe how to use that particular feature including perhaps how easy it is to set up and add results pages for each new match.

Or in a more general sense, for a blog post placeholder you could write up a short article that highlights one of your theme’s best features and selling points!

Hopefully this makes more sense and helps you to create the best micro niche themes possible :)

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