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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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Hey everyone! Big thanks to everyone who’s already submitted a Google Slides template for the Beta launch.

As we’ve started to see more items come in, we’ve noticed a few outstanding issues with items not meeting all of the submission requirements that I’d like to recap and highlight here:

Templates should be built within Google Slides, using only Google Slides compatible features, fonts, animations, etc.

  • Do not simply submit existing PowerPoint files to this new category! PowerPoint has many features that are not compatible with Google Slides.
  • You must build the template from within Google Slides and ensure you only use Google Slides features in your presentation.
  • For example, we’ve seen templates submitted using PowerPoint’s image replacement feature, which is not compatible with Google Slides. This items will need to be updated

Do not include .PPT files or any other presentation files that were not built within and exported directly from Google Slides

  • Items should only contain .PPTX files exported directly from Google Slides
  • Do not include .PPT or .PPTX files built with PowerPoint
  • Only select “Google Slides PPTX” in the “Presentation Files Included” attribute. This means your presentation file was built with Google Slides.
  • Do not select “PowerPoint PPTX” in the “Presentation Files Included” attribute. That is only for files built with PowerPoint, which you should not be submitting here.

Do not use any fonts that are not a part of Google Slides

  • This means no 3rd party fonts. Use only those available within Google Slides.
  • Non-compatible fonts are replaced with default fonts when opened in Google Slides, often wrapping unintentionally and breaking the layout.
  • If you’re basing your template on an existing design, make sure your text and layouts work well with the newly chosen fonts.

Make sure your item descriptions and preview images are accurate

  • While it’s okay to base a new Google Slides item on an existing PowerPoint or Keynote template, please don’t simply reuse the item description and images as is.
  • We’ve seen some items that still mention “Keynote” or “PowerPoint” in the item description and images, these should be updated.
  • Make sure to update your Google Slides item description to remove any mention of PowerPoint or Keynote specific features or software versions.
  • It’s important to make sure it’s 100% clear to buyers what your item is and does, and avoid any potential confusion here.

Please keep all of this in mind when creating your Google Slides templates. We encourage you to have a second look at your existing items and make any of these changes as needed, and we may choose to re-review certain items as well.

Ironing out these kinks is all part of the “Beta” roll-out process here, and an opportunity for us work together to make sure these items and category are ready for a successful launch! So keep the templates coming, and stay tuned in the near future when we’ll flip the category “Live” :)

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This event is now over. Winners announced!

Envato's Most Wanted

We’ve put up $2,500 in prize money for Envato’s most wanted file type – Motion Graphics with Presentation-Style Previews on VideoHive.

We’re running a “Best Item” contest where authors of all eligible Motion Graphics items uploaded to the marketplace between March 10th and April 7th will have a chance to win awesome cash prizes!

What You Can Win!

  • The 5 Best Items get $500 each!
  • All 5 of the Best Item winners will additionally be featured in a marketing email campaign to tens of thousands of buyers!
  • One top winning item will be chosen to receive a coveted “Featured File” spot on the VideoHive homepage!
  • All winners will receive the much-desired “Won a Most Wanted Contest” badge.

What We’re Looking For

We’ve recently elaborated on our item preview policy for Motion Graphics to allow for presentation-style video previews. In fact, not only do we allow it, we’re here to challenge you to make the best presentation-style preview videos yet! We’re looking for new Motion Graphics items that take their preview video to the next level and showcase their amazing items in an equally amazing way.

Presentation-style preview videos can contain mixed media and assets, highlight key information about the item and clips, and show examples and mock-ups of the motion graphics in action as they might actually be used (e.g. overlaid with other footage clips).

Viewers should be able to get a clear sense of the usefulness and quality of your item simply from watching the preview video. That being the ultimate goal here, items will be judged solely on quality/effectiveness of the preview video.

Additionally, in order to be eligible:

  • Motion Graphics items must contain at least 10 individual clips/elements. Simple variations such as alternate colors to do not count toward this total.

For some examples of great presentation-style previews, check out the article on our Help Center.

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 10th and before the competition closes on Tuesday, April 7th at 23.59 AEDT time.
  • The winning files will get a share of $2,500.
  • The winning files will be featured in a marketing email campaign.
  • One top winner will be a “Featured Item” on the VideoHive homepage.
  • All winners will receive the much-desired “Won a Most Wanted Contest” badge.
  • The event is open to all new Motion Graphics items on VideoHive.
  • 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 multiple prizes but only for different items.
  • An author can win a maximum of two (2) “Best Item” prizes.
  • Eligible items must have a presentation-style preview video.
  • Eligible items must contain at least 10 individual clips/elements.
  • Final eligibility of entries is determined by Envato staff.
  • Envato staff to judge “Best Item” prize winners.
  • “Best Item(s)” will be evaluated solely on the quality/effectiveness of the preview videos.
  • 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:

It’s as simple as that! Good luck!

Please Read Full Terms & Conditions Here

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Hey @tamsynshofay, apologies for the confusion and incomplete information you received here. You were correct in your initial understanding, that AudioJungle music is not allowed to be purchased and resold/redistributed as-is, such as on a compilation music CD. As per the license terms you quoted and the FAQ that PurpleFog shared, you could only do so if it was part of a larger work, such as mixed underneath a voice over.

Unfortunately you won’t be able to purchase AudioJungle music for this specific use. I’ve also followed up with our help team to ensure we’re able to provide the best information possible here in the future.

Thanks very much for your patience, and all the best with your relaxation CD!

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Hey Everyone,

Pressmaster’s portfolio is alive and well, there was simply a temporary account issue that has since been resolved.

Nothing to worry or wonder about here, so I’m going to lock this thread down.

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Eric. I am sure envato would have given a deep thought before doing this. But Can you explain this with an example how it would help author earnings. I was worried looking at ‘multi use’ in place of ‘extended’ because $5 becomes $3.

Hey PluggedIn

There’s lots and lots of thought and analysis behind these licensing and pricing decisions. As I mentioned in my earlier reply on pricing, there’s a wide array of factors that weigh into the pricing strategy here, and we believe this will provide the greatest possible earnings potential for your items.

Keep in mind that higher pricing does not always mean higher earnings. 100 sales of a $3 sound effect is much better than 10 sales of a $5 sound effect. Those are made up numbers, but hopefully that paints a better picture!

Rest assured we’ll be keeping a close eye on the new licensing and pricing moving forward.

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Hey everyone! New Video Media Licenses are now live!

READ FULL ARTICLE:
Brand New Video Media & SFX Licensing Now Live
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