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Hey guys, just wanted to pop in here to explain what happened here. Previously the 1GB file size cap made it very difficult to pack up more than one 4K video per submission, so when we began determining a pricing structure for 4K items we only setup pricing for 1 4K item per submission. Up until that point a few items slipped past review, but the general policy was to reject any 4K packs and ask the authors to split it up into individual items.

Recently we increased our maximum file size restriction so 4K submissions with more than one video are now possible. We also adjusted our pricing guidelines to accommodate packs of 4K items as well. So if you’d like to submit packs of 4K items, as long as it falls below our file size cap, you can submit packs now.

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Btw, I might turn out “stupid”, but – can somebody from staff, please, write short explanations for the camera movement options? For some of them I only guess what they mean, but I am not 100% sure. And I should be sure, before I start going through my portfolio :)))

We did put together an article explaining a higher level detail for all of the attributes on the Stock Footage upload form: Stock Footage Attributes Explained. But we didn’t go into detail explaining or defining the actual options within any given attribute. All of the options listed are pretty standard industry terms, but I’ll be happy to look into getting the article updated with more information. For the time being though, a quick internet search for any one of the options provided should explain what it means.


Oh, and also – Steadicam is brand name. I believe you’d want it changed to “stabilized” or something similar…? Also, “aerial” and “drone” – what is real difference? Isn’t drone actually aerial? :)

That’s a good point about Steadicam. I did realize that Steadicam is a product from a specific company, but as far as I know there really isn’t any one standard term to define the kind of shots that you get when using these devices. Stabilized makes sense, but technically speaking stabilized would really cover any use of a camera that has been stabilized. Like for example attaching a camera to a tripod would effectively stabilize it. For the time being I think Steadicam is sufficient as most people would know what it means when they see that, almost like when a brand gets so ubiquitous that people start referring to the brand as the product rather than the actual product name. Like when people refer to any bath or pool that heats up and has water jets as a “Jacuzzi” even though Jacuzzi is really just one of the bigger manufacturers of hot tubs with jets :).

As for Aerial vs Drone options, technically those terms can both be applicable to many different types of shots. In these cases you’d want to press and hold the CTRL key (CMD on Mac) to select both options together. For any of these multi-select fields you’ll want to select any/all that apply to your shot. No need to select just one.

I would say that there is a pretty obvious line though with regards to Drones and Aerial shots. Drones can absolutely be Aerial, but not all Aerial shots can be Drone shots. Drones have the ability to fly very low and get sweeping, close up footage, where as standard Aerial shots generally happen very high up in the air. I would say anytime you’re shooting from a high altitude, the Aerial option is appropriate (as is Drone). But if you’re shooting with a Drone and you’re not very high, you might want to select Drone only.

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Hey guys,

I can assure you that our reviewers are not simply having a lazy slump, it’s quite the opposite actually. We’re experiencing a pretty big spike in submissions recently and it’s caused review wait times to grow. We’re also actively working on increasing resources at the moment and once the newer reviewers are trained up you should start seeing wait times shrinking again.

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The first film is the only one I really loved. The most recent one before this one (the 6th I guess) was pretty entertaining as well. :)

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Hey Cyzer,

Good catch on the bug! My only recommendation for bug fix requests would be that you file them through the support system rather than on the forums. I’m not implying you can’t discuss issues like this here, but if you want to make sure your issue is seen by the developers, the support system is the most appropriate method for doing so.

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Hi Mark, can you please get devs to add “gb” in validation list for the “File Size” field of the upload form? It only accepts “mb” and “kb” and everything else throws error.
Will do, thanks for the suggestion!
Now this is weird… I have to say “Thanks” and “You’re welcome” in the same sentence :D

Not a problem :). The change to allow “gb” has been deployed.

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Hi Mark, can you please get devs to add “gb” in validation list for the “File Size” field of the upload form? It only accepts “mb” and “kb” and everything else throws error.

Will do, thanks for the suggestion!

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I just noticed small info-box in the upload form which mentions maximum file size as 3GB (instead of 1GB). Any official word on this?

Just a quick update here, we’ve actually increased the maximum file size to 3GB. Please read this thread for all of the details.

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We’re very happy to announce that we’ve recently increased the existing file size cap for VideoHive submissions. The previous limit was set to 1GB per submission. We always allowed larger files, but if you wanted to submit a file that was larger than 1GB, you had to write into support to request permission before submitting your item.

The individual file size cap is now going to be 3GB. And while not much else is changing, I did want to make you all aware of some key points. Although we’re allowing files to be up to 3GB, we ask that you still focus on keeping your file sizes down whenever possible. We’d like all authors to use smart compression for all footage and videos. When you’re including assets within a project file, we ask that you focus on achieving the lowest file size you can reach before it starts negatively affecting quality. Authors have done a pretty great job working within 1GB so far, so I’m expecting most submissions will still be lower than 1GB.

Please also be mindful of buyers when you decide to submit large files in general. VideoHive buyers are located all over the world, and there’s no way to know download speeds and bandwidth availability for everyone.

Key points

  • Submissions 1GB or smaller will be treated as business as usual.
  • Submissions 1GB – 3GB will be reviewed as normal, but we reserve the right to reject any file that we feel could have been compressed or provided differently. So for example, if you upload a Motion Graphics submission that’s 3GB and we feel that it would be very easy to reduce the file size down without any significant quality loss, we will soft-reject and ask you to try reducing the overall size.
  • Submissions over 3GB require approval from Envato Staff before it can be reviewed or accepted. If you want to upload a file that needs to be provided as one submission but the file size is larger than 3GB, you can create a new support ticket requesting permission. Please send through a preview video or any other examples, along with your reasoning for needing to exceed the cap. Once approved you’ll be allowed to submit your larger file for review.
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My latest item was rejected for this exact reason: I uploaded it to the Motion Graphics category but was told that I was focusing too much on the AE preview. It is actually a Motion Graphics pack containing 150 video clips. I had to re-upload the entire thing to the After Effects Project category and it took around 17 days in total for the file to finally be approved.

Now it is basically encouraged to actually make a preview for your Motion Graphics.

So what is the difference? Where do you draw the line?

I could be wrong, but it sounds like the issue with your file was that you were actually including AE project files within your Motion Graphics submission. If that is the case, we generally want the focus of the preview video to be on the rendered Motion Graphics, not the AE project. Since you cannot advertise a file to include additional freebies or bonuses.

In the event that your file was including an AE project, the focus needed to be on the Motion Graphics aspect of the file. That rule still applies today. What’s changing with this new policy is when you submit a Motion Graphics file that is made up of elements like transitions, you could cut together a preview video which shows those elements in use. So in the example of transitions, you could make a faux slideshow of photos, with your transition elements driving the actual transitions between each photo.

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