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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

Sorry about the inconsistencies regarding item titles in the past. I’m going to make sure this information is added to the author knowledge-base and get the rest of the team on board with the same standardized naming conventions in the coming days.

The thing is, titles can and should be clear, concise and descriptive. But when creating a title, its important to name the item itself and not worry so much about describing what the item has or does, for Footage and Motion Graphics at least.

The easiest way to tell if you’re using an inappropriate term in your title is to look and see if that information can already be gathered based on the item’s attributes. For example, “looping” is an attribute, so there’s absolutely no reason to include the term “loop” in your title.

We also have categories/attributes for things like Time Lapse, Resolution and Alpha Channel, so again including “Time Lapse”, “Full HD”, or “Alpha Channel” in your item’s title is not only redundant, but it makes the item lists look a bit messy.

One author that really does a great job of item titles is Pressmaster. They don’t even use numbers as each of their items have unique titles, even when they submit many different submissions from the same matching shoot. Doing this not only keeps their titles clean, but it also allows their content to be found through many different search possibilities.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

Nice! I actually live about 15 minutes from Tesla’s last lab, where he constructed his wireless electricity tower, which was later torn down and sold off. They’re in the process of cleaning it up right now to turn it into a museum.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

I recently saw it and loved every minute of it. Going to see it again this weekend in IMAX.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

There is no new policy in place that states pans or camera moves are required. We began rejecting with this message recently because we started to see a great deal more clips which focus on very static content (landscapes, or buildings). And more importantly when the subject matter in these clips contain little to no movement, you start to run into the area of “what exactly is the point of this footage”.

Ultimately if the footage looks more like a photograph than a video it’s not going to be accepted based purely on a lack of overall utility. Please realize that we’re not trying to restrict you guys, or make it more difficult for you to sell with us. We need to ensure our library contains useful and valuable clips.

This goes back to a recent post from me where I listed some of the things we look out for. In this case, if your subject matter is static (for the most part), it’s probably best to work a smooth pan into the shot to ensure that there is still something moving.

More importantly, I personally feel like footage is getting a bit odd lately. With project files it always felt like authors actively tried to upload their best work. But with footage it can sometime feel like authors tend to literally cut up an hour shot into 120 30-second blocks and upload anything/everything regardless of what’s in the viewfinder. Basically letting the review team figure out which shots are keepers and which aren’t. This is the wrong approach.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

I came across this camera when they dropped a press release about a year ago. It’s cool technology, but I think it’s mainly geared toward surveillance. Why anyone would need a security camera in 4K baffles me, but it seems to exist regardless.

@AndrVlad, when you do finally get your hands on it, please show off some test videos. I myself was considering getting one a while ago but ended up upgrading my computer/monitor instead. Would love to see your tests and get feedback on what you think of it.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

Hey Mark, as we are talking about preview bitrate etc. Please take a look at this thread. Reencoding already compressed files is really not necessary. Let the authors do that if they want to. http://videohive.net/forums/thread/please-stop-destroying-our-work/109817

Hey Creattive, that’s actually an issue that the devs would need to look into. You might want to create a new support ticket and request that the devs see it..

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

Hey guys,

Actually this isn’t a new feature or anything. Since we moved to the pop-up video preview (years now), the system has allowed for files to be uploaded in full 1080p, and when they’re displayed, the player scales them down to the selected resolution.

Unfortunately Tyson’s video slipped through, but if any files are uploaded in full HD (and we get them from time to time) they will be soft-rejected. Without the developers going in and optimizing things, I wouldn’t feel comfortable accepting full HD preview videos as I know quite a lot of people still struggle with load times for 960×540 videos.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

I picked up a 27’ Dell Ultrasharp a few years ago and wasn’t too fond of it, ended up returning it a few days later. It had 3 dead pixels and it displayed gradients terribly, displayed a ton of banding. Ended up ordering one of these: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/monitors/LS27B970DS/ZA and I’m pretty happy with it. The color is pretty great as is the viewing angle. It’s got two drawbacks..

  1. It’s got a glass screen, so if you sit in a room with a window behind you, I’d imagine you’d have a lot of glare issues. Thankfully my room has one window and it’s off to the side so I only have glare problems for about 45 minutes as the sun is going down.
  2. To make it really thin, they put all of the hardware in the base. So you can’t remove it from it’s base to mount it if you’d like to.

Besides that I have no complaints, best monitor I’ve ever owned and it’s got a wider range of colors over the Cinema Displays and the Ultrasharp line. I got mine from Newegg when it first came out and grabbed it for $960.00. Unfortunately it looks like Newegg no longer carries it, and Samsung’s site is listing it for $1,199. If you decide on this one, you might want to shop around and try to find a better price.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

It’s funny to look back and see myself posting a year ago about how my eyes were perfect. About two months ago I started getting really weird, almost out-of-body types of feelings. After about 2 hours of working, I’d become very disoriented and I’d have pressure in my head. Thought I was getting sick with something until my doctor suggested I get my eyes checked. Went last month and found out I now have an Astigmatism in both eyes, with the left being much worse. Every since I got my glasses everything’s been good.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

Hi Ekko, just thought I’d provide a bit more detail.

Our stock footage and motion graphics sections can be used by you, pretty much immediately. When you buy anything in these two categories you’re essentially buying/downloading quicktime videos which can be imported and used within any editing program. Although keep in mind, some motion graphics which are advertised as including an alpha (a transparent background or part of the video) will need to be used in a program that supports alpha channels. iMovie may support alphas, but I’m not quite sure.

All of the other categories (After Effects, Cinema 4D and Apple Motion) are project file categories. Each of the three are named after the software that’s required to edit/use the projects. So in order to use an After Effects project file you’d have to download Adobe After Effects. I believe Adobe still offers a 30-day trial of the software so you might be able to download a trial and grab our free file of the month to test the waters.

Every one of our project files are made in a way where you don’t need to have a complete understanding of the software in order to use/edit them. And all also come with an included help file that should explain the process of customizing each individual project. But like Abstract-Labs mentioned, you’re going to want to read the descriptions thoroughly. Some projects actually require additional third-party plugins. You’re going to want to look out for only projects that state something along the lines of “no plugins required”.

If you need any help along the way, feel free to ask the author of the files directly, or post general questions here in the forum and I’m sure some of our community members will be glad to assist you when they can.

Envato (VideoHive’s parent company) also operates it’s own After Effects tutorial website called AETuts+ which has a wealth of information that can help you get started.

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