There was another thread about this regarding which preview resolution was the best.
Personally, I make all of my previews 640×360, 2400kbps.
One of Felt Tips’ comments said it best:
The problem is that I can’t even watch half the previews here anymore. They either run at 3fps or stop and buffer every 2 seconds. It’s painful… so I don’t bother. I expect customers with money in their pocket will feel the same. Far too much trouble to find the file they want.
If you do not encode your video preview properly, it will obviously result in a large file size. The larger file size will hinder a potential customer’s ability to view that preview, and ultimately, might not purchase your file because he or she cannot preview the animation.
There is a quality/file size balance you have to strike on the internet with video. Sure, you want your preview to look awesome for potential buyers, and you want it to appear as crisp and high-resolution as possible, but if they can’t preview the video because it’s not playing smoothly, then it doesn’t matter how good your animation looks!
The settings I use are (using Adobe Media Encoder CS5 ):
640×360 FLV 2400 kbps Quality: Best
My kbps setting might be pretty high, but it produces about an 8-10mb file for a 30 second animation, and the quality remains quite good. That should be easily buffer-able on almost any up-to-date internet connection.
A good target is probably somewhere between 1000 – 2000 kbps.
It is based on sales, but it doesn’t appear to update in real time. Most of the authors on the current list have more sales than it shows in the “Top New Authors” section. I was actually hoping to find myself on the list this month!
Nevermind, looks like it updated!
Tis’ a good idea indeed….it may have to be something other then replacing the main files however as for sure authors wouldn’t upload on Fridays (or would at least try to time it so that they don’t hit a Friday)
It should probably be it’s own module on the home page so that the new projects don’t get interrupted?
Flashback Friday sounds like an excellent idea! Being new here, I was actually wondering this same thing.
It seems as though a newer item might get a few sales when it’s new and being displayed on the home page, but then get lost and forgotten among the noise after that project is no longer featured or easily visible.
I’m wondering if buyers are more inclined to purchase the newer, featured animations that are on the front page, rather than spending too much time searching by keyword.
So far, I’ve managed to retain a decent consistency of sales even after my products are no longer on the home page or featured.
One good way that I’ve found to promote some of your older work, is to post links to older projects in your newer posts, kind of like a “If you like this project, check out these” sort of thing.
For a 45 second animation with around 8-10 placeholders, I would typically spend at least 10-16 hours from start to finish (Including file preparation and tutorial recording). Maybe a little longer depending on how detailed the design was.
If I factor in render time of the animation preview and encoding tutorials and preview videos, it usually takes a few hours longer.
Overall, I don’t usually try to stay under any set amount of hours with my VideoHive projects… I’ll start it and will finish when I’m happy with it, no matter how many hours it takes.
I’m sure many of the authors here are perfectionists (as I am), and could work on their projects for eternity making tweaks and making the animations better, but at some point you have to call it “done” and make some money!
If I haven’t already mentioned this I’m really excited about the addition of C4D files. As soon as I’m finished creating the list of AE projects I have in the queue, I’m going to move onto producing some 3D projects I’ve had in mind.
Looks like I joined at the perfect time!
My opinion is that this option is rather confusing for buyers. I don’t know…
I tend to disagree, actually I think adding 3D files will enhance certain AE projects. It will entirely be up to the author to make it easy for the buyer to customize the project through video tutorials and good project support.
I also don’t think it will kill AE-only projects. I believe there will always be a huge market for AE-only projects, because not every buyer has a 3D program.
In my opinion, this just gives buyers authors alike more options!
C4D is the most accessible 3D application out there, and is becoming more widely used in the motion graphics industry. With it’s simple integration with AE, I’m sure that’s why the folks at VideoHive have decided to allow C4D files.
I’m glad adding 3D files has become an option. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities!