Actually, I’m very good at starting projects. I have tens of unfinished projects. I guess I just like the design stage better than the implementation.
I’m with you felt_tips! I actually started tons of projects years ago, but I spent soooo long making multiple video tutorials and making everything nice and customizable for a file that I was really happy with, but the project was flat rejected. That destroyed my motivation because I spent a week on that project, much in the boring phase after the design and had nothing to show for it, so I pretty much quit for a while. If it was just a matter of designing and animating something cool it would be way easier to churn out files!
Thanks for the replies! I guess to be safe then I’ll just use Expression Universalizer for any project that has expressions.
I’ve been out of the loop for the while and I can’t seem to find if it’s pretty much standard practice to use the “Expression Universalizer” for any project with expressions. I don’t usually delve too deep into expressions but something as simple as a wiggle expression could give trouble to non-English users I imagine, so do you guys think it’s best to always universalize with the script?
I can only speak for Los Angeles, but it varies pretty wildly depending on your skills or where you’re working. Themelux’s estimate of $6-7,000/m seems pretty accurate, but once you get some experience under your belt or if you’ve got skillz it can go way higher. Feel free to message me for more specific info.
That does seem like a really good idea. I’m sure opening up a project file is really daunting for those that have just started using After Effects (or never even). Having a basic set of tutorials could save a lot of time with the help files too, since instead of explaining the absolute basics for every file, the buyer could be linked to the appropriate tutorial.
I definitely think you’re right felt. 3D is becoming inseparable from 2D in motion graphics. When I was in school years ago you could pretty much pick 2D or 3D and go with it, but now it’s very difficult to get a job in motion graphics if you just know 2D. (At least from my experience in Los Angeles). The vast majority of professional motion graphics reels you see are going to have both in them.
I don’t think that the 3D and 2D files should be treated as separate, complete projects. What I export out of 3D frequently looks pretty bad because it’s just a starting point to make it really nice in After Effects. It’s not very efficient to make something look complete and perfect in 3D when you can do it in the comping phase in a fraction of the time. I know a lot of people work this way because efficiency is extremely important.
It seems that Videohive should definitely integrate the 2 aspects somehow, but it does ultimately come down to if people will buy them. I would guess that most buyers on Videohive wouldn’t necessarily need high end effects that would require 3D integration, but after seeing how big of a difference it makes hopefully people would go for it.
Nice tips felt_tips! It’s so easy to just stick them wherever and not worry about a reason.
Star Trek has interesting lens flares since they are practical, but they were “forced” by shining extra lights into the camera, if I remember correctly.
I totally agree ZonadeArte. People are going pretty wild with the lens flares. I guess it’s to be expected since some authors have made very successful files using optical flares. I like to use lens flares stylistically as a design element where you can’t tell it’s a lens flare. Maybe blur it out, or stick it in a corner so only a little of it bleeds on to the project. It can give some nice variation to your colors and brightness without being an obvious lens flare.
Okay, thanks Mark! It looks like just updating the file would probably save a lot of headache in the end.
Yeah that makes sense; I can’t think of a better solution. Thanks for the help!
I’ve been getting emails lately because my project file uses an audio jungle file which is no longer on the marketplace. I’ve contacted the author and it is for sale on a different marketplace, but I can’t expect buyers to go there because they’d have to deposit a chunk of money just for the 1 file. Would it be best for me to submit a revised project file? Because if I point a buyer towards a similar file, it won’t automatically relink in the project with a different name, and the timing will be a little off, etc. I guess my other option would be to FAQ a way to update with a different audio file?