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urbazon says


Automatic watermarking + automatic preview and thumb image creation = saves time for both authors and reviewers.

Automatic thumb image creation would be an absolute disaster. How could you automatically choose the salient frame of the video, or the salient 80×80px area of that frame? Would it resize or crop? Same questions for the preview image.

The creation of these two images is something of an art-form, and a good thumb / preview combo is one of the key’s to an item’s success. I wouldn’t be inclined to leave something so important in the hands of an algorithm!

I agree.

But there are solutions to this. At least a semi-automatic process? For example, algorithm suggests a few frames and then author chooses the best one?

Also, maybe thumbnails shouldn’t be 80×80 pixels anymore, just like they aren’t limited to 80×80 on PhotoDune… maybe 160×90px?

I know that all this sounds too drastic and the likelihood of Envato implementing such drastic changes is low, but one can only hope, right? :)

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urbazon says

We are here to submit stock footage to Envato, not watermarks. Something has to change.

I agree ;)

A few years ago I got quite a few rejected videos because the old watermark was barely visible that reviewers thought I didn’t put the watermark (even though it was there!) So, until the new watermark, we were allowed to tweak the old one to make it visible. Now, since the new one works better with different kinds of videos, both dark and light, PLUS we are not allowed to tweak it in any way, I really don’t see any reason for not implementing the automatic watermarking.

Automatic watermarking + automatic preview and thumb image creation = saves time for both authors and reviewers.

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urbazon says

:D

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urbazon says

I think we only can see the real percentage on “fun facts”, inside “dashboard”.

pssssst! don’t say this out loud or they will remove it! :P :D

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urbazon says


p.s. of course for models in bikinis type footage you’re welcome to shoot longer, lol
and closer

But not too close, as it will get rejected :D

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urbazon says

Great story, Marco!

I share a similar (if not the same) passion – to travel the world. And step by step, I’m starting to realize that thanks to Envato :)

P.S. If your travels bring you back to wander around Europe and you come to Serbia, feel free to contact me to go and grab some beer :)

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urbazon says

Actually, clarecomm, all of your theories are incorrect. There’s been a new technical glitch with resubmitted video previews not updating in the popup videos, making us reviewers think authors were resubmitting incorrect watermarks. You may have been hoping for something more along the lines of a conspiracy theory, but the reality of the situation isn’t so “Kafkaesque” afterall… much more boring, I know :)

So, is this resolved? Can we re-upload our videos without the ‘fear’ of them being rejected by mistake again? :)

P.S. If you have any information, I’d also take this opportunity to ask: was this glitch in any way related to strange FTP behavior a few days ago (when some old/processed files mysteriously reappeared in my ftp folder)? Thanks :)

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urbazon says

Ah, finally! I once got a stop-motion (or was it time-lapse?) footage rejected because it was “only” 9 seconds long :/ Now where did I bury that clip? /me goes to dig through the archive :)))

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urbazon says

I’m not here to watermark files for Envato… I’m here to supply stock footage.

Amen to that! We need automatic watermarking + automatic creation of preview and thumbnail images ASAP!

Also… Not to be too demanding, but we also need a batch upload process, like the one on the PhotoDune. If I have a few videos with the same model, why should I upload the same model releases for each of them? 21st century technology, Envato? :)

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urbazon says

@doru @clarecomm: The thing is, difference in watermark is only visible on highly bright (white) videos. On other videos, that thin black edge of the watermark is almost (or even completely) invisible…

In the meanwhile, I also got one video rejected because they claim I haven’t used the new watermark – but I did. As soon as the new watermark was announced, I updated all my templates to use the new watermark file, so I can’t be mistaken.

Just try again and try to explain in the comments-to-reviewer… I am going to submit my update tomorrow and we’ll see if I’ll be lucky enough to bump into the understanding reviewer :)

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