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You can see the release dates of After Effects versions here…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_After_Effects

I certainly wouldn’t bother with CS5.5 any more. Any customer who’s using CS5.5 hasn’t upgraded their After Effects in more than three years, which doesn’t say much for the idea that they’d spend money on templates. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m sure there are some users of CS5.5 out there, but the fact is that CS6 introduced masses of new motion graphics features and got significantly faster to user than earlier versions, so there’s a big overhead for an author to create for such an old version of Ae.

Bear in mind also, that anyone who has any version of CC automatically has the latest version of CC. That’s the nature of Creative Cloud. It’s a subscription service, so there’s never a reason not to upgrade. I can’t say how many users are using CC, but what I think I can guess is that those using CC are using the latest version. Why wouldn’t they? Ultimately, this is a very good situation. In a couple of years time you’ll be able to say pretty safely that 90% of customers are using exactly the same version of After Effects. Bye bye versioning nightmares!

My guess would be that the current Videohive customer base is made up largely of CS6 and CC users, with a sprinkling of CS5.5. users too. That’s pretty much backed up by the anecdotal evidence I have from customers who have got in touch with me.

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Hello everyone, I have a question because I’m trying to character customization with expressions. I mean to change clothes, hair color, hair type, etc. I know that the controlling effect expressions are used to it, but not the syntax to use for this to work I have not found any tutorial where you explain Can anybody help me thanks in advance

Hi Paint Spray. The syntax is basically the same as Javascript. You’ll find countless references to this language on the web. However, After Effects has its own set of commands too, which you can find under expression reference in the After Effects help. After Effects also has many of its own little foibles. Unfortunately these are best learned as you go along (and that can take a while), but just start trying out some simple stuff and you’ll soon get a feel for it.

If you ever need to see the results of your expression line by line, you can practice by writing expressions into the Source Text property of a text layer.
Thanks Felt, I have not explained well in my previous post Anyway I have been searching the net and I saw that I can do this using the effect Remaping time and combining with effect controller now I find out what the line of code for that to work

It really depends on what you specifically want to do. But the expression you apply to a Time-remap property should give a result which is a number. This is the time in seconds of the layers source that you want to display at that frame.

For instance:

tPulloverStyle = effect("Pullover Style")(1).value; //an effect on the layer.
if(tPulloverStyle == 1) 0; else if (tPulloverStyle ==2) 2; else 4;
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Hello everyone, I have a question because I’m trying to character customization with expressions. I mean to change clothes, hair color, hair type, etc. I know that the controlling effect expressions are used to it, but not the syntax to use for this to work I have not found any tutorial where you explain Can anybody help me thanks in advance

Hi Paint Spray. The syntax is basically the same as Javascript. You’ll find countless references to this language on the web. However, After Effects has its own set of commands too, which you can find under expression reference in the After Effects help. After Effects also has many of its own little foibles. Unfortunately these are best learned as you go along (and that can take a while), but just start trying out some simple stuff and you’ll soon get a feel for it.

If you ever need to see the results of your expression line by line, you can practice by writing expressions into the Source Text property of a text layer.

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I have to say that the timings thing works, because for most projects, although they may well be modular, the project will have a base length when you open it.

The project will also have a base number of placeholders, but for instance how do I enter the number of placeholders for my project Delicious. This has 20 media and 40 text placeholders in the long version, 5 media and 7 text placeholders in the short version, and both have 1 logo placeholder. Both versions of the project are fully extendable, so you can remove or duplicate placeholders. What am I supposed to put in the placeholders field?

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,176,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,328,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62…

...should just about cover it. Although that still doesn’t indicate that it’s extendable. :-)

I get the feeling that not much time was spent thinking about this update. This field only applies to the most basic kind of beginner projects.

The universal expressions field is good, but this should be a requirement, not a feature.

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2/ Most of the middle class elite authors (especially the exclusive veterans) will still keep their well-selling portfolios here as long as possible but def will stop active uploading smth new due all the unpredictable risks, moral frustration, and reactive supplying to other major solid stock markets, and will rather focus on promoting them as well…

I guess I would fall in to this category… a moderately successful elite author. I will endeavour to keep my portfolio here, since I have invested a great deal of time and effort at Videohive building up a history, a profile, a portfolio and a reputation…. as well as all the volunteered time for moderating the forums, of course.

However, if by Envato’s current actions I am put into a position of illegality or my current tax or social security status is jeopardised, I will be forced to remove my entire portfolio from Envato. I’ll be talking with a lawyer in the coming weeks, to clarify my position in light of these changes.

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Just to expand on Epeo’s excellent point above..

Here’s the line from Envato’s terms and conditions:

13. Envato credits: When you deposit money into your Envato Market account it is converted by your financial institution from your currency to US Dollars. We then convert those US Dollars to Envato credits. Envato credits are the virtual currency on Envato Market and one (1) Envato Credit is equal to one (1) US Dollar.

Meaning the only dollar transactions that occur are when a customer transfers money to Envato to buy Envato Credits at an exchange rate of 1:1.

Marketplace transactions – such as the sales of our items are carried out in Envato credits. But at the bottom of the invoice is:

All prices are shown in USD

when to be legally consistent it should read:

All prices are shown in Envato credits

At the moment, the only actual US$ transaction as far as they author is concerned is the monthly payment that Envato makes to them having exchanged their Envato credits to US$ at a rate of 1:1.

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I will just add, this all comes from Envato issuing invoices on our behalf. If they just issued invoices on there own behalf and gave us a commission once a month it would be fine.

Incisive! +1

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Goodbye Envato! I’ve just delete all my items. I had enough problems in past with local tax office – I don’t want another VAT mess.

Redeffect: That’s very sad that an author with so many sales should go like that, but I fear you may be the first of many who are forced into this position. I would however urge other authors to wait and see what happens with the invoices in reality and to find out whether an EU author’s position is legal or tenable, before irrevocably deleting portfolios. This is still a situation that is completely in flux and how it will pan out, I have no idea.

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Apologies if this has been asked or brought up already, but these invoices appear to be un-usable unless they are in an authors currency right? All the invoices in the images say USD, can I assume it will always be in USD?

The problem with that is if my invoices are in USD the actual money I received monthly in AUD is just never going to balance.

On top of that, even if the invoices are in AUD, the currency price changes daily, so the money I receive on the 15th, won’t add up to the total invoiced amount for the month prior.

Maybe I’m missing something simple, but I feel like I’m going crazy. Does no body else see this? I use fresh books for my account keeping and they don’t allow for cross currency keeping mainly because its a nightmare.

Im going to continue invoicing Envato once a month after I receive the money in my account. Thats the ONLY way to maintain a balanced book keeping system if you’re not living the US.

Envato pays me in USD. Do they pay you in AUD?

From the accounting and taxation point of view, I need to decide how much that USD sum equates to in my local currency. I usually work on a cash accounting system and convert it at the rate that is current on the day that the payment is received. As far as I’m aware this system is perfectly acceptable, as long as you are consistent with it. If I were required to convert every Envato transaction to a local currency amount based on the invoice date, this would create a massive amount of work.

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Cocomero that’s why it’s important to talk to a specialist who can analyse the terms and update your current business model to the one that will be applied starting February, as fast as possible! :)

Don’t you think that it’s pretty hard while changes are announced Friday 30.01 starting February? :)

This is why I still don’t sell anything on Envato while I have about 10 WP themes waiting for upload. I don’t want to take a risk as VAT is still not charged and there is no evidence Envato is going to handle these transactions properly. I hope so. However for now they don’t.
I see your point, but my latter argument still stands, go see a specialist, get it done as fast as possible! Searching on Google for answers or arguing that it’s happening won’t change anything! Update your business model and stay in the safe zone! Cheers! :)

You’re right, Enabled. I think that seeing a specialist is important now. However, these things cost time and money and we actually don’t have a full picture of what’s happening yet. We won’t see the new invoices in action until Monday, and as Collis stated, they’re going to change again. What we’re dealing with here is a constantly shifting situation that will potentially put us in a position of data insecurity and illegality… and we’re given 48 hours over a weekend to react to this.

This was all supposed to be in place and effective by Jan 1st this year. Regarding your point that tax authorities won’t care about the details as long as you’re paying the taxes: that simply isn’t the case in germany. Things have to be absolutely bang on correct.

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