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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

Time to administer the silver bullet to this zombie thread. Locked.

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

Okay, I just had to share this…..

Reason for rating: Item Quality
Comment: I used this in one of my videos and the animations are perfect.

How many stars?

THREE!!!?@#$%???

Wow… so glad the comment’s there. Now I really understand why this user rated only three stars. :-S

  • Perfection = 3 stars.
  • Top creations of well-known deities = 4 stars
  • 5 stars is reserved for an as yet inconceivable level of quality that may only exist in another dimension

Well anyway, thanks to that buyer for making me laugh. :-)

So, I changed the name of the thread. C’mon …. lets have your maddest ratings. I’m in the mood.

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

Yep… sometimes people just give a 1 star for no reason (or for a really stupid reason that’s generally their own fault or is solely about their own misunderstanding of what they should be receiving, or their own failure to read the description or their own inability to look at a user guide. They have rarely bothered to get in contact with the author, and on the occasions that I have written to offer my help or a solution after having received a 1 start, the buyer has never written back)

I don’t want to badmouth buyers… most are great, but some are not.

It’s frustrating and there’s not much you can do about it as far as I’m aware, even when the rating is absurdly unfair.

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says


Hi Wade, You should be looking at motion graphics and stock footage files. These are essentially video files, so will work in an editing package like Camtasia.
Thanks so much. That really helps. I just bought that and now I can’t edit it! lol…lesson learned

No worries…

Try the free 30-day trial. You can use this to edit the Ae file you bought.

http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects.html
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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

Which videohive file?
There are 4 categories here:
For after effects project files you need after effects.
For cinema 4d templates you need cinema 4d and after effects.
For motion graphics and stock footages, you need any video edit software which can import quicktime mov files.
Camtasia since version 6.0.0 can import mov if you have installed quicktime. – I found that info here.

Glossary:

Quicktime is pretty much the format of choice for professional video post-production. It’s from Apple, but it’s free and works on Mac and PC.

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

Hi Wade,

You should be looking at motion graphics and stock footage files. These are essentially video files, so will work in an editing package like Camtasia.

aep files are After Effects project files and require Adobe After Effects to open them. Once you render the file, it’s video and you can import it into Camtasia. But you need After Effects to render it.

You can actually download a 30 day demo of After Effects from Adobe if you want to use the .aep file that you have purchased.

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

I have seen plenty of Creative Commons licenses (commercial and otherwise) where the author simply cannot have the right to grant such a license.

In legal terms, it’s difficult to say whose fault it is if you use such a video in your preview. I guess the person who granted the Creative Commons license is most likely to be in the line of fire, because you could argue that you took the license at face value and used it in good faith.

But still, I really think it’s better to not use images with recognizable faces unless you have a model release form specific to that person’s face, signed by that person themself.

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

Yep… correct. Ramp is now Gradient Ramp.

This is a good lesson for expressions stuff. Always change the name of the effect from the default name to a custom name, then it won’t get broken. Also it will work in various language versions, which it otherwise won’t.

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

Incidentally – a couple of interesting statistics… :nerdy:

The aren’t many stock footage files on Videohive priced at over $30 at all. Those that there are have between them amassed a grand total of 18 sales. Over 40% of all stock footage files have no sales at all. Over 75% have 3 sales or less. Ouch! Videohive is clearly not the site of choice for the serious stock-footage shopper with a budget!

From a purely statistical point of view, your clip (if it’s accepted) is unlikely to make over $15. That would suggest that you need to shoot 10 or more clips simultaneously with a total budget, including man-power, of under $100, then keep your fingers crossed that the clips earn averagely and bring in $150 or so. Even if you have no material costs, it’s a big gamble to get a payback of $150 for your day’s work.

That’s why I haven’t made any stock footage clips, anyway.

At the moment, the pricing provokes this response in me: ‘What? – you’ve gotta be kidding!’ :-)

http://videohive.net/category/stock-footage?utf8=?&order=desc&sort_by=cost&categories=stock-footage

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

As a film-maker also, I can see that the pricing system here is problematic. The time-lapse issue is one thing, with the amount of time and effort you need to put in, the equipment you need to hire or own etc.

But when it comes to shooting stuff that’s not a landscape and requires a full production (from a staff and materials point of view)... i.e. Dolly / crane / steadicam… any kind of lighting / studio / location, art direction, actors, extras etc. the cost of shooting rises quickly into the $1000s of dollars or even the tens of $1000 of dollars. And that’s before you consider any post-production.

This effectively puts a massive glass ceiling on the type of shoot you’d even bother considering for Videohive. At $5 for a piece of stock footage… or even $50, it simply won’t cover the costs even if it becomes a top seller. (Currently the top selling stock footage item on Videohive has made a maximum of $3000 for its author). The problem then is that the person shooting needs to conceive the clip to be extremely generic with a mass appeal and achievable with production costs of approximately nil.

Unfortunately the pricing in Videohive limits the nature of the clips completely. @Emericlb – you are certainly not the only person who has thrown out the idea of producing something for Videohive because the pricing is too low. And the idea that shooting with a 4K camera instead of an HD camera should put the price up 6 times is hilarious… as though the camera were the only production cost. :-D

The guys who are doing the best on the stock footage market, it seems, are those who have a photo-studio and are simultaneously shooting masses of stock footage clips as a kind of moving photo, using exactly the same set-up and probably the same camera. Very much about a low-effort bulk production. This isn’t a criticism… this is exactly what Videohive’s pricing system is currently promoting.

IMHO, if it’s to move forwards with the stock-footage thing, Videohive needs some experienced film-makers on its team to forge some kind of direction for the stock footage market and work out a pricing system that reflects total production value (not just camera) and that sits well with both producers and buyers.

Or maybe high quality moving footage just doesn’t match well to the whole microstock concept.

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