After Effects Upload Specifications

After Effects Quality Requirements

We are looking for high-quality After Effects templates that our customers can easily modify to create their own unique motion graphics. Focus should be put on providing a framework, rather than a mostly finished piece with limited edit ability.

Projects should be:

  • Preferably created in AE6 or higher. If you are able to export your project in an older version of After Effects, please do so, as these project files will be more widely compatible.
  • Broadcast quality, ideally 1920x1080 or higher resolution. Feel free to include Compositions within your projects with alternate resolutions, such as PAL/NTSC.
  • Great looking, easily customizable, and labor saving for the end user. Including help documents, videos, and/or walkthrus in your zip file for the user makes your project easier for everyone to use, novice or professional.
  • FULLY OWNED by you. That means that any audio, still images, video or other elements contained in your uploaded .zip file must be your creation.

Note: You may not include any stock elements that you licensed from Pond5 or elsewhere.

Please prepare all files in a single .ZIP file, which should include:

  • The .AEP file itself (If including multiple versions, please keep naming conventions simple)
  • The Video Preview to be used on the site (.MOV compressed in h.264, minimum 1280x720 resolution). File must be named
  • A full resolution still frame (jpg)
  • A text file/help document for the user to refer to when working with your project.
  • All elements/assets used in the project. (must be owned/created by you)

(Optional, but highly preferred)

  • A video tutorial, and or image walkthrough for the project.
  • Links to Fonts

If your project requires any 3rd party Plug-Ins:

Please make sure you list them in the Requirements Fields. We also suggest adding a link to the product site in your description field. Consider adding a Pre-Rendered effects version of your project file as well.

Do not upload projects that are based on tutorials, like Video Copilot tutorials.

Before uploading, please unzip all your files and test to make sure everything is working and that no files are missing or unlinked.


-Main Folder

  • .AEP Project File
  • Help file

Footage Folder


Image Folder

  • image1.jpeg
  • image2.jpeg
  • image3.jpeg

Audio Folder

  • file1.mp3
  • file2.wav
  • file3.mp4

Recommended Project Organization

How assets are organized within AE itself and how the project is prepared. This should be structured the same as the actual directories. This should have additional folders for compositions and pre-comps that say “Do not Edit” and “Edit This”. All editable elements should be in a pre-comp for convenience to the buyer. Naming layers also helps the buyer navigate.


Optional Color Code Layers:

  • Red- for layers that should not be touched
  • Green- for editable layers 
  • Orange- for layers that are optional to adjust 
  • All other colors can be used for miscellaneous layers. Make layers that shouldn’t be adjusted into a shy layer then hide them. User Markers to add notes in a timeline or mark portions of the timeline where change happens. Reset the workspace to Standard before saving and collecting so that this will always be in this layout when a buyer opens the project. Use fonts that are cross platform or better yet those that are readily available by default in both Mac and PC. (When using 3rd party fonts, please make sure you include the link to the font download. Be sure the font is available for commercial use) Use placeholders and label them properly like Video 1, Photo 1, Text 1, and Your Logo Here.


Best Practices for filling in item details page

  • Title Should be concise, relevant, and professional.
  • Description Should give detailed information about the template. Describe the elements, what is editable and what is not. Which assets are included and which are not. How many versions there are and etc. How can the template be used? Give courtesy to a fellow Pond5 artist if you used his/her materials in the preview movie. (Photos, videos, music) Include a link to the media in your description field. Please refrain from linking to External/Personal websites for artists or content.
  • AE Version Make sure you specify the correct version of the software that was used.
  • Resolutions Specify the correct resolution as well. If you have more than one you can add that to the description.
  • Plug-ins This is very important. Specify all 3rd party plug-ins used and just to be sure mention this in the description too as well as if you are providing a pre- rendered version.
  • Keywords Proper keywording is important. List relative terms, uses, voice/tone, etc.

File Name

Please be sure your file names do not contain any special characters, Cyrillic, dashes, underscores, or accents.

Examples:  [ , ] , _ , & , å , ñ, é, ß, ®, ©, §, ç, ä, ø, ü, or quote marks (“ ” or ‘ ’) or ( ) ~ ' , & \ / ! ? @


Legal Requirements

You must be able to agree to all provisions in our Contributor Agreement in order to sell media files on our site, please read it thoroughly and make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities.



Submitter must have rights for distribution to the submitted imagery. Found or public domain images or illustrations cannot be submitted under any circumstances. If you do not have complete rights to the submission, you may not submit it.

For submitted work that contains any copyrighted material including paintings, other copyrighted photos, copyrighted logos, or any other art/advertisements/sculptures/exhibits which are copyrighted, you must either submit releases from the copyright owners or you must note to the curator the images are editorial.

If you are interested in finding out more about copyright, or in registering your work with the US copyright office (this is not necessary, but it can afford you additional legal protections), you can take a look at their website:


Model and Property Releases

All commercially-oriented content that contains recognizable people must be accompanied by a signed Model Release (available here). Releases need to be signed by the model(s) as well as by a witness other than the cameraperson/uploader.

Even if you are the model in the image, we require a model release, signed by you and a witness. Also, if there is a recognizable minor, a parent/guardian signature is required.

Property Releases are required when copyrighted or trademarked material appear.

You can download standard model and property releases here. We will accept other release agreements as well, as long as the legal provisions are roughly the same.

Note: Scans of signed releases should be uploaded in JPG format.

Before uploading clips of public buildings or landmarks, do a bit of research to see if you can legally sell images of it. For example, did you know the Hollywood Sign is owned by a nonprofit trust, and requires their permission for it to be shown in commercial films? For that reason, all clips of the Hollywood Sign on our site are marked "editorial only"). We may be able to answer some of these questions, but you can get much more comprehensive information online.


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    where can i find Pond5 watermark? to put on Preview Video

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    me too

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    Как загрузить проект After Effects на pond5?

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    Hello! I would like to clarify on the part where templates based from Videocopilot are not allowed. Does this mean that any slight resemblance from those tutorial videos is prohibited? Or templates largely based from tutorial videos are those which are not allowed? Since I myself learned how to use After Effects by watching tutorial videos, particularly from Videocopilot. Thanks in advance! I just would like to know since I am a newbie here. :)

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    Sherjil, you don't have to watermark your items, the system will do that

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    Where i can upload the project AE? Cant find

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    go to your user options on the upper right corner and click upload

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    Question!-- Can I use Pond5 watermarked images,videos and audios for my after effects project to selling on pond5? These will not include in archieve.

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    Akif you can use Pond 5 watermarked videos and music in your preview video only

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    Zackstrife, you can use video tutorial techniques to create your unique projects, but you cannot just copy and paste 75% of a video tutorial and change some colors and text to say that it is not the same ! Every experienced motion designer will notice that as they all have watched all the tutorials you did and went through the same process, and there will be wolves waiting for you just to catch a copyright infringement to file a dispute against you to gain a certain badge or credit in return. Take the techniques from tutorials and not the work, like how to use the curve editor, or how to work on particles, how to create a color controls layer, how to write certain expressions... do not copy and paste scripts or complex expressions and try to sell them as your own work. do not use or copy the same design used n a video tutorial even if you change colors and fonts. Try to be creative the most you can and 'create' your own unique designs to keep a trust with your clients. Imagine a client buying one of your templates to discover later that it was the same idea of someone else's offering it as a free project file in a video tutorial ! They will file a dispute against you ... The most important part in AE templates is design. Design should be original and of your own creation ...

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    Yes, in fact we encourage our artists to use Pond5 audio tracks with the watermark to show how the final project may look. 

    Please don't forget to mention in your file description that the audio track has been used for the preview only and is not included in the project. Please also provide a link to the track.

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    can i use audio tracks from audiojungle in my templates and provide their link in my description.

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    Hey Bhupinder, thanks for checking with us!

    We would encourage you to incorporate tracks from Pond5 into your previews, or even audio previews which contain the Pond5 watermark. However, we are flexible with what works best with your templates and once you provide the link this would be fine too.

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    Is The Video Preview to be used on the site and in the main file must be MOV?

    Considering the file size for MOV with 1280x720 resolution is large, can I use mp4 or any other extension that has smaller size for Video Preview?


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    @Wisnu - We're actually working to accept MP4s in the future. Officially we only accept .mov files for the preview, but our system should be able to handle MP4 as well - please consider it Beta if you'd like to try it and let us know how it goes!

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