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 walkthroughs 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 Preview.mov.
- 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.
- FILE STRUCTURING (RECOMMENDED)
- .AEP Project File
- Help file
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.
Please be sure your file names do not contain any special characters or accents.
Examples: &,å, ñ, é, ß, ®, ©, §, ç, ä, ø, ü, or quote marks (“ ” or ‘ ’).
Note: Spaces and dashes are allowed.
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: http://www.copyright.gov/
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.
Still need help? Contact us!