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Template Preview Clarification

By: Amy

Hey Template Producers,

We want to make a clarification related to the labeling of editable media in your sample previews.  While we highly recommend you make it very clear in your preview video which media items are meant to be replaced (we really can't emphasize the importance of this enough)!  We do want to say that there is some flexibility here. 

Uploaders should know that when reviewing, we look at templates from the buyer's perspective. They may not fully understand what a template is yet and so we want to clearly communicate:

A. That this is a template meant to be edited

AND

B. Which items in this template are editable.

As long as your preview video is clear and your description backs it up, there should not be an issue. 

We are making this clarification so that our producers will be able to preserve the artistry of their designs, while still providing the necessary information to buyers.

The old policy of labeling/numbering media INSIDE the project will remain. This is intended to make navigation super easy for less experienced users. 

Regarding text in the preview: Again, we would like to emphasize the importance of using language that communicates, "This is a template." (Examples: YOUR TEXT HERE, YOUR WEBSITE HERE, etc.) Technical features of the design should be left in the project description.

Hope this helps clarify things for you. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments. We would love to hear from any template customers as well! What is important to you in the preview when searching for a template?

Thanks guys,
Amy M.
Revostock

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premdutttttttt

revostock is a very good site for animation actually i liked most of the animations but can't buy due to certain reasons but once again very good templates of after effects

Aug 24 2012 6:21 AM

 
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MDMotion

I'd love to be able to use "my own" texts, but I have no idea what kind of trouble that would cause for Revo's support in terms of man hours. I do feel however, that the current guidelines are a bit over the top. The project file descriptions clearly state the number of editable texts and media placeholders. This is now mandatory info when entering info for new template submissions, which leaves me to the conclusion that we should be able to get creative with the previews. Actual project files could and should of cause still have strict labelling. BTW: Does Revo even have a template where text is not editable? Thanks!

Aug 20 2012 7:01 PM

 
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RevoStock Staff

Hey Michael, We hear you on this, and that's why we wanted to offer a little more flexibility. Speaking as a reviewer, it is a tough thing to enforce. From the producer's perspective, this information may seem like common sense and a bit redundant. There's also the frustration that plastering 'THIS CAN BE EDITED' all over the preview detracts from the design's intended look. On the other hand, we see the helpdesk tickets. Many buyers do prefer information that is explicit and leaves no room for confusion. We do our best to accomodate everyone, but it can be a tough balancing act. Thanks for your feedback, Amy

Aug 21 2012 2:51 PM

 
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MDMotion

Hi Amy. Thanks for the response. Yeah well, it's very easy to focus on the design when not having to deal with helpdesk tickets:o) I can certainly live with the current guidelines, but there's some very good points in this thread about being creative with language as well. Food for thought - thanks!

Aug 21 2012 4:31 PM

 
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The Giant Eye

I would agree with the fact that the current labeling makes it very easy to understand what a template is, I think this is a good thing. On the other hand I think when you see a preview and there is actually a message in the text, it does help to sell the template. The strength of good design is the message that is being communicated in combination with the visuals. A visual that doesn't communicate anything is less strong that one that does! Imagine the Nike logo with "your text here' instead of just do it!.. a totally different thing.. So that would be a case point for being able to write something besides 'your text here etc.' but then on the other hand I do understand the need for knowing what is editable. Anyways just some thoughts.., keep up the good work!

Aug 18 2012 5:05 PM

 
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Motion Factory

Yes,to use our own words would be just awesome and we'd push the creativity of the buyer to the max with those words, by giving them ideas in order to use the template in proper way.i've seen in the past few people who they was doing this same thing,but now it seems we are not able in any way to do this.In these days all templates have texts says your text here and your media here,I ask myself,why any potential buyer would ask "is this editable?" i cant figure it out ,really things are too complex for those ppl? why not revostock make a new promo video that explains how revostock works really and why not make bunch of tutorials explaining how any client of revostock can edit /customize/render the X project,I mean the tutorials would be awesome ,not too long just few mins explaining how to customize a template.And then maybe we can use our own words ,who knows."your text here"sounds very banal ....

Aug 20 2012 1:44 PM

 
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Motion Factory

take example of this guys : http://www.after-effect-templates.com/category/tutorials/

Aug 20 2012 1:47 PM

 
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RevoStock Staff

Hey Marc, That's a great point. The message communicated can influence a buyer's purchasing decision. Perhaps the big dilemma here is that we have such a large and diverse mix of buyers. A professional in the advertising world might appreciate a little more creativity here, while a small business owner with no editing experience might prefer a more explanatory "How it Works" approach. Finding a solution that caters to everyone is a tough task, but we are always open to ideas! Thanks, Amy

Aug 21 2012 2:44 PM

 
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The Giant Eye

All valid points! Maybe if we would write our own text we could add a list of the words/lines that are editable in the description. Like "these texts are editable" and then all the text lines you see in the preview, so first time users would understand. I have no clue if that would work..., but just an idea:-) Anyways, keep up the good work!

Aug 22 2012 4:54 AM

 
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Motion Factory

do you understand that %50+ of revo's buyers are people like us(producers) who are buying - customizing and selling the final product to the actual client ,I mean most of the people in this sector are doing that.So they kinda know what's editable and what's not ,but there is also tiny small group of ppl who are actually first client,and sometimes i got that feeling that you treat them like children who don't know what they are doing :) all the best

Aug 16 2012 4:55 PM

 
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RevoStock Staff

Hi MartinProUser,

Thanks very much for commenting and of course for being a Revo producer. We know our template customer base is a mix of total pros to those who are new to the template world. What producers don't get to see are the helpdesk tickets we receive, so a lot of the decisions we make are based on questions, comments or feedback as well.

We do talk with people on a weekly if not daily basis via the phone and via our ticket system who want to use our templates, but are new to After Effects, but while that is part of the reason, the primary reasons we care about how previews are formatted is to make purchasing decisions as easy and fast as possible for our customers. While there might be some other websites who aren't as concerned with standards as we are, quality of customer experience on Revo is very important to us. We feel that having standards for our template previews provides:

1. Consistency: The more consistent our previews and descriptions are, the less guessing our buyers have to do.

2. Speed: The more clear the preview videos are, the less time it takes our customers to figure out what is and is not editable.

2. Ease of use: Again, the more clear the preview is on what is editable, the easier it is to make a buying decision.

Ultimately, we are concerned about our customers and making their searching, previewing and purchasing process as quick and easy as possible.

That said, we are open to suggestions. :) What do you think is the best kind of template preview video? What do you think customers need to know about in the preview?

Aug 16 2012 11:41 PM

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