Just wanted to drop everyone a line to announce that we are now requiring preview images. Up until now, it was an option, but seeing how much it improves the look of the file page at first glance. As well as the feedback received when the new feature was implemented. I think it would be best to require this from now on.
All files in the queue will be okay if they don’t have it, but after those, files will not be accepted without a preview image.
Thanks Mark, I also think it is a good idea and will try update any files already on VH.
Well, its not a requirement, but I think it would be a smart thing to do for older files.
a downloadable preview image would be great, til now for the hundreds (?) of aeps I’ve bought here I’ve manually used camtasia’s snagit to grab a screencap off every preview video, if you guys could somehow include a clickable link to a decent-size preview jpg (and possibly someday a download link to the flvs so I don’t have to ctrl-u ctrl-f/s .flv find and download the vid previews from page source), would be great too…or have the jpg screencap + flv preview included in the downloadable project .zip I would certainly buy more since it saves me time…
fyi, my workflow is, I have both screencap jpgs and the preview flvs of all projects I buy all saved to subdirectories, so I can review/audition each file I buy before using it in production… if those elements could be linked directly via page info (or included in download .zip) that would be great..
btw you guys work as hard as I do here… so much involved in screening/managing assets here for everyone, nice work on it.
I like the idea a lot. But I think a means to download the preview image would be a little bit more work than what its worth. Not sure if you’re aware but any file that has a preview image now is super easy. Right click on the image, making sure to avoid the button in the middle. You can just click save image. Once all files moving forward have this image, there wont be a worry and you can grab the image from any file you purchase.
Regarding the video preview. We do sometimes let files through that have the preview in the zip. But we ask that the author doesn’t do this. Since the preview is being hosted on our servers, adding a duplicate copy within the ZIP would just increase the amount of space we need to store for the main file.
As an alternative we introduced the Embed & Share button. Not sure if you’ve seen this yet Ken. When expand a preview and start playing it. Move your mouse over the video and you should see these two buttons appear in the top right corner.
One thing you could do is create an HTML file that is stored locally. Then use the Embed button and grab the code for the preview video. Paste that code into your HTML file, and then you’ll have one file on your computer that will display all of the files you have purchased. You could dig even deeper and create a link below the video that will hyperlink to the location on your computer where the file is stored. So everything is accessible from that HTML page.
Hi Mark, thanks – great ideas re above, will try them out. Good idea re preview image and embed; thanks.
Hey Ken, One thing you could do is create an HTML file that is stored locally. Then use the Embed button and grab the code for the preview video. Paste that code into your HTML file, and then you’ll have one file on your computer that will display all of the files you have purchased. You could dig even deeper and create a link below the video that will hyperlink to the location on your computer where the file is stored. So everything is accessible from that HTML page.
This is what I’ve been doing….thanks Mark!