Today we’re announcing changes to how authors upload video items to Envato.
As many of you are aware, the video review queues at Envato have been steadily increasing as more authors seek to have their items published and available to customers. Stock footage in particular has seen an increase in volume that far outpaces our ability to review quickly.
We’ve introduced new policies such as batch review as a way to improve efficiency. The result has been a dramatic decrease in the queues but we think there’s more we can do to further reduce wait times.
One of the challenges our reviewers have is that they invest a lot of time reviewing items that do not meet our requirements. In some cases, reviewers are investing time in authors who are not as experienced in a specific category or who are facing the same item rejection reasons with each batch of items they upload. This results in delays for great content reaching customers and delayed earnings for authors who do consistently meet our guidelines.
So, from today, we will be introducing some limits to what categories video authors can upload to and when.
Limiting access to specific categories
To begin, we will be limiting some authors’ access to categories where they may or may not already have approved items. This means that in order to publish new content to a category where the new limits apply, those authors will need to submit a relevant portfolio for review.
For example, if you are an author who already has approved stock footage items, and a solid track record of consistently meeting our stock footage requirements, you will be able to continue uploading stock footage items without restriction (though our content requirements and batch review process still apply). If you are also a motion graphics author who typically produces motion graphics items that don’t meet our requirements, we may remove your access to upload.
If we remove your upload access for a category, your existing approved items for that category will continue to be available to customers for sale, but any items you have in the review queue for that category will be removed. Continuing the stock footage and motion graphics author example from before, your approved motion graphics items would remain available for sale, but any motion graphics items pending review would be removed. To upload new motion graphics items, you would need to submit and pass a portfolio review.
Introducing category-level portfolio review
For authors who would like to upload to a category they don’t have access to, we’ll be introducing a category-level portfolio review process. This will enable us to ensure that authors looking to publish have an understanding of our requirements and fit the creative direction we are taking the library.
Authors who pass a portfolio review will be granted permission to upload to the requested category. Authors who do not pass a portfolio review or who have had their upload access revoked will have to wait six months before they can submit a new portfolio for consideration.
We’ll begin rolling this new process out today with a limited number of authors, expanding over the coming weeks/months to include all VideoHive authors.
We believe these changes will have a positive impact for authors by reducing wait times, getting great items in front of customers sooner, helping authors earn quicker and improving the overall quality of the VideoHive library.
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