(Locked) Essential Resources for Authors


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UPDATE: Resources have now been compiled into an official Author Resources KnowledgeBase article. Feel free to add new suggestions here to this unofficial resources list.

This thread details essential third party resources for authors. Mostly it’s free / open source / creative commons. There’s one or two very popular / essential pay resources too.

Maybe this thread will become part of the Wiki one day… let’s see. In the meantime, can you think of some essential resources?

Below are the collected highlights from the rest of this thread…

Audio

Audiojungle - Videohive’s sister site. With permission from the author, use watermarked audio in your previews for free.

http://audiojungle.net

Audio Jungle Radio - The Audio Jungle Radio plays Audiojungle collections or search results as a playlist in the background, so you can continue to work while you search for that perfect track!

http://www.audiojungleradio.com

CCMixter

http://ccmixter.org

Incompetech

http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/index.html

Free sounds

http://www.freesound.org/

Typefaces

Font Squirrel - Only the best commercial use free fonts

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/

Lost Type - A nice collection of donationware fonts

http://losttype.com/browse/

Dafont.com - Thousands and thousands of free fonts of varying quality.

http://www.dafont.com

The League of Moveable Type - Several excellent, high quality typefaces

http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/

Font Fabric - Several excellent, high quality typefaces

http://fontfabric.com/

MG Open - Videohive typeface

http://www.eaglefonts.com/mgopen-modata-ttf-95618.htm

Fontshop Free Fonts

http://www.fontshop.com/fontlist/staff_picks/free_fonts/ - quality typefaces from otherwise commercial font reseller.

Fonts Installed as Part of CS5

Which typefaces you can use, firm in the knowledge that your customers will have them too.

http://www.adobe.com/type/browser/fontinstall/cs5installedfonts.html

Fonts Installed with Windows 7

Which typefaces you can use, firm in the knowledge that Windows 7 users will have them too.

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/fonts/product.aspx?pid=161

Fonts Installed with Mac OSX

Which typefaces you can use, firm in the knowledget that Mac OSX users will have them too. Also included is information about crossover with Windows installed fonts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_typefaces_included_with_Mac_OS_X

Workflow

Expression universalizer - Make your After Expressions work in all language versions. Name your own price

http://aescripts.com/expressionuniversalizer/

BG Renderer - Render in the background while you continue to work in After Effects (and more). Indispensible. $14.99 basic / $34.99 pro - free trial

http://aescripts.com/bg-renderer/

Open Sesame - Backwards compatibility and more for After Effects. $49.99

http://aescripts.com/pt_opensesame/

iExpressions - Amazing expression stuff made easy. Modular - bundles available from $4.99 to $44.99

http://aescripts.com/iexpressions/

True Comp Duplicator - Duplicates the entire composition hierarchy. Name your own price.

http://aescripts.com/true-comp-duplicator/

3D Extruder - Automatically creates 3D extrusions with bevelling, shading and reflection. $34.99
http://aescripts.com/3d-extruder/

Color Scheme Designer - The very useful tool for every designer

http://colorschemedesigner.com/

Adobe Kuler - Color schemes

http://kuler.adobe.com/

Images

Photodune - Duh! Bit of a no brainer, this one. Photodune is a sister site to Videohive and although you need to pay a small amount to licence photos, the licensing deals are great for inclusion in previews.

http://photodune.net/

Morguefile - Masses of free to use photos.

http://morguefile.com

Wikimedia Commons - Creative commons and some classic out of copyright images.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Public Domain Pictures - pretty average free stock site. Actually, I’m sure this one can be replaced with something better. And anyway the licensing is pretty dubious.

http://publicdomainpictures.net/

bigfoto.com - Use their photos. The only condition - a link back to their site.

http://www.bigfoto.com/europe/london/

David Niblack - Use their photos. The only condition - a link back to their site.

http://imagebase.davidniblack.com

www.photos8.com

http://www.photos8.com/

flickr

http://flickr.com/

SXC

http://www.sxc.hu/ - Free stock photo site

Video

Blender Open Movie Project - Various great animated pieces created in Blender

http://www.blender.org/features-gallery/blender-open-projects/

Open Footage - Excellent timelapses / HDRI maps / panoramas

http://www.openfootage.net/

stockfootageforfree - If you need footages for preview in your project, here is a nice site offering couple of free stock videos.

http://www.stockfootageforfree.com/

Vimeo Free HD

"Vimeo Free HD":http://vimeo.com/groups/freehd/videos - Free HD clips. Some are a bit shaky but they’re free.

X Stock Video - Some nice HD footage for free and check the LINKS-tab for some more.

http://xstockvideo.com/

Digital Juice - VideoTraxx HD - The most frequently used video for previews on Videohive. Set1 $249. Set 2 $169.

http://www.digitaljuice.com/products/product_lines.asp?plid=13

Textures

Mayang Textures

http://mayang.com/textures/ - Masses of free textures

Urban Dirty

http://urbandirty.com/ - Grunge textures

Lost and Taken

http://lostandtaken.com/ - Grunge textures

CG Textures

http://www.cgtextures.com/ - 3D textures

Design Elements

40 Free vector and Photoshop brushes - Free vectors and PS brushes.

http://blog.qbrushes.net/25-free-vector-icons-and-graphics-for-commercial-use/

Commercial Software

Adobe After Effects - Obviously!

http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects.html

Cinema 4D - 3D everything

http://www.maxon.net/

Adobe Creative Cloud - A new way to licence Adobe software

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html

Free Software

After Effects trial - 1 month free trial version

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=after_effects

Cinema 4D demo - 42 day free trial version

http://www.maxon.net/en/downloads/demo-version/demoform-nl-add/choose/cinema-4d-demos.html

Blender - Free 3D software

http://www.blender.org/

Free Plug-ins

Cinema 4D plug-in for After Effects - Import C4D .aec format into After Effects

http://www.maxon.net/downloads/updates/plugins.html

Commercial Plug-ins

Trapcode Particular - fast and effective pseudo-3D particle generator $399

http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/trapcode-particular/

Trapcode Form - fast and effective thingummy for making kind of… well… Trapcode Formy stuff. $199

http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/trapcode-form/

Video Copilot Optical Flares - highly controllable lens flare plug-in $125

http://www.videocopilot.net/products/opticalflares/

Reelsmart Motion Blur - Must have tool for post-application of motion blur to 3D and other renders. $89.95 / $149.95 (pro version)

http://www.revisionfx.com/products/rsmb/

Videohive / Envato

Brian’s uploading 101 video for new authors…

http://tumblog.videohive.net/post/358305706/in-this-video-brian-explains-some-of-the-basics

Copyright

http://wiki.envato.com/category/selling/copyright-selling/

Free File of the Month

"Submit your file for Free File of the Month here!":http://www.formspring.com/forms/?618060-pwoYpvH12g (note: you only need to upload it once. After that it remains in a holding bank for the future.)

What resources you can and can’t include in your files

"wiki link":http://wiki.envato.com/selling/tips-selling/what-images-videos-illustrations-or-music-can-i-use-in-my-items/

“wiki videohive basics”:http://wiki.envato.com/tag/videohive-basics/

Envato Logo

"Envato logo - vector":http://sharealogo.com/internet/envato-vector-logo-download/

“Envato logo - PNG”:http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3766/envatologo.png

"Envato logo with text - PNG":http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/4770/envatok.png

All market place logos

"Download zip":http://envato.s3.amazonaws.com/wiki/EnvatoMarketplace_Logos.zip - almost all market place logos in PSD and Vector EPS versions: graphicriver, videohive, themeforest, activeden, audioungle, 3docean, codecanyon and envato.

Miscellaneous

Motion Graphic Design Census 2010 Results - An extremely useful census of work practices and rates in the motion graphic design industry.

http://motiongraphicdesigncensus.org/2011/01/motion-graphic-design-census-results/

Region of Interest - Todd Kopriva’s Blog about what’s current in the world of After Effects.

Todds’ part of the After Effects technical support team at Adobe, foucssing on “one-to-many” support. In other words, helping people out on various blogs and forums. You’ll even catch him on the Videohive forums from time to time!

http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/

After Effects Feature Request / Bug Report - Page where you can log feature requests and bugs. The feature requests all get read, although you probably won’t hear directly back about it. This is how you get involved in the development of your favourite program.

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform

Add your own in a reply to this thread.... other users have submitted loads more great links. By the way, I'm formatting all the posts in a certain way, for ease of reference.

The best links will be copied into this post.

-f.


Footage used in Videohive Previews.
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Great topic, felt! Thanks for sharing! :slight_smile:

Images and Videos

bigfoto.com - It is possible to use photos for the preview-video. The only condition - the reverse link to their site.

http://www.bigfoto.com/europe/london/

imagebase.davidniblack.com - The same thing.

http://imagebase.davidniblack.com/

www.photos8.com - Here too.

http://www.photos8.com/


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Great one Felt!

Design

Creattica - Great inspiration website offering high quality design’s from all segments of multimedia, logo design, poster’s, photoshop retouch, 3d graphics, motion graphics and many more!

http://creattica.com/

Deviantart- Similar to above

http://www.deviantart.com

Stock Footage

http://www.stockfootageforfree.com - If you need footages for preview in your project, here is a nice site offering couple of free stock videos.

http://www.stockfootageforfree.com


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Images and Videos

flickr

http://flickr.com/


#5

Great topic! Thank you!

Audio

*Free sounds*

http://www.freesound.org/


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Images and Video

SXC

http://www.sxc.hu/ -Free stock photo site


#7

Videohive / Envato

Envato Logo

"Envato logo vector":http://sharealogo.com/internet/envato-vector-logo-download/


#8

great links guys!


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felt_tips said

Envato logo

http://sharealogo.com/internet/envato-vector-logo-download/

Videohive / Envato

All market place logos

"Download zip":http://envato.s3.amazonaws.com/wiki/EnvatoMarketplace_Logos.zip - almost all market place logos in PSD and Vector EPS versions: graphicriver, videohive, themeforest, activeden, audioungle, 3docean, codecanyon and envato.


#10

Where can i find BIG Videohive logo?

-m.


#11

PM me Mo. I have an AE project in which I have the Videohive logo traced.

I can make this available somewhere if the good folks of Envato are willing.

Mark?

-f.


#12

Sweet thread indeed.

Textures

Urban Dirty

http://urbandirty.com/ - Grunge textures

Lost and Taken

http://lostandtaken.com/ - Grunge textures


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Massfocus said

Sweet thread indeed.

Textures

Urban Dirty

http://urbandirty.com/ - Grunge textures

Lost and Taken

http://lostandtaken.com/ - Grunge textures

jummy. here’s another one:

Textures

CG Textures

http://www.cgtextures.com/ - 3D textures


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Mocarg http://envato.s3.amazonaws.com/wiki/EnvatoMarketplace_Logos.zip all logos are vectors, so you can upscale and rasterize every logo if you want big logo. Raster can be big, vector is perfect vector in all sizes…

-Dj. :slight_smile:


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dorde said

Mocarg http://envato.s3.amazonaws.com/wiki/EnvatoMarketplace_Logos.zip all logos are vectors, so you can upscale and rasterize every logo if you want big logo. Raster can be big, vector is perfect vector in all sizes…

-Dj. :slight_smile:

I don’t have Illustrator installed… Can you send me PNG version of the logo?

-m.


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http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/5350/vh2000x2000.png


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dorde said

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/5350/vh2000x2000.png

Thanks man!

-m.


#18

Great thread! Thank you guys :slight_smile:


#19

Your welcome Mo :slight_smile: I can upload all marketplace logos in 2000x2000 pixels 32bit png, if somebody need.

Maybe we can clean up this topic and keep all links sorted in first post?

maybe will be great to lock this topic, we can send links to mods for updates.


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dorde said

Your welcome Mo :slight_smile: I can upload all marketplace logos in 2000x2000 pixels 32bit png, if somebody need.

Maybe we can clean up this topic and keep all links sorted in first post?

maybe will be great to lock this topic, we can send links to mods for updates.


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Hmm locking… It’s actually great idea!

Ben what do you think?

-m.