Rejected project! WHY?!

can anyone help me figure out why my project has been rejected for QUALITY STANDARDS ?!
i was working on this project for 3 months, i can’t accept this decisions.

This fully expression controlled After Effects project is an easy to use tool that allows you to create a high detailed and realistic recording camera screen overlay for your video with just few clicks!

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The project comes with 6 full functioning and editable presets to start with, covering all the recording camera onscreen settings, but you can easily create your own viewfinder and edit every detail and behaviour of each element with animatable controllers and save it as a preset or After effects project. See all the controls here

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Project features:

  • CS6 and above
  • No plugins required
  • 100% After effects (all Vector/Shape and text layers)
  • 100% Resizable (Automatically fits any comp size and aspect ratio)
  • Works with any frame rate and duration
  • 6 editable presets
  • Real audio meter reacts with footage audio
  • Accurate camera settings based on latest modern video cameras
  • Fully customizable and animatable elements via organized contollers in one effect
  • Editable Vignette, Noise, Scanlines and Scan phasing effects
  • Can be used on any background
  • Clean Project structure
  • Universalized expressions
  • Video tutorial included

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Hi, this project technically seems outstanding, all those controls truly must have taken lots of hard work…

But the problem is in the type of project and the execution quality/value. First, such a project is very niche, so already might be causing concerns for reviewers if it will sell or if it has potential in this market.

Secondly, if you ignore all the fancy controls and look at what the user is getting it’s literally just some static UI’s with animated soundbars, whitebalance and rec animations… Now imagine if this was not a camera UI project, but a promo with static designs like these, or a logo animation? This would obviously yeld an instant rejection. I know your project might not need these animations, but viewing from Envato reviewers and customer’s perspective that’s what they value and your project has practically no animations. So not very good.

Perhaps breaking this “UI overlays aren’t animated on cameras” rule and actually animating them nicely like some futuristic UI’s could have given this project more chances of being approved.

To wrap up I would say the idea is too niche and the execution is too little combined with too much technical stuff, which took most of the time for you here probably.

Next time I would recommend focusing more on usual categories/topics that actually sell and focusing on first delivering great, unique animation and design. Then later make the technical stuff super fancy if you want, but honestly, it’s not necessary and it doesn’t sell on it’s own. But cool visuals and designs will always sell regardless of how poorly or not the project is built technically. Unfortunately :ok_man:


Many thanks for your detailed reply, now i can see more clearly what is happening!
As you already noticed the project was designed to be an accurate\realistic Recording screen for movies or so, it should save a lot of designing time and choosing a realistic camera settings (real f, shutter speed, white balance etc.) so i added all these settings exactly as it should appear on a real camera viewfinder , it’s also very responsive / resizable automatically that fits any comp size, frame rate and duration, it should be used in a movie scene or so to mimic a realistic look.
So as you advice I should make more Animations, animated versions of the 6 examples / viewfinders and a logo reveal one, so the project can be used by any user and not being very niche?

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Yes I noticed all these things you wrote, but sorry I would say to just drop this idea and start fresh with a logo animation project or some other popular category project which would have a chance of selling well and actually paying you back for all the time spent on it. Not another niche project like this.

Just cause you invested 3 months into this project doesn’t mean it’s worth to waste more time on it while hoping it would get approved after those fixes. It’s very probable it would get rejected anyways, cause it’s too niche and even if it gets approved the sales would look very bleak for this probably, sooo…

Anyways you might try submitting this project to other marketplaces that don’t care for animations that much and rather value static designs more.

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Frankly i can’t drop this idea and my three months of hard work, as you see no project on ENVATO market can provide what this project provides to the user, and i really believe in this idea (Accurate editable REAL UI camera settings), i made this project as if I’m using it for my own videos on YouTube, if i find such a project any where I’ll buy it because I need it.
what i can do is to add Logo reveal version, animated versions, more templates for a general user to use the project without editing all those elements, but i can’t drop the whole idea and begin from scratch.
Unfortunately this rejection (my first hard rejection in 5 years) destroyed any trust with Envato market so i can’t keep making new projects and somehow it became rejected wasting all my hard work again.
I can’t find any other marketplaces, if you know other sites please send them to me.
Many thanks for your reply.

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Well there’s many similar projects here: Sure they don’t have those controls, but probably most customers don’t even care for them.

If you want to continue with this yes I guess adding more versions, and animating more elements could help. But as I said you could be risking wasting even more time on a thing that’s just not meant to be. Or maybe I’m wrong, do as you see fit.

Unfortunately, rejections happen even to the best… :smiley:

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Of course i studied all those projects one by one before getting started on mine to add what are missing (add value) and choose a reasonable price.
The problem isn’t the rejection itself, the reviewer didn’t tell me exactly what is wrong with my project at least to avoid my mistakes in the future, saying it’s “Not at our quality standards” is very confusing and frustrating, what does it mean exactly?! what should i do? drop the idea? make another version of the same idea? the cause of this refusal must be clarified to know exactly what to do, and i can’t find anyone to talk with from Envato side for this clarification, this kind of refusal isn’t acceptable at all. I’m glad and lucky to find some one like you helping me understand what is happening. but i really need the reviewer to explain.

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I know this is frustrating but imagine if they had to explain themselves in great detail to every person who decided to submit a project to videohive. That would be humanly impossible and a waste of time. So instead they just give you short template replies and the rest is up to you to figure out with community help here on the forums.

After that, it’s up to you. To analyze the market and the quality of recently approved projects. And to learn how to bring your ideas and execution level closer to those successful projects.

Sometimes it takes many rejections till you get what “goes” here and what “doesn’t”. But if after all of those you manage to persevere it’s a nice earning opportunity combined with Elements. If you don’t manage to understand the market after many tries, maybe your energy could better be spent doing other things.

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The reviewer already takes his/her time to review and make a decision, so the explanation can be clarified without extra work or time.
The clarification may be just as “Animations are not enough” so i can add more animations, or “camera viewfinders are not allowed anymore” so i drop the idea completely.

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No it takes extra time to write that. Even if a few seconds, now multiply that by thousands and you’ll see :smiley:

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any way i must know exactly what is wrong to take an action accordingly, dropping down the idea is impossible for me, i can’t waste 3 months of hard working even i forced to render some footage from this project and upload them as motion graphics elements! but the whole point is about the cutomizability.

Here is the email i received from Envato, if you can figure out the reason:-

Thank you for your submission. We have completed our review of “REC - Video Camera Viewfinder Maker” and unfortunately we found it isn’t at the quality standard required to move forward, and you won’t be able to re-submit this item again.

We appreciate the effort and time you’ve put into creating your item. And we’d be happy to help make sure your next entry will meet our submission requirements. Here’s our advice:

Visit our forums and ask fellow authors for feedback. Our helpful community will be glad to lend a hand.

Check out this Help Center article to understand why and how items get rejected.

Please be aware we have updated our watermarks. You can find the new Envato watermark on the help center here. This means that all new item submissions and resubmissions from the the 14th of March onwards will need to use the new watermark in the preview. Items submitted using the old watermark, may be rejected. Read the full announcement post here.

Remember you can get help, in the form of tutorials or skilled professionals, on Envato Tuts+ and Envato Studio.

We hope to see a new submission from you soon!

All the best!

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I already stated my opinion above. Get over it, no one gets exact feedback from reviewers on what to do to get rejected projects approved. They figure out by themselves. Even if that means trashing months of work. Deal with it.

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and i can’t figure out by myself! you guided me to improve animations and make some pre-animated stuff that can be used directly out of the box, i think you may be right and my project needs to be improved this way, but i can’t figure out anything else rather than: Viewfinder projects are not allowed anymore!

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I feel you, the feeling of rejection is not good at all.

But I’m totally understand the rejection reason and agree with Atamotion.

You made hard work, I appreciate it, you thought every single detail. But to be honest I don’t see any great potential in this project that customers will buy it. I think of me as a customer and if I need something like this I will put on my video just some static png or little animated(rec, sound bars) motion graphics from videohive(which Atamotion linked) above. So I mean customer(many of them) will not care about customization of these details. So If reviewer feels there will not be good sales he/she rejects the project. To be honest I would also reject. Btw I didn’t like the presentation video neither. It looks outdated.

It is up to you, but I would suggest start with something new. I don’t think you will get somewhere with this. If you get rejecttion after second try, you will frustrate even more, will feel worse than today. Good luck :v:


Thanks for reply, but tell me if you are an editor of a movie how can you achieve a real camera settings on screen without this project?! you can’t just use png static image or a video with alpha channel for this, you’ll need all the camera settings available to match your video, how can you get iso or shutter speed values? you’ll need a research, you just can’t simply set iso value to 485! this is not a real value in video cameras, you need an audio bars reacts with your audio file in real time, etc.
show me a similar project on Envato or anywhere!
if it has been rejected because no many users needs this i’ll provide more animated viewfilders and a logo reveal versions.

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If I was making a making off video and needed to show such camera details I would just film the camera as it’s shooting whatever footage for which I’ll be making this making off video :smiley: Would look much better than trying to fake it this way. And if I was faking it like this, at that point I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t care much if the iso or audio bars are matching my video footage/sound.

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how can you shoot the camera screen? using another camera? or somehow (screen capture) the camera screen, can you get it 8K by a click? after shooting can you edit anything on that layer? how can you control the time code? if you need it to start from 01:05:23 for your shot, will you shoot the camera screen for one hour, 5 minutes and 23 seconds to get this result? if you are using a real sound meter from the camera how can you make them reacts with added sounds on post?! can you make in\out animations for the camera ui?

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If I’m a n editor of a movie that needs precise design of these viewfields, then I’ll make this by myself or hire a motion designer. But it is so random situation I think.

In some time I will need slideshow, opener, logo animation, any stock footage and etc. But I don’t think I will need any precise control of viewfinder project in my entire life. I hope you understand my point of view.

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yes I understand that, but i simply made it possible for anyone to make a realistic viewfinder without making it from scratch, personally i need a project like that instead of using a fake looped videos with alpha channel with every element animating like crazy, i really hate those videos, so to add a value to this project from the reviewer point of view i’ll make a ready made templates / presets from my original comp, animating with a logo like crazy :sweat_smile:

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I’m thinking of adding a “security cam” too with all its effects, what do you think?

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