As items within the CSS category are highly susceptible to theft, we do not host live previews. Instead, authors are encouraged to upload 10-30 second video clips, which illustrate the effect of their items. To create a video preview, you'll need to record a video using a screencasting service. When submitting a new item to the CSS category on CodeCanyon, there will be an option to upload a short video, in the .FLV format.
We've included some tips on recording and exporting your video preview below.
There are lots of options when it comes to choosing screencasting software. We've listed some suggestions below, but there are other solutions out there that will work just as well. All you need is a way to easily record your screen, and download the finished video as an .MP4 or .FLV.
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Tips on Recording Video Previews
- Keep them short; otherwise, the potential buyer will lose interest. Try to limit your preview to 10-30 seconds in length.
- You are not required to speak in your video. It's encouraged; however, if you do not have a microphone available, your voice isn't required.
- Many authors record multiple videos for their items, including for the purposes of documentation. While only one video may be used for your featured preview, you can link to more from within your item's description section, as well as your help file.
Submit an .FLV Video
Once you've created your video, you need to upload it as as an .FLV file. Most screencasting services will not give you the option to export your video as an .FLV, so you'll need to convert it using another service. We recommend HandBrake, an open source option that's free to use. Export your video screencast as an .MP4, and convert it to .FLV.
With your .FLV video preview in hand, you're ready to upload your awesome new item to the CSS category!
Alternatively: If you're having trouble converting your file to the FLV format, you can request further assistance from a reviewer, or host the .MP4 elsewhere and link to it from your item description.