Thursday, December 15, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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VideoHive/AudioJungle Video Loop Contest

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 03:50 PM PST

AudioJungle needs the help of some VideoHive superheroes and we've got some great prizes to give away if you can help in our Video Loop Contest!

Background Information

Posting music videos on YouTube is a great way for AudioJungle authors to promote their music. You probably know this already as VideoHive authors – it's also a great way to promote your VideoHive files.

The problem for AudioJungle authors however is that while their expertise is in audio production they might not have the knowledge, know how or the software to produce videos to accompany their music. So that's where you come in in this exciting little mini contest!

What We’re Looking For!

We're looking for .mov file assets (NOT After Effect files) that AudioJungle authors can download and use as videos for their music when they submit them to YouTube and Vimeo etc… So ideally, it might contain the AudioJungle logo and some kind of motion graphic or animation that is loopable. Maybe some pulsating speakers or headphones. Perhaps some animated audio equalizers? Creative control is all down to you!

AudioJungle authors will ultimately be able to download the loop, drop it into say, Windows Movie Maker on a PC or iMovie on a Mac, add their own music file, adjust the length of the video to the length of their audio file, and then export and upload to YouTube/Vimeo.

While you might like to make the video as "generic" as possible (so that it's suitable for ALL kinds of music genres), you are also welcome to create videos designed/styled to a specific genre. Electronica, Hip-hop, Cinematic, Motivational etc… it's entirely up to you!

Rules and Conditions


  • Videos should be no larger than 1080p (1920×1080) although 720p (1280×720) is preferred
  • All files should be submitted as Quicktime MOV files and encoded with the H.264 codec.
  • Videos should be loopable.
  • Entries are made by posting a link to your video in this thread. We will ultimately download your video and host it on your behalf (after the contest is over)
  • Contest open until Midday (Central Time, US) on Friday, January 13, 2012.


  • Open to all marketplace members EXCEPT Envato staff, reviewers and mods etc…
  • Members can enter as many times as they like.
  • AudioJungle members will be voting to decide the winning videos.
  • Only ONE prize awarded per author. i.e. one author cannot win all prizes, just either one of first, second or third place based on number of votes received.


First Place

  • $100 marketplace credit
  • Won a contest badge
  • Home page featured author of the week on VideoHive
  • Home page featured file of the week on VideoHive

Second Place

  • $50 marketplace credit
  • Home page featured file of the week on VideoHive

Third Place

  • $25 marketplace credit

Dates and Voting

  • Contest launch: December 15, 2011
  • Contest end: January 13, 2012
  • Online Voting: January 16, 2012 (we will post the voting form on this date)
  • Voting Closes: January 20, 2012
  • Winners Announced: January 23, 2012

Good Luck! :D

It’s Christmas Around the Tuts+ Network

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 01:00 AM PST

Christmas Lights by Skeytag2007

The holiday season is almost on us, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve barely started your Christmas shopping. Tuts+ to the rescue.

Many of the Tuts+ sites have published great Christmas roundups, including gift ideas and more. Check out the suggestions at your favorite site.

And keep your eyes open for more. There’s a good chance more Christmas roundups will be arriving in the next few days. Hopefully before Christmas! ;)


Showcase of Festive Holiday-Themed ArtworkShowcase of Festive Holiday-Themed Artwork

The holidays are right around the corner so we thought it would be great to feature some digital art created specifically for the holiday season. Some of the art features stunning snowy landscapes, others show off re-imaginings of classic holiday characters. Let's take a look!
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15 Awesome Christmas Gifts for Digital Illustrators and Designers15 Awesome Christmas Gifts for Digital Illustrators and Designers

As we count down the days until Christmas, it's time to make our lists and check them twice. Today we have an awesome gift guide full of hand picked goodies for illustrators and designers. Make sure to link this post on Twitter, Facebook and G+ – you never know – a friend or two may take it as a hint.
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30+ Gift Ideas for Browser App and Browser Game Developers30+ Gift Ideas for Browser App and Browser Game Developers

Stumped for what to put on your Christmas list? Or perhaps you're out of ideas for what to get that special web developer in your life? Let us help! This bumper roundup of gift ideas is two lists in one: the first half is to help developers figure out what to ask for, and the second is to help their friends figure out what to get them!
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The Official 2011 Phototuts+ Holiday Gift GuideThe Official 2011 Phototuts+ Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are coming. It's nearly that time of year to break out mulled spiced cider and flip through catalogs for ideas. Are you in need of a gift for that special photographer in your life? Or do you just help writing a wish list to send to Santa? Whether your budget is big or small, we've got you covered in this year's Phototuts+ Gift Guide!
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New Tuts+ Premium Video Course: Identity Design

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 08:22 PM PST

We’re pleased to announce our 7th in-depth course available to Tuts+ Premium members: Identity Design with Ben Gribbin. Over 18 lessons and nearly 3hrs of video training, you’ll learn all the foundational skills needed to start doing identity design work for clients. This includes: research, brainstorming, sketching, designing a logo, business cards, print flyers, web elements (such as banner ads), as well as timescaling, pricing and where to find clients.

Not a member? Not to worry! There are four public lessons available. Links after the jump.

Public Lessons

  • Introduction to Identity Design – We're going to first look at what Identity Design is and consider what the main differences are between a logo, a brand, and an identity.
  • Understanding and Interpreting the Design Brief – We're going to look at what is often the first step in an identity design project: the design brief. We'll look at what a design brief does and how it effects your design process.
  • Brainstorming & Sketching – Today we are covering sketching and brainstorming. Specifically we're going to look at brainstorming an identity design project.
  • What is a Logo? – We're going to cover just exactly what a logo is and what makes a good logo. A logo is not a brand. So just exactly what is a logo and where does it fit in your brand?

If you're on the fence about joining, try becoming a member for a single month, and see how it goes! We have a 30-day, no questions asked, money back promise.

Members: Get Started!

Make yourself a cup of coffee, a pot of tea, or a cool glass of water – and get started with the first lesson!


If you have any questions about the Tuts+ Premium service, just leave a comment; I'd be glad to help out any way that I can.

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