Watermarked videos - what does this mean?

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  1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years ago

    I received this message on a video I uploaded:

    "Watermarked or Pixelated Photos or Videos

    This Hub has been moderated for low-quality or watermarked images/videos. In order to have it republished, you will need to remove all images and videos that are pixelated or that contain watermarks. In order to have it republished, you will need to remove all images and videos that are pixelated or that contain watermarks."

    What does this mean? This is an original video I put together using Windows Moviemaker of a dog in a shelter that we put a pressure wrap on. I am a professional dog trainer and see a lot of dogs in my practice for anxiety and aggression. I have found this particular product to be highly effective and wanted to show how it can be used to help shelter animals with anxiety.

    I am not a professional videographer or photographer. The video is all my own, taken on my own video camera. I do not understand what "watermarked or pixelated" is.

    This video is the first I have tried to upload as a stand alone video on HubPages. Please be nice - I am new here and just trying to understand.

    This is very upsetting to me, as I always try to follow the rules.

    The video was also flagged as overly promotional - why is that? Because it features a specific product? I have seen other hubs that feature specific products. I deleted the links to Amazon to purchase the product, thinking that might be the problem.

    I am a professional educator - always trying to educate people - in recent years about dogs and dog training. I am learning about HubPages and trying to follow the rules while writing good hubs.

    I deleted the video due to the threatening nature of the notice I received from the moderators. I don't want my account deleted.

    Please explain what this means - I'm afraid to upload any more videos. Thank you.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It sounds like they feel your video isn't good enough quality. The other thing they don't like is if there is text promoting a product across the video.

      I suggest you email the team @ hubpages direct, because otherwise we're just guessing.

      1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
        Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you for that email address.

        1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
          mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years agoin reply to this

          the full email address is team@hubpages.com

          1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
            Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you.

  2. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 6 years ago

    The publishing rules and policies section of the FAQ details all the moderation messages,

    http://hubpages.com/faq/

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I knew someone would refer me to the rules. If the rules answered my question or I understood what the moderator posted, I would not be asking this question. I hate it when people do that.

      This does not answer my question:

      My Hub has been moderated for watermarked or pixelated photos; what does that mean?

      "Images that are low resolution, grainy, or pixelated detract from the aesthetic appeal of a Hub and are prohibited. For the same reason, images or videos that contain prominent watermarks are also prohibited. This rule applies even if they are your own photos or videos, or photos or videos that you have the legal right to use."

      Again, I do not understand what watermarked or pixelated means since I do not have any watermarks on my video and I do not know what "pixelated means."

      1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
        mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Digital images are made up of small blocks known as 'pixels'. The more pixels per image, the better the quality of that image. Too few pixels means that the image (or video) appears 'blocky' or 'blurred' when viewed, (usually apparent in older lower quality pictures or videos, or those taken/recorded on older equipment). This may be your problem as I see loads of such videos on YouTube.

        Watermarks are when a url or copyright logo appears either across or below a photo or video. This is apparently okay if it is YouTube, but not okay from other sources, (at least here on HP). On photos it usually indicates they have been illegally used from another site that watermarked them to protect their images.

        I hope this helps.

        1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
          Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you, Misty. This is what I am confused about. I know what pixels are and what pixelated means, but I am confused about why the message said my video may be pixelated. I have made and uploaded lots of videos with this camera and never had a problem with the quality.

          Also, I do not have a copyright logo or watermark on the video, so I do not understand that either.

          I do understand that oftentimes these generic messages are generated and the real problem may be something different. That's why I thought I would come to the forum to see if anyone could give me any insight.

          Thank you for your help. I appreciate your politeness and your willingness to try and explain what might be the problem.

      2. relache profile image87
        relacheposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        You hate when people do that and I hate when people who obviously know how to read and type and are on the internet don't know how to use a search engine to look up terms or phrases they don't understand.

        I guess we're even.

        1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
          Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Then why bother to reply and post rude, unwelcoming remarks? Why not keep your thoughts to yourself? I have heard the forums are an unfriendly place but I came here to get help. If you don't want to offer assistance, why not just say nothing?

  3. 2uesday profile image80
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    Sorry, I cannot really be of much help with this, except to say that I have read in the forums in the past to contact the Hubpages team and ask them to clarify what the problem is.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you.

  4. melbel profile image96
    melbelposted 6 years ago

    http://www.stucuk.net/images/misc/Notch%20Pixelated_4x.png
    This is an example of an image that is pixelated.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I know what pixelated is; I do not know why I received a message that my video was pixelated. I think that it is a standard message and that it may not have come across as pixelated at all. Thank you for uploading the example though.

  5. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

    All we can tell you is that the staff who flagged the hub thought you did have watermarks or pixelation.  Unless we can see the hub, e.g. in cache, we can;t see if this is the case or not.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I deleted it due to the threatening nature of the message I received.

      1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
        mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I strongly advise you to undelete it before it vanishes. The message is automated and we have all had them at one time or another. The hub is still probably very easy to salvage and your work won't have gone to waste. You may have to delete or change the video or a picture, but once the Hub Team clarify which you need to change you can easily do this.

        Even after deletion your hub will still show for a while in the Google Cache, so we could see it if we knew which one it was. This would also give you an opportunity to copy and paste it back into a new hub if your original one has vanished from your HP My Account page (which it will do 24 hours after unpublishing.)

        1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
          Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I already have the video included in one of my hubs on the subject, Misty. You can view it here (Gordon and the Anxiety Wrap): http://dubuquedogtrainer.hubpages.com/h … xiety_wrap

          Thanks for your advice, but I think I'll leave it deleted because I don't want to risk having my account closed on HubPages.

          It is very important to me to be able to be able to write educational articles about dog training since there is so much misinformation so readily available to uninformed consumers.

          I have other videos I can upload that are in no way promotional of any product that I can upload - unfortunately I will have to do some transferring because they are on my old laptop.

          What I really do not understand though is how some hubs are overly promotional of one particular product and are not considered "overly promotional." There must be some kind of formula that HubPages uses to decide whether something is "overly promotional," which at this point remains a mystery to me.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image97
            Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            There is.  If you have more than two links to the same domain on a Hub, that's overly promotional.

          2. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
            mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Overly promotional is if you link more than twice in one hub to the same external domain, or if you exceed the limit of one Amazon/ebay product for sale per 50 words of original text.

            You are not in any danger of your HP account being closed simply for asking them to clarify exactly where the problem can be seen within your specific hub. The problem would be if you kept on resubmitting the hub for publication without correcting the problem.

            Edit: I watched the video and couldn't see any immediate problem, but when I got to the end of the video there was a link show to the Anxiety Wrap website. I am wondering if this could have caused the problem in some way (although I am not sure how unless it was showing on the initial still picture of the video for some reason and was therefore considered to be a watermark). To be honest your best bet really is to ask the team. Your account will be safe and they can clarify what exactly was the offending video or picture and why.

            Second edit: You may have already read this section of the FAQ's, but just in case here it is:

            "My Hub was moderated for being overly promotional; what does that mean?"

            Purely promotional offers and Hubs designed only to promote other sites or businesses are not allowed. In particular, the following actions are likely to get your Hubs identified as overly promotional:

                including more than 2 links to any one domain
                linking to the same domain in the body of the text AND in an RSS feed
                short "teasers" with links to "read more" at another site
                linking to sites/pages/Hubs that are unrelated to your Hub's topic
                including links to a page that contains largely the same content as your Hub

            Please note that promotional links are links that you have any interest in promoting (your blog, your Website, affiliate offers, etc.). Links to well-known Web resources which you don't have any personal interest in (like Wikipedia, news sites, encyclopedias, open directories, etc.) are exempt from this limitation."

            1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
              Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Thanks for that additional information, Misty.

  6. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

    The video is marked 'Canine Connection all rights reserved'--I wonder if that has something to do with it?

    As mentioned above, almost all the advisories are intended to inform you of a specific content rule you are not following. (Like more than two links to the same domain).  We all get them.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image58
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for that additional insight. Canine Connection is my business. I post that copyright notice on all of my videos that I upload to the internet.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image97
        Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        This is an example of where some HubPages' rules don't make sense.  The copyright notice probably means your video has been classified as "watermarked".

        We are not allowed to put copyright notices on our photos so I assume it's also not allowed on videos.

 
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