CGCircuit Help Center

Welcome to our Help center. Here you can find your answers about learning and teaching on cgcircuit.

If you can't find the information you are looking for, please contact us directly.

About us

What is CGCircuit?

CGCircuit is a web platform that allows artists, designer, programmers, photographers and directors to market their knowledge by creating video tutorials and sell them across the globe.

With CGCircuit CG and Traditional Artists alike have a place to learn as well as share their knowledge with their peers. We facilitate and incentivize instructors to sell their self created tutorials for a price of their choosing.

Contributing instructors not only receive the revenue from their sold tutorials, they receive increased exposure among their peers. The community of users can then purchase and watch these lessons making them part of their learning library.

CGCircuit, Youtube and Vimeo

We get asked sometimes what is the difference between YouTube or Vimeo and CGCircuit.
The only thing CGCircuit and services like YouTube and Vimeo have in common is the fact that they play video.
CGCircuit is a service that allows people to sell their instructional content and it caters to the animation, games, VFX and web development sectors only.


Learning on CGCircuit

Learning on CGCircuit is easy. Once you purchase a tutorial, you have the ability to watch it as many times as you like, for as long as your CGCircuit login is active.

After you purchase a tutorial, it is available under the “MY COURSES” tab. If the tutorial has any accompanying example files, you will have access to any example files once you purchase. Example files will be found on the tutorial detail page.

To protect the hard work your peers and colleagues have put into creating their tutorials, videos cannot be downloaded. This is to prevent piracy. Not that we think you would do such a thing, it’s more for that other guy.

CGCircuit's Video Player

The video player has been created with tools and settings to provide you the optimal learning experience.

  1. It opens in a separate window so you can scale it and play along side the application you are using.
  2. It will automatically adjust display quality based on your connection speed.
  3. Favorite videos for convenient playback.
  4. Convenientely rewind in order to quickly watch again the last 30 seconds.

Learn more about how to manage your videos here

Managing your videos


To help users get the most out of their videos, we advise using the favorites function. The favorites function allows you to save favorite tutorials, such as “Lip Sync”, as well as specific videos within a tutorial.

To save specific videos within a tutorial, i.e. the specific video within the Lip Sync tutorial that focuses on “splining the mouth”, just go to settings “Add to favorite” while watching the video. Each course is generally broken down into multiple videos, to allow you to easily refer back to specific topic within a tutorial.

Selling on CGCircuit


Selling on CGCircuit is easy and free. You can create content exclusively for CGCircuit, or if you aready have content selling on other platforms, you can port it to CGCircuit to get the benefit of being part of a large and growing CG community.
Authors have the freedom to choose the subject they want to create, and to choose the price for their content, however CGCircuit takes the liberty to remove any inappropriate content and to determine what constitute a content "inappropriate".

Authors must setup an account with Stripe in order to receive payments from CGCircuit.

Getting paid (payment setup)

In order to get paid, creators must follow the procedure below, which will setup an easy and secure method to receive payment from CGCircuit.

CGCircuit uses Stripe as a payment platform to pay creators. Here is how you set it up:

Payment Setup (Stripe Express account setup)

  • Make sure you are logged in to CGCircuit.
  • Click on your name on the top right corner of the header, then click on "My Account". This will bring you to your account settings.
  • When the page loads, click on the "Main Info" tab in the Author Setting section of the left menu
  • At the very top of that page you will see a "Setup Payments" button.
  • Click on the Setup Payments button to start the process.

After you click on the Setup button you will be redirected to Stripe to create an Express account. After you finish this guided setup, you will be redirected to CGCircuit.

Please note: When you are redirected to CGCircuit, please pay attention to the message next to the "Edit" button. This icon will tell you whether you still need to provide more information to Stripe before you can receive the payment.

Make sure to check your email; Stripe should have sent you a message to confirm your account creation.

You can login to your Stripe Express account in different ways:

  1. From CGCircuit account settings page.
  2. Directly visiting this URL
  3. Via mobile app (IOs only)

You can use Stripe Express to manage and download tax forms, track payments in real time, see upcoming payouts, and understand key cash flow trends. Take a look at these FAQs to learn how to manage your Stripe express account.

We send payouts on the first ten days of every month for the previous month's revenues as long as your earnings balance is greater than $30.

Revenue Shares

The table below outlines how cgcircuit splits the revenues for every sale and subscription plan.

Traditional sale (A-la-carte sale)

Author's promoted sale


Authors have the option to generate a special link to promote their content. When a user reaches CGCircuit using this link and purchase the content within 1 week, the author gets 96% of that sale. (Does not apply to Workshops or Volume Purchases)

Organic purchase


When a user organically finds the author's content and makes a purchase, the author takes 70% of that sale. (Does not apply to Workshops or Volume Purchases)

Workshops (incliding Unguided)


Workshops are usually priced higher and CGCircuit heavily promotes the course via paid advertisement.For this reason instructors take 60%.

Volume Purchases*


CGCircuit handles the communication with studios and schools and ensures the security of the author's videos by processing the video and add a watermark with the studio (or school) info. CGCircuit will also handle any legal cost attibutes to the company (or school) not abiding to the Volume Purchase purchase agreement.

CGCircuit for Teams (Only for Tutorials)

Subscription Plan


Revenues will be distributed to authors based on viewership.

Formula: S = SP * V * P

S = author shares
V = viewership (if your content has been watched 30% of the time during the period, then your viewership is 30%)
P = percentage share for author
SP = total subscription payment (for period)


V= 30%
P = 50%
SP = $100,000.00

S = $100,000.00 * 30% * 50%

Author receives $15.000
*Authors who have published any content on CGCircuit before February 13th 2018, can consider Volume Purchases as regular sales, so for these authors if the sales happens organically the shares will be 70%, and if it happens through the author's promotion using the affiliation link, the author will get 96%.

** Please note: if your content was directly commissioned by CGCircuit, your revenue shares may differ from the ones you see in the table above. To all authors who have published any content on CGCircuit before 05/01/2021, the shares will be 70%.

Author's tools

After publishing their content, authors have many tools at their disposal to track and promote it.

Sales Page

From the sale page, authors can track how much sales they have made, and by whom. The sales page also gives other important info for instance what content is your best seller and more.

Google Analytics

Just enter your Google Analytic id in your CGCircuit account and keep track of what happens to all of your content and your profile page.

Public Profile

The profile page is highly customizable and it's the page where authors can showcase their personal work. From the profile page, users will be able to request tutorial topics from the author.

Affiliate link

Authors are able to generate an affiliation for any of their content. Authors will make up to 96% of every sale coming from their affiliate links.

Email users

Authors can send announcement emails to all users who have purchased their content. If an announcement needs to be more specific and be sent only to the users who purchases a specific content, the author has that option as well.


Authors have the options to gift any of their content to anybody they want. The recipient will receive a "Gift of knowledge" email to announce them they received your gift.


When creating more than 1 tutorial, Authors have the option to create Bundles by selecting any of theor content and choose a new (discounted) price.

Volume Purchases

How it works

Volume Purchases are currently only available for schools and studios.
A volume purchase allows studios and schools (institutions) to purchase multiple licenses of a given content (a minimum of 5) in order to share it with their employees or students without breaking the CGCircuit User Agreement.
The great thing about volume purchases is that schools and studios will be able to download the original videos for offline use.

This feature must be turned on by the author of the content, so if you don't see the option to purchase multiple licenses, please contact the author by leaving a note in the discussion forum of the content. When the feature is turned on, institutions can pick the number of licenses they want to purchase and then they can finish the transaction. After that, the content is available to stream, but the insitution must agree to share it with a maximum number of people that matches the number of licenses purchased.

Within 48 hours from the purchase, the institution will receive an email with the instructions of how to download the videos for offline viewing. These videos are watermarked with the email and the name of the institution as well as the first and last name of its main contact. The watermark are visible but not distracting.

Purchase Agreement

By purchasing multiple licenses of a content, the school or company purchasing, agrees to share their CGCircuit account and the provided watermarked videos with a maximum number of people that does not exceed the number of licenses purchased.
The school or company also agrees to provide a real contact information (First name, Last name, email address and name of the company) to CGCircuit in order to complete the creation of the watermark to be used on the videos to be delivered to the school or company.

What it means for the authors

Authors must turn this option on to benefit from volume purchases. Authos also has the option to choose the minimum number of licenses a company can purchase and the amount of discount to apply to the content. For volume purchases, Authors' revenue shares may vary, for more info go here

Creating tutorials

If you have never done any video tutorials before, the following list will help you at least getting a better understanding of what's involved.

  1. Plan: This is a very important step, but sometimes overlooked. Make sure to create an outline of what you want to cover in your tutorial. You can also use our syllabus to get you started.
  2. Gather your tools: You will need some recording tool and a good microphone. You can read this section to know more about this.
  3. Record: Some people just start recording as they work. Some other people like to write a script for themselves so they don't pause too much during the recording. Find what approach work best for you.
  4. Edit: Regardless of your choice of recording, there should always be some editing afterwards. This way you can remove dead moments in the recording, or maybe correct some mistakes, or speed up the very slow moments.
  5. Create images: Now that you have your final videos, you should have a good source of material for creating the banner and the thumbnail. Also try and collect as many great images as possible and upload them during the course creation process.
  6. Create a trailer: Create a promotional video for your tutorial. This is the video that we will use in promoting your tutorial.
  7. Payment setup: Please ensure you setup your account to receive payments from CGCircuit. You can follow instructions here
  8. CGCircuit Profile: The last thing to do is to make sure your profile on CGCircuit is up to date. Make sure your bio contains information that will help your content sell better. For examle where you worked and what high profile projects you worked on (if any).
  9. Publish your content: Now you can publish your tutorial! We will review it to give you some recommendations.

What you are going to need

Digital Tutorials:

These types of lessons are usually created by using a camcorder for filming the Instructor performing his/her artistic techniques.
You will need:

  1. A screen capture software. We recommend Techsmith Camtasia, but there are also other free solutions like Camstudio
  2. A good quality microphone. We recommend using a USB headset with microphone. Most of our users use the headset from Plantronics.
  3. A computer that can get to a screen resolution of at least 1280 x 1024
  4. A valid license of the software you use in your lesson

Traditional Tutorials:

These types of lessons are usually created by recording the screen, using a screen capture software. The following is a list of what you need to have before you start creating the content:

  1. A camcorder capable of recording video of at least 1280x720 (720p) pixel in resolution.
  2. A set of lights to make sure the video quality is good (recommended)
  3. A computer that can get to a screen resolution of at least 1280 x 1024
  4. An editing software like Premiere or iMovie (recommended)

Video and Audio Settings

Video Settings:



We recommend the H.264 codes (or MP4) for video and the AAC codec for Audio

Frame Rate

30 FPS

We recommend 30fps (frames per second) especially for those lessons that show motion (for example a bouncing ball). Having the frame rate set at 30 allows to show all the nuances that your lesson might have, for example the timing of an animation.

Data Rate

1600 kbits/sec (HD)

This is a very important setting to understand. It will make a big difference in the quality and the disk size of your lesson. We recommend 3200 kbits per second.


1920x1080 (HD)

We highly recommend recording a lesson in 1080p HD (1920x1080). If the software you are using to record the video allows you, make sure to choose “square pixels” ratio.

Audio Settings:



We recommend the AAC codec for Audio

Sample Rate

340 kbps / 44.100 kHz

Since most lessons will not need a soundtrack, you can set the audio rate to just 40kbit per second. This will make the audio nice and small and still keep a decent quality for voice recording.


If you decided to start your new teaching adventure and create a course to post on CGCircuit, this is a good checklist to always refer to. It might seem overwhelming at first, but it’s actually very easy and it will become second nature for you almost instantly.

  1. Think of a subject to teach if you didn’t already.
  2. Do a little research and see what’s out there covering the same subject you want to create.
  3. Ask yourself how you can make it different. Remember you should not just create a course to teach about some specific concepts, but your approach to those concepts.
  4. Write down all the concepts you want to cover in a simple outline.
  5. Download the CGCircuit Course Syllabus template and start filling it out.
  6. If necessary write a little script that you can refer to when you are recording. For example definitions, formulas, historical dates etc.
  7. Think about how you can organize the course on disk. If you want you can use our template.
  8. Plan how you can create example files. People absolutely love to check out the files you used to better follow your course. For for info, go to our creating example files section.

Structure Sample of a Tutorial

In the following example, we try to generalize a structure of a course. Whether you are making a small tutorial or an extensive course, regardless of the subject, using this structure gives you an excellent starting point.

Remember that you can choose to modify this structure as you want, but by following this structure, your course will have a much better chance to be watched or sold.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
Intro Theory and Tools First Steps Final Steps Polish Steps (if any) Conslusion

Part 1: Introduction

Video 1: Talk about what you are going to cover in your course, showing the final result. Keep this video under 1 minute long.

Video 2: Talk about Example files if you have any. check the section on example files to learn more.

Video 3: Talk about what the viewer needs to know before they start watching your course.

Part 2: Theory and Tools

Video 1: Analyze what you are going to talk about and identify the main tools you are going to use.

Video 2: Briefly talk about the first main tool you are going to use. This can be as quick as showing your technique of how to hold a pencil to talking about a Maya Editor or a Nuke node. Remember these videos should be quick and just describe what the tools do.

Part 3: First Steps

Here you can start showing the meat of your course and start the project. Explain why you start the way you do and keep explaining the reasons behind your artistic or technical decisions. Keep videos in this chapter short (no longer than 7 to 10 minutes). This chapter should contain between 3 and 10 videos depending on the subject.

Part 4: Final Steps

Same as the First steps, here you can conclude your project by guiding the users through the final stages. Remember to keep explaining the reasons behind your decisions even if to you they might be obvious.
This part should be made of 3 to 10 videos depending on the subject.

Part 5: Polish Steps

At this point you should be done with the project you showcased in your course, so in this part you can talk about how you can make it even better without showing it unless you want to.
Also keep explaining the reasons behind your decisions.

Part 6: Conclusions

Video 1: Give viewers a rundown of what they have learned in the course and what they should do to practice more.

Video 2: Give viewers a list of Resources that you use to help you with the subject you just covered.

Video 3: List any references and thank any people who might have helped you with the creation of the course.


  1. Remember to keep your videos nice and short so they are more digestible. For more info on recording visit our record your course section.
  2. Create a 1 minute introduction of your course briefly going over the subjects you talk about.

Promoting your content

Start before you finish your tutorial

When you decide to create a course on Cgcircuit, you should start to let people know. Go on the forums where people know you and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ and announce that you are about to publish this course.

Let people start talking about it.

Keep people informed on your progress

Now that people know about your course, keep them informed on your progress, this way they stay interested. Also ask always for suggestions. People like to feel involved.

Tell the world your course is available

Go back to all the forums and social media conversations about your course and post an announcement there as well.
Ask 10 close colleagues to spread the word on their social media circles.

Badge System

Generate your badge

You can generate a special link in the form of URL or a customizable button. Use the url or the button (aka the Badge) on your site or anywhere you want to advertise your tutorial/s.

Keep 96% from sales that come our of your badge

When a user clicks on your badge, and ends up buying your tutorial, you will make 96% of that transaction. When a user clicks on your badge and gets redirected to CGCircuit, the system will remember for a week that the user clicked on your badge, so if he or she comes back to CGCircuit directly within that week, you will still get 96% of the sale.

Creating bundles

Sell bundles

On CGCircuit you can bundle your content and sell it for a different price of your choice. It's a great way to add new content to your library and generate noise about you and your tutorials.

Discount to reward your users

When you create a bundle, you can think of lowering the price, so people are more likely to buy more tutorials.


I purchased a course, do I have limited time to watch it?

If you purchased a course, you have access to it for as long as you have an account on CGCircuit. Also there is no limit to the amount of times you can watch a course.

Do courses expire?

Courses do not expire. Once you’ve purchased a course it’s yours to watch indefinitely for as long as you want and as many times as you feel like. Should an instructor plan on removing one course because no longer up to date, it will become unavailable for anyone to buy or subscribe to, but users who purchased it, will still be able to access it.

I deleted a course from the list of my purchases, how can I retrieve it?

When you remove a content from your list, you can still access it by looking at your archived courses. When deleted from the archive, you will need to purchase it again. (don't delete it!).

Can I download a video and watch it offline?

Currently the only way to download videos for offline watching is to make a Volume Purchase which it is only available for Companies and Schools. Single users can't download video for offline use at this time.

How much will I get paid when my course sells?

Please refer to the Revenue Shares table.

When will I get paid?

Authors will receive their revenues during the first week of every month.

Who owns the rights to a course?

Instructors own the rights of their content and if they can decide to post their lesson somewhere else if they want. However CGCircuit reserves all rights for any decision to cease or suspend such lesson. CGCircuit has the right to use the user’s name and images of their lesson(s) for marketing or PR purposes of the CGCircuit website and/or the user’s lesson(s).

Can I get in touch with authors?

Although an instructor is not required to stay in touch with students, we hope to build a community where knowledge is exchanged even after a given lesson is viewed, and so we encourage everyone to connect and stay in touch with instructors using the means provided by CGCircuit like messaging system. Always being mindful of the hetiquette guidelines.

How does the content approval process work?

We believe that in order to have a healthy community, we should let the user decide the quality of a lesson. CGCircuit provides ways to give feedback about a given lesson using the star rating system. A lesson can also be flagged if believed to be not worthy of being online. When a lesson is flagged CGCircuit will investigate the nature of the flag and will decide to remove the lesson from the site or not.