Video Streaming - Creative Catalyst Productions

Video Streaming

Many of our videos are now in 3 Formats

Three Ways to View

    1. DVD (D) - Physical DVD to be played in desktop player attached to your TV or in a laptop/computer with disc drive
    2. Streaming (STR) - Access through the cloud and can be viewed/streamed on any WiFi, Data or internet connected device ... portable or stationary. 
    3. Video Download (VDL)- Due to the convenience and accessibility of streaming video, we no longer offer the option to download video files directly.


Step 1:  On your portable device, install the app for Dropbox

Step 2: Download the VDL file using your computer and then save it to Dropbox.

Step 3: Open your Dropbox app on your portable device and view the file.

For information on Online Streaming, visit Online Streaming

To Our Valued Customers,
All Creative Catalyst produced videos are now available in streaming and DVD formats. We are also adding titles from other producers to this growing list.  
If you run into any problems, download issues, etc. please let us know ... we will make every effort to resolve the issues, and sometimes it requires a little patience. Some common questions are answered below ... if we haven't answered your questions below, please contact


Thank you!



What are Video Downloads (VDLs)?  VDLs are the full video workshop delivered to your computer through the internet (MP4 file) ... they are to be saved to your computer for future viewing.

How do I play a Video Download?  Once you download your workshop you just click on the link and your computer will play it with Quicktime,Windows Media player orVLC player ... we use VLC.

Can I play a VDL on an iPad, tablet or phone?    NO 
The MP4 video file cannot be saved directly to iPads or iPhones but can through iTunes on your computer.  We recommend using the "Online Streaming" format if you want to view the video on your iPad/Tablet/iPhones/Smart Phones or you can use Dropbox (see above for instructions).
All VDLs have an Item/SKU# ending in "vdl" ... Streaming option will have an Item/SKU# ending in "str" and Physical DVDs will have an Item/SKU# ending in "DVD" or "d"


How do I order a Video Download (VDL)?   Just add one or more to your CART and check out.  After your credit card has been accepted you will receive a separate email with your video download link (sample of email below).  Make sure you check you email ... if you do not find it in your inbox, check your Junk/Spam folder.   Click on the link and the download will start.  NOTE:  Downloads can take some time to download (5-30 mins) depending on your internet speed and computer ... so please be patient and not download again.  It still takes a lot less time than snail mail! 

This is what our email reply will look like:

From: Creative Catalyst Productions <>
Date: Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 8:14 AM
Subject: Your Creative Catalyst Productions content
To: Susan

Thanks for your order.
to view your content.
Thank You,
Creative Catalyst Productions

Can I order more than one VDL at a time?  YES.  You will receive your links for all of the VDLs you ordered in a follow up email.  You can order as many VLD's as you want in one order ... and, if you want to order a DVD, you can do that in the same order too.  We do recommend not to download more than one VDL at a time ... it can possibly cause one or the other to error-out.  We also recommend using Internet Explorer or Firefox to download the video ... we have had reports that other web browsers do not work as well.

Troubleshooting:  What to try if you are unable to play your VDL.

    1. You must have high speed internet to download these large files.  You can test your computer using  If your computer is below 10 Mbps it may take too long to download your file.  We recommend buying a DVD instead.  (Note:  at 30 Mbps my download took 13 minutes)
    2. If youcannot find the download file try searching your hard drive by the name of the video.  Often they are stored in a folder called "Downloads."  If you still cannot find the file, it is possible it did not download completely
    3. The download file will end in ".mp4"  and it should be a large file, about 1 - 3 GB.  If the file is much smaller than this it did not download fully.
    4. Our download (mp4) will play withQuicktime,Windows Media player orVLC player ... we use VLC.  One or more of these are usually installed on every computer.  If not, you can download them for free.  More mp4 information is HERE
    5. If you can give us the exact error message you are getting when you contact us, that will be most helpful.  You can send us a screenshot, copy paste, etc.

Order Instructions - Steps

You order a Video Download just like any other product in our store ... the only difference is you MUST have an account so that you can access your Video Download if needed later, especially if you lose or delete the email with the link or lose it on your computer.

Step 1:  Add to Cart

Step 2: Go to your Shopping Cart

you will see a Digital Download and any other items you ordered in your cart.

Step 3:   Click "Checkout"

Step 4:  Enter your customer information and Continue to Payment Method

Step 5:   Complete the Order

Step 6:  You will receive a separate email with the video download link ... your order is now complete.

- or -

You can log into your account and access


Step 7: Please download the video once and allow it to download completely ... if you try downloading the video again before the first one completely download, it will most likely cancel both downloads and you will end up with neither downloads.

Also, your web browser can cause download issues ... we recommend Internet Explorer or Firefox.  If you try to download with another browser and have trouble, switch to Internet Explorer or Firefox and try again. 

These are large files and may take some time to download, depending on your internet speed and computer.

Where is your Video Download file?

Most computers automatically download these video files into the "downloads" folder ... or you can save to another folder of your choice in your computer. You will find your file there, unless you specifically downloaded the video into another folder.

Another way to find your file is to search your hard drive for the file extension:  "mp4".


We are making these videos available as downloads for your personal use.  We ask, respectfully, that you do not send copies to others who have not purchased their own copy.  Proceeds from these videos go back to the artists  and to Creative Catalyst so that we can continue offering quality art instruction videos to you.

Thank you,Creative Catalyst Productions