Music Video Submission

Please read all of the steps and specifications before submitting your video

Before you submit a music video, it is important that you understand how to properly format your audio, video, and much more. We’ve prepared this checklist that serves as a “Best Practices” to help you understand of the proper specifications in order to proceed. You can only have a music video processed if you have paid the fee of $95. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by creating a ticket.

Important Notes:
Please watch the video to the right and read the guide below in its entirety
Submit video 2+ WEEKS BEFORE your “go live date”
VEVO artist photo, banners, links, etc., can updated with a ticket request.
There is no VEVO login access per user.

To read more about VEVO, click here.
To read more about Video Distribution, click here.
If you need help, please feel free to contact us.

Ready to begin? Click Step 1 below!

Before you begin doing any submission, it is important that you know that we can only accept original video content and thus, your video can’t contain third party content that you do not own. Here are the basic requirements to distribute your video

  • Must contain 100% original material (audio and visual).
  • Must be professionally produced or have some production quality.
  • Cannot be a release cover image with your song.
  • Your video cannot exceed 10 minutes.
  • No logo or MTV style credits in the corners of the video

In terms of the content of your music video, there are some DON’Ts as well. Please read this important list of items to not include in your music video.

  • All videos need to only show the music video itself with no on screen distractions
  • NO URLs, hashtags, handles, dates, shoutouts or other promotional text on screen.
  • NO burn in logos in corners of screens throughout the video.
  • NO front / ending slates, title or end cards in video (white text on black screen).
  • NO MTV style credits in corner of video.
  • NO still image or blank screen in video, videos need to have active pixels.
  • End credits can’t be longer than 3 seconds TOTAL.

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Now that you’ve understood the idea of originality in terms of music video distribution, the next step is to properly encode your video and audio for distribution to our partners. This is one of the most important steps so please take a moment to read through all and, if all of the below is complicated or if you need any assistance terms of your own encoding efforts, feel free to contact us.

The higher the quality your submission the higher the quality the encode delivered to the iTunes and other partners. If your music video doesn’t meet all minimum specs, it will be delayed for delivery until the video is corrected. Please make sure your video meets guideline before moving forward.

TECHNICAL SPECS (AUDIO)

Format: AAC
Channels: Stereo
Sample Rate: 44.100 KHZ
Bit Rate: 320 kbps CBR

TECHNICAL SPECS (VIDEO)

Compression Type: ProRes – Preferred for HD or H.264 – Also Acceptable
File Format: .mov (ProRes) or .mp4 (H.264)
Dimensions: At least 1280×720 (1920×1080 Preferred for HD)
Frame Rate: Native (No less than 23.98 FPS)
Bit Rate: Unrestricted (at least 150 mb/s is Preferred for HD, If H.264 at least 50mb/s)

The video must be de-interlaced and be setup for multi-pass encoding
NO frame re-ordering in your encoding settings
The size of your video cannot be above 1GB for H.264 video or less than 3GB for ProRes video. 
If video is bigger than 1GB ( For Example: 4K resolution or providing a ProRes file)
Please export all encodes using Compressor or Quicktime.

For VEVO and other partners, they do require some image assets and additional information in order to properly complete a profile for the artist that is featured on the music video. In addition, it is important that you also label your filename correctly to avoid delays.

File Labeling (Your file must be labeled as per below)

Artistname_VideoTitle_Version.mov
Example: LittleRed_Maryhadalittlelamb_Clean.mov
No spaces and/or special characters allowed (: ! # , @ $ % ? “ ‘)
Only English and Numbers Language alphabet
(No other languages with accent marks or unique characthers to be listed for the file name wise ie. russian, asian, or arabic letters)

Now that you’ve got all that squared away, Step 4 is the delivery process.

PR Photo and Banner submission

If you require assistance or design services here, we can assist! Create a ticket to request a design quote using an Artist PR photo.

Your PR photo and banner image must be formatted as follows.

  • Artist PR photo (it cannot be a logo or graphic, at least 5000px x 5000px at 72dpi, centered and some space from the edges ) for VEVO Youtube channel creation * VEVO will use this photo for your artist profile on all VEVO platforms.
  • Artist Banner Image/Graphic: 2560 x 1440 px or 2560 x 423 px is recommended for a new YouTube Vevo channel in this size. The template is found here. Please read through all of the instructions and ensure your art is centered. ** see blended mockup **

Samples Below

Video Distro Artist photo notes
Viddis Channel Art

Almost done! Please proceed to the next step!

Now that you’ve gotten everything out of the way in terms of preparation, it’s time to deliver your video. First, begin by preparing a zip file that has all of the contents below.

Include in your zip file

  • Music Video File in the correct specs
  • Audio file of video song (WAV or MP3)
  • Artist PR photo (it cannot be a logo or graphic, at least 5000px x 5000px at 72dpi, centered and some space from the edges ) for VEVO Youtube channel creation * VEVO will use this photo for your artist profile on all VEVO platforms.
  • Artist Banner Image/Graphic: 2560 x 1440 px or 2560 x 423 px is recommended for a new YouTube Vevo channel in this size. The template is found here. Please read through all of the instructions and ensure your art is centered. ** see blended mockup **

To deliver your music video you first need to use a program to deliver your music video to us. You can use: WeTransfer.com, Drop Box, or Google Drive. You will simply need to upload to one of those providers and once that is complete, you can proceed to our video submission form and include the link of your video. Once that is done, you are done! We realize these are a lot of steps and preparation but doing the steps on this guide will reduce the time that it takes to deliver your music to some of the most important providers in the world!

Ready to begin the Video Distribution Process?

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