Music video submission checklist

Follow these easy steps and expedite your submission!

Watch our simple video guide

and read the video checklist below before submitting

 

1. Pay Distribution Fee

2. Fill out and submit Video Metadata Form

3. Send your Video to Symphonic

PLEASE NOTE:
Submit your video at least 2 WEEKS BEFORE your video go live date.
IF it’s your first time submitting or scheduling your video to go live with your album release, please submit video well ahead of your estimated go live date.

Submitting your video(s) for distribution

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STEP 1 – Before you begin, here are the basic requirements

  • Must contain 100% original material (audio and visual).
  • Must be professionally produced or have some production quality.
  • Cannot be a release cover with your song.
  • Your video cannot exceed 10 minutes.

 

Pretty simple right? Go ahead and check out Step 2 to continue!

Your video must be in the following specifications:

 

TECHNICAL SPECS————

VIDEO:
Compression Type: H.264, ProRes
File Format: .mov or .mp4
Dimensions: At least 1280×720 (1920×1080 preferred for HD)
Frame Rate: Native (No less than 23.98 fps)
Bit Rate: Unrestricted (No less than 14 mb/s bitrate  / 15-25 mb/s is preferred)

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 
If video is bigger than 1GB ( For Example: 4K resolution )  Provide us with a download link
Please export all encodes using Compressor or Quicktime.

 

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

 

VIDEO CONTENT SPECS —————-

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.

NoOnscreen

If all of the above is complicated, we can encode your video for a fee of $15
If you need any assistance and/or direction in terms of your own encoding efforts, feel free to contact us.

 

Almost there, check out Step 3!

Your file must be renamed as follows:

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

 

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

Simple step here but, but before you deliver we ask that you prepare a zip file with the video file in the above specifications + a audio track that matches the exact length of the video. Please create a zip file and title it the same as your video submission. Via the next step, you will be taken to a metadata page followed by an upload page that uses WeTransfer. It is important that you fill out the metadata as correctly as possible to avoid problems and/or delays.

INCLUDE IN 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 for YouTube Vevo channel in this size template found here , Please read everything and keep the art centered. ** see blended mockup to the right

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PLEASE NOTE___________
We also recommend sending video to us AT LEAST 2 weeks prior to your wanted go live date. It takes about a few days to a week for video partners to be ingest, approve and process new videos into their networks. Please plan your video go live date accordingly and early.

Proceed to the final step to conclude!

In order for us to begin processing of your video, we need to receive a fee of $75 dollars. Once the fee is fully paid you will be redirected to a video metadata submission form to fill out your metadata info and once that is complete, will be taken to a WeTransfer page in order to upload your video. If video is bigger than 2GB, you can also send us a Google Drive or Dropbox download link to the video. Send the video file to video@symdistro.com

 

If you want to ensure video does not have delays, please have everything ready in order to begin processing.

Ready to begin the Video Distribution Process?