A Guide to Uploading Your Clips
Firstly if you are reading this, presumably you have some intention of uploading your clips – in which case thank you. By contributing to Videvo you are helping to build the library of free footage we offer to help thousands of people around the world create great videos and learn new techniques.
There are a few things to keep in mind when uploading, which we will address in this quick guide. So let’s start from the top:
Step 1: Rights and Licensing
This is the most important consideration to make when uploading your clips. Firstly, you must own full rights to everything you upload to Videvo. This usually means you have shot it yourself, but if not you must have written proof of ownership. Videvo can not accept any liability for users uploading clips which they do not own, which means if they do not belong to you and the owner finds out, legal action may be taken against you. Please read our full terms and conditions for more information on this.
Now you’re sure that you own the clips, you need to decide on how other people can use them. This is also important, particularly if you plan on being credited for your work. There are two types of licensing when it comes to uploading:
Videvo Standard License:
Users can use your video clips in any production, forever, and without having to credit you for your work. This is the most popular license option, and generally means your clips will receive more downloads as people do not need to add a credit, which may not be feasible in some productions. If you’re a good samaritan and want to help as many people as possible, this licensing option is for you.
Creative Commons 3.0 Unported:
Users can use your video clips in any production, forever, but they must credit you in any production the clip(s) appears in. You can read more about CC 3.0 Unported here. If you are also a good samaritan, but want some credit for your kindness this is the licensing option for you.Â Users will credit you according to your public display name, so it is important that if you want to be credited correctly to edit this appropriately in your profile settings (this can either be your own name or studio name).
To select which license best suits you, simply use the checkboxes at the bottom of the upload form when uploading a clip.
Step 2: Selecting the Right Clips
Now we’ve dealt with the serious bit, let’s look at what clips are best suited for Videvo! Currently we only accept files that are under 100Mb, and with either .mov or .mp4 extension. Due to this, we recommend using H264 compression to create Quicktime Movie files with a minimum bitrate of 10 mbps (megabits-per-second). Alternatively, for shorter clips you may get away with using Jpeg, Png (for simple graphics with transparency) or Apple ProRes compression, but for longer clips this may take your file-size limit over the maximum of 100Mb.
We moderate all clips uploaded to Videvo, so making sure your clips meet our requirements will help you breeze through this process. For maximum usability, ensure your clips are at least 8 seconds long and of a high quality both technically and artistically. Here is a summary of everything to keep in mind for uploading your clips:
– 100Mb maximum file size
– At least 720p HD resolution
– NTSC or PAL
– Quicktime Movie (.mov) or mpeg-4 (.mp4) files only
– Clips should be between 8-15 seconds in length
– High quality compression (no blocky artefacts) – we recommend a compression rate of at least 10 megabits-per-second
– No identifiable people (currently we do not have the support to upload/download model release forms)
– Clips must be of a high standard both technically and creatively
– No explicit or offensive content
If you follow the above guidelines your clips should breeze through our moderation process no problem.
Step 3: Meta Information
During the upload process, you will be given the chance to add meta information, including a title, video type (footage or motion graphics), description, category, and keywords for your clip. Please try and fill these fields out, because although our team can modify this, it saves us a lot of time and effort. Additionally, it is always nice to know more information about a clip, where it was shot, what camera was used etc. and because you own the clip you are the best person to do this. The keyword field allows you to input keywords that are relevant to your clip, and will ultimately help users find your clips more effectively. Try and aim for 15-20 keywords that relate to your clip so your clip is easily found by others.
Step 4: Accepting Donations and Website Promotion
A new feature we have decided to add is the option to accept donations for clips you have uploaded. We understand that packaging clips and uploading takes time and hard work, so hopefully this feature will provide a small payback for your efforts. As soon as you have uploaded your first clip, you can start accepting donations through Paypal. To add this functionality, simply enable the option in your edit profile section under “My Account”. Once enabled, a PayPal donate button will now appear on the clip download page for every clip that belongs to you.
On top of this, you can also include your website link on the download page for every clip you upload. To enable this, simply enter your website address in the edit profile section under “My Account”. The link from each download page is active meaning it will also count towards your SEO efforts (geeky stuff).
And that’s about it. If you follow the guidelines above you should be set to have your video clips hosted on Videvo in no time.
Overall the process is designed to be easy and rewarding, so if you feel there is anything we could be doing better please let us know. In future updates we plan to have a multiple-uploads feature, so there is less waiting around between uploads.
Finally, if you do have plans for uploading your clips to Videvo you are amazing. But to be serious for a moment, you really are contributing hugely to this community and strengthening it for the future, and let’s face it, giving back does feel pretty good.
As always, please send comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best,