Stock Footage

Stock Footage Submission Requirements

All files submitted in the VideoHive Stock Footage category must be prepared for commercial use.


Technical Requirements

To ensure that your file is reviewed quickly, please follow the standards outlined below:

  • Stock Footage must be provided within a Quicktime MOV or MP4 container, and must use one of the following encoding formats:
    • Photo JPEG
    • PNG + Alpha
    • Apple ProRes 422
    • Apple ProRes 422 HQ
    • H.264
  • Stock Footage must be one of the following resolutions:
    • 1280×720
    • 1920×1080
    • 2K (2048×1080 minimum resolution)
    • 4K (3840×2160 minimum resolution)
  • Stock Footage must be a minimum of 5 seconds of usable footage in order to be accepted. If 5 usable seconds cannot be produced in any one clip, we suggest packing together a few similar clips that when combined will equal 5 seconds or more in total length.
  • If your project includes footage of a recognizable private property, human face, or identifiable feature that needs a signed talent or property releaseyou must scan the release forms and upload in PDF or JPG format.
  • If you have UHD footage and would also like to make the footage available in an HD resolution, we allow two resolution variations on any one file. For example, if you have a footage file that was recorded in 4K, you can submit two versions of the same file, one in 4K and the other in 1920×1080. In this case, you need to consider the following:
    • The two items that are created should have matching titles.
    • The two resolution variation rule only applies to source footage that is 2K or greater. If your source footage is 1920×1080, we do not allow a second variation to be supplied in 1280×720 or lower.
  • Multiple Videos – When submitting a file that contains more than one video file, the preview video should show all included videos in full, one after another. However, the main files should be provided as individual Quicktime MOV or MP4 files within the final zip folder.
    Please note any single Quicktime MOV or MP4 file containing multiple videos will not be accepted.


Visual Requirements

All Stock Footage submissions should be curated and carefully prepared prior to submitting any files to MyDigitalSauce.

Any files which do not meet the criteria listed below will not be accepted.

DO submit:

  • Footage with a strong composition that has been well lit and properly exposed.
  • Footage with obvious and useful subject matter that can appeal to a wide range of potential users.
  • Footage that employs standard techniques such as smooth pans, tilts, dollies, tracks, and zooms.
  • Footage that includes moving subjects.
  • Footage that is as close to original as possible. When necessary, you can perform basic color correction and image adjustment.
  • Footage that has been edited removing abrupt camera moves at the start or end of the shot.

 DO NOT submit:

  • Footage that has unclear or odd subject matter.
  • Footage that is poorly composed or not set up in a professional manner (lighting, lens selection, depth of field, exposure, etc.,).
  • Handheld footage that has unstable camera movement, vibrations, or shaking that does not add value to the shot.
  • Footage that contains little to no subject movement. When shooting a static environment, techniques such as pans, tilts, dollies, and tracks can be used to add movement. Please note, shots containing zooming in or out on static subjects will not be accepted.
  • Footage that has been overly stylized or had effects applied. While some color correction is allowed, footage should not be tinted or graded to match a specific look or feel as this limits how it can be used by customers. Footage with effects will not be accepted.

  • Footage containing audio that does not add value to the file. For example, footage taken in a park can contain general background audio, but if two people happen to be close and their conversation is audible, the audio is not useful and that should be removed from the file.
  • Footage shot using a low-quality camera such as an action camera or mobile phone.
  • Footage that has visible compression artifacts such as noise/grain, pixelization, blocking, or banding.