Source Material Requirements
Submissions of Films from the Dashboard page [Add Film] must contain a primary video file that users can purchase and a secondary preview file that is freely available to users. This list consists of specifications for the primary video file ie. Film content. Unless otherwise stated, there are no exceptions.
- Running time of submitted content should be between 3 minutes and 3 hours.
- Delivered content must not contain bars and tones, added censoring of images and visuals, segment recaps, trailers or previews; must not contain promotional material which is not germane to the content itself; must not contain external advertising.
- Content may contain brief bumpers relevant to production and publishing before the main content.
- Content should be delivered with no more than two seconds of black silence at the head and tail of the main content.
- Content must be complete and in good condition: titles may not be split into multiple deliveries. They should run without skipped or blurred frames or random interruptions from the main content. There may be no repetitions in the playback of content with rare exception.
- Creators: please do not submit duplicate versions of the same Film.
- If the primary language is in English, there must be no hardcoded subtitles regardless of language. If the primary language is not English, Creators are free to choose whether to include hardcoded English subtitles where needed upon delivery.
- Subtitles other than English should be avoided where necessary. Contact Filmlife directly if you regard your case as exceptional.
- All titles should be delivered in their native frame rate (typically around 24fps, however exceptions can be made).
- All titles must be run at original playback speed eg. no fast-forward or slow motion modifications.
- All titles must be delivered in their original aspect ratio to avoid distortion. Widescreen (16:9) is preferred but by no means required.
- All titles must play at their true resolution from source. ‘Up-resing’ of content is not allowed.
- If audio is dubbed, this should be noted somewhere in the film information and should be consistent before submission.
- Where possible, please submit content that is compressed at high definition rather than raw and uncompressed.
Filmlife encourages Creators to submit their Films at HD quality (720p, 1080p). We unfortunately do not accept 4K or UHD content.
Filmlife supports most format types and video codecs – compressed and uncompressed. An abbreviated list of these formats is:
- Apple ProRes 422 HQ (and others)
For the detailed information of supported formats, please visit here.
Filmlife uses AWS’ proprietary Quality Variable Bitrate (QVBR) to encode submitted video content. This mode of bitrate is ideal for online distribution as the case is for Filmlife, and should comfort those Creators who are concerned about choosing between CBR and VBR. For a more detailed insight into how this works and compares, please visit here.
Filmlife will not support or accept any audio-only files.
Secondary Material Requirements
This list refers to the Preview file which must accompany the Film content file:
- Preview content should either be a produced trailer for your primary title OR a short edit taken from the main content you intend to submit eg. a 20 second ‘snippet’.
- It may run for between 10 seconds and 3 minutes.
- Preview content should complement main content in general spec eg. aspect ratio, framerate, resolution.
- Preview files may also be submitted or delivered in any of the formats listed above.
- Where a Preview file is NOT submitted or delivered, Filmlife will take the liberty of editing one directly from the main content.
- For the sake of user’s enjoyment, please do not submit a Preview file which may discourage them from the main title eg. unnecessary spoilers or obnoxious promotion.
Display Art Specifications
All creators and licensed content providers are required to submit or deliver rights-owned display art of the relevant title to the specifications described below. It is critical that you size your image to this exact pixel width and height as shown so that it can work across all platforms responsively. Simply using an identical ratio will not work.
Description: This image forms the background of your title’s page and is its feature image. It sits behind the video window as content plays.
Description: This is the main display image on the Filmlife marketplace. It is primarily shown when users navigate the Explore page alongside other films or Creator profiles and Dashboard. It is also the placeholder image before a user purchases a title.
Description: This is a portrait-style promotional image similar to a DVD cover or wall poster. It is displayed on a title’s page beside Cast and Crew information. It is also the image that is displayed next to a query in the search bar.