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Elements Inferno Requires for Distribution

  1. Movie Master:
    1. General Specs: Movie master files must not contain bars and tone, test patterns, production slates, textless material, or any other non-program content. They must be progressive scan type, not interlaced. If your file is anamorphic sources the encoded header must include accurate 4:3 or 16:9 display aspect ratio flags.
    2. Resolution:
      1. Common resolutions HD video
        • 1280x720 (16:9 aspect ratio)
        • 1920x1080 (16:9 aspect ratio)
      2. Minimum resolutions for SD video
        • 640x360 (16:9 aspect ratio)
        • 640x480 (4:3 aspect ratio)
    3. Acceptable Codecs and file formats:
      1. AVC/H.264
        • Supported Containers: .mp4, .m2t, .ts (Note H.264 video in .mov wrappers aren’t supported.)
        • Profile: High
        • Recommended Bitrate for HD Resolution: 30 Mbps
        • Recommended Bitrate for SD Resolution: 15 Mbps
        • Key Frame Interval: 2 seconds (or less)
        • Audio Format: AC-3 or AAC
        • Recommended Bitrate for AC-3 Audio:
        • 5.1 – Bitrate: 448 Kbps, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
        • Stereo – Bitrate: 192 Kbps, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
        • Recommended Bitrate for AAC Audio:
        • 5.1 – Bitrate: 768 Kbps, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
        • Stereo – Bitrate: 320 Kbps, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
      2. MPEG-2
        • Supported Containers: .mpg, .mpeg, .m2t, .m2ts, .ts
        • Profile: Main
        • Recommended Bitrate for HD Resolution: 80 Mbps
        • Recommended Bitrate for SD Resolution: 50 Mbps
        • Key Frame Interval: 1-second or less. I-Frame only preferred.
        • Audio Format: PCM or MPEG Layer II
        • Recommended Bitrate for PCM Audio:
        • 5.1 – Lossless, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
        • Stereo - Lossless, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
        • Recommended Bitrate for MPEG Layer II Audio:
        • 5.1 – Data Rate: 768 Kbps, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
        • Stereo – Bitrate: 384 Kbps, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
      3. Pro-Res 422
        • Supported Containers: .mov
        • Profile: HQ
        • Recommended Bitrate for HD Resolution: 220 Mbps
        • Recommended Bitrate for SD Resolution: 110 Mbps
        • Key Frame Interval: Not applicable. Pro-Res files are I-Frame only.
        • Audio Format: PCM
        • Recommended Audio Bitrate: Lossless, Sample Rate: 48 kHz
    4. Audio: All audio must be present in a single mixed audio track that is the same length of the video. All embedded audio must meet one of the following channel configurations:
      • 1-Channel Mono
      • 2-Channel Stereo: Left-Right
      • 6-Channel 5.1 Surround Sound: Left-Right-Center-LFE-Left Surround-Right Surround
      • 8-Channel 5.1 Surround Sound + Stereo: Left-Right-Center-LFE-Left Surround-Right Surround-Left Stereo Total-Right Stereo Total
  2. Trailer Master: A master of a 1-3 minute trailer conforming to the technical specs listed above. Trailer should be of the same resolution and frame rate as the movie master. If your trailer does not conform to Amazon's artwork content policy (see below), then you might want to make a second “G” rated trailer.
  3. Closed Caption File: All streaming video now is required to have English Close Captions in the U.S. market. Amazon Video Direct accepts all of the following formats. Google Play only accepts SCC. I-Tunes only accepts iTT. If you do not yet have a closed caption file, makes them at reasonable rates and will provide them in multiple formats at no additional cost. We can arrange this for you once we have your master.
    • SRT (SubRip text file format) with a .srt file extension
    • SCC (Scenarist Closed Caption) with a .scc file extension
    • iTT (iTunes Timed Text) files with a .iTT file extension
    • SMPTE-TT (RP-2052) with an .xml file extension
    • STL (EBU standard) with a .stl file extension (Spruce Subtitle file format which also has an .stl file extension not supported)
    • DFXP Full/TTML (Timed Text Markup Language) with a .dfxp file extension
  4. Artwork: We need your key art in both 1200x1600 (3:4) and 1920 x 1080 (16:9). We need the artwork in a layered PSD (Photoshop) file so we can make adjustments to conform to specifications of additional channels.
    • Amazon Video Direct has the following content policy for key art. We do not know how strictly they are being enforced, but please keep them in mind when making your key art:
      • Weapons: We avoid using violence in Amazon promotions. The appearance of guns and other weapons isn't acceptable. If an alternate image isn’t available, please use discretion. Additionally, avoid key art in which a weapon is pointing at the viewer or other figures within the image.
      • Violence: If availability of non-gruesome imagery is limited, please choose assets with as little gore as possible.
      • Sex & Drugs: Avoid images that depict drug usage, alcohol, nudity, or are sexually explicit.
  • Promotional Materials: Movie stills, Behind-the-Scenes Stills, Behind-the-Scenes video clips, Blooper reels, Music videos, Biographies. The distribution channels may not use them but we will add them to our social media, website and/or Youtube channel to promote the movie.
  • Foreign Language Distribution Requirements (Optional): Online distribution to non-English speaking countries requires Closed Caption files for that country. If a foreign distributor approaches us and wants to dub the movie instead they will also want a "Music and Effects" soundtrack. We are not requiring one at this time

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