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.
Common resolutions HD video
1280x720 (16:9 aspect ratio)
1920x1080 (16:9 aspect ratio)
Minimum resolutions for SD video
640x360 (16:9 aspect ratio)
640x480 (4:3 aspect ratio)
Acceptable Codecs and file formats:
Supported Containers: .mp4, .m2t, .ts
(Note H.264 video in .mov wrappers aren’t supported.)
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.
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, Rev.com 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
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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