Content Submission Requirements

Table of Contents

Overview

First and Foremost

All submitted content must be fully owned by you, the submitter. You must have the complete rights to the content in order to submit it. If there is evidence that you have violated this, we reserve the right to terminate your account.

Please submit content within 30 days of uploading. Content in Ready to Tag will be deleted after that time. You are free to re-upload at any time.

The most important things to consider before uploading
  • Make sure you own the complete rights to the content, including any necessary releases (see more below). All music samples must be fully cleared.
  • The content should have commercial appeal.
  • Only submit your best work. The more professional, intentional, and organized your portfolio, the more attractive it is to a customer.
Accepted Content Types
  • Footage
  • Animations (including motion graphics, backgrounds, alpha channel effects, transitions, and lower third graphics)
  • Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro (PRPROJ and MOGRT), and Apple Motion templates
  • Music

Video

Visual Requirements

We’re looking for commercial quality, professionally produced content. This includes, but is not limited to, content captured with a high quality camera (no digital point and shoots), clean lens, sharp focus, professional lighting and exposure, professional frame composition, and proper post-production and compression. Refer to the section below for a full list of potential rejection reasons related to quality.

Do Not
  • Embed your own watermark or copyright onto your content. We encode your content with our own watermark upon submission.
  • Submit the same content in multiple formats or resolutions. For example, 4K footage will be automatically encoded into an additional 1920x1080 HD version so there is no need to upload both the 4K and HD resolution.
  • Include audio in your content, unless it is:
    1. Sound whose source is visible on screen or which is implied to be present by the action on the screen (diegetic)
    2. Free of noise, peaking, or any other technical element that detracts from its quality
    3. Free of copyrighted material, such as recognizable voices or music tracks
  • In most cases, content containing audio will not be accepted.

Technical Requirements

All of the content you upload must meet the following technical criteria.

Footage Requirements
  • HD footage must be submitted as an MOV file.
  • 4K footage may be submitted as an MOV, MP4, or raw R3D file. We also accept a zip file that contains a R3D and RMD sidecar. Note: if you upload an R3D file, you do not need to upload an MOV proxy in conjunction. We are able to encode the raw R3D into all necessary formats.
  • We do not accept footage that is visibly interlaced.
Accepted Resolutions
  • 1280 x 720 (HD)
  • 1920 x 1080 (HD)
  • 3840 x 2160 (4K)
  • 4096 x 2160 (4K)
  • 4096 x 2304 (4K)
Accepted Frame Rates
  • 23.98
  • 24
  • 25
  • 29.97
  • 30
  • 48
  • 50
  • 59.94
  • 60
Accepted Codecs
  • Photo-JPEG (quality level between 75 and 90)
  • MJPEG
  • Motion JPEG A
  • Motion JPEG B
  • Apple ProRes 422
  • Apple ProRes 4444
  • DNxHD
  • H.264 (minimum bitrate of 50,000 kbps)

Files with alpha channels must use Animation or PNG codec.

Accepted duration
  • Footage: ≤ 3 minutes
  • Animations: ≤ 5 minutes
  • Templates: ≤ 5 minutes
Accepted file sizes
  • HD: ≤ 4 GB
  • 4K: ≤ 6 GB
  • Templates: ≤ 2 GB

360° Footage Requirements
Accepted Resolutions
  • Min. height 960 pixels
  • Max. height 4096 pixels
Accepted Aspect Ratios
  • Monoscopic:
    • 4:1
    • 2:1
    • 1:1
  • Steroscopic:
    • 4:1
    • 1:1
Accepted Frame Rates
  • 23.98
  • 24
  • 25
  • 29.97
  • 30
  • 48
  • 50
  • 59.94
  • 60
Accepted file size
  • ≤ 25 GB
Accepted Codecs
  • H.264
  • H.265 (HEVC)
  • Cineform
  • Apple ProRes
Accepted file formats
  • MOV
  • MP4
Accepted duration
  • Minimum: 30 seconds
  • Maximum: 5 minutes

Template Formatting Requirements

You must have the complete rights to all files, elements, and content submitted for a template project. If you are including third party assets in your project file, you must have distribution rights from a commercial or exclusive license. You may include any additional media assets that you have created yourself, such as music, artwork, photos, or video.

We do not accept preview files with watermarked audio or visual elements branded for other companies (unless it is your own company).

Upload a template as a zip file. The root folder must contain exactly one video preview file (this will be used to encode the previews on the site). If the download file does not include a preview, please re-zip to include a preview. See the image below for an example folder structure.

The preview file must be encoded at the same frame rate as the project. You may encode the preview file at a minimum resolution of 640x360. You may use third party assets in your preview file, such as music, artwork, photos, or video.

Resources

Resources: Download a Storyblocks PNG logo to use in your preview video

Accepted Plug-ins - After Effects templates only
  • Trapcode Suite (Mir, Shine, Particular, Form, Lux, Echospace, 3D Stroke, Sound Keys, Horizon, Glow)
  • Element 3D
  • Optical Flares
  • Twitch

Premiere Pro templates may not include third-party plugins. You may pre-render plugin effects to include them in the template.

Important note: Video Copilot's License Agreement prohibits Element 3D, Optical Flares, or Twitch from being pre-rendered into stock media.


Metadata Submission Requirements

  • There must be a minimum of 6 keywords (although we recommend using between 15 - 30 keywords) on each file submission. 100 keywords is the maximum amount we can accept on a submission.
  • For our records and to give customers a more descriptive title, the Filename and Title must be different. For example, the filename and title cannot both be Father throws Baseball to Son.mov. You can change the title field to "Father throws Baseball to Son." Note the lack of file extension.
  • The title must be at least 16 characters.
  • The title is what appears on the website, so it's best to provide a descriptive title that accurately depicts the content of the video or image. Your title should read like a sentence rather than a list of keywords.
  • Do not repeat words unnecessarily, use unnecessary characters or inaccurately describe the content in your titles or your keywords. We reserve the right to request you edit and resubmit metadata that does not meet our submission requirements.

Releases

Any content that depicts an identifiable person (image or voice) must include a model release. Any content that includes an identifiable property (such as a trademark or privately owned building or object) must include a property release.

The exception to these requirements is when the content meets our editorial standards.

Uploading releases

Upload releases to our platform and attach them to the corresponding file(s), either by using the web interface or by applying a CSV. Releases are accepted in PDF, JPEG, or PNG format. Make sure you identify your release types accurately by selecting 'model' or 'property' release in the Releases tab.

Sample release forms

Editorial Standards

Editorial use means use that illustrates a newsworthy event or provides commentary on subjects of human interest (business, arts and culture, technology, etc.). Content submitted without a release should depict a specific subject that could be the topic of a news story or piece of commentary.

We do not accept content as editorial content simply because it is not accompanied by a release. The content must specifically meet the editorial standards outlined above. Edits to enhance the visual quality of a piece of editorial content (e.g. color correction) are acceptable, but it is never acceptable to alter them in a way that portrays a subject dishonestly or misrepresents the actual event. Titles and metadata for editorial content must also be true and accurate.

Sensitive Content Standards

We strive to provide high quality content to our customers and to curate a collection that meets the needs of our wide customer base. Accordingly, we reserve the right to reject content which can be considered ‘graphic’ or ‘inappropriate’. This content can include but is not limited to content containing genitalia, pornography, sexually explicit content, acts of physical harm being performed to or by humans (not including obviously simulated harm or live sports), or acts of physical harm being performed by humans to animals. Content of this nature will be rejected.

Content containing ‘sensitive’ themes or images not suitable for our general audience may be flagged as ‘sensitive’ and will be labeled on the site.* This content can include but is not limited to nudity (with artistic value or otherwise), sexually suggestive material (e.g. woman in lingerie dancing), suggestive violence or gore (e.g. footage of surgery). With content containing nudity, the model must be 25 years of age and the release will need to include a copy of photo identification of the model.

*Our sensitive content filter is currently in development and anything labeled ‘sensitive’ will not be published to the site until the filter is active.

Content Quality Rejection Reasons

Content that does not meet the enumerated technical specifications above will be rejected automatically. In addition to the technical specifications, your content must meet our quality standards. Potential reasons for rejection include:

Footage and animations
  • Out of focus
  • Unstable camera
  • Poor composition/framing
  • Poor lighting
  • Poor audio quality
  • Pixelation/noise
  • Visible interlacing
  • Poor post-production
  • Inappropriate content
  • Missing model or property release
  • Contains copyrighted/trademarked elements
  • Subject matter adequately covered in current library. Rejection due to low earnings potential.
Templates
  • Not commercially viable
  • Preview contains copyrighted/trademarked elements
  • Contains copyrighted/trademarked elements
  • Missing files/information
  • Unorganized project
  • Requires additional edits
  • Preview does not match project
  • Uses uncommon plug-in
  • Subject matter adequately covered in current library. Rejection due to low earnings potential.
  • Plugins prohibited

Audio

Sound Requirements

We’re looking for commercial quality, professionally prepared tracks. Music in any genre is acceptable-- we want songs that are unique, creative, inspiring, thought provoking, and emotional. We accept all contemporary popular genres as well as sub-genres, minute genres (Celtic, Spiritual, Cultural Music, etc.), and experimental sounds. If it sounds great, we are looking for it! Refer to the section below for a full list of potential rejection reasons related to quality.

Do Not
  • Submit tracks that have been monetized on YouTube or Facebook through organizations such as AdRev, HAAWK, Rumblefish, AdShare, TuneCore, Audiam, and similar services.
  • Use distribution services that include either licensing or Content ID tracking for YouTube/Facebook. For example, using CD Baby to distribute on sites like iTunes is okay, but you cannot opt-in to their Sync Licensing or PRO services. (If you have any questions about a specific library or deal you are considering, please don’t hesitate to ask us!)
  • Embed your own watermark or copyright onto your tracks.
  • Submit covers or close soundalike versions of popular songs.
  • Submit new compositions of public domain music unless given explicit permission by Storyblocks.
  • Use samples unless they are 100% cleared for commercial distribution.

Technical Requirements

Music Requirements
  • All tracks must be submitted as a WAV or AIF / AIFF file
Accepted Specs
Bit Depth 16 or 24 bit
Sample Rate 44.1 or 48 kHz
Duration ≤ 10 minutes
File Size ≤ 1 GB

Metadata Submission Requirements

  • We recommend using at least 15 keywords on each file submission (minimum of 6).
  • The title is what appears on the website, so it's best to provide a descriptive title that accurately depicts the sound, feeling, mood, etc. of the track. Your title should read like a sentence rather than a list of keywords.
  • If you are submitting alternate versions, cutdowns, or stems, use the same title as the full version but define the difference in parentheses. For example:
    • Jazzy Lofi Hip Hop Beat
    • Jazzy Lofi Hip Hop Beat (Drums only)
    • Jazzy Lofi Hip Hop Beat (30 seconds)
  • Do not repeat words unnecessarily, use unnecessary characters or inaccurately describe the tracks in your titles or your keywords. We reserve the right to request you edit and resubmit metadata that does not meet our submission requirements.
Metadata Tips
  • Consider keywords a customer would use to search for your music-- musical styles, emotions, soundalikes, and specific types of end uses that the track fits best (ex. Podcast intro, video game, action sequence, car commercial, etc.).

Content Quality Rejection Reasons

Content that does not meet the technical specifications above will be rejected automatically. In addition to the technical specifications, your content must meet our quality standards. Potential reasons for rejection include:

Music
  • Low commercial viability
  • Contains copyrighted elements or a watermark
  • Poor composition or arrangement
  • Too repetitive or simplistic
  • Poor mixing
  • Overuse of effects
  • Poor recording quality
  • Does not meet library needs

If you have a question about our submission requirements, please contact support at partner@storyblocks.com.