Vevo Ingestion Specification

Where possible please try to keep your file sizes below 1.5GB. Using a 8.1Mbps bitrate cap will help you to achieve this.

Videos should be delivered to http://absolutelabelservices.com/vevoupload

Please deliver the highest quality version you have. 4k is supported.

Vevo’s full delivery specification can be found towards the bottom of this page.

File Naming Convention:

  • Artist_Title.mov OR Artist_Title.mp4
    • No spaces or special characters ( : ! # , @ $ % ? “ ‘ ).

Video Content

Vevo ask that you contribute to a clean, evergreen and premium music video experience on their platform with content that can serve an On Demand & Lean Back (linear) audience and does not conflict with Vevo’s advertisers.

Note: Vevo may (at any time, for any documented or undocumented reason) reject, issue deletes and/or ask you to remove content that:

  • Does not meet their required tech spec
  • Takes away from a premium music video experience
  • Violates Vevo’s guidelines and policy
  • Violates YouTube’s Terms Of Service

IMPORTANT – FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THE SPECIFICATION BELOW MAY RESULT IN UPLOAD DELAYS OR YOUR CONTENT BEING PULLED BY VEVO WITHOUT WARNING.

  • Do not include front or end slates, title or end cards, idents or overlays etc.
  • Album/Single Pack Shots (Cover Art), Can display at the end of the video for no more than 3 seconds (if combined with other promo items, the total display time for all promo items should not exceed 3 seconds). Pack shots are acceptable throughout audio videos.
  • No month/date/year callouts
  • No URLs, Twitter Handles, Instagram Handles. Hashtags are exempt and can be displayed.
  • No digital/physical retail or DSP callouts/buttons.
  • Production Company, Label, Artist Management, Charitable Foundation Logos can display at the end of the video for no more than 3 seconds (if combined with other promo items, the total display time for all promo items should not exceed 3 seconds).
  • Credits are acceptable if they are integrated into the video tastefully with accompanying music and visuals. Vevo will not accept plain text credits that appear against a blank screen without music and/or visuals.
  • Please do not include the following:
    • Cards/Slates that appear at the beginning of the video
    • Cards/Slates that appear at the end of the video for more than 3 seconds (total)
    • Burned in logos
    • Brand/Product Logos/text that could be considered an “Ad” or endorsement that would conflict with the Ads Vevo (and YouTube) serve. Please contact richard@absolutelabelservices.com if you require further information on this.
    • Chyrons & Lower Thirds (L3s are acceptable for Non-Official content [BTS, webisode, live, studio etc.])
    • Months/Dates/Year callouts
    • URLs, Twitter Handles, Instagram Handles
    • Digital/Physical retail or DSP callouts/buttons
    • End Cards for the purpose of YouTube Annotations

If you have any questions about your video content please contact richard@absolutelabelservices.com

Explicit Content

  • Use your discretion. Content that includes explicit lyrics, extreme violence, drug use, offensive physical acts or aggressive/suggested/blatant sexual acts should be marked as explicit in the metadata.
  • Content that features nudity must include an explicit slate at the beginning of the video in addition to the explicit tag.
    • YouTube may age-gate and/or remove Explicit content for violating their community guidelines and Terms Of Service.
    • Vevo may ask us to remove Explicit content from their platform for any reason, at any time.
    • When adding a warning slate, please include the following language: “Warning: The following content includes scenes containing explicit and graphic material”.

HD/UHD Videos

  • Video
    • Compression Type: H.264.
    • ProRes is NOT supported.
    • File Format: .mov or .mp4
    • Dimensions: 1920×1080 (preferred) or 1280×720
    • UHD (4k & 5k) footage is supported.
    • Frame Rate: Native (No less than 23.98)
    • Bit Rate: Minimum 7500 kb/s (if necessary)
    • File must be de-Interlaced (Please, No Interlacing)
    • Multi-pass encoding is preferred, Single-pass encoding isn’t
    • Please export all encodes using Compressor or Quicktime. We cannot support editing program artifacts such as “edit lists” or “zero offsets” embedded in the files.
    • Do not use frame re-ordering in your encoding settings
  • Audio
    • Format: AAC
    • Channels: Stereo (L R)
    • Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz o Bit Rate: 320 kbps CBR

SD Videos (Only if HD is not available)

  • Video
    • Compression Type: H.264
    • File Format: .mov or .mp4
    • Dimensions: 640×480 (4:3) or 854×480 (16:9)
      • 480p is our MINIMUM spec. Please do not deliver videos in 360p or lower.
      • Please don’t encode widescreen videos so that they are letterboxed on a 4:3 frame. If that’s all you have, we’ll take it, but if you can re-encode the footage in HD (preferred) or SD 16:9, we would really appreciate it.
    • Frame Rate: Native (No less than 23.98 though)
    • Bit Rate: Unrestricted (Minimum 7500 kb/s, if necessary)
    • File must be de-Interlaced (Please, No Interlacing)
    • Multi-pass encoding is preferred, Single-pass encoding isn’t.
    • Please export all encodes using Compressor or Quicktime. We cannot support editing program artifacts such as “edit lists” or “zero offsets” embedded in the files.
    • Do not use frame re-ordering in your encoding settings
  • Audio
    • Format: AAC
    • Channels: Stereo (L R)
    • Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz
    • Bit Rate: 320 kbps CBR

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