Vevo Ingestion Specification

Vevo Ingestion Specification

Please follow the requirements detailed below closely. Failure to do so may delay your video going live on Vevo.

General

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 audience and does not conflict with Vevo’s advertisers.

  • Please deliver the highest quality version you have. 4k & 5k are supported.
  • ProRes is supported however H.264 is preferred.
  • Please try to keep your file sizes below 2GB where possible. Using a bitrate cap will help you to achieve this.

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 Vevo’s required technical specs
  • Takes away from a premium music video experience
  • Violates Vevo’s guidelines and policy
  • Violates YouTube’s Terms Of Service

Delivery

  • Please set your filename to either
    • Artist_Title.mov
    • Artist_Title.mp4
  • Filenames should not include special characters ( : ! # , @ $ % ? “ ‘ ).
  • Please deliver your video to absolutelabelservices.com/vevoupload

Video Content

  • The following items are acceptable:
    • Album/single 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.
      • Cover art is acceptable throughout ‘official audio’ style videos.
    • 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.
    • Hashtags may be displayed.
  • 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.
    • 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.

If you have any questions about your video content please contact vevo@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 must be marked as explicit in your metadata submission.
  • Content that features nudity must include an explicit slate at the beginning of the video in addition to the explicit tag.
    • When adding a warning slate, please include the following language: “Warning: The following content includes scenes containing explicit and graphic material”.
  • 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.

HD/UHD Video

  • Video
    • Compression Type: H.264 or ProRes (H.264 is preferred).
    • File Format: .mov or .mp4
    • Frame Size: HD or UHD (4k & 5k) footage is supported.
    • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 recommended.
    • Frame Rate: No less than 23.98.
    • Bit Rate: Minimum 7500 kb/s.
    • Interlacing: File must be de-Interlaced.
    • Encoding: Multi-pass encoding is preferred.
    • Frame reordering: Must be disabled.
    • Other: Editing program artifacts such as “edit lists” or “zero offsets” embedded in the files are not supported.
  • Audio
    • Format: AAC
    • Channels: Stereo (L R)
    • Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz
    • Bit Rate: 320 kbps CBR

SD Video – Only to be used if HD/UHD are unavailable

  • Video
    • Compression Type: H.264 or ProRes (H.264 is preferred).
    • File Format: .mov or .mp4
    • Frame Size: 640×480 (4:3) or 854×480 (16:9)
      • 480p is the MINIMUM spec. Please do not deliver videos in 360p or lower.
    • Frame Rate: No less than 23.98.
    • Bit Rate: Minimum 7500 kb/s.
    • Interlacing: File must be de-Interlaced.
    • Encoding: Multi-pass encoding is preferred.
    • Frame reordering: Must be disabled.
    • Other: Editing program artifacts such as “edit lists” or “zero offsets” embedded in the files are not supported.
  • Audio
    • Format: AAC
    • Channels: Stereo (L R)
    • Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz
    • Bit Rate: 320 kbps CBR

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