After Effects Upload Specifications

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After Effects Quality Requirements

We are looking for high-quality AE project files that our customers can easily modify to create their own unique motion graphics.

Projects should be:

  • We prefer projects created in AE6 or higher. Though, if you are able to export your project in an older version of After Effects, please do so, as these project files will be more widely compatible.
  • Broadcast quality, ideally 1920x1080 or higher resolution. Feel free to include Comps with alternate resolutions, such as PAL/NTSC.
  • Great looking, easily customizable, and labor saving for the end user. Adding a note in your zip file with full instructions for the novice AE user makes your project easier for everyone to use.

All creative content included in your upload must be FULLY OWNED by you. That means that any audio, still images, video or other elements contained in your upload must be your creation. You may not include any stock elements that you licensed from Pond5 or elsewhere.

File Name  

Please be sure your file name does not contain any spaces or special characters (including accents and letters such as å, ñ, é, or ß ).


Please prepare all files a single .ZIP file, which should include:

  • The project file itself
  • A low resolution video preview (.MOV compressed in h.264, minimum 480x270 resolution). This file must be named
  • A full resolution still frame (jpg)
  • A text file with a description/instructions for the project (optional, but preferred)
  • Any other fully owned elements you wish to include with the project (optional)


If your project requires free plugins, please link to the plugins in the item's description, as well as in your text file.

Do not upload projects that are based on tutorials, like Video Copilot tutorials.

Before uploading, please unzip all your files and test to make sure everything is working and that no files are missing or unlinked.

Legal Requirements

You must be able to agree to all provisions in our Contributor Agreement in order to sell media files on our site, please read it thoroughly and make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities.

Submitter must have rights for distribution to the submitted elements. Found or public domain elements cannot be submitted under any circumstances. If you do not have complete rights to the submission, you may not submit it.

If you are interested in finding out more about copyright, or in registering your work with the US copyright office (this is not necessary, but it can afford you additional legal protections), you can take a look at their website:

Talent and Property Releases

All commercially-oriented content that contains recognizable people must be accompanied by a signed Talent Release (available here). Releases need to be signed by the model(s) as well as by a witness other than the cameraperson/uploader. 

Even if you are the model in the image, we require a model release, signed by you and a witness. 

Property Releases are required when copyrighted or trademarked material appear.

You can download standard Model and Property Releases here. We will accept other release agreements as well, as long as the legal provisions are roughly the same. 

Scans of signed Releases should be uploaded in JPG format. To do this, use the “attach” (paperclip) button next to the clip on your Uploads page. 

Before uploading projects containing public buildings or landmarks, do a bit of research to see if you can legally sell images of it. For example, did you know the Hollywood Sign is owned by a nonprofit trust, and requires their permission for it to be shown in commercial films? For that reason, all clips of the Hollywood Sign on our site are marked "editorial only"). We may be able to answer some of these questions, but you can get much more comprehensive information online. 

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    Sherjil Masoom

    where can i find Pond5 watermark? to put on Preview Video

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    Senaka Karunarathna

    me too

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    Андрей Винников

    Как загрузить проект After Effects на pond5?

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    Hello! I would like to clarify on the part where templates based from Videocopilot are not allowed. Does this mean that any slight resemblance from those tutorial videos is prohibited? Or templates largely based from tutorial videos are those which are not allowed? Since I myself learned how to use After Effects by watching tutorial videos, particularly from Videocopilot. Thanks in advance! I just would like to know since I am a newbie here. :)

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    Carlos Ziadeh

    Sherjil, you don't have to watermark your items, the system will do that

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    Stanislav Barancov

    Where i can upload the project AE? Cant find

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    Carlos Ziadeh

    go to your user options on the upper right corner and click upload