Audio Upload Specifications

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Audio Quality Requirements

Audio files should be cleanly recorded and professionally prepared, in the highest quality possible.

Moderate distortion or creative tinkering is okay, however, please remember that many buyers will modify the sound of the audio after purchase, and will therefore desire a high-quality, minimally manipulated file to work with. 

Technical Specs

Duration

Sound effects can be as short as 1 second, music files should be under 10 minutes in length. 

File Size

File size limit is 1GB however 100mb size for music file is normal. 

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 ).

File Format

All files should be prepared as high-quality WAV, AIFF or MP3s. If your audio file is in a different format, please convert it to .WAV, .AIFF or .MP3 before uploading, or better yet, export it natively from your audio editing program as a high-quality WAV. You want to avoid compression as much as you can, though, so always export as close to native quality as possible.

MP3 files should have a bitrate of no less than 256 kbps, and should only be uploaded as an alternate version of a WAV file.

Please check your files before uploading to make sure they are high-quality and broadcast-ready. 

Uploading Multiple Formats

If you have audio that have been prepared at several different lengths or as both a WAV and a MP3, then you will have to submit each version individually.

Once all versions of your file are approved and online, contact us with a list of the clip ID's you would like associated and we will group them as multiple versions of the same file. 

Not sure how to prepare your tracks? Contact us and we’ll do our best to help. 

Legal Requirements

Ownership

When you upload a clip to Pond5, you are offering it for licensing to Pond5’s end-users, who will be able to use your work according to the terms of our Royalty-Free License. 

You MUST be the copyright-owner or authorized representative of the owner for any audio you make available for licensing on Pond5. Generally, if you created the file, you are the copyright owner and are free to upload and market your work. If you are unsure whether you are the legal copyright-holder of a clip, don’t upload it. 

Audio files must be wholly the work of the person submitting the file.

In the case of third party sound effects or loops incorporated into a larger work, the seller must ensure that all elements of their composition are cleared for resale and for use in a commercial project.

If you're using third party loops, make sure that you know your rights and whether or not you can incorporate their work into your stock files before you upload.

For royalty-free loops available through audio manipulation programs, as long as the loops are overlaid with other content and there's a majority original content in the track, there should be no problem incorporating them into your files. 

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: http://www.copyright.gov/ 

Please note: we do not accept any content which has been submitted to digital rights management services such as GoDigital. These services block distribution via online platforms like YouTube, and therefore conflict with our end-user License Agreement


Happy Recording! Please contact us if you have any questions regarding audio requirements on Pond5.

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    Jacob Hedke

    Stoked & prepared! Thanks guys!

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