Help preparing video

Encoding: Video files need to be .MP4

Format: H.264
Frame Size: 1024 x 720 is best. No higher then 1920 x 1080
Frame Rate: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 are acceptable.
Field Order: Progressive and Interlaced are acceptable.
Bit Rates: No higher the 20mpbs.
File Size: No higher then 250MB
Audio: DO NOT submit stories with panned stereo audio (example: NAT sound on Left, Narration on Right) Make sure the tracks are mixed.

Bigger is not necessarily better. Proper H.264 encoding will yield excellent results under 100MB. Smaller file sizes usually lead to less problems while submitting and judging.

If your edit system does not support MPEG-4 or H.264 we recommend the free program Handbrake.  Using the Normal setting generally yields very good results.

If you are still having problems, contact us.  We’ll get back to you ASAP.

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