How do I submit video for review?

Shutterstock is always looking for new content to add to our collection. Contributing video to Shutterstock is free and you will retain the copyright to your work.

Submitting video to Shutterstock is simple.

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Video clips that are submitted to Shutterstock must be of professional quality and each clip will be evaluated by a reviewer. You can learn more about our review process here: How is content reviewed?

Technical Specifications:

Please see What are the technical requirements for footage?

Step 1: Upload Your Content

All footage must be uploaded via FTP, you can learn more about it here: How do I upload content via FTP? If you experience issues with uploading, check out the troubleshooting uploading errors guide.

Step 2: Tagging and Metadata

Once your clips have successfully uploaded via FTP you will need to enter titles (descriptions), keywords, and categories using the Content Editor. This information is known as metadata, and makes it possible for people to discover your photos. We’ve published some tips here: Title and Keyword Guidelines, Policies and Best Practices. Metadata can be added to multiple images at once by clicking the Multi-select option.

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Metadata can be entered in the Content Editor or you can upload a CSV file. You can also use our Keyword Tool right on the Submit page. Check out this article for additional information on the tool: Portfolio Tools: New Keyword Tool

Back in the Content Editor you can also add any of the following, if necessary:


Step 3: Submit Your Content

Once your content is ready, just click Submit to send it for review.  

If nothing happens after clicking Submit, it is most likely because your submission contains an error. The most common error is misspelled keywords, which are outlined in red. Learn more about correcting errors in the Content Editor.

If you are not quite ready to submit at this time, you can click Save in the top right of the Content Editor window and save your uploaded content for submission at a later time. You have up to 21 days to submit uploaded content for review. If you do not submit your work to us within that timeframe, it will automatically be deleted from our servers.

What happens next:

You will receive an automated email from Shutterstock confirming that we received your submission. Within a few hours your submitted content will appear in the Pending section of the Contributor Dashboard.

Once your content has been reviewed, you will receive an automated email from Shutterstock, notifying you of which images have been approved into your portfolio. It may take up to 72 hours for newly approved content to show up in your portfolio.


Helpful links:

Get to know our Submission Guidelines
How to Monetize Your Footage on Shutterstock
Learn to Shoot In-Demand Footage
First Steps to Success in Stock Footage

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