Why was my footage rejected for Audio?

If your footage was rejected with “Clip contains unnecessary audio or audio that is potentially copyrighted,” it is most likely because of one of the following issues:


  • Clip contains audio that has been added in post (unacceptable for commercial and editorial content).

  • Clip contains audio that is potentially copyrighted, such as music or sound effects.

  • Footage that contains dialogue, whether the model is on camera or it’s a voice-over, is acceptable only if the contributor provides a signed model release for that speaker.

Here are some examples of clips with acceptable audio. The audio in these clips is captured well, enhances the clip, and model released, if required.

User-added image

mountain stream in the forest by nadiya_sergey
This clip has well-recorded audio that adds to the environmental scene.

User-added imageMARRAKESH, MOROCCO - OCTOBER 29, 2012: Snake charmers using a 'pungi' which is the wind instrument to charm the snake. Shot in 1080p HD. by Clippn

This clip has audio that contributes to its editorial value.


We Recommend

  • If you would like to resubmit the clip without audio, please remove the audio track.
  • If you want to submit audio, please be prepared to capture it during the course of filming   
    • When shooting, decide whether to use the on-board microphone or to use external microphones.
    • Control your audio settings.
    • Record clean ambient or environmental sounds.
  • Pay attention to audio in post-production
    • Use headphones when editing video.
    • Remove the audio channel if you do not wish to submit audio.
    • Do not add music or sound effects to your clip in post-production.

Here are some additional resources you may find helpful:

Contributor Blog articles

Audio Tips: How to Make Your Videos Sound Great

The Best Headphones for Video Editing

Contributor Support articles

What are the technical requirements for footage?

Shuttertalk Live presentations

Legal Considerations for Submitting Content

If you don’t understand the reason for the rejection of your images or if you need additional clarification, you can always contact contributor support.

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