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« on: January 29, 2023, 20:38 »
Hi guys, recorded some videos in 4096x2160 by mistake, Started digging if SS accepts it and found this (see attached screenshot)
As per the article https://support.submit.shutterstock.com/s/article/What-are-the-technical-requirements-for-footage?language=en_US
they actually prefer 4096x2160.
As they say "resolutions in bold are preferred" and the first resolution in bold is 4096x2160

It got me confused. 4096x2160 is not 16:9 which is the most popular aspect ratio, and if memory serves me - if you upload 4096x2160 to youtube it will place some 'filling bars" to emulate 16:9.

Kinda curious:
1. Which video resolution do you use to upload to SS, P5, and AS?
2. What are your thoughts on 4096x2160 vs 3840x2160 from a sellability perspective?
3. Did you ever sell a 4096x2160 clip?

Thank you.

« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2023, 02:51 »
This is actually a good question.

Usually 17:9 formats (DCI 4K and 2k) are used more for cinema projects where the screen aspect is 17:9 and not 16:9 like on TV and YouTube.
Although its funny, since they have the DCI 4K in bold, but not the DCI 2K...

Anyway - I shoot both formats, and can't really tell you what sells better.
I sell both formats on all sites.
If the clip is of good value - people will download it and doo the small resize for their needs I suppose.
Shots are rarely framed so tight they can't be fitted to another frame aspect.
BTW - the same question is asked many times regarding 24/25/29.97/30 FPS.

« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2023, 21:18 »
Thank you.

« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2023, 06:51 »
If I'm going to pay to license a clip, I'll be happy to have the 4K version (4096), even if my project is UHD (3840), as I have some additional space at left and right to adjust the position of the shot as I like.


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