Requirements for Audio Submissions to Pond5
This is the page for audio specifications. Please click here if you're looking for video specifications.
» Quality Requirements
Audio files should be cleanly recorded and professionally prepared, in the highest quality possible. Moderate distortion or creative tinkering is ok, 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
Sound effects can be as short as 1 second, music files should be under 10 minutes in length.
Clips should be no larger than 1 GB (1000 MB). For music files, a size under 100mb is normal.
All files should be prepared as high-quality WAV or MP3s. If your footage is in a different format (such as .AIFF), please convert it to .WAV 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 higher than 192 kb/s, 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, send an email to with a list of the clipID's you would like associated and we will group them as multiple versions of the same file.
Not sure how to prepare your tracks? Drop us a line and we’ll do our best to help.
» Legal Requirements
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/circs/circ45.html (regarding registering video work).
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.
Talent and Property Releases
All commercially-oriented content that contains recognizable voices must be accompanied by a signed Talent Release (available here). Releases need to be signed by the model(s) as well as by a witness other than the artist/uploader.
You can download standard talent and property releases here. We will accept other release agreements as well, as long as the legal provisions are roughly the same.
Scans of signed releases should be uploaded in JPG format. To do this, use the “attach” (paperclip) button next to the clip on your Uploads page.
Happy Recording! Please contact us if you have any questions regarding video requirements on Pond5.