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Graphic Sizes and Types for Your Video

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In order to make your video the highest possible quality, we have a few graphic guidelines. The simplest way to send us your graphics and media is through email. However, often your media elements may exceed the maximum size you’re able to send. In that case, we’ll guide you through alternative methods, such as DropBox and YouSendIt. 

Before sending us your graphics, check out the article below.

1. What kind of graphic types are acceptable?

Almost all of them. We accept just about any file type, and work with common graphic programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Most often we receive the following types:

  • .JPG
  • .TIFF
  • .PDF
  • .EPS
  • .PNG
Please do not send .GIF file types.

2. What is the best graphic size for video?

The highest quality available. More specifically, it depends on what the photo is being used for. A background graphic is going to need to be larger to fill the entire frame, but a logo can usually get away with being smaller.

We want to work with the highest resolution possible. We export all videos in HD sizes of 720 and/or 1080. To fill the entire screen, the image should be as close to these dimensions as possible: 1280×720 (for 720) or 1920×1080 (for 1080).

Most photos taken directly from a camera are large enough to work in your video. A photo taken on your cell phone is probably fine too, as long as your phone is relatively new. If your camera quality is over 2 megapixels, the image should work.

If possible, please do NOT take images from your existing website and send them to us. These images are way too small to be put into an HD video. Attempt to track down the file source, which will typically be a larger file than the one displayed.

Sometimes a lower size, lower resolution image will appear grainy or blurry in an HD video, but look perfectly acceptable when displayed as a small video on your website. However, for places like YouTube, where you can view the video in different sizes–including full screen–the image will again be lower quality when viewed the a larger size.

3. Another thing to consider – Portrait vs. Landscape:

Your video is going to be shot, edited and delivered in a landscape format, so your graphic should match that. If your image is not meant to take up a large portion of the screen, then both are acceptable.

 

4. Where else can I get graphics?

Royalty-free, stock photos are a great way to find high-quality graphics, illustrations, photos, and video to incorporate into your own video.

Some stock photo/video sites we use are:

5. Sending Your Graphics to Us:

The simplest way to send us your graphics and media is through email. However, often your media elements may exceed the maximum size you’re able to send. In that case, we’ll guide you through alternative methods, such as DropBox and YouSendIt.