New Feature: Accept Feature-Length and High-Definition Videos via Submittable

October 10th, 2013 by

Fun Factory Deluxe

Did you ever have a Playdough Fun Factory Deluxe? You could feed it random blobs of Playdough and it would magically transform them into uniform feeds of star or moon-shaped rope? Then you could make Playdough lassos or slice it into cookies. That’s sort of what video transcoding does. It takes huge video files in a wide variety of codecs that can often only play on machines with specific video software and transcodes them into uniform compressed files that can be viewed on any machine or via the web.

You can now do video transcoding with Submittable. If your publication, film festival, school, or organization needs to accept full-length features or videos of applicants or live readings, without having them submit a Vimeo or Youtube link, you can. Your submitter can upload any type of video (.avi, .mov, .mp4, .mpg) up to 4 GBs in size. And, on your end, you’ll be able to view the video in a web-friendly streaming format in most major web-browsers, on smart phones, or tablet devices. You’ll also be able to download the file to your local machine for editing and future use.

To use the feature, just select one of the video types in the form designer when you’re building your category.

VSubmittable Video Playerideo Transcoding takes a lot of processing power and involves storing massive files. It’s expensive. To cover the cost, we charge $5 per transcoded video for the service. You can choose to pay this transcoding cost yourself or pass it on to the applicant. Our competition in video transcoding charges $15 or $10 per video, plus expensive annual subscription fees. We feel confident we’re delivering a better alternative at a dramatically more affordable price.

You can still accept videos without a per transaction cost, but the files will remain in the same format as submitted.

Let us know if you have any questions. Submittable Video Transcoding is currently available with all existing plans. If you’d like to try it out, please get in touch.