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Michael Kellam
Publishing HD video to Amazon Video On Demand (VOD)
on Aug 21, 2013 at 1:51:48 am

Hi,

I'm trying to figure out how to publish a 30 minute video program to Amazon VOD, but the project is HD and I want to be able to publish it there in HD. Do you have any thoughts about how to get it on Amazon VOD?

I found that Amazon CreateSpace will allow you to publish on demand video products, but they can only do SD and want to import the video off of a DVD and then transcode it. Blech! ;-)

I have seen products from other self published video producers available in HD on their VOD platform, so I know it is possible some way, although the ones I have seen are probable competitors so I haven't asked them directly. Amazon reps I have managed to contact have no idea how I would need to do it.

I am also aware of Distribber and I will contact them, but I'm not sure if they submit HD to Amazon or just SD. Also, I'd prefer to submit directly to Amazon if possible as I am confident I could handle all of the technical requirements.

Do you happen to have any information or suggestions about how to do it or who to contact. Amazon can be almost as hard to get answers from as Google! ;-)

Thanks in advance!

Michael

Michael Kellam
http://www.kellammedia.com


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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: Publishing HD video to Amazon Video On Demand (VOD)
on Aug 21, 2013 at 4:28:02 pm

To work with Amazon VOD, it has to be Silverlight compatible, I think. It uses AVC for streaming and WMV for downloads. I would talk to Amazon about it first though as they will have the latest requirements.

Save early. Save often.

Jonathan Ziegler

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Michael Kellam
Re: Publishing HD video to Amazon Video On Demand (VOD)
on Aug 21, 2013 at 4:52:33 pm

Hi Jonathan,

Thank you. That is helpful. How would you suggest contacting Amazon? I have tried their regular contact form/link, Amazon CreateSpace and Amazon Services and nobody at any of those places seems to have any answers about Amazon VOD submissions. CreateSpace can give canned answers about VOD, but only for SD content.

Thanks again!

Michael

Michael Kellam
http://www.kellammedia.com


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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: Publishing HD video to Amazon Video On Demand (VOD)
on Aug 21, 2013 at 7:34:06 pm

Well, this is pushing into unknown territory for me. I would imagine you would first set yourself up with an Amazon Seller account if you haven't already. From there, I'm a little out of answers. You had asked about technical requirements, but I really don't know what to tell you for putting the video up other than CreateSpace - I suspect their HD content is provided from a different (internal) avenue. Try contacting CreateSpace and ask about HD content for Amazon.

Save early. Save often.

Jonathan Ziegler

http://www.electrictiger.com
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Michael Kellam
Re: Publishing HD video to Amazon Video On Demand (VOD)
on Aug 21, 2013 at 7:37:14 pm

No worries. Thanks for what you were able to share. CreateSpace said they don't do HD and don't know how it gets on there! ;-) I felt like I was talking to someone from a different company! ;-)

Thanks again!

Michael

Michael Kellam
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