Video Quality Requirements


Professional Cameras


Smart phones*


Prosumer Cameras


Wearable cameras* (GOPro or equivalent)


3CCD Consumer Cameras



*Minimum 1080p resolution

Accurate focus and exposure and proper camera settings and stable camera movements are essential for good footage. Using a tripod or using good stabilization techniques while creating video is encouraged.

We prefer footage with sound that has been recorded with high quality microphones and at a proper level. In-camera mics will most likely not be accepted. This is up to the curator’s discretion. AR Hunters considers audio quality just as highly as video, if audio quality is an issue on location please disable it on camera and provide a transcript.

If the audio associated with a clip is critical to your story and doesn’t contain any copyrighted material (such as music) or recognizable voices (which would require a model release), then the audio should be included with the clip.

Submissions should have no color correction and/or effects. We will evaluate videos with filters applied on a case by case basis.

Duration and File Size

Right now clips of 1080p are the maximum resolution we can accept. No 4K at this time. We prefer that the clips have no edits, if you do have a file with several clips edited together please separate them. AR Hunters may determine certain sequences acceptable if they meet specific artistic or aesthetic standards.

Resolution and Frame Rate

Camera-shot clips should be prepared at their native resolution and frame rate. We will accept any resolution/frame rate (the larger the better), but it’s a good idea to stick to these standards:

  • HD 1080p: Keep file size below 5 GB (Note: AR Hunters may automatically downscale 1080P footage to 720P.) 1920×1080 @ 23.98, 24, 25, 29.98, 30, 50 or 60 FPS
  • HD 720P (Preferred size) 1280×720 @ 23.98, 24, 25, 29.98, 30, 50 or 60 FPS
  • NO PAL, NTSC or NTSC DV footage will be accepted.
  • Interlaced Footage is strongly discouraged.

File Name, Titles, Keywords

Please avoid leaving native file names as your clip titles. The more descriptive the better.

  • i.e. instead of “” change it to “”

Please be sure your file names do not contain any special characters or accents.  Examples are letters such as:  &,å, ñ, é, ß, ®, ©, §, ç, ä, ø, ü, or quote marks (“ ” or ‘ ’). Spaces and dashes are allowed.

File Formats

All videos should be prepared as in the one of these file containers: .MOV, .MP4, .MXF (for native files only).  If your footage is in a different format (such as .AVI), please convert it to .MOV or .MP4 before uploading.  We do not accept AVI format clips.

If your editing program cannot export .MOV files, we advise using a free program called MPEG Streamclip or a professional conversion program such as Final Cut’s Compressor/Adobe Media Encoder (or look at alternative pro encoders) to perform the conversion. Compression causes banding and artifacting, so you want to avoid compression as much as you can, so wherever possible export at native resolution, aspect ratio, and frame rate.

Please check your files before uploading to make sure they are high-quality.


We accept the following codecs (in order of preference):

Unmodified camera-native codecs, including AVCHD, H264, PRORES, DNxHD, DNxHR, M2TS, XDCam, MXF, HDV, DV, DVCProHD.

Apple ProRes.

Avid native DNxHD

H.264: We accept H.264 when it’s the camera’s native codec or as a broadcast quality intermediate. Camera-native files can be uploaded without modification. For intermediate H.264, make sure that it is set to the highest quality.

PhotoJPEG:  Please set to highest quality possible.

We do not accept the following codecs:

Motionjpeg, Avi, Non-native mp4, R3d

Video file included should be provided in .MOV file format with Pro Res HQ/LT, Photo Jpeg or H264 codec.

Zip file size should not exceed 6GB.