Technical FAQ

How do I upload footage?

After you’ve made an account, simply sign-in to the Contributor website, and go to the Upload Video page, which is here:


How do I upload pictures?

After you’ve made an account, simply sign-in to the Contributor website, and go to the Upload Photo page, which is here:


What are the technical requirements for uploading clips?


Clip Duration:

Clips should be about 5 to 30 seconds long. They can be longer if the shot really is longer than 30 seconds.


File Size:

Currently our file size limit is 5 Gb.


File Format:

We support popular consumer and professional media formats. Examples include MP4, 3GP, AAC, AVI, FLV, and MPEG-2. If there is a format that you’d like to use that is not working, please let us know.
The best formats right now are:


Frame Rates:

23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60



We prefer 4K footage, but accept any of these resolutions: 

4K – 4096×2160 4096×2304 4000×2160 3840×2160 3996×2160 4800×2700
2K & 2.5K – 2048×1080 2400×1350 2432×1366 2702×1520 2704×1520
HD – 1920x1080 1280×720 1440×1080 1888×1062 1920×1088



Footage should not contain any audio.



How much will I be paid as a contributor to Dronestock?

If you are exclusive with Dronestock, then the current payment percentage is 50%. If you have stock footage on other sites, you’re not exclusive with Dronestock, but you will still get 30%, which is much better than most other stock sites.


How is content reviewed?

We routinely review footage that our contributor upload, to make sure they are uploading great stuff, and to give tips as needed to make their footage more sellable.


How long will it take for my clips to be published for purchase?

Your clips will be automatically processed, and then posted, within minutes.



What Style should I use for my clips?

You can definitely choose a distinctive look for your footage, but keep in mind that the majority of customers buy stock footage to fill gaps in their projects. If you submit clips that have been color corrected to an extreme level, they may not fit the overall look of the customer’s project. Conversely, if you leave clips too flat, they may only have a niche audience who knows how to color correct them. We recommend that your clips fall somewhere in between these two extremes and that you do basic color correction.



I have a question or suggestion for a new feature — who do I contact?

Our development team is constantly looking for ways to improve the contributor experience; if you have specific concerns or ideas for new features, send us a note here.

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