YES!! Let me share my latest Amazon Video Direct success story as an independent film maker with you.
(Currently in the US, UK, Japan, Germany)
When I published the documentary THE BLACK ROOTS OF SALSA in May 2016, Amazon just had announced Amazon Video Direct for
I was looking for a streaming solution for the distribution of the documentary before, but most distribution channels required a dedicated distributor.
I had just finished the implementation for downloading the documentary through the CMS System Drupal 7 Commerce
I found out about the new service of Amazon Video Direct one month after first publication on our website and tried to get the distribution through Amazon running.
Unfortunately Amazon Video Direct requires Captions (Subtitles in a specific text format) and the submission of the caption files caused an error. I tried to figure out the problem together with a colleague who has written an XML extractor for Final Cut Pro 7. He couldn’t figure it out! Amazon Video Direct support at the time had not too many insights and couldn’t help at all.
Let time do the rest
Time has passed and recently I logged into my Amazon Video Direct account, just to try if the submission was still stuck. I reached out for the documentation and there it was.
*** AVD – Support – Captions ***********
Timecodes must be in the format of hh:mm:ss,mmm with a comma between ss and mmm.
hh for hour
mm for minute
ss for second
mmm for millisecond
Writing a short Perl Script to convert the captions was easy.
00:00:03.19 –> 00:00:07.21 changed to 00:00:03,760 –> 00:00:07,840
And the issue is finally solved!
Go to videocentral.amazon.com to start!
By the way:
Amazon vs. Youtube
Amazon Video Direct is a great place to publish any sort of tutorial to target the Amazon search algorithm and make video content available through Amazon Prime!
In comparison to Youtube, there are some more professional requirements and captions are a must!
Captions services can help you with this issue and they are quite affordable.
The great difference to Youtube is the fact, that Amazon just started to grow their video platform away from just providing blockbusters.
Have a great day!