Glossary

Artist Royalties – The percentage of sales that you keep when a film is bought and/or rented on a retailer. This percentage is determined by the payment plan selected.

Artwork – A pictorial representation of a film, with important text including title, cast/crew and tag-lines. Minimum Artwork Requirements: 2000x2880 pixels, RGB color space, 2:3 aspect ratio, and 72 DPI. Artwork Preferred Specs: 2:3 aspect ratio, RGB color space, and PSD file type.

Billing Order - The order in which cast/crew members will be displayed on a retailer's storefront. Cast/crew members at the top of the list will be displayed first.

Box Office Numbers – If a title was released theatrically, how much money did the title make in sales? This field is used by curated retailers only.

Cast Names– Names of the actors/actresses in a film.

Character Names – Names of the actor/actresses roles in a film.

Closed Captions (CC) – Text files for the deaf and hard of hearing. These are required for all films going to the U.S. and Canada that do not have English subtitles. Accepted Extensions: CAP, SCC, ITT.

Crew or Crewmember – Names of the people who worked on a film

Crew Role – The position of a crewmember on a film. Acceptable roles: Director, Co-Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Composer, and Dub Artist.

Copyright – The owner of the content who has exclusive rights to use/sell a film. Format: 2015 Copyright Owner Name.

Country of Origin – The country where the film was originally created.

Curated Retailer - These are retailers that are looking for specific types of content to sell, rent, or stream on their storefronts. Before delivering to these retailers, a pitch must first be vetted by Quiver and approved by the retailer. This pitch includes information about the title (e.g. screener links, Kickstarter numbers, etc.) that will help Quiver and the retailer determine if the title will be a good fit on the retailer's storefront. These retailers include Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, Dish, Hoopla, Indemand, Microsoft, Netflix, Sony, Vubiquity, and Xfinity.

Dashboard - A visual representation of the order and the remaining steps for submission. Each title's dashboard includes pie charts for retailers, territories, and languages associated with the title. Each order's dashboard includes the aforementioned pie charts, plus 2 additional pie charts for required metadata and files.

Dual Mono Audio - A stereo audio file where the audio tracks maintain completely identical levels throughout.

Dub Audio - A separate audio file that translates a title's dialogue into a language other than the original spoken language so that customers who do not speak the original spoken language can understand the story.

Feature Film - A film that is longer than 45 minutes. Digital Format Requirements: Apple ProRes 422 HQ, 1920x1080 (HD), 720x480 (SD). Accepted tape formats: HD CamSR, HD Cam, Digital Betacam, DS.

File - A digital copy of an asset that customers will use to watch the title. These include Feature, Trailer, CC, Subtitles, Audio, and Artwork.

Film Festivals – A list of film festivals at which the title has been screened. This field is used by Curated Retailers only.

Forced Narratives - These files can serve two purposes: Foreign dialogue translation and descriptive text.

  • Foreign dialogue translation - If portions of the film have dialogue in a language other than the film's main audio language, then a forced narrative file would translate these sections. For example, if a film's cast speaks German throughout, but there is a 5-minute scene with English dialogue, a German forced narrative file would translate this dialogue into German.
  • Descriptive text - Descriptive text includes any text that adds to the story (e.g. 'France 1890' or 'Later that day'). Instead of burning in this text to a file, Quiver prefers to receive a separate text file that includes all descriptive text. 

Genre – Categories used to group similar films. Example: Action & Adventure.    

Kickstarter Numbers – If a title had a Kickstarter campaign, the number of backers and the amount raised. This field is used by Curated Retailers only.

Long Synopsis – A long-form version of a film’s synopsis. The long synopsis is the default synopsis for most retailers. Long synopsis requirements: 4000-character limit.

Metadata - All information about a title, e.g. Title, Synopsis, Sales Start Date.

Quiver – The brick-and-mortar company that will be fulfilling orders and creating files.

Open Retailer - A retailer that will accept any title as long as the title's content and files meet the retailer's specifications. These retailers include Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Steam, and Vudu. 

Order Total Calculator – A widget on the platform that automatically calculates how much an order will cost as changes are made to the order.

Original Spoken Locale – The original language that is spoken by the actors in the film. Ex: If an animated film has been dubbed in Chinese, but the original language of the film was English, the Original Spoken Locale would be English.

Payment Plan – Determines how much an order costs up-front and what percentage of artist royalties go back to you.

Physical Release Date – The film’s first commercial hard-copy sale. Acceptable Dates: Street Release (e.g. DVD, Blu-Ray) or Digital Release.

Pitch - A statement created by Quiver and submitted to a curated retailer that gives information about the title. This information will be used by the curated retailer to determine if the retailer wants the title to be available for sale and/or rental on their storefront.

Press Links – A list of URL links to notable press mentions. This field is used by Curated Retailers only.

Protip - An action or entry that Quiver recommends based on the order. For example: When inputting an Amazon Prime start date, Quiver recommends choosing a date at least 6 months after transactional in order to generate the most profit.

Rating – The appropriate viewing age for a film set by a film rating board. Some territories require an official rating, but many allow Not Rated or Unrated. The ratings vary by territory.

Release Type - There are two release types: New Release and Library. New Release titles have only been available to customers in theaters or digitally for the past 6 months. Any title that has been available to customers for longer than 6 months is a Library title.

Renewal – In order to keep a title on the retailers selected in an order, the platform charges a yearly fee to disburse revenue on your behalf.

Rental (VOD) – VOD stands for video on demand and refers to a customer being able to rent a film for a certain period of time. *Some retailers, e.g. Netflix, only allow streaming. If this is the case, a customer pays a monthly fee to watch as many films as they choose on the retailer's storefront.

Retailer – The digital stores where a film can be sold. Currently, the Quiver platform can deliver to Amazon, DirecTV, Dish, Google Play, Hoopla, iNDEMAND, iTunes, Microsoft, Netflix, Sony, Steam, Vubiquity, Vudu, and Xfinity.

Runtime – The length of a film in hours, minutes, and seconds.

Sales (EST) – EST stands for electronic sell-thru and refers to a customer being able to buy a film and keep a digital copy of the film on his/her computer. *Some retailers, e.g. Netflix, do not offer EST.

Screener Link – A URL link to a secure screening site of a title, preferably Vimeo or VHX. This field is used by Curated Retailers only.

Short Film – A film shorter than 45 minutes.

Short Synopsis - A short-form version of a film’s synopsis. The short synopsis is used less frequently than the long synopsis by most retailers. Short synopsis requirements: 300-character limit.

Storefront – The area of each retailer where customers can buy and/or rent a film.

Subtitles – Text files that translate foreign dialogue for someone who does not understand the film’s audio language. Acceptable extensions: STL and SRT.

Term – A title can be live on a retailer for 2 years before an annual renewal fee is required to continue to disburse revenue on your behalf.

Territory – A country.

Textless File - A feature or trailer file that is void of all burned-in subtitles and descriptive text. Burned-in subtitles include any burned-in text that translates dialogue. Descriptive text includes any burned-in text that adds to the story (e.g. '1890 France' or 'Later that day'). Textless files still include title cards and opening/closing credits; these do not need to be removed from the textless file.

Theatrical Release Date – The film’s first commercial premiere. Acceptable Dates: Theatrical Release (no film festivals), Street Release (DVD, Blu-Ray), or Digital Release, whichever date is earliest.

Time-Saver Tool - A widget that can be used during the order placement process to decrease the amount of time and effort spent in some sections by auto-populating metadata. These tools include:

  • Dates time-saver tool
  • Prices time-saver tool
  • Ratings time-saver tool

Title – The name of a film.

Trailer - A short preview of the feature or short film. Quiver accepts both official trailers and trailer clips. Quiver can also cut a trailer clip for users who do not have an official trailer.

Trailer Link – A URL link to a title’s trailer online, preferably Youtube or Vimeo. This field is used by Curated Retailers only.

Total Sales to Date – If a title was released physically or digitally (e.g. DVD, EST, VOD), how much money did the title make in sales? This field is used by Curated Retailers only.

True Stereo Audio - A stereo audio file where the audio channels contain differing levels between channels.

Year – The year a film was originally released or completed.

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