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Asset Manifest

Asset manifests serve two main purposes.

  • They provide metadata describing the technical assets delivered (such as asset type, language tags, resolutions, frame rates, etc.).
  • They identify which assets are intended to be packaged together.

There are two supported manifest formats in Classic territories.

  • The Amazon Simple Asset Manifest
  • File Naming Convention

Each Aspera delivery account only supports one of the two manifest options, but not both simultaneously. Specifics on how to deliver to each option are as follows.

Amazon Simple Asset Manifest

The Amazon Simple Asset Manifest allows partners to deliver an XML file with asset metadata. Audio descriptions and HDR mezzanines must be delivered via XML Metadata. The Simple Asset Manifest includes the ability to use non-conformed file names, provide technical asset details such as frame rate and Drop/Non-Drop Frame values for timed text assets, and the association of a title identifier to each asset. This manifest can be included in the same file as the XML title metadata or be delivered as a separate file. When an asset referenced in the manifest needs to be redelivered, Prime Video requires the new asset file to have a different file name than what was previously referenced. Prime Video prefers you amend the file name with an "R1," "R2," etc. Example files for each of these options can be found in the Sample Files. When delivering Amazon XML files, they are subject to the file naming rules.

If you are currently delivering to File Naming Convention, migration to delivery via the Simple Asset Manifest requires Prime Video to make manual configuration changes to your partner delivery account. If you want to use the Amazon Simple Asset Manifest, please contact your Operations Account Manager for details.

Amazon XML Field List

Amazon XML templates are available for both individual territories (US, UK, DE, and JP) as well as content types (TV or movie). While there are differences based on territory and content type across these templates, the table below lists all the Amazon XML fields and associated notes. Amazon XML templates are available for download in the Sample Files. Accepted Values lists the acceptable inputs or indicates the type of value expected for each field. If left blank, it indicates a string is acceptable. All inputs are limited to UTF-8 characters. Prime Video Usage indicates whether the field is required, optional, or not used by Prime Video.

Field NameDeinfition & NotesAccepted ValuesPrime Video Usage
AmazonXML-TypeUse the applicable territory's Movie template for stand-alone content and the applicable territory's TV template for episodic content.Required
Movie/Series/
Season/Episode
Required
PartnerNameThe organization granting rights. Use your Amazon PartnerAlias to match to asset packages. Case insensitive. No spaces or symbols.Required
UniqueIDThe internal ID for the feature or episode. 50-character limit. Case insensitive. Should be unique within your catalog. Only letters, numbers, and underscores; no spaces or symbols.Required
IMDbThe Series/Episode/Movie IMDb ID only. Nine-character value assigned by IMDb. Begins with tt and is then followed by seven numbers.Optional
ExternalIDAlternate identifiers that can be used to identify the title. For multiples, add a new ExternalID line for each value.Optional for Movie
SchemeThe scheme of the External ID (EIDR, ISAN, etc.).Required for External ID
CopyrightHolderCopyright holder for the content. 250-character limit.Optional
CopyrightYearThe copyright year of content.YYYYOptional
LanguageLanguage the main audio is in. If dubbed audio is present in the mezzanine, this would represent the language of the dubbed audio. Lower-case values only.ISO 639-1 language codesOptional
OriginalLanguageOriginal language of the content. Lower case values only.ISO 639-1 language codesOptional
CountryOfOriginThe country of origin of the content. Upper case only. Multiple countries should be formatted as one on each line, using Alt+Enter to separate within the cell. No commas, semicolons, etc.ISO 3166-1Optional
SeriesIDThe internal ID for the series. Must match the series Unique ID from the corresponding Series section of XML or previously-ingested series Unique ID.Required for Season and Episode
SeasonIDThe internal ID for the series. Must match the series Unique ID from the corresponding Season section of XML or previously-ingested season Unique ID.Required for Episode
RuntimeInMinutesThe runtime of the content, in minutes.IntegerOptional
AdultProductIs this content intended for an adult audience?"true" and "false"Required only in JP for Season and Episode
TitleInfoInformation about the content.Required
SequenceThe season number or episode number. The order in which the season will appear within the series or the order in which the episode will appear within the season. Begin this sequence with 1 instead of 101.IntegerRequired for Season and Episode
TitleThe title of the feature, series, season, or episode. Must be the localized title. This is the title that will be presented to customers.  Use "The Title Name" rather than "Title Name, The". 250-character limit.Required
LocaleThe locale of the territory. For US, use locale en-US; for UK, use locale en-GB; for Germany, use locale de-DE; and for JP, use locale ja-JP.Required
PronunciationHiragana (ひらがな), katakana (カタカナ) and alphanumeric are accepted. Numbers should be given pronunciation if there is an unusual pronunciation (i.e. 2人=ふたり). English words in the title remain as English in the pronunciation.Required only in JP
SynopsesA description of the content. Ensure that there are no references to the product being a physical product, describing video quality or price (e.g., DVD, Blu-ray, HD, 3D, Euro).Required
Short400-character limit.Required
Long2,000-character limit.Optional
ActorActor(s) in the content. Series and Season actors should be for the series and season regular actors. 250-character limit. At least one of Actor, Producer, or Director must be included.Optional for Movie, Series, and Season.
ActorNameFor multiples, add a new Actor and ActorName section for each.Required for Actor
CharacterFor multiples, add a new Character per Actor and ActorName.Optional for Actor
GuestActorGuest actor(s) in the episode. For TV, regular series and season actors should be added to the Actor section. 250-character limit.Optional for Episode
GuestActorNameFor multiples, add a new GuestActor and GuestActorName section for each.Required for GuestActor
CharacterFor multiples, add a new Character per GuestActor and GuestActorName.Optional for GuestActor
DirectorDirector(s) of the content. For multiples, add a new Director line for each value. 250-character limit. At least one of Actor, Producer, or Director must be included.Required for Movie
ProducerProducer(s) of the content. For multiples, add a new Producer line for each value. 250-character limit. At least one of Actor, Producer, or Director must be included.Optional
WriterWriter(s) of the content. For multiples, add a new Writer line for each value. 250-character limit.Optional
CreatorCreator(s) of the content. For multiples, add a new Creator line for each value. 250-character limit.Optional
StudioStudio(s) that produced the content. For Television content, this is usually the network the show aired on. For multiples, add a new Studio line for each value. 250-character limit.Optional
ItemTypeDefines the type of content in Prime Video systems.downloadable-feature-films and downloadable-television-showsOptional for Movie and Episode
ReleaseDateThe date that a movie was first released. Theatrical release date or date of first public availability for straight-to-video or web content titles.YYYY-MM-DDT00:00:00Required for Movie
DVDStreetDateDate of the first physical release of the product or the first time the product was available for public purchase.YYYY-MM-DDT00:00:00Optional for Movie
Start YearThe year the TV Series started or the year the first TV Episode was broadcast.YYYYOptional for Series
End YearThe year the TV Series ended or the year the last TV Episode was broadcast. Mostly used for catalog titles that have already ended. For currently-running titles, delete this entire row.YYYYOptional for Series
GenreThe approved Prime Video genre of the content. Case sensitive. Five Genre values maximum. For multiples, add a new Genre line for each value.See the Prime Video genre list.Required for Movie and Episode
RatingThe approved rating value of the applicable region. Populate with NR if rating is not available. A scheme is required (bbfc, fsk, eirin, etc.)See the Prime Video ratings list.Required for Movie Season, and Episode
OfferOptional
PartnerNameThe organization granting rights. Use your Amazon PartnerAlias to match to asset packages. Case insensitive. No spaces or symbols.Required for Offer
UniqueIDThe internal ID for the feature or episode. 50-character limit. Case insensitive. Should be unique within your catalog. Only letters, numbers, and underscores; no spaces or symbols.Required for Offer
TypeThe type of transaction available: EST for purchase or VOD for rental.EST and VODRequired for Offer
QualityThe quality or format of the transaction.SD, HD, and UHDRequired for Offer
PreorderDateThe pre-order date for a movie. This is the day customers can purchase the title, but it will not be consumable until the WindowStartDate. Valid date between 1/1/2000 to 12/31/2049 only.YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssOptional for Movie Offer
WindowStartDate the content will be available to and consumable by customers. Valid date between 1/1/2000 to 12/31/2049 only.YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssRequired for Offer
WindowEndDate the content will no longer be available to customers. Doesn't affect content that has already been purchased/rented by a customer. Valid date between 1/1/2000 to 12/31/2049 only.YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssOptional for Offer

File Name Convention

If you prefer to not utilize the Simple Asset Manifest to deliver to the Prime Video Classic territories, you must follow the File Name Convention. Prime Video uses the hyphen ("-") as a delimiter between values within the file name of the provided asset. This naming convention must be followed exactly. Failure to do so will result in assets not matching to the correct title or processing correctly.

File Naming Convention: [PartnerAlias]-[UniqueID]-[ContentType]-[AssetType]-[LanguageCode]-[Territory].xxx

Example: Titan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Mezz_HD-en-US.mpg

  • The PartnerAlias and UniqueID must match exactly those used in the metadata and avails for that title. Each section of the file name is separated by a hyphen ("-"), not an underscore ("_") or other punctuation.
  • No spaces are allowed in file names. Underscores ("_") can be used to separate words within a single section of the file name, but please be careful that you are not using an underscore when a hyphen ("-") is required instead.
  • Metadata and avails files don't need to follow File Name Convention, but to help track them for review and troubleshooting, it is recommended to name them with keywords relating to your organization in addition to other identifying information.

File Name Sections

In the File Name Examples table below, descriptions are provided for each of the specific fields required in each asset file name. In the examples provided, brackets ("[" and "]") are used to delineate required components and must not be included in the file name. They are only included in these examples to increase legibility.

PartnerAlias

[PartnerAlias]-[UniqueID]-[ContentType]-[AssetType]-[LanguageCode]-[Territory].xxx

PartnerAlias: A Prime Video-defined alias used to identify the partner. You will be provided this alias during the onboarding process. This alias is generally an abbreviation of the full partner name. e.g., "Titan Studios" = "Titan." This alias is only used internally and isn't customer-facing.

UniqueID

[PartnerAlias]-[UniqueID]-[ContentType]-[AssetType]-[LanguageCode]-[Territory].xxx

UniqueID: A Partner-defined value (a.k.a. SKU or EIDR) that uniquely defines a title. Every title (Episode, Season, Series, Movie) requires a UniqueID. You may use your own internal tracking number, provided it meets the below requirements:

  • Must be unique within the partner’s catalog (i.e. no two titles that partner will send can use the same UniqueID).
  • Must match the UniqueID in the Prime Video Standard Naming Convention file name, AltID used in the avail, and the UniqueID used in the metadata for the title.
  • 50-character maximum.
  • May only contain English letters, numbers, dashes and underscores.

Content Type

[PartnerAlias]-[UniqueID]-[ContentType]-[AssetType]-[LanguageCode]-[Territory].xxx

ContentType: Details whether the asset contains the full program material or trailer. The below entries are valid:

  • Full: The main program material for the title.
  • Trailer: Trailer or preview for the title. For more information about trailers, see Value-added Material.

Asset Type

[PartnerAlias]-[UniqueID]-[ContentType]-[AssetType]-[LanguageCode]-[Territory].xxx

AssetType: Describes the type of asset being delivered. The below values are valid:

  • Mezz_UHD: UHD video source file.
  • Mezz_HD: HD video source file.
  • Mezz_SD: SD video source file.
  • Image: Image file used to promote the title.
  • Caption[Framerate]: Closed caption file to support the program. This value must include additional details on the Frame Rate and Drop/Non-Drop Frame value of the caption file. See the Timed Text Technical Asset Requirements for details.
  • Subtitle[Framerate]: Subtitle file supporting the program. This value must include additional details on the Frame Rate and Drop/Non-Drop Frame value of the subtitle file. See the Timed Text Technical Asset Requirements for details.

Language Code and Territory

[PartnerAlias]-[UniqueID]-[ContentType]-[AssetType]-[LanguageCode]-[Territory].xxx

LanguageCode: Describes the language contained on this particular file. This pairs with the Territory to form the Language-Locale section of the file name. See the Language and Locale Tags section for a complete list of allowed pairings. For example:

  • en-US: "en" is the [LanguageCode] in this pairing and "US" is the [Territory]. This Language-Locale pairing would refer to US English.
  • fr-CA: "fr" is the [LanguageCode] in this pairing and "CA" is the [Territory]. This Language-Locale pairing would refer to Canadian French.
  • de-DE: "de" is the [LanguageCode] in this pairing and "DE" is the [Territory]. This Language-Locale pairing would refer to German.

Other Information (Optional)

[PartnerAlias]-[UniqueID]-[ContentType]-[AssetType]-[LanguageCode]-[Territory]-[OtherInformation].xxx

OtherInformation: Any additional information that that needs to be communicated via the file name can be added after the locale. A "-" (hyphen) must be used to separate the [Territory] from these additional details. Examples of how this could be used are:

  • Appending the word "TEST" to a test asset that is being delivered for Onboarding:
    [PartnerAlias]-[UniqueID]-[ContentType]-[AssetType]-[LanguageCode]-[Territory]-TEST.xxx
  • Appending "R1", "R2", "R3", etc. to indicate a new version of a previously-delivered asset:
    [PartnerAlias]-[UniqueID]-[ContentType]-[AssetType]-[LanguageCode]-[Territory]-R1.xxx

Extension

Check the relevant sections for supported extensions/file types for each kind of asset—video, audio, captions, subtitles, images, and metadata.

File Name Examples

The following table provides examples of acceptable file names. In this example, a partner with the PartnerAlias "Titan" is delivering a title with the [UniqueID] of "ExplosionsMovie":

FileDescriptionContentType ValueAssetType ValueLocaleExample File Name
MezzanineSD mezzanine file for title.FullMezz_SDJapaneseTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Mezz_SD-ja-JP.mpg
MezzanineSD mezzanine file for title.FullMezz_SDGerman Titan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Mezz_SD-de-DE.mpg
MezzanineHD mezzanine file for the title.FullMezz_HDBritish EnglishTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Mezz_HD-en-GB.mpg
MezzanineHD mezzanine file for the title.FullMezz_HDU.S. English Titan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Mezz_HD-en-US.mpg
MezzanineSD mezzanine file for the trailer.TrailerMezz_SDJapaneseTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Trailer-Mezz_SD-ja-JP.mov
MezzanineHD mezzanine file for the trailer.TrailerMezz_HDU.S. EnglishTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Trailer-Mezz_HD-en-US.mov
ImageMain image for the title.FullImageJapaneseTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Image-ja-JP.jpg
ImageMain image for the title.FullImageGermanTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Image-de-DE.jpg
CaptionsA 23.98fps (23.976) Non-Drop Frame caption file for the title.FullCaption2398NDFU.S. EnglishTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Caption2398NDF-en-US.scc
CaptionsA 24fps caption file for the title.FullCaption24German Titan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Caption24-de-DE.scc
SubtitleA 25fps subtitle file for the title.FullSubtitle25British EnglishTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Subtitle25-en-GB.scc
CaptionsA 29.97fps Drop Frame caption for the title.FullCaption2997DFU.S. EnglishTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Caption2997DF-en-US.scc
SubtitleA 29.97fps Non-Drop Frame subtitle for the title.FullSubtitle2997NDFU.S. EnglishTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Subtitle2997NDF-en-US.scc
MezzanineHD mezzanine file for the title.FullMezz_HDBritish EnglishTitan-ExplosionsMovie-Full-Mezz_HD-en-GB-R1.mpg


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