Newstex now supports video on multiple platforms, including most mobile devices. In an effort to continue to support all devices, we ask that you provide all videos in a mobile-friendly format. The easiest way to do this is to simply upload all of your videos to YouTube and provide us with your YouTube username.

Important Note About Ads: Newstex is unable to bring in any YouTube feed that uses Advertisements that play before the videos. Our clients will not take these feeds so we have blocked them entirely. If your feed includes Advertisements as separate videos that play before your primary video, it will be rejected.

Uploading your videos to YouTube is the only way to be absolutely sure all of your videos will play no matter what format they're provided in. If you can not do this for privacy or security reasons (i.e. you do not want the whole world to be able to view your videos), we do have an alternative solution. You may also provide us with an MRSS feed which must contain at least the following elements:

  • guid
  • title
  • pubDate
  • media:content (which must contain a direct URL)

You may also provide an optional description tag to provide a description of the video. This will be used as the "body" of the story we provide for the video.

Additionally, adding thumbnails to your videos greatly improves their appearance in clients systems:

  • media:thumbnail (which must contain a direct URL)
<media:thumbnail url="" width="75" height="50" />

Videos must be encoded as follows:

  • Format must be m4v encoded as H.264 (Baseline Profile Level 3.0)
  • Aspect ratio must be 4:3 or 16:9
  • Video dimensions must be no larger than 640x480
  • Bit rate must not exceed 1.5 Mbps (1,500)

We do support using media:group tags to provide multiple formats of videos. In this case, we will automatically choose the media:content that is m4v encoded.

We also support providing full transcripts using the media:text tags:

<media:group> <media:content duration="600" bitrate="1100" url="http://url-to-raw-video.m4v" type="video/x-m4v" /> <media:text end="00:00:03.000" start="00:00:00.000" type="plain">Some Text being spoken</media:text> </media:group>