FAQ's ( Frequently Asked Questions )

General & Membership

Yes, we really are! Since we were young, we’ve always wanted to work together to create something that is both fun and helps people and we feel very fortunate and think we’ve done that with TheCGBros. 

TheCGBros started out 20 years ago creating 3D animation and digital visual effects for some of the top players in the CGI cinematic and gaming spaces including Activision-Blizzard, Sony Computer Entertainment, and many others.

Then in 2011, we decided to start curating the best CGI/VFX based works from up and coming New Media Producers from around the world, helping them to gain the audience recognition and promotional exposure they and their work deserve. Click here for the rest of the story!

The benefits are awesome!

  • First, you get access to premium content such as industry interviews, how-to’s and digital downloads, and special offers.
  • Second, you’ll receive TheCGBros Insider, our very own monthly newsletter that help keep you current on industry trends, new technologies and who’s making waves in the CG world!

We connect with artists and creators all over the world. When you add your skill-set and interests to your profile, we can tailor the information we provide to personalize the content you get from us!  Go to the MyAccount link at the top of the website now to fill in any remaining fields.

Getting your video on TheCGBros

The application process is quick and easy. Simply click on the Submit Your Video menu selection and provide a brief description and viewable link to your video.

Note: When your video is approved, you’ll need to be registered in order to access the page to securely upload your video.

We’ll typically review your video and get back to you within 5 business days.

We generally schedule videos to be published (go-live) within 7 days once we receive them. You’ll get an email confirming the publishing information once we schedule it on our channel.

When your video is approved, you’ll receive an email with complete easy to follow instructions as well as a private link to securely upload your video and information.

Unfortunately not – all decisions are final. However, you are encouraged to submit other videos for consideration!

Preparing your Video Files

Use the following format: “Title” (year) i.e., “The Scary House on the Hill” (2017) Click here for more info!

Your synopsis is a brief outline of the story and it should be described in fewer than four sentences and crafted in such a way that it will entice a potential viewer to watch it.

Yes. Although there are industry traditions and sometimes union and guild requirements, there are no “hard” standards. Although there is technically not a “wrong way,” certain traditions have evolved around the closing credits order in which this gratitude is expressed. Click here for more

The Description Area is where you’ll copy and paste a brief Synopsis of your video.

Simply copy and paste your web links and social media links that you’d like to share into the “Web Links/Social Websites” field on the video submission form. Links should be full path links. Example: http://www.mypage.com or https://www.facebook.com/MyPage
Additional information that you’d like to include such as bios, background info, etc. should be copied and pasted into the “Additional Information” field on the video submission form.

Uploading your Video

To upload your video, you will need to create an account. This will allow you access to the video submission area. You’ll also need to have access to Google Drive. Google Drive is the method we use for fast and secure file transfer to our servers.

Yes. The limitation is currently 10GB

Because today, videos autoplay on many social platforms and a high number of viewers watch without sound, or are hearing impaired. By uploading SRT files for your video, it’ll get more eyeballs and more engagement! Click here for more info!

Minimum video resolution accepted is 1080-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). The format of your video should be in MP4 h:264 format, but we can accept most file types.

Please have a brief synopsis; credits; an English language .srt file (used for closed captioning) ready when you upload your video. Click here for more.

We generally schedule videos to be published (go-live) within 7 days once we’ve received them. You’ll get an email confirming the publishing information once we schedule it on our channel.

Yes. Your video is subject to copyright laws whenever it’s uploaded to the internet or offered for sale or other distribution, including public and private viewings.

Not necessarily, but you do need to have the legal rights to the video in order to do so.

Yes, provided you have not sold them or reassigned them via an exclusive license.

Generally each creator/team member has 100% ownership rights to the video called an “undivided interest”, and any member has the right to grant a license to the work.

Respecting the copyrights of others is of primary importance to TheCGBros. Some basic questions to ask yourself are:
  • Did I make the video (as an individual or as part of a team)?
  • Is it an original story?
  • Is it a remix or interpretation of another copyrighted work? If it is, does my video meet Fair Use Guidelines?
  • Did you create the music yourself? If not, did you purchase a license for the music used in your video?

It is expected that Users of our Service will comply with applicable copyright laws. However, if TheCGBros receives proper notification of claimed copyright infringement, our response to these notices will include removing or disabling access to material claimed to be the subject of infringing activity and/or terminating membership.

Granting us a license protects your copyright. The license is your permission for us to host your video. It recognizes your ownership and protects you as the creator of the work and we cannot stream your video without it. Of course we will try to host your video to as wide an audience as possible.
A license is the permission, consent, or release granted by one party (the licensor) to another party (the licensee) authorizing the licensee to use something, or to allow an activity to take place, or do a particular thing. In essence, it is a promise by the licensor not to sue the licensee.

Generally, licenses fall into two categories: Non-Exclusive and Exclusive. 

A Non-Exclusive Licence grants to the licensee (us), the right to use the intellectual property, but means that the licensor (you) remains free to use the same intellectual property and to allow any number of other licensees to also use the same intellectual property.

An Exclusive License grants to the licensee the sole right to use the intellectual property, and means that the licensor (You), may not use the same intellectual property or allow any others to use that same intellectual property.

We require a Non-Exclusive License.

Licenses can take the form of either an implied license (non-written form) or an express license (in written form). We only accept express licenses.

An “express license” is a written agreement where the copyright owner maintains its ownership of the rights involved, but allows a third party to exercise some or all of those rights without fear of a copyright infringement suit. +

An “implied license” is an unwritten agreement where the copyright owner maintains its ownership of the rights involved, but permits a party (the licensee) to do something that would normally require the express permission of another party (the licensor.) Implied licenses may arise by operation of law from actions by the licensor which lead the licensee to believe that it has the necessary permission.

No. You don’t give up of your ownership rights whatsoever. You still own your video and all the rights to your video.

The license you grant us is for an initial term of three years. It may continue to renew for one-year periods, at the sole discretion of TheCGBros, unless we are notified otherwise by you in writing via email within the 30-day period preceding the termination date of the “Distribution  Period”.

We assume that when you give us a license to put your video on our channel you are as serious about getting it seen as we are. Therefore, the license you provide us is non-revocable during the Distribution Period (for more on “Distribution Period”, please see our TOS ). 

If you wish to cancel the license earlier than the agreed-upon termination date, TheCGBros are under no obligation to do so but may offer, at our sole discretion, the option to buy out the remaining term of the license upon payment of an Early Cancellation Fee. (As a practical matter, please know not all obligations can be terminated, including but not limited to those contained in the Content Submission Agreement).

TheCGBros may permit the license to be suspended temporarily for good cause, such as for entering the video into a film festival or equivalent, where there is a requirement that the video not be shown elsewhere than the festival or other venue for the duration of the event.

In this case, the license will be suspended for a number of consecutive thirty-day periods designated by you, not to exceed three in any Distribution Period. The suspension will be lifted automatically at the end of the designated suspension period and the license term clock will be reset to zero and a new Distribution Period will begin.  Simply notify us via email about your specific situation at info@thecgbros.com


What about the Music in the video?

Yes. Unless you made the music yourself, the music used in your video is subject to copyright laws whether it is uploaded to the internet or offered for sale or other distribution, including public and private performances.

TheCGBros are strong anti-piracy advocates, and YouTube takes music copyright issues very seriously. Unless you made the music yourself, you’ll need to obtain/purchase a music license specifically for use on YouTube for any music you use in your video and provide this information when you upload your video.

TheCGBros are strong anti-piracy advocates. We need the music licensing information/documentation to be provided because we need  documentary proof of you having obtained a valid music license to your video, and we need to be ready to provide that documentation when proof is demanded by a third party, such as when we are taking action to protect your copyright from piracy.

Music licenses are usually purchased depending on the music’s intended use. The music license required by YouTube, and therefore TheCGBros, needs to be “sub-licensable” (able to be passed on), or a Creative Commons 4 license.