Watermark ID is only available on Enterprise Accounts as an add-on purchase. Contact your Account Manager for more information. Read more on Static Watermarking here.

Watermark ID

Watermark ID offers Enterprise users a dynamic option for video security playback. When this feature is enabled within a shared link and any viewer presses play, Frame.io completes a real-time and on-demand transcode of the video with personal identifying information onto each frame. Display the viewer's name, email, IP address, date, or your own custom text to ensure your content is traceable back to the original viewer.

Editing your Watermark Template

While we offer standard templates, you have the option to create your own watermarks for sharing and internal playback.

To customize, select an initial template and click Create a new Template to open the template editor. Drag and drop the text fields anywhere on the frame and stylize it with text size, color and even text scrolling, making it even more difficult to leak secure content. Click Save changes to save your custom template. This template can now be used by any Team Member on your account.

Additional Watermark ID Settings

There are more ways to display Watermark ID throughout your account aside from just Review and Presentation links. Watermark ID can be applied across your entire account to ensure the security of assets with your Team Members and Collaborators. To apply this, go to Settings and select the tab for Account Settings. In the section titled Watermark ID, select the toggle for Require Watermark ID internally on all assets viewed within the account. The watermark you want your account members use can be selected in the Watermark templates section just below. This will now display Watermark ID on all assets for all users on your account.

Other options include Require Watermark ID externally on all share links, which will automatically apply the Watermark by default to all shared assets, and Allow users to make modifications to watermark templates when sharing. This option will let the user reposition the text or change the text styling of a watermark on the asset they’re viewing. They will not have the ability to modify the contents of the watermark itself. This is best meant for if a user is having difficulty viewing an asset clearly due to the watermark positioning.


Q: For Watermark ID, you claim the ID fields will transcode in real-time. Is this the same for my 5-hour video, or will it take longer?
A: Even for long-form content, the Watermark ID will transcode for playback incredibly fast!

Q: For Watermark ID, how come I made templates with name and email text fields but it isn’t populating in my share?
A: At this time, Watermark ID shares will only track name and email address if it is set as an Invite Only share. Public shares currently do not track this.

Q: For both watermark features, will the layered text be burned into the downloaded video as well?
A: For Watermark ID, the watermark will be burned into the video stream. You will not have the option to download this content if Watermark ID is enabled. For Static Watermarking, your original uploaded file will not have the watermark burned in, but the proxies associated with that file will be. You can download both original and proxies with Static Watermark enabled.

Q: With watermark modification, can users potentially hide the watermark from full view?
A: No. The watermark text can only be moved within a “safe zone,” which will be clearly displayed for the user, to ensure the full text is displayed no matter how it is repositioned and cannot be hidden or partially obstructed from view.

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