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Jason Olsen
Quality of video when broadcasted is crappy
on Dec 12, 2005 at 4:11:37 pm

Everytime I do a local commercial when its on the computer it looks great. Preview monitor looks great. Home television off a dv tape looks great. when I see them running on tv the colors look washed out and the sounds is lower than the other commercials? I supply comcast with a mini dv tape thats outputted from final cut and when I look at the tape before I give it to comcast it looks great!
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JOlsen


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Matte
Re: Quality of video when broadcasted is crappy
on Dec 12, 2005 at 4:23:46 pm

First, make sure YOUR Bars and Tone are accurate to your program material.

Thenn, ask your client's SALES REP to ask the dubbing engineer to "take special care" to set your tapes up properly every time they "put them into" their playback system.

The SALES REP can explain that the client is "unhappy" with the playback quality and they need to keep the clients "happy".

That should at least get your tapes some needed attention.


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Ryan
Re: Quality of video when broadcasted is crappy
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on Dec 25, 2005 at 3:50:33 pm

What Matte said is the best advice you will ever get. As a broadcast engineer, I have to line up content for two stations. We check the bars and tone. Then find what appears to be the brightest and darkest part of say a commercial, then we raise the blacks so they don't go under 0 IRE, and lower the whites so they don't go above 100 IRE. Audio is set with a combination of a dialnorm meter and a VU/ppm meter.

The volume of content that is ingested in a day prevents us from being able to ride the levels through-out, so we adjust for the maximums. In a perfect world there should be no adjustment after setting to bars and tone. But I have seen some wacky ass levels from the highest end of commercial productions houses.

But hey, that is where "Never Twice the Same Colour" came from. Everyone has a different generator for bars and tone.


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Matt Sowder
Re: Quality of video when broadcasted is crappy
on Dec 13, 2005 at 6:07:43 pm

You could always get them dubbed to the station's format of choice (providing you have a shop that can do that for you). These folks should have the issue transferring DV to Beta (for example) worked out. You've got all sorts of set up, color space, volume levels that needs to be set up correctly.

Matt Sowder
Fiddler's Ridge Productions


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