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Michael Niemcewicz
HD Deliverables and Drop vs Non-Drop TC dilemma
on Oct 12, 2008 at 7:18:10 pm

I'm about to deliver a 45 minutes long show for a US broadcaster They usually require 1080p23.98 masters and then convert for broadcast to 1080i59.94. The material I was working with however was shot (with Sony XD CAM) at 30p. I was editing in FCP using 1080p30pVBR settings. Creating a 59.94i broadcast master won't be an issue and the network will accept it but since they usually deal with 23.98 there is no mention in their specs whether the time code should be drop or non-drop. I can be up to 30 seconds under so it's not a huge issue but I still would like to know how should I measure the length of my sequence if I were shooting for the EXACT 45min.



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Charlie King
Re: HD Deliverables and Drop vs Non-Drop TC dilemma
on Oct 13, 2008 at 1:12:58 am

Unless specifically stated, I always delivered drop frame. That way I had my length correct, regardless of length of program.

Charlie

ProductionKing Video Services
Las Vegas, Nevada
Charlie@proking.net


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Matte Blume
Re: HD Deliverables and Drop vs Non-Drop TC dilemma
on Oct 19, 2008 at 9:03:17 pm

[Michael Niemcewicz] "how should I measure the length of my sequence if I were shooting for the EXACT 45min."

On Final Cut's Timeline:

Mark an IN-point at the first frame of the program and an OUT-point after the last frame of the program.

The "duration" shown will be the exact program length.

DF and NDF TC have no effect on the program length.
They are simply a "counting system."






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