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Hubert Arsoda
Mastering video for broadcast
on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:08:56 am

Hi,

Question.. what should one think of when mastering video for broadcast. Luminance limiting, saturation limiting etc. What other things are there?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Mastering video for broadcast
on Jan 20, 2011 at 4:06:29 pm

[Hubert Arsoda] "What other things are there?"

The broadcaster's delivery specifications. They most likely will include the things you've mentioned, but they'll trump anything we could suggest. So you have to ask THEM, not us.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Mark Suszko
Re: Mastering video for broadcast
on Jan 20, 2011 at 4:50:18 pm

Or if it is for PBS, just go ahead and slash your wrists in advance
:-)


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Sam Cole
Re: Mastering video for broadcast
on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:34:47 pm

Make your show and then send the master for a professional QC.
Then be prepared to do all the fixups.

This is an ever increasing problem nowdays with more and more people editing on small systems at home etc. The last thing they want to be concerned with is the technical aspects of their production.

My company specialises in the area of 'fixing up other peoples mess'. And there is a lot of it. Gamet errors, out of spec audio, blanking irregulatities, bad colorgrading; the list goes on. But there is money to be made just doing the boring fixups of other peoples oversites.

We always make masters to BBC spec because they are the worlds hardest to meet and if it is OK for them it will be ok for the rest of the world.

Sam Cole
On line Mastering Facility
FCP, Avid, Adobe
Sydney, Australia


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Ivan Gonzalez
Re: Mastering video for broadcast
on Jan 22, 2011 at 3:36:06 am

It has to meet NTSC regulations and specs .

Mainly checking video signal levels and audio. You also check for gamma, blanking, sync and size; 720x480. (HD and Sd signals are different, depends who you are sending it to.)

It needs to be Qc by a video engineer like my self with a vector-scope and the experiance. Some legalizers can do that for you, if you have the budget it will help you a lot. Still go with an eng.

hope that's helpful for you


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