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Dave Po
MiniDV commercial delivery question...
on Jan 25, 2011 at 2:04:23 am

So, I'm delivering a commercial to a station that accepts miniDV.

I will be delivering on miniDV.

They require the show to be shot and edited on "broadcast quality" equipment (specifying Betacam SP or Professional DV formats as a minimum). Of course the commercial was shot on miniDV with a DVX100 (what I consider a non-professional format) and therefore "not acceptable". But the fact that they allow delivery on miniDV implies to me that, they wouldn't even know the difference whether it was shot on miniDV or something else. This statement begs the question though, how does video compress to miniDV? Would something shot on say, digibeta exported to a miniDV tape in theory provide the same quality as something shot on miniDV and exported to miniDV?

So after those questions get answered. In your professional opinion (not taken as a fact) what are the chances this small cable channel even cares?


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Chuck Pullen
Re: MiniDV commercial delivery question...
on Jan 25, 2011 at 6:56:38 pm

I'm in total agreement with Mark. The only thing I would add, is to check and see what other DV formats the accept. I was delivering on Mini-dv for a while, then found out they also could accept DVCAM. I purchased a 1000 deck and a bunch of tapes on E-bay, and for a small investment, the final product looked that much better.

Chuck


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Chad Brewer
Re: MiniDV commercial delivery question...
on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:55:36 am

Mark has a great quote here:

"Practically speaking, you really don't know, or want to know, how the sausage is made at the station."

Hopefully nobody who acquires and edits video at high quality and delivers spots for broadcast while not knowing that most of it ends up as MPEG2 is reading this.

This is the perfect reason to make sure you show your client your final deliverable in a proper monitoring situation before it goes to air. That way, when your client sees it on TV and says it doesn't look right, you can say "hey, wasn't me."

One of my personal favorites is when I see a spot on a national network's SD channel that is anamorphic.

Chad Brewer
Senior Broadcast Videotape Operator
TeleVersions, LLC


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Walter Soyka
Re: MiniDV commercial delivery question...
on Jan 27, 2011 at 3:02:08 pm

[Chad Brewer] "One of my personal favorites is when I see a spot on a national network's SD channel that is anamorphic."

I am working as hard as I can to popularize this great blog post by Ross Daly [link]:
Today a co-worker and I were discussing the need for a word to describe a video that is simultaneously letterboxed and pillarboxed. I dislike that particular lapse in effort so much that the word “Litterboxed seemed to be the best fit. So there. Run wild with it, internets.


Walter Soyka
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Tom Matthies
Re: MiniDV commercial delivery question...
on Feb 6, 2011 at 4:26:15 am

Litterboxed!
I love it. I will now use that term when describing the Letterboxed/Pillerboxed effect to my clients. I had been describing it as "Postage Stamped" but litterboxed is more descriptive when explaining to them just how crappy it will look.
Tom

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