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Charity Rain
Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 18, 2011 at 3:36:57 pm

Hi everyone, if any one could help with this, that would be so awsome.

I'm doing a commercial for an international client. Unfortunately, this is their first tv and web ad, and they don't understand what i mean by Broadcast Specification. They seem completely oblivious to the need for specs. My first port of call is always "when you want something done..." however in this case i have no idea how to get it myself as they client is based in West Africa and will be broadcasting mostly in Nigeria and UK

Any suggestions what i can do?


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Chad Brewer
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 18, 2011 at 5:24:15 pm

As you mention TV broadcasting, start by learning about the PAL TV system.

Chad Brewer
Senior Broadcast Videotape Operator
TeleVersions, LLC


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Charity Rain
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:01:46 am

you are so sweet to point that out, why didn't i think of that...


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Bob Zelin
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:52:15 pm

you say to the client - "exactly how in Nigeria or UK will be doing this broadcast" and then you contact those companies.

Let's say you were doing a job in the US, and you had the broadcast delivery specs for your local ABC network affiliate channel in your town. But your new show has to get broadcast on Discovery, or ESPN, and you don't know what their specs are. Guess what - you have to CALL ESPN, and CALL DISCOVERY and get their standards and practices TOC document, to see exactly what they want.

Because what NBC wants is not what ABC wants.

Is this a royal pain in the ass ? YOU BET IT IS. Welcome to the broadcast industry.

Bob Zelin



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Charity Rain
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 19, 2011 at 1:00:12 pm

Bob, I was afraid that maybe the only way forward.
Uk is easy, but W.Africa is going to be a little more challenging, however I plan to persevere.

Thanks again for the pointer. Its good to know my instincts were right, but not great to find out that this may be the only way ...

Charity


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Rafael Amador
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 20, 2011 at 5:00:37 am

If they don't know what Broadcast Legal means, don't give them a hard time.
Broadcast PAL has Luma NEVER over 100 IRE and Composite signal never over 133 IRE.
With Web Videos you don't need to care about Broadcast specs.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Charity Rain
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:08:24 am

my worry is, if they don't meet broadcasters specs, they'll come back to later to complain...


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Rafael Amador
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 23, 2011 at 4:49:06 pm

Hi Charity,
I don't know which NLE are you using, but I guess all of them had a Broadcast Safe filter.
If you are using FCS, drop the "Broadcast safe" filter set to "Conservative".
You can pass the movie through Color with the "Broadcast Safe" checked.
That will legalize even RGB levels.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Charity Rain
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 25, 2011 at 8:45:02 am

Rafael, that sound pretty good. I hope that'll be enough. I guess at this point, that's probably the least i can do.
Thanks for pointing that out. Really appreciate it.


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Rafael Amador
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 26, 2011 at 2:47:51 am

That would cover you even for "Digital delivery" as per the specs on the BBC and Channel-4 papers linked by Andrew.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Charity Rain
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Mar 1, 2011 at 10:39:35 am

Thanks a lot for that.
I really appreciate the tip.

x c


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Andrew Rendell
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 25, 2011 at 2:35:30 pm

No two broadcasters have exactly the same requirements for delivery, but as you mention UK, both the BBC and Channel 4 have their specs on their web sites [they both follow ITU-R for the PAL system so the basics are the same].

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/dq/pdf/tv/tv_standards_london.pdf
http://www.channel4.com/corporate/4producers/resources/documents/FullTechni...


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Bob Zelin
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Feb 28, 2011 at 2:37:33 pm

it is foolish to assume that you "click one button" (broadcast safe) and everything meets a broadcasters specs. This is nonsense. Every broadcaster and cable station has their own stringent specifications, and if you don't meet these, your media will get rejected.

Bob Zelin



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Sean Herbert
Re: Broadcasting Specs
on Jun 12, 2011 at 9:30:35 pm

OP - I delivery digital copy in the UK all the time. The safest bet is to meet the Adstream delivery spec, as they handle the content delivery to every UK & Irish channel and their spec will be fine for all.
You meet their delivery spec, upload the file to them via FTP, and make a new TV order on their website, and select which channels to deliver the copy to.

Details here.
http://www.adstream.com/our-solutions/solutions-a-z/addelivery-tv

Also - for UK TX, the copy needs to be cleared beforehand by Clearcast (recently renamed to Adway) to make sure it meets legal requirements.
http://www.clearcast.co.uk/


Any specific questions, just ask me.


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