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Ian Webb
Broadcast Tips
on Jul 19, 2011 at 4:44:37 pm

Hello all.

I recently got a job as a finishing editor for a local Cooking Show in Sacramento, CA.

It's my responsibility to make sure the entire video is broadcast safe...this is very new to me.

I know every situation is different, but does anyone have advice or tips for me? Even some obvious DO'S and DON'TS would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Albert Einstein

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Stuart Ferreyra
Re: Broadcast Tips
on Jul 29, 2011 at 6:43:06 am

Don't trust FCP waveforms that much. They have the tendency to show faint luma above 700mv which can get your tapes rejected by a picky QC department. If you are delivering masters to a TV network a hardware waveform and vector scopes are a must.

Alos, ask over and over again for the networks spec sheet. They all have one that exactly specifies not only the luma and chroma levels for the NTSC broadcast standards but also what other specific elements they what on a tape master such as length of bars, black, bars slate, 2-pop, etc, etc and the timecodes they should hit on the tape.

Hope this helps,

Stuart Ferreyra
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