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Debbie King
Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 10, 2015 at 7:01:53 pm

Hi Everyone:

It's been a while. I am hoping that this post finds you all well.

I am preparing my film for self distribution and the aggregators for ITunes and Amazon are asking for certain submission specifications. Since I'm working in a Windows program, I can't deliver Prores, which is what they prefer. The alternatve is 8 or 10 bit uncompressed. Just in case you're looking to self-distribute. Here's what they are asking for.
The dilemma I'm facing is that I cannot find where I can render an uncompressed .mov file in HD. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Debbie
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Supported Formats

Containers .mov (Quicktime)

Frame Sizes 1920 by 1080
720 by 486 (NTSC)
720 by 480 (NTSC)
720 by 576 (PAL)

Frame Rates
23.98
24
25
29.97
59.94

Video Codecs Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) < Strongly Preferred
10 bit Uncompressed 4:2:2
8 bit Uncompressed 4:2:2
Blackmagic 10 bit
Avid DNxHD
DVCPRO HD

Audio Configurations 2.0 Stereo (L,R)
5.1 Surround & 2.0 Stereo (L,R,C,LFE,LS,RS,LT,RT)

*note that audio should be provided as part of the same video container. Audio supplied separately may cause delays and incur additional costs.

Audio Codec LPCM (Little or Big Endian)
Audio Sample Rate 48 kHz
Audio Bit Depth 16
24


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John Rofrano
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 10, 2015 at 7:21:04 pm

Since Avid DNxHD is one of the supported formats why not use that? I have a tutorial on my web site on how to create the Vegas Pro template for it:

Avid DNxHD Template for Vegas Pro

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Debbie King
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 10, 2015 at 8:07:23 pm

Hi John:

Thank you so much. I'll check it out. Hoping all is well!

Best,

Debbie


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Debbie King
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 10, 2015 at 10:15:23 pm
Last Edited By Debbie King on May 10, 2015 at 11:06:27 pm

Hi John:

Would you know what Audio Codec: LPCM (Little or Big Endian)is? It is something I can select in Vegas? I can't seem to find it.

Also I noticed in the configuration of the Avid DNxHD, there is a selection for either uncompressed and compressed. Based on the specs I've shared should I select uncompressed. The specs list 10 bit and 8 bit uncompressed separate from Avid DNxHD. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Debbie


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John Rofrano
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 11, 2015 at 12:00:06 am

Hi Debbie,
[Debbie King] "Would you know what Audio Codec: LPCM (Little or Big Endian)is? It is something I can select in Vegas? I can't seem to find it. "
LPCM is Linear Pulse Code Modulation and refers to how audio is encoded in the absence of a codec which is otherwise referred to as Uncompressed audio or PCM audio. Little Endian vs Big Endian has to do with how the bytes are arranged in a word. Little Endian stores the Least Significant Bits (LSB) first while Big Endian stores the Most Significant Bits (MSB) first. This has more to do with computer architecture than anything else. All Intel systems are LSB (Little Endian).
[Debbie King] "Also I noticed in the configuration of the Avid DNxHD, there is a selection for either uncompressed and compressed. Based on the specs I've shared should I select uncompressed."
No. Uncompressed means are aren't using any codec at all. So "DNxHD uncompressed" is an oxymoron. It can't exist. Codecs compress. That's what they do. if you have Uncompressed then you are not using a codec. If you are using a codec then you are compressing.

You will not be able to render an Uncompressed QuickTime file with Vegas Pro. It may work for small files but any appreciable size file will seem to work and then it will fail. I've tried this may times on different computers and it always fails. I think it has to do with the fact that QuickTime is 32-bits on Windows and it runs out of memory. This is why I recommended using Avid DNxHD. It's a great digital intermediary codec. Just set up the template the way I describe on my web site and send them sample file and see if they are OK with it.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Debbie King
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 11, 2015 at 12:14:48 am

John:

Thank you so much! Will keep you updated.

Best,

Debbie


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John Rofrano
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 11, 2015 at 12:15:42 am

You're welcome. Glad I could help.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Debbie King
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 12, 2015 at 1:41:42 am
Last Edited By Debbie King on May 12, 2015 at 2:01:47 am

Hi John:

My film is 1 hour and 42 minutes. My dilemma is that Sony will only allow me to render on my hard drive. When I choose to render directly to DVD I can render on an external drive. My hard drive only has approx. 75 GB available and when I render to Avid DNxHD I keep getting an error message stating that I may not have enough memory. I am thinking about reinstalling Sony on an external so that I can render on the external. Is this possible? I know that Cubase does not allow installation on externals.

Best,
Debbie


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John Rofrano
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 12, 2015 at 2:51:06 am

[Debbie King] "My dilemma is that Sony will only allow me to render on my hard drive. "
That doesn't sound right. I use an external USB 3.0 drive for all of my projects. When you call up the Render As dialog it should allow you to select any drive you want.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Debbie King
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 12, 2015 at 12:04:40 pm

For the length of using Sony, I've never been able to render to an external. No other selections. Is your installation on your C drive?

Best,

Debbie


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John Rofrano
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 12, 2015 at 1:07:41 pm

Yes, Vegas Pro is installed on my C: drive and I have never rendered anything to my C drive. This makes no sense. When you open the Render As dialog you press the Browse button and you are taking to a Windows dialog where you can select any drive on your system. There is no way that Vegas can restrict this.



What steps are you actually taking when you render?

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Debbie King
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 12, 2015 at 10:31:48 pm

Thanks John

OMG! If you knew how long I'd been working like this. How did I miss this?

Thank you so much. This is really helpful. I hope it renders smoothly from now on. I have a question.

When it does crash, in the Render window, the Sony MFX section is highlighted with same 1920x1080 spec. This happens every time. Has this ever happen to you?

Best,

Debbie


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John Rofrano
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 13, 2015 at 1:51:25 pm

[Debbie King] "When it does crash, in the Render window, the Sony MFX section is highlighted with same 1920x1080 spec. This happens every time. Has this ever happen to you?"
I haven't had any crashes using Sony MXF but I'm not sure I understand what your question is (sorry). I guess the answer is no it hasn't happened to me.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Steve Rhoden
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 13, 2015 at 9:13:35 pm

Hi Debbie, caught your post rather late, been a while i've seen
your post (smile).
Hope you had found a solution!

Steve Rhoden (Cow Leader)
Film Maker & VFX Artist.
Owner of Filmex Creative Media.
Samples of my Work and Company can be seen here:
http://www.facebook.com/FilmexCreativeMedia


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Debbie King
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 14, 2015 at 1:10:56 am

Hi John and Steve:

Thank you. I don't know why it was happening, but now that I was able to render on my D drive, all rendered without crashes. BUT! When I played back the film, there was flicker in places I never had flickering before and the sync was off a bit, which does not happen when I render video and audio separate. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best,

Debbie


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John Rofrano
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 14, 2015 at 12:46:53 pm

[Debbie King] "BUT! When I played back the film, there was flicker in places I never had flickering before"
Do you have GPU Acceleration turned on? (check Options | Preferences | Video | GPU Acceleration OFF) If it's not off, try turning it off, restarting Vegas Pro and render again. This may clear up the flashes.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Debbie King
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 14, 2015 at 3:32:51 pm
Last Edited By Debbie King on May 14, 2015 at 3:42:21 pm

Thank you John:

Just checked it and GPU was set to Off.

Many thanks!

Best,

Debbie



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Debbie King
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 15, 2015 at 4:07:24 pm

Hi John:

Could this be right? 126GB I'm going to try it again to see if there is any flickering. I turned off a lot of the background processes through my task manager, as well as my Norton and Internet connection to see it thatmwas the cause for the flickering. I had turned off a lot before, but now I turned off more.

Many thanks.

Best,

Debbie


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John Rofrano
Re: Spec For ITunes and Amazon Distribution - Uncompressed File
on May 15, 2015 at 4:37:43 pm

[Debbie King] "Could this be right? 126GB"
There are a lot of settings in Avid DNxHD that produce different file sizes. Without knowing what setting you used and how long the video is, it would be hard to say if that file size is correct but the file will be big.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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