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Sam Miles
DSLR Video for TV Broadcast Quality / Compatibility?
on May 19, 2016 at 11:03:49 am

Hey guys

I have read a couple posts on this subject but I am still unclear.

Basically I shoot video on a Canon 7d and edit it in premier pro (H.264 - MP4)

and I was wondering would this footage be able to be displayed on television like as a feature on a talk show for example or on the news?

I have little knowledge of what codecs TV use or what they prefer,

If dslr video footage is not good enough for TV, then is there a way to compress it to a codec that works?

Thanks Guys.


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Warren Eig
Re: DSLR Video for TV Broadcast Quality / Compatibility?
on May 19, 2016 at 3:47:49 pm

Simple answer is to ask the people who require the footage what codec you should deliver. ProRes is great. DNxHD is great. H.264 has been used by CNN but they put it through a converter.

Just ask what delivery format you should supply.

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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: DSLR Video for TV Broadcast Quality / Compatibility?
on May 20, 2016 at 2:15:25 am

Just about every broadcaster will have some sort of specifications sheet for advertising and programming - here's a link to one from a local ABC affiliate in my neck of the woods for commercials submission:

http://products.ibsys.com/Video-Ad-Specifications/17747646_18076296

Just about everyone's will differ slightly, but with the station above, it is part of a Hearst group of 28 TV stations, and you'll find the standards are pretty much the same across the board.

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Russ D'Arensbourg
Re: DSLR Video for TV Broadcast Quality / Compatibility?
on Jun 1, 2016 at 5:16:45 pm

The last TV station I worked at we used Canon DSLRs to shoot our in house promo spots, supplemented by cheapo Go Pro footage. However, since this was a pro sports focused company we had a mix of news, short and long form stuff. So there was about $10,000 of plugins on every workstation. Which really helps to fix the drawbacks of DSLR footage.
Prores is a good start. You do not need to have Final Cut Pro to access Prores codecs. There are a few tutorials which will help you to download the codecs from Apple (free and legal) and unpackage the codecs from their installer (grey area).
Prores 4:2:2 was in heavy use around our facility, and for clients and vendors.


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