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Chris Simpson
FCP/HDV, to broadcast submission Digibeta format?
on Nov 11, 2009 at 8:58:48 am

I've been working as an event videographer in a specialist motorsports for a couple of years, outputting to DVD and for the web, I've been happy to bypass broadcast, however a broadcast cameraman and his boss, have suggested that given the quality of my content/work being better than what they are outputting on their channel and that I should pitch their channel to put an edited programme on air. It was also suggested that the Sony z1 and v1s I employ is as good or better than the programmes they are showing. Of course there's no money coming from the channel however they do have air to fill, and the organisers will finally put their hands in their pockets if I can get it on air. Personally, I expect a huge number of broadcast technical issues, which is why I've always tried to avoid it, but I can't develop my work any further(or make any money) without someone elses investment. So... I've obtained the delivery format submission specs, much of it is in tech speak, fair enough, but not insurmountable, doubtless I'll be back here to ask about what it really means in English. But one thing that looks a bit of stumbling block is the requirement that all submissions must be in the digi beta format, include 4 channels of audio. Now I feel as though I've read elsewhere on here, that in reality, it often doesn't matter what it's shot on/format just so long laid off in the format the broadcaster wants. My cameraman friend (whose a live sports camerman, so not familiar with these other productions) was sure that the independent production that had already produced the same kind of programme I'm considering pitching won't have shot on digibeta he doubted if they had used anything more than I'm using already.

Which begs the question accepting how difficulty is involved in editing a programme in a codec in FCP, adding the slate, countdown clocks, bars and tone, etc etc. Can you easily convert the finished content assumingit ticks all the other boxes to digibeta? I mean could I turn up with a mac book pro with the finished programme in an intermediate codec dvc pro HD or some high end codec, at production house, and plug the laptop into a digbeta deck and see it finished for submission, and be acceptable? And no one the wiser, Or bothered, that it was shot on HDV?


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