Am I crazy or are the engineers of this tv station insane?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Matthew, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. Matthew

    Matthew Guest

    I usually encode my commercials to mpg2 and ftp them to this particular TV
    station, but I have a rep dropping by so I emailed their traffic department
    and told them that I'd just burn the mpg file to a DVD as a data file that
    they could just drag and drop into their system like they would have with a
    ftp'd spot. Their reply (after they said they checked with their engineering
    dept.) was: "That is not preferred. DVD's have split audio and video (among
    other issues that create a product that is not broadcast quality) and our
    guys in master control strongly prefer to not use them. If you are not
    sending electronically via ftp, Beta SP is preferred." I then further
    explained that I wasn't encoding and burning a dvd that I was just burning a
    file to a disk and they could just pull it off on their end. I even went on
    to say that I would normally use a flash drive in the exact same manner but
    I was currently out of stock. The traffic dept forwarded my second email on
    to their engineering dept and they replied with basically the same answer as
    before about split audio and video etc... Now am I the only one who's ever
    used a CD/DVD to transport data? How in the world do they not understand the
    fact that I am not creating a DVD that they will have to rip??? Especially
    their engineering dept!
    Matthew, Dec 22, 2010
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    David McCall Guest

    It doesn't surprise me even a little. Long after most of us felt that
    U-Matic (3/4") was dead and had been pretty much replaced By
    Betacam SP, there were still stations and cable outlets that
    insisted on U-Matic for all incoming spots.

    David McCall, Dec 23, 2010
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  3. Matthew

    David McCall Guest

    I had a pair of BVU-800s. One was sold off a decade ago and the other is out
    "on loan" to a friend, but it may never come back. The deal was that he
    "borrow it", but he had to return it in working order (as I recall, it
    needed some
    minor work when I loaned it tto him). Getting an 800 into good working order
    is probably a pretty expensive thing to do at this point.

    I still have the 2800 and 2650 Beta SP decks, but I'm starting to wonder why

    David McCall, Dec 23, 2010
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