What are the general specs for delivering digital content?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Matthew, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Matthew

    Matthew Guest

    I'm not really talking about encoding specs or anything, just general layout
    of the final spot you ftp.

    Say for a 30 second commercial do you slate it with a 10 second countdown
    then add 5 seconds of black at the end? Do you typically just slate for a
    couple of seconds and then just a tight 30? Is it even necessary in this day
    and time to include any bars and tone with a digital file? Or do you just
    give them a tight 30 and let the file name serve as a sort of slate? The
    stations in my area are just now starting to take digital files instead of
    tape and I'm looking to set my workflow up with some general guidelines that
    are acceptible to all stations. I'd ask them, but I'm going out to several
    stations in 3 different markets and if there is just a generally accepted
    format I can go with it would save me a lot of emailing and phone calls.

    Thanks
     
    Matthew, Jul 16, 2010
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  2. "Matthew" wrote...
    I would render one with slate and countdown, and one that was trimmed
    tight. Then they can select whichever one fits their workflow.

    My impression was that in the age of file-based clips, slate and countdown
    are redundant and unwanted. Slate information is easily accommodated
    (in machine-readable form) in meta-data of whatever type is appropriate
    for the format. And we don't need countdowns anymore since we don't
    have to "cue-up" a file (!)
     
    Richard Crowley, Jul 16, 2010
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  3. Matthew

    ushere Guest

    probably best to get spec sheet from stations you're likely to work with.
     
    ushere, Jul 17, 2010
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  4. Matthew

    Matthew Guest

    Well they've all given me a spec sheet on the technical aspects of how they
    want the spots encoded and where to FTP it... but that's about it. Is there
    no basic "universal" way to deliver digital content? I know there is for
    delivering tapes...
     
    Matthew, Jul 19, 2010
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  5. Matthew

    Matthew Guest

    Thanks.. I may just slate for 5 seconds then give them a tight :30...
    personally I agree with you and don't see the need for a slate, but better
    safe than sorry I guess.
     
    Matthew, Jul 19, 2010
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  6. Matthew

    Steve Pankow Guest

    I can tell you from experience that Comcast likes to have 10 seconds of
    bars/tone, 5 seconds slate, 5 seconds black, your spot, and 5 seconds
    black afterward.

    Every day I receive many files from other stations/agencies/post houses,
    and I guarantee you there's no universal spec - everybody produces
    something different, be it the type of color bars to the file format and
    codecs used.
     
    Steve Pankow, Jul 20, 2010
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  7. Matthew

    MD34 Guest

    How many times have you set chroma phase on the bars and the color of the spot
    looks like monkeys used crayons. :)

    Or
    How many times does a :30 run :32 ? :)

    Or
    How many spots have volume levels that look like a flat line at 100% ?

    Or
    .........fill in the blank.....
     
    MD34, Jul 20, 2010
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