What is standard placement and length of colour bars on DVD?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Jacques E. Bouchard, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. What is the standard placement and duration of colour bars on a DVD that
    I'm authoring? Or is it even needed anymore? There's no menu, I just go
    straight into the video.

    Also, what is standard placement for black video at the beginning: before
    and /or after the colour bars, before opening credit, etc...

    I'd like to stick to the convention, however loose it may be.

    Jacques E. Bouchard, Dec 10, 2007
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    Bob Ford Guest

    For a disc to be played by the consumer I wouldn't bother with color
    For my own master tape editing I usually put 20 to 30 seconds of black
    then 15 seconds of bars and another 15 seconds of black before the
    opening title.
    Bob Ford
    Images In Motion
    Bob Ford, Dec 10, 2007
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  3. Thanks Bob.

    Jacques E. Bouchard, Dec 10, 2007
  4. "Jacques E. Bouchard" wrote ...
    Who is the audience for this DVD? If this is something being sent
    to a TV station (or cable access, etc.) then conform to their published
    requirements. Typical requirements are 10-15 seconds (each) of
    slate (a simple title with the name, episode number, air date,
    running length, etc.) tone & bars, black (and maybe even count-
    down, etc.)

    OTOH, if this is for end-user consumer distribution, then just open
    up right at the beginning of the program. No slate, no tone & bars,
    no black, no countdown, etc.
    My convention is: slate, tone/bars, black (or countdown) and
    then the program start.
    There is no universal convention, but many places that take in
    video (TV stations, networks, etc.) have published specs.
    Richard Crowley, Dec 10, 2007
  5. Thanks. It's for an end-user consumer who may or may not broadcast.

    Jacques E. Bouchard, Dec 10, 2007
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    TheFlaggman Guest

    Pretty much decided by requirements of the end user or target audience

    Usual Black, tone/bars, black black-countdown.
    If it on a tape an extra 15 secs of black at the beginning is a help
    if someone's
    NLE suite needs it to be able to sync to grab a clip to include in a
    news item say fro amateur video etc.
    TheFlaggman, Dec 10, 2007
  7. Thanks.

    One client asked for VHS "if possible". I took my VCR out of storage,
    stared at it like a teenager seeing a rotary phone for the first time,
    remembered that I didn't have any VHS tapes (except for America's
    Funniest Home Videos from 1998) let alone blank ones, and put it back. I
    gave the client a DVD anyway. :)

    Jacques E. Bouchard, Dec 10, 2007
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    David McCall Guest

    Yeah, it's getting to the point where we have to charge extra for VHS.

    David McCall, Dec 10, 2007
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