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#1 seth christian

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 12:41 PM

this forum is my best guess to where this
question should be.

Regarding the TV production standards needed for
syndication or what not.....
what is the medium that tv stations (like
BET or MTV) will need for our music video
to be submitted and played?
D5, DigiBeta, DVD?

apparently we ARE getting some play
time on BET, but noone has informed us
to what format or medium they take it as.

Our footage was shot in DVX100, so I
need to know how to get it to the proper
state for tv!

Please help,
christian
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Posted 07 January 2006 - 06:51 AM

this forum is my best guess to where this
question should be.

Regarding the TV production standards needed for
syndication or what not.....
what is the medium that tv stations (like
BET or MTV) will need for our music video
to be submitted and played?
D5, DigiBeta, DVD?

apparently we ARE getting some play
time on BET, but noone has informed us
to what format or medium they take it as.

Our footage was shot in DVX100, so I
need to know how to get it to the proper
state for tv!

Please help,
christian


Hi, Generally Digi-Beta would be the best, some stations do take D5, one phone call to the engineering dept would confirm this. DVD isn't really a broadcast format (it sometimes gets used - but it would probably be dubbed to digi or transfered to a server for actual broadcast)

The reason Digi-Beta and D5 are mostly used are so that they can be put in a ALS system, which is like a big tape juke box allowing automated playout. A music channel would normally play content from a server but the ALS systems are often still used to digitise the material to the server - meaning D5 and Digi are preferable.

You may be able to get a Transmission guideline document from the broadcaster. I work for a station in the UK and we have document that is given to suppliers, that outlines the delivery requirments - including tape format, line up, clock format, safe text, audio levels etc... Sometimes there is some flexibility and the station will take an odd format if their prefered one isn't avalible - we sometimes get deliverys of old shows on 1"C format etc.. But again each station has its own policy and its better to check with them first rather than get something rejected.
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#3 Matthew Parnell

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:33 AM

DigiBeta is by far the best bet you have for syndication to larger stations, and this will remain so for quite a few years to come, it is by far the most common SD format.

BetaSP is still accepted at nearly all stations, purely because it was the standard for many years, and although is doesnt match the quality of Digi is still a great workhorse.

As said previously all stations are different and it would be best to give them a call, but for a station that is relatively current and broadcasting in digital i would go for DigiBeta. If it is doubtful(a regional/local station) go for the BetaSP.

I wouldnt send in a DVD copy unless they specically say you can. Supplying a DVD in broadcast has an aura of ameturism and trust me, is annoying to those in who have to play it out.

Cheers.
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#4 seth christian

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 01:14 AM

thanks ya'll, looks like DigiBeta is the way to go.
Plus, if I want to keep my quality...its really the
best way to store things.
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