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#1 Ian Scott

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 04:56 AM

This is a post question so I'm not sure I'm in the right place, but here goes.

I'm trying to get an idea of how much post houses charge around the world to convert a finished, uncompressed 30 second film to whichever format a TV station needs it to be delivered in.

If anyone has any figures for the country they operate within I'd very much appreciate it if you could send them over.

Many thanks in advance,

Ian
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#2 Scott Fritzshall

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 12:46 PM

You can do compression yourself for free; it's not that hard. If it's for TV, though, you generally need to deliver on some tape format, and for that you'll need a computer with video out and a deck, and you send your uncompressed video straight into that. Renting a deck usually costs a few hundred an hour, and they may charge a setup fee as well. You need to find out exactly what format the TV station needs, then find a post house with the appropriate deck, and negotiate a deal for just laying off to tape.
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#3 Steve McBride

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 01:12 PM

You could also see if a local advertising studio could output it to Beta SP or whatever format for you.
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