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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:25 AM   #1
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What is accepted at 'HD' for broadcast

I have heard HDV footage (from the likes of my Canon XLH1) is not accepted as real HD at large broadcasters/distributors and they only accept perhaps up to 10% of the entire show in HDV.

I'm going to be shooting a Documentary series later in the year and the producer is looking to hopefully distribute to the likes of BBC or Discover and wonder if anyone out there who maybe works, or has worked for a company such as those expand more on this? Specifically, I'm thinking maybe shooting on the Sony EX3 and would that be accepeted as 'real HD'?

I'm sure its pretty much a 'depends-on-a-number-of-various-things' type question. But any light shed on the matter would be appreciated.

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Old May 19th, 2009, 03:59 AM   #2
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Here are the BBC's HD commissioning requirements. BBC - Commissioning - Producing High-Definition TV

They tend to mostly commission programmes (often as co-productions) rather than buy in, which they sometimes do if you've got unique content or an extremely strong story. These buy ins tend to be high end American productions or award winning programmes. There are other UK channels, but I'd tend to get them involved at the early stages and get a commission rather than try to sell them a completed series.

HDV is acceptable for the BBC's and the other UK broadcasters SD channels - which is currently the main market. I suspect if you've got programmes that have action material like "Deadliest Catch" or unique access they may be more forgiving on their HD programmes purchases or commission requirements. I know they do check on the camera gear being used on the HD commissioned programmes.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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Hi Brian,

Many thanks, that webpage was exactly what I was after. As for selling what we make to BBC or whoever, that's what I was thinking happens (NZ is very similar) but probably up to my director and producer to sort out. I'm just the DP, but its a good point to make which I will bring up with them and make sure we're all on the same page.
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