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Old September 14th, 2008, 06:23 PM   #1
 
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HD Delivery for broadcast

I did a search and couldn't find what I'm looking for. Hopefully, I'm posting this in the correct forum. If not, my apologies.

If one were to do a program, commercial, or whatever the case may be, for broadcast in HD, what format (medium) would that HD content need to be in for delivery to the broadcaster?

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Old September 14th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #2
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Well Jay, it would be up to the individual broadcaster, but most likely an HDCAM master would be acceptable.

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Old September 15th, 2008, 03:57 AM   #3
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I did a search and couldn't find what I'm looking for. Hopefully, I'm posting this in the correct forum. If not, my apologies.

If one were to do a program, commercial, or whatever the case may be, for broadcast in HD, what format (medium) would that HD content need to be in for delivery to the broadcaster?

Thanks in advance!
Take a look through the PBS Producers Redbook which you can find on the 'net. It gives all the details of their technical standards which would be a good indicator of broadcaster's standards in general.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 11:09 AM   #4
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You really have to ask the broadcaster; some would accept pretty much any format, some won't. I just talked with a small local station and they told me they made the decision to work exclusively with 720P.

In case this is something that potentially will air on several different stations, I would do it in 1080i and convert from the master if necessary for each individual station.
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Old September 17th, 2008, 05:48 AM   #5
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For what we're doing with our local Time/Warner cable provider, we're working out something where we can deliver a show on a hard drive. Swap drives whenever we drop off the next episode.

Still working out what file format is best. But that's the plan so far.
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Old September 17th, 2008, 06:08 AM   #6
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If one were to do a program, commercial, or whatever the case may be, for broadcast in HD, what format (medium) would that HD content need to be in for delivery to the broadcaster?
Hi Jay,

Asking is the best policy. We do a show for PBS and deliver in HDCAM. But each network has a different requirements. Local commercial requirements get hickey, too.

If you're looking to do a pilot or spec show, go early and often. You really can't get enough information. You don't want to get something in the can you can't air, or worse, your station or network would like to air but it is out of specification.

Good luck and my best,

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