NCI Receivable Media Specifications

•Receivable media includes videotape, DVD, CD and digital video/audio.
•NCI can accept almost all commonly used media formats including digital formats (DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50 and MiniDV) and digital high definition formats (HDV, HDCAM, HDCAM SR, DVCPRO HD and D-5). Additional charges may apply for some formats.
•Delivery of digital media can be by tape, Internet file transfer (FTP), CD or DVD
•For work copies that will not be used for encoding or layback, MPEG-1, QuickTime, DVD and VHS media with visible time code are preferred. Blu-ray projects require both SD and HD visible time code.

SCRIPTS

Please make every effort to provide a script. The script is often our only source for the proper spellings of characters and fictional places, as well as hard-to-understand slang and fictional languages. Provision of a script enhances the end product and is much appreciated.

General specs for all media formats:
•Physical media must be clearly labeled. If NTSC videotape, the label must clearly specify if it is “Drop Frame” or “Non-Drop Frame” time code.
•Time code must match time code on your master.
•Time code should be first generation, not dubbed. If dubbed TC is used, it must be regenerated.
•VITC (Vertical Interval time code) and/or LTC (Longitudinal time code).
•VITC must be on lines 19 & 21 for PAL, and 16 & 18 for NTSC.
•In addition to LTC and/or VITC on work media that will not be used for encoding, BITC (Burned-in, visible time code), placed in the top right of the display, is preferred and must match the master.
•Time code must begin uninterrupted at least 10 seconds before start of program and continue uninterrupted for at least 10 seconds beyond program close.
•Audio and LTC levels should be at 0 on the VU.
•Mixed composite audio on Channel 1.
•Stereo audio if using VITC.

DigiBeta (NTSC/PAL)
•Stereo audio is okay(channels 1 and 2 ONLY)
•VITC/LTC

DVCAM/MiniDV (NTSC/PAL)
•Stereo audio is okay
•VITC/LTC

BetaSP (NTSC/PAL)
•Stereo audio
•VITC
•LTC (address track only)

3/4″ (NTSC)
•Channel 1 mixed audio
•VITC
•LTC- can be channel 2 and/or address track
•Stereo audio if using VITC or LTC address track time code

3/4″ (PAL)
•Lo Band Only
•VITC
•LTC (Channel 2 only)
•Stereo audio if using VITC

SVHS or VHS (NTSC)
•SVHS or VHS format (SP mode only)
•VITC
•LTC (HI-FI right channel)
•If ONLY VITC is used, audio on NORMAL left & right channels
•If LTC is used, audio MUST be on the HI-FI left channel and the LTC MUST be on the HI-FI right channel. (DO NOT USE NORMAL IN ADDITION TO HI-FI)

VHS (PAL Only)
•VHS format (SP mode only)
•VITC
•LTC (HI-FI right channel
•If ONLY VITC is used, audio on NORMAL/HI-FI left & right channels
•If LTC is used, composite audio MUST be on the HI-FI left channel and the LTC MUST be on the HI-FI right channel. (DO NOT USE NORMAL IN ADDITION TO HI-FI)

DVD-Video
•MPEG2
•Region 1
•Visible time code

Digital Video Files
•MPEG-1, most AVI (ask about other formats)
•Resolution- 320×240 (NTSC) or 320×288 (PAL)
•Bit Rate-650kbs-2mbs
•Visible time code

Digital Audio Files
•MP3
•Bit rate – 128kbs
•Sample rate – 44khz