My hour long documentary has been accepted for airing on our statewide PBS affiliate. They have requested the film in a 720 format. I am using Premiere CC on a Windows 7 platform. I exported the timeline to a Quick Time 720p (720i was not an option?) using a h.264 codec. I was surprised the file was only 3 Gigs. It made me wonder if the codec was robust enough for my use. It looks fine, but I anticipated a lot larger file. Are there other alternatives or does the codec not limit me in any way? This is my first television project and I want to get it right.
Tiny Seed Films
I would ask your PBS contact for something like these:
The problem is the producer I am working with doesn't seem to understand such things as file types and codecs. I have hinted she consult with of the techs, but her response just export to an HD file and bring it to us on a hard drive. She has been helpful in all areas of the process and I didn't want to do an end around her.
The link Joe provided suggested a MXF OP1a would be acceptable. This is one of the options I Premiere, so my thoughts are to export it to those specs and take it to the producer.
An alternative would be to find a company to do a file transfer to HDCam.
Thanks so much for your input. So much to learn.
>her response just export to an HD file and bring it to us on a hard drive
So... export several files and copy them all to the hard drive... let the television station pick the one they want (and ask them later which file they used, so you will know the next time)
And if you don't work with that producer again, just understand that she is, when it comes to technology, completely ignorant... that is NOT to say stupid !!!
You wil appear more professional by requesting their Specs and Requirements and also asking what QC is in place and required.
That being said.. Its PBS adn they wil lprobably broadcast anything thrown at them.
Doing multiple formats is time wasting and unprofessional.
I suggest a data rate H264 10mbs plus.