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Broadcast Safe 28 Jan 2020 17:22 #104193

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Hey all -

Been asked to output from FCPX for cable broadcast. I want to make sure video and audio are broadcast safe/acceptable.

Will simply applying a Broadcast Safe effect clip any outliers at safe levels or do I need to do adjustments?

Is there a similar effect for audio?

Thanks in advance.

Scott

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Broadcast Safe 29 Jan 2020 05:29 #104201

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Many broadcasters have their own specifics. That broadcaster you're submitting to can give you their broadcast spec sheet. Every broadcaster has one.

Basically, video you should color grade to bring brights to no more than about 97 percent, and don't crush shadows very much.

The audio you don't want to go much beyond -6db, don't every peak over -4db. But, to comply with the CALMS Act (if you're in the US) is to use a LUFS meter. I favor one by Klangfreund, but there are others by Wave, a few others. The broadcaster's spec sheet should have a LUFS range they demand.

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Broadcast Safe 31 Jan 2020 05:23 #104239

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I'm wondering why in 2020 "broadcast safe" is still a thing. It's all digital now. Maybe "Broadcast specifications" would be a better term.

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Broadcast Safe 31 Jan 2020 12:09 #104247

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As someone who makes a living in broadcast, I can tell you that Broadcast Safe is still the same in digital as it was in analog. Highlights, overly saturated reds, all still affects the signal the same way, it is universal. Broadcast Specifications is a term, but it refers to the individual specs of delivered material each station has for itself (codecs, frame rates, etc).

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