Technical Specifications

When delivering a programme / Advert to The Spirit Word Channel,
the following technical specifications need to be adhered to:

General

  • Music cue sheet with time code(s) and a copy of the licensing agreements.
  • Tapes to be supplied in DVCam (Recommended) or Mini DV format.
  • All tapes need to be clearly labeled with Programme Title, Ministry Name, Duration, Content Reference Code and Time code in and out.
  • The tape should have continuous time code during programme content.
  • All programme’s supplied should adhere to the content specifications and shipping specifications.

Visual

  • The tape should have as a minimum, one-minute of colour bars & 0dB tone(s).
  • Following the line-up signals, there should be a slate for one minute with the following information: – Duration, Programme Title, Ministry Name, and Content Reference Code. A countdown clock should follow this. (The last two seconds of the countdown clock should be black video).
  • The Chroma levels should generally not exceed 75% saturation and under no circumstances should they exceed 100%.
  • All captions, titles & graphic texts must fall within the “safe area”. This is to accommodate differences in picture area displayed on domestic receivers. This area is available as a reference on most professional captioning, editing and vision mixing equipment. The safe area is defined as 80% of picture width & height.
  • Any “Black Video” before or during content should be created with a Black Matte for non-linear editors or a black video generator for vision mixing equipment.
  • After content, black video should be added for minimum up to 30 seconds to allow smooth and accurate change-over between content.
  • If more than one commercial announcement material should be on one tape medium, there should be at least 1 minute Black Video between content followed by a count down. This practice is not acceptable for normal programme material.

Audio

  • The sound levels on the recording should be in correct proportion to the line-up signals and maximum levels should not exceed -4dB.
  • Provision should be made for “soft spots” during content. (These are spots where the audio levels are too low compared to the line-up signals. To improve audio quality, audio levels should be correctly adjusted during editing referenced on a dB meter. Other methods like compression, correctly applied, will also improve the above mentioned scenario.)
  • Voice-over’s and any speech content should be MONO. This will help to eliminate audio-phasing which will result in voice cancellation (Almost like karaoke). During editing, it would be best to duplicate one channel instead of using a stereo signal. Music, properly mixed may remain STEREO.
  • Audio should be sampled at 48 kHz, 16 bit onto the tape medium.
  • Programme content with poor audio (“soft-spots”, “clipping”, “distortion” or “phasing”), not conforming to the above mentioned specifications, will not be broadcasted.

NB:

  • The Spirit Word Channel’s blanket license does not cover any music performed or reproduced in your programme’s or commercials. Additional licensing agreements should be set up with CCLI to be able to perform and to use performed music in any given programme. To be able to use any other copy righted music material in your programme’s licensing should be in place with Norm & Samro respectively and The Spirit Word Channel will not accept or air any programme’s with such content without a proper music cue sheets and a copy of the licensing agreements.
  • To be able to use any copy righted music material in your programme’s, licensing should be in place with Norm & Samro respectively and The Spirit Word Channel will not accept or air any programme’s with such content without a proper music cue sheets and a copy of the licensing agreements.

Tapes delivered to The Spirit Word Channel which do not conform to the above (with particular reference to the need for the above mentioned tape mediums and cue sheets), will not be telecasted.

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