File-based Delivery Standards

UK Screen members feed into Broadcasters' plans for the adoption of new file-based delivery technical standards.

For the last two years UK Screen and its members have input into the Digital Production Partnership (BBC, ITV, C4, C5, BT Sport and Sky) on work to promote an end-to-end digital production workflow and on its technical standards for delivery of file-based programming and metadata into the broadcasters.

Neil Hatton, UK Screen director and chair of our members' Technology Working Group, sits on the DPP’s standards group. Neil feeds in UK Screen member responses to the work in progress and then reports back to our Technology and Audio group meetings.

In addition:

  • A crack team of UK Screen member experts reviewed and input into the DPP’s production workflow guide
  • UK Screen post production members, Jo Beighton and Rowan Bray, represented the Association on a broadcaster/production working group looking at production budget templates and the necessary changes driven by adoption of digital workflows.
  • Dubbing mixers from UK Screen audio companies fed into the DPP work incorporating adoption of R128 Loudness standards for the UK broadcast industry
  • UK Screen ran half-day conferences for members on the R128 Loudness standard and on QC and Workflow Automation.

 

Following the publication of the new technical specifications, the major broadcasters have now all announced their timeframes for file-based delivery. C5 is already taking files. Channel 4 and ITV are following a phased approach up to 1st October 2014 - after which all deliveries should be as files. The BBC is planning a phased transition from 1st October.

There are many questions outstanding as the industry moves through this transition and UK Screen will continue to liaise with and challenge the broadcaster group for answers to ensure that its broadcast post production members are in the best shape possible to invest for the future and to help their production clients through the transition.

 

Examples of Issues outstanding:

  • How prepared are the production community for the changes? Do they understand the impact on time-frames and costs brought about by the changes to workflow?
  • With responsibility for file QC moving from the broadcaster to the production company who will carry out the 'eyeball' checks? What guidance will be given regarding the discretionary warnings and the QC report?
  • What are the guidelines for delivery of fast turnaround programming?
  • Audibility issues - won't be caught by AQC

 

UK Screen members can find our working group notes and key technical documents in the Members' Area.

Contact us to receive invitations to our working group meetings.