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TSD Technical Guidelines


We prefer OMF or Bwav files.

It’s best to keep like elements (VO, Dialogue, Music, SFX, Nats) on their own respective tracks. It's also a good idea to include a countdown or 2 pip at the start of your project.

You may have as few as 2 tracks or as many as 16+ depending on the project. We would rather see more tracks that are better organized than fewer tracks that are unorganized. Keeping your audio as organized as possible will drastically cut down on our editing time, which will allow us more time to focus on making your project great!

Example Track layout:
A1 / Track 1: Recorded VO or Narration Only
A2 / Track 2: On Camera Dialogue Only
A3 / Track 3: On Camera Dialogue Only (if needed)
A4 / Track 4: On Camera Dialogue Only (if needed)
(mono tracks)
A5 / Track 5: Mono SFX
A6 / Track 6: Mono SFX
A7 / Track 7: Mono SFX
A8 / Track 8: Mono SFX
(stereo tracks)
A9 / Track 9: SFX/Music 1 Left
A10 / Track 10: SFX/Music 1 Right
A11 / Track 11: SFX/Music 2 Left
A12 / Track 12: SFX/Music 2 Right

Music Track Layout Preferences
When track laying music in your project - we prefer that you checkerboard your music tracks when transitioning from one cue to another. For example (using the above track layout): Your first Music Cue starts on tracks 9 and 10, the second cue on 11/12, your third cue on 9/10, fourth 11/12 and so on.
This is also the way we prefer dialogue to be layed down, remembering to keep like elements on their own respective tracks.

Preferred Linear Vision Layout
With all material it's important that the first frame of vision of the programme or commercial starts at a logical time code.

Programs start @ 01:00:00:00
Commercials start @ 00:01:30:00
The sequence for commercials should be:
TVC 1 @ 00:01:30:00
TVC 2 @ 00:03:30:00
TVC 3 @ 00:05:30:00 etc
TSD Control Room
Vision Settings
We can accept video in most formats but we have found that the H.264 codec is best. Resolution: 1280x720 or 720x576 - 25fps PAL.
If possible, transparent burnt-in timecode is also a good idea as a sync reference. Guide audio should be on track 1 and any temp music and fx separated and placed on track 2.

OMF Files
Common errors and known problems
Special characters, especially the "•" as well as quotation marks on clip names, bins, filenames etc. might cause issues on importing the OMF. Please use alphanumerical characters only.

Subclips cannot be exported correctly and cannot be recreated on import. The audio material will simply be left out. Workaround: place the audio material from the subclips into the main sequence.

Keyframe Data Preferences
Try to keep keyframe fade ins/outs to a minimum. If you want to fade from one piece of music or dialogue to another, it’s best to render fades.

Automation data like volume, pans etc. won’t be included in the OMF export.
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