I’m working with P2 (or) XDCAM. How do I get you my files?
Have proxies? Just upload them. If not, read on.
Without proxies, the master content needs to be dubbed to a DVD or exported / transcoded to a low-resolution MOV, MP4 or equivalent (all with visible timecode). You can do that in-house if you have the resources. As an alternative, we recommend Broadway Video Duplication in midtown Manhattan. Or choose any other reputable vendor you like.
Are Panasonic & SonyXD Proxy files okay?
Send them on in!
Proxy files are low-resolution copies of your master footage and work fine for transcription.
Audible Timecode: What are the specifications?
MP3 is the recommended format. Check the fine print for specifics.
Timecode audio recorded between -20 to -10 dB. (Be sure to properly pad the timecode level!)
Record at a minimum of 128kbps @ 44.1/48kHz CBR (Constant Bit Rate)
CBR (Constant Bit Rate) only! Do NOT use VBR (Variable Bit Rate)
ALC (Automatic Level Control) should be OFF – ALC corrupts both the dialog and timecode recording.
As a contingency – and if circumstances allow – you can include an audible ‘slate’ of the timecode for reference. Slate the timecode count clearly and pedantically into a mic so it is included within the recording. Clearly slate and identify the hour, minute and several seconds.
…we are at hour seven… three minutes… and twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three…
What doesn't work:
…we’re at ten… and seventeen… now!
NOTE: You will have to re-slate at each break in the timecode.
What specifications for video do you recommend?
10 or 15 fps | 175kbps video | 320×180 (16:9) | 128kbps audio
Low resolution proxies (as they are often called) are fine for transcription and work well.
MOV timecode tracks or visible timecode. Your choice.