QPTV Technical Standards

QPTV has long-standing and well established technical standards for all program submissions. These standards were adopted in order to provide the highest quality playback of programs.   In particular, the section of the tape prior to the start of the program also known as the “leader” must be properly formatted. (See item #2). While this requirement refers to all programs submitted on SONY DVCAM, it will also apply to the new tapeless format that is being developed by QPTV. In a tapeless environment, the leader at the beginning of your program is even more crucial.   QPTV also reminds you to submit your completed programs with audio on both channels 1 and 2 (See item #4).  Lastly, all QPTV Certified Producers must submit their completed programs to Steven Williams who will in turn submit them to the Programming Department.  


1.     The videotape formats accepted by QPTV are: Professional Sony DVCAM (including Mini DVCAM, DVCAM-34 & DVCAM-64). Due to the digital automation system upgrade, QPTV only accepts professional DVCAM cassettes (34min & 64min) for cablecast. The length of a cablecast in actual on air program minutes should not be more than 28:30 or 58:30.  

2.     Tape content must be as follows: (a.) 30 seconds video black; (b.) 60 seconds of Color Bars and Tone; (c.) 10 seconds slate with complete identification of program material (see #9); (d.) 10 seconds black and (e.) 10 seconds Count Down Clock. Additionally, use video black following end of program (closing credits) to end of videotape.    

3.      There must be only one program recorded per videotape cassette.    

4.      Audio must be mixed on both audio tracks (one and two).    

5.      A signal (Time Code) must begin within the first ten seconds of the physical beginning of the videotape and must be continuous throughout, that is, “header” through “run out.”    

6.      Active video must adhere to industry standards for digital video cablecast.    

7.      Videotape shall contain no physical splices or tape damage.    

8.      Tape must be of good quality, with no damage or excessive loss of signal.            

9.      Tape must be properly labeled and slated: Program Title; Program Length (in minutes & seconds for example 28:30 or 58:30); Name of Producer; Owner or organization; Production Date. The videotape must have assurance of all audio track identification and/or mix.  

10.     Improper labeling can result in lost tapes. If the cassettes are not properly labeled, they will not be processed into the QPTV Library System.  

11.     Videotapes must be submitted to the Videotape Trafficking Department with sufficient advance time for processing into the system and scheduling (at least five days in advance).  

12.     Along with a completed Cablecast Submission Application (Form #3), each program must be accompanied by a QPTV Channels Users Contract and Statement of Compliance (form #2). Only one copy of each form is needed for a Series (52 weeks) program. Programs that are not part of a series (Special) must always be accompanied by both Form #2 and Form #3 for each cassette.        


Revised 6/15   


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