France Broadcast Specifications and Requirements

Regions Covered

✔ France

To maintain a consistently high quality product, XR requires all material to be supplied to the following specifications:

Requirements at a glance

Unique identifier(s): Pub ID (generated during ARPP clearance)
Pre/post roll required: No
Audio: R128
File naming: Files must be named with the ARPP PubID
Example «FR_ABCD_FGHI_9999_999_F.MOV»
Clearance: ARPP, see Clearance

Content Layout

For this region a clock/slate is not required as it's added automatically, see Clock/Slate for more info.

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The slate will be created automatically when you upload your file to Media Manager.


The metadata added to the slate will be taken from your order, so please ensure that it has been inputted correctly.

File Specification

Format XDCAM 1080/50 Apple ProRes 422HQ 1080/50
Container MOV or MXF MOV
Video Codec XDCAM 422 Apple Quicktime ProRes 422 (HQ)
GOP Long GOP -
Profile MPEG-2 422P@HL HQ
Frame Size 1920x1080 1920x1080
Frame Rate 25 FPS 25 FPS
Scan Type Interlaced, Upper/Top Field First Interlaced, Upper/Top Field First
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9
Pixel Aspect Ratio Square Pixels (1.0) Square Pixels (1.0)
Video Bit Rate 50Mb/s CBR -
Chroma 4:2:2 4:2:2
Audio Codec Integer (Big/Little Endian) PCM Integer (Little Endian) PCM
Audio Bit Depth 24bit 24bit
Audio Sample Rate 48kHz 48kHz
Audio Bit Rate Uncompressed Uncompressed

Title Safety

CST - RT 018 TV V3.0-2017

All graphics, text, and frame composition elements should be placed within the safe title area to prevent key content from being cut off.

For additional information on Title Safe requirements, see: CST - RT 018 TV V3.0-2017safe_areas2.png

Video Levels

All video signals should comply with ITU-R BT.709-5 and video signals should not exceed the specified limits.

Video levels should not exceed 700mV, or fall below 0mv

Luminance (Y) -1% and 103%
(ie between -7mV and 721mV)
RGB video levels -5% and 105%
(ie between -35mV and 735mV)

Out of gamut tolerance

Whilst XR and the Broadcasters will reject illegal video levels they understand there may be instances where it is difficult to completely avoid, and following EBU recommendation Rec.103-2000 will allow a small tolerance, assuming that no more than 1% of the active picture is in error.

Audio Levels

The loudness level of the programme material must be in agreement with the EBU R128-2014 directive, including the following delivery specifications:
EBU R.128-2014
• Integrated Loudness** Program : -23 LUFS
• Target Level Tolerance : +/- 0.0 LU
• Maximum True Peak : -3dBTP
• Maximum Momentary : No Limitations
• Maximum Short Term Momentary (3 Sec) : -20 LUFS
• Loudness Range : No Limitations

**'Integrated Loudness' is the definition for the target of the 'Programme Loudness' stated in metres in conformity with EBU Tech 3341.

Audio Channel Configurations

Stereo (preferred)
Channel # Audio
1 Stereo Left
2 Stereo Right
Dual mono (accepted)
Channel # Audio
1 Mono
2 Mono


Subtitles for the hard of hearing can be added to your commercials for an additional fee, please get in touch if you would like more information.

Audio Description

Audio Description makes content more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and can be added for an additional fee. Please get in touch if you would like more information.


Do you need help with clearance or regulatory compliance?

XR's Campaign Services teams can assist you! Please reach out to your local team for more information, additional fees apply.

The ARPP (Autorité de Régulation Professionnelle de la Publicité) is France's advertising clearance body. All material must be submitted and cleared by the ARPP before delivery to the French broadcasters. 

The PUB ID is a unique ID that will be generated during the ARPP clearance process. 

Pre-clearance takes around 3-5 clear working days and final approval takes between 1 and 48 working hours, depending on the chosen services level. 

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