DACH Broadcast Specifications and Requirements

Regions Covered

✔ Austria

✔ Germany

✔ Switzerland

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):

No standardised clock number format. 

Motiv Number / Sujet / SUISA must be add to the order on the platform. See Other Important Information

Pre/post roll required: No
HD/SD: Both
Audio: R128
Clearance: Managed by the broadcasters. No pre-clearance is required.

Content Layout

For this region a clock/slate is not required

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HD 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

SD File Specification

Format Apple ProRes 422HQ 625/50 IMX50 625/50
Container MOV MOV or MXF
Video Codec Apple Quicktime ProRes 422 (HQ) MPEG IMX 625/50
GOP - -
Profile HQ 422@Main
Frame Size 720x576 720x576
Frame Rate 25 FPS 25 FPS
Scan Type Interlaced, Upper/Top Field First Interlaced, Upper/Top Field First
Aspect Ratio

4:3

4:3

Pixel Aspect Ratio Square Pixels (1.0) Square Pixels (1.0)
Video Bit Rate - -
Chroma 4:2:2 4:2:2
Audio Codec Integer (Little Endian) PCM Integer (Little Endian) PCM
Audio Bit Depth 16 bit 16 bit
Audio Sample Rate 48kHz 48kHz
Audio Bit Rate Uncompressed Uncompressed

HD & SD Title Safety

EBU R.95-1

All graphics, text, and frame composition elements should be placed within the safe title area to prevent key content from being cut off.safe_areas2.png


Video Levels

All video signals should comply with ITU-R BT.709-5 (HD) or ITU-R BT.601-7 (SD) and video signals should not exceed the specified limits.

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


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 : +/- 0.5 LU
  • Maximum True Peak : -3dBTP
  • Maximum Momentary : -15 LUFS
  • Maximum Short Term Momentary (3 Sec) : -20 LUFS
  • Loudness Range : 20 LU

Audio Channel Configurations

Stereo
Channel # Audio
1 Stereo Left
2 Stereo Right
Stereo with Audio Description 
Channel # Audio
1 Stereo Left
2 Stereo Right
3 Mute
4 Mute
5 AD Narration
6 AD Narration

Subtitles

This region can only accept open/burnt in captions. 


Audio Description

Audio Description (AD) makes content more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Germany

Certain broadcasters in Germany can accept files with AD, these are clearly labelled on the platform when you place your order:

Please refer to Audio Channel Configurations for the correct channel layout. Broadcasters who can't yet accept AD must be sent files without additional audio channels.


Clearance

Compliance checks are handled by the individual broadcasters once they receive the spot from XR, no pre-clearance required.


Other Important Information

Austria

Your media agency will provide you with a Sujet number that should be added to the relevant field when you place your order.

If you are delivering to ORF, you will be provided with an ORF Agenturnummer and ORF Produktnummer which should also be added to you order.

Infomercials longer than 12 minutes have to be marked with "Dauerwerbesendung" from first frame to the end of the spot


Germany

A Motiv number will be provided by the media agency and should be added to the relevant field on the your order.

Infomercials longer than 90 sec have to be marked with "Dauerwerbesendung" from first frame to the end of the spot


Switzerland

A SUISA number will be provided by the media agency and should be added to the relevant field on the your order.

Files between 60 and 89 seconds long have to be marked with "Werbung".

Files longer than 90 seconds have to be marked with "Dauerwerbesendung.

The broadcasters M6, TF1 and C8 require a translation of foreign words into French.


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