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DELIVERY SPECs for VOD, ITUNES, NETFLIX and other requirements
Old 11th September 2014
  #1
DELIVERY SPECs for VOD, ITUNES, NETFLIX and other requirements

Here are some delivery Spec documents and items regarding final delivery for projects:

I've attached some relatively up to date spec documents for ITUNES and NETFLIX deliverables. Please assure you get the latest before determining your specific delivery requirements.

I'll post more information in this thread as we go along.

If you have any questions concerning delivery feel free to ask.

cheers
geo
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Old 11th September 2014
  #3
DELIVERABLES for an INDIE FILM getting a distribution deal

1. The entire film high res version
2. The entire film Prores 4444 version
3. The entire film h.264 version
4. each "reel" ( we did 30 min reels - that means 4 of them ) in the above formats.
5. the films LtRt / LoRo mix for each reel and the full length version.
6. the music LtRt / LoRo mix for each reel and the full length version.
7. the sfx/Foley/production sound - fully loaded M&E LtRt / LoRo mix for each reel and full length version.
8 the dialogue LtRt / LoRo mix for each reel and full length version
8. the 5.1 mix full length version
9. the 5.1 music mix full length version
10. the 5.1 sfx/Foley/production sound - fully loaded M&E full length version.
11. the 5.1 dialogue mix full length version.
12. each of 4 reels - 5.1 full mix for the reel
13. each of 4 reels - 5.1 music mix for the reel
14. each of 4 reels - 5.1 sfx/Foley/production M&E fully loaded mix for the reel
15. each of 4 reels - 5.1 dialogue mix for each reel
16. a bunch of behind the scene videos with the same break down of audio files
17. creation of title cards for all of the behind the scenes videos
18. all the music on a CD fully documented
19. all the perfect timecode data list of every word spoken in the film (for foreign dubbing)
20. all the timecode data for all the reels
21. the as shot script
22. the poster and all graphic elements
23. every contract / document and silly piece of paper for the lawyers to play with.
24. the chain of title / copyright information
25. full credits ( this movie has a lot ) list
26. at least one trailer with all the associated audio breakouts
27. at least 50 behind the scenes stills
28. at least 50 production ( in front of the camera ) stills
29. Both DISK DRIVE and TAPE based versions of all the Videos and film
30. lists of just about everything you can think of and all the other bits and parts that are on the various distributor lists.


DOCUMENTATION you should be ready to deliver:


1. LLC Documentation, including ownership data, for the LLC you create to do the film project.
2. CREW contracts/deal memo with the following specifics: Work For Hire, Rights to use their image, payment, position, credit requirements, equipment to be provided, any other compensation.
3. CREW Engagement document - stating all services were rendered, all payments were made, everything created was work-for-hire, any potential copyright options belonging to artist are assigned to production company, anything created by artist was in fact created by artist, all credits are at the discretion of production company, company may freely assign these rights, artist may not enjoin or restrain distribution of picture.
4. CAST contracts/deal memo with the following specifics: Work For Hire, Rights to use their image, payment, position, credit requirements, equipment to be provided, any other compensation.
5. CAST Engagement document - stating all services were rendered, all payments were made, everything created was work-for-hire, any potential copyright options belonging to artist are assigned to production company, anything created by artist was in fact created by artist, all credits are at the discretion of production company, company may freely assign these rights, artist may not enjoin or restrain distribution of picture.
6. Location Agreements
7. Other service provider agreements
8. Insurance certificate
9. as shot script
10. document listing every single line in the final edit with lip-flap timecode data ( used for Foreign dubbing )
11. CHAIN OF TITLE - document showing creation or and ownership of story, rights, script, etc.
12. Head credit list, tail credit list, Billing Block credit list. - They should all match up appropriately.
13. Credit obligations list for other credits
14. Credit and Logo Obligations for co-production companies, product placement, etc
15. Product placement contracts and obligations
16. Any Union or SAG/AFTRA documentation.

...this is a good start... there are always more depending on the project and distribution obligations.



cheers
geo
Old 11th September 2014
  #4
Here's very basic specs for HULU - these are just basics, but it give you some idea as to where you're heading.
Contact HULU for details before planning any delivery.

http://www.hulu.com/advertising/ad-p.../custom-video/
http://www.hulu.com/advertising/ad-p...eo-commercial/

Size
• 1280 x 720 or 1920 x 1080
• 16:9 pixel aspect ratio
• No black bars
• 1440 x 1080
• 4:3 pixel aspect ratio
• No black bars

File Formats
• Quicktime movie (.mov)
• MPEG-4 (.mp4) format only

Max File Size
10 GB

Animation
No

Audio
• 2 channels only
• PCM Audio
• 16 or 24 bit only
• 48 kHz sample rate
• Audio is required

Video
Yes

Frame Rate
• 23.98 or 29.97
• Constant frame rate only

Codec
• Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec preferred
• (H.264 codec is accepted, but bitrate must be at least 50 Mbps)
• Interlaced video is not accepted

Bitrate
• Constant Bitrate (CBR) 15-30 Mbps
• Main Profile @ Main Level ([email protected])
• 4:2:0 Color Space

Progressive
• Please make content progressive.
Old 11th September 2014
  #5
AMAZON VOD - Studio Submission Guidelines- these are just basics, but it give you some idea as to where you're heading.
Contact HULU for details before planning any delivery.

https://www.createspace.com/Special/...guidelines.jsp


Studios, television networks, and video suppliers should follow these submission guidelines when preparing content for Disc On-Demand distribution.
Required Assets for Delivery

There are three essential assets required to create a Disc On-Demand DVD:

Metadata: Sometimes referred to as “copy,” metadata provides critical information about each title.
Source Material: The source material is the media on which you will be delivering your video content.
Artwork: Artwork must be provided for the disc face and the case. A thumbnail image may also be required.
Metadata

Metadata should be submitted in a spreadsheet according to our specifications. We’ll send you complete instructions on how to prepare your files.

Source Material

There are two types of video source content for Disc On-Demand titles:

Authored (DVD or authored digital files)
Un-authored (tapes or digital files)
Important notes regarding our DVD production:

Our preference is always to receive an HD source for our titles wherever available.
We only manufacture to single layer DVD-R media (DVD5).
Never submit an original master.
DVDs are manufactured as Region 0 (Region Free, Region ALL). The preferred source delivery is Region 0.
We are unable to accept copy protected or encrypted source material (e.g. CSS, RipGuard, ProtectDisc).
Authored Content

Discs
The quickest method for submitting source material is via an authored DVD. The features of your menu and disc structure will be duplicated exactly.

Specifications

Media: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, or replicated DVD
File Size: 3.9GB or 4.7GB single layer DVD5
File System Format: Audio_TS and Video_TS folders only
File Names: 12 characters – uppercase letter, numbers, underscores (_), and periods (.) only (e.g. VIDEO_TS.BUP, VTS_01_2.VOB)
Bit Rate: Maximum 6.5 mbps for combined video and audio tracks
Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3)
Authored Digital Files
Audio/Video TS Folders & Naming

Folder data must conform to the “Disc” specifications outlined above.
Audio and Video TS folders inside a folder named as the Title ID.
ISO Disc Image File & Naming

ISO must conform to the “Disc” specifications outlined above.
Each ISO Image file must be named as the Title ID.
Un-Authored Content

Tapes

Do not use LP or SLP mode.
All tapes must begin and end with at least 20 seconds of leader and must include time codes.
Audio peaks should never exceed 0db.
We are currently unable to accept HD-CAM SR and DLT tapes.
ACCEPTED TAPE FORMATS
High Definition Format Format
HD-CAM (1080p, 1080i) N/A
HDV (720p, 1080i) N/A
Standard Definition Format Format
Digital Betacam (DigiBeta) NTSC, PAL
BetacamSX NTSC, PAL
BetacamSP NTSC, PAL
Betacam NTSC, PAL
MiniDV, DV (DV25) NTSC
DVCPro (D7) NTSC, PAL
DVCam (DV25) NTSC, PAL
MPEG IMX NTSC, PAL
Specify Start and Stop Time code
In order to ensure that your content is encoded exactly as required, time codes for the first and last frame should be submitted with the source material.

Un-authored Digital Files

We recommend using DVCPro 50 or M-JPEG to create your digital files. We can accept MOV formats that do not use a proprietary codec.

We recommend using these settings:

High Definition MPEG2 File Format
Attribute Settings
VIDEO
Dimensions 1920x1080
Formats Generic ISO MPEG program stream
Frame Rate Same as Source
Chroma Subsampling 4:2:2
Mode Constant Bitrate @ 100mbps -- Closed GOP
AUDIO
Format MPEG-2
Channels Stereo, 48kHz
Bitrate 256 kbps
Standard Definition MPEG2 File Format
Attribute Settings
VIDEO
Dimensions 720x480
Format MPEG-2 program stream
Frame Rate Same as Source
Chroma Subsampling 4:2:2
Mode Constant Bitrate @ 15-20mbps -- Closed GOP
AUDIO
Format MPEG-2
Channels Stereo, 48kHz
Bitrate 256 kbps
Standard Definition MPEG2 File Format – DVD stream settings
Attribute Settings
VIDEO
Dimensions 720x480
Format MPEG-2
Frame Rate Same as Source
Chroma Subsampling 4:1:0
Mode Variable or Constant Bitrate: 8mbps max.
AUDIO
Format AC3 or PCM
Channels Stereo 48kHz
Bitrate Up to 256 kbps
Authoring Menus
Basic Navigation Menu
The Basic Navigation Menu combines a background image with our common menu structure. Both the main menu and the chapter menu use the same background. If you don’t provide a background image, we will use a generic blue/black gradient. DVDs will play to a menu screen immediately upon loading. If chapters aren’t specified, a “Play” button will appear on the menu, which plays the whole disc.

You can include more than one tape in your submission for authoring into one disc. For example:

Intro Segment: play immediately upon loading (trailers, FBI warnings, logos)
Main Segment: main program or feature
Special Feature: extra videos or features
Specify Chapter Time codes
Chapters are an optional feature. Each chapter is specified by time code followed by the chapter name. The time codes and names will be used exactly as specified. A maximum of 30 chapters can be specified and each chapter name cannot be more than 30 characters long. Chapters are not available for the Special Features or the Intro Segment.

Artwork Submission
There are two types of artwork formats for Disc On-Demand titles:

Print Ready Artwork
Dynamic Template Artwork
Print Ready Artwork

All artwork submissions may be delivered either on a data disc, hard drive, or via FTP. Artwork must be designated with its corresponding Title ID. Name each folder as the Title ID and place the relevant artwork inside.

Images must be submitted as RGB JPEGs.
CMYK (or four-color) JPEGs are NOT supported.
The standard DVD logo cannot be used as they are only licensed for use with replicated discs.
A UPC barcode is automatically added during manufacturing. Its default position is in the upper right of the back cover.
Be sure to leave this area free of important text and graphics.
Do not create a white box in this area.
The disc face printing is applied from the disc edge to the inside hub (inner hole) using full color. A small barcode is automatically added at bottom during manufacturing and is required for quality control purposes.
IMAGE SPECIFICATIONS
Format Naming Convention Image Size (pixels) Maximum File Size
Full Wrap Cover Image FullCoverDVDImage.jpg 3300 x 2250
full bleed 6 MB
Disc Face Image LabelImg.jpg 1417 x 1417
full bleed 2 MB
Menu Background Image MenuBackground.jpg 720 x 480 2 MB
Print Ready Artwork Guides
We have created guide templates to help you conform already existing artwork to our specifications or to serve as a starting point if you are creating new artwork. The DVD-R logo is provided; bleed areas and barcode locations are also indicated.

Download DVD Templates at: https://www.createspace.com/Special/...nuTemplate.zip


Menu Art
The Menu Background Image is not used for authored content and is optional for un-authored content. The attached template uses grey to indicate the safe zone, orange for the area reserved for buttons, and yellow for the chapter menu titles.

There are a few items to be aware of when designing DVD menus:

RGB JPEG formatting, using NTSC safe colors.
Submit only one background image per title.
Do not include buttons or highlights artwork as our system will place those elements automatically.
The image must be created at 720 x 540 square pixels, then “squeezed” to 720 x 480.
The image must be de-interlaced.
It’s also often a good idea to slightly blur the image and decrease the opacity so it doesn’t detract too much from the menu elements.

Download DVD Menu Template

Dynamic Template Artwork

If you do not have the resources to create artwork and you have a large set of similar titles, we can create a Dynamic Metadata Template for your disc and case art. Using this option, we combine a background design that is the same from title to title with the option to add a unique image you provide for each title. Unique text information per title is populated automatically from the metadata you provide.

Additional fees may apply for this service.

Returning Your Source Material

All source material will be returned after your titles have been approved.
Old 11th September 2014
  #6
Here's an example of ARTWORK Delivery specifications:

http://www.entmerch.org/digitalema/c...age_010714.pdf
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Old 11th September 2014
  #7
Here's a link to an interesting CONTENT DELIVERY SUMMIT. ( Netflix, Telstra Global, Edgecast, Amazon, and others )

Content Delivery Summit 2013 Agenda

There are some good Keynote address / presentations downloads as well.

http://conferences.infotoday.com/doc...te-Netflix.pdf
http://conferences.infotoday.com/doc...te-Telstra.pdf
http://conferences.infotoday.com/doc...ummit-B101.pdf - Improving E commerce Perfromance
http://conferences.infotoday.com/doc...ummit-A102.pdf - Dynamic site delivery with Amazon Cloud
http://conferences.infotoday.com/doc...mmit-B102A.pdf - on going changes in Content Distribution
http://conferences.infotoday.com/doc...ummit-B103.pdf - Pricing, COntract, Volume and Market sizing trends

cheers
geo
Old 11th October 2014
  #8
Some Simplified ITUNES DELIVERY SPEC Info

For SD:

File: Pro Res 422 HQ
720 × 480 – aspect defined 16:9 = 853 × 480 / 4:3 = 640 × 480
Native Frame Rate
Film: 23.98
Video: 29.97i
Audio: PCM Little Endian
Stereo: Ch. 1 left, Ch. 2 right – Each audio channel needs to be its own track and paired
For HD:

File: Pro Res 422 HQ
1920 × 1080
Native Frame Rate
Film: 23.98
Video:29.97i
Audio: Must have 8 channels of audio, or if not shot with 5.1 then you may submit in Stereo:
5.1 – L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs / PCM Little Endian / Each audio channel needs to be its own track
Ch. 7 stereo left, Ch. 8 stereo right / PCM Little Endian / Each audio channel needs to be its own track
Old 21st October 2014
  #9
Gear Nut
 

Great info! Just had to look at the netflix specs ahead of a delivery on Friday I am doing for them - awaiting word on whether it's updated or not! Interesting it doesn't mention 24fps material though, as that is what we'll be delivering..
Old 18th March 2015
  #10
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Do you happen to have Subtitle and/or Closed Caption Specs for Hulu that you can pass on? Didn't see it in the links you listed above.
Old 12th April 2015
  #12
Lives for gear
 

Thanks for posting this, Georgia!
It's interesting that none of the VOD outlets seem to have any audio Loudness specs........but I'm not complaining
Old 26th November 2015
  #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeMilner View Post
Thanks for posting this, Georgia!
It's interesting that none of the VOD outlets seem to have any audio Loudness specs........but I'm not complaining
I was also looking for Netflix Loudness Specs, but there´s no info.
I have some from Al Jazeera when doing a documentary.
Seems to me that we all have to comply with EBU 128, but some movies in Netflix have some wide differences between loudness levels.

What about TWD (Walking Dead) new season releases? I have to cranck up my tv set to 60-70, while the usual level for cable tv is 20.

BTW I am in México City
Old 13th February 2016
  #14
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I just want to say THANK YOU so much for all those links! It's interesting to see what the VOD and iTunes are looking for vs. what distribution aggregators are asking for sometimes. Nothing like seeing the specs from the outlets themselves!! You have a wonderful day!
Old 28th February 2016
  #15
your welcome


cheers
geo
Old 4th March 2016
  #16
Here for the gear
 

Great Info and thanks for sharing!
Old 16th May 2017
  #17
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Netflix info is available here now:
https://backlothelp.netflix.com/hc/e...CATIONS-GUIDES

They're up to v8.0 on the licensed content documents and v2.5 for Netflix original content guides.
Old 26th June 2017
  #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by georgia View Post
Here's very basic specs for HULU - these are just basics, but it give you some idea as to where you're heading.
Contact HULU for details before planning any delivery.

http://www.hulu.com/advertising/ad-p.../custom-video/
http://www.hulu.com/advertising/ad-p...eo-commercial/

Size
• 1280 x 720 or 1920 x 1080
• 16:9 pixel aspect ratio
• No black bars
• 1440 x 1080
• 4:3 pixel aspect ratio
• No black bars

File Formats
• Quicktime movie (.mov)
• MPEG-4 (.mp4) format only

Max File Size
10 GB

Animation
No

Audio
• 2 channels only
• PCM Audio
• 16 or 24 bit only
• 48 kHz sample rate
• Audio is required

Video
Yes

Frame Rate
• 23.98 or 29.97
• Constant frame rate only

Codec
• Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec preferred
• (H.264 codec is accepted, but bitrate must be at least 50 Mbps)
• Interlaced video is not accepted

Bitrate
• Constant Bitrate (CBR) 15-30 Mbps
• Main Profile @ Main Level ([email protected])
• 4:2:0 Color Space

Progressive
• Please make content progressive.

Do you have any idea where to find submission guidelines for original content?
Old 4th July 2017
  #19
you can't... HULU like other companies will not accept original materials without pre-arrangement. you can try AMAZON STUDIOS... they have a way to review unsolicited material.

https://studios.amazon.com/
Old 23rd March 2018
  #20
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Hi Georgia,

Good morning.Just a quick question, is the loudness standard in US apply to all different programs and durations. e.g Is it need to be -24Lufs for short program like a 3 mintues s trailer and TV commerical?

wai
regards
Old 23rd March 2018
  #21
all depends on the delivery spec for any given project. If you get a project, make sure you get detailed delivery specs.
Old 16th August 2018
  #24
Here for the gear
 

Thanks for the interesting info!

Do you happen to know about AlJazeera specifications? Or somewhere I could look at updated info when delivering documentaries?

Cheers
Old 21st August 2018
  #25
Here for the gear
 

Hi Georgia,

Do you know how to check "dialog-gated level" in dolby media meter.

Wai
Regards
Old 6th September 2018
  #27
Quote:
Originally Posted by waikwanho View Post
Hi Georgia,

Do you know how to check "dialog-gated level" in dolby media meter.

Wai
Regards
here's a link for you.

ps://www.dolby.com/us/en/technologies/speech-gating-reference-code.aspx
Old 16th April 2019
  #29
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Hi Georgina,
Thank you for sharing all this information. Do you know what would be the levels for a commercial spot in Hulu? -16db? RMS or LKFS?
Thanks.
Old 8th August 2019
  #30
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Thanks so much for posting, this info is great. Are there any Youtube Originals specs around that anyone knows of? One of my projects has the potential to be a YouTube Original so I was trying to get out in front of any headaches.
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