Tapes delivered to the BBC must comply with the BBC technical standards as detailed on this page.
The master tape supplied for transmission:
The BBC uses the EBU’s Recommendations for HD cameras. The current document EBU R118 gives details of camera criteria and how they can be tested. The site also has recommended set-ups for all cameras currently tested.
Cameras usually have a minimum of 3x1/2” sensors or 1x1” and a recording format of a minimum of 50Mbs inter-frame or 100Mbs intra-frame.
You can find the EBU HD Camera Recommendations on the EBU Technical Website.
BBC In house staff can also find production support information and contacts on the BBC DV Solutions Gateway site page.
Information on HD technical standards and delivery is available on the BBC's Delivering Quality site. You can also find the Blits ident (courtesy of Martin Black & Keith Lane) on this page.
Please note: The BBC will make announcements about delivery by file. Programmes should continue to be delivered on HDCamSR tape until specific details have been given for individual programmes or by the BBC at the time of commission. For help and tools to deliver programmes by file, visit the Digital Production Partnership site.
Contact for HD Technical Enquiries: Head of Technology, BBC HD & 3D: Andy Quested
|Type of Programme:||When Required:|
|Non-topical & Open University programmes||Required by 5pm on the contracted Delivery Date at the latest|
|Week Topical Programmes||Required by 5pm on the contracted Delivery Date which is 5 days before transmission|
|Late Commissions||Required at the contracted Delivery Date and communicated Delivery Time|
|Day Before Topical Programmes||Required by 10am on the contracted Delivery Date on the day before transmission|
|On Day Topical Programmes||Required by 12 noon on the contracted Delivery Date on the day of transmission|
Programmes for broadcast must meet the BBC's technical standards so a Technical Review will be carried out to assess this.
Independent Productions should liaise with their BBC delivery contact who will arrange technical review.
The Technical Review should only take place once the programme is ready for transmission, with no further editing required.
The programme should be accompanied by a recording report which includes any information that will help the reviewer in their assessment of the material eg reference to incoming faults, use of archive etc.
The review process assesses the programme against the technical standards, so it does not usually highlight any contractual or editorial issues.
Reviews to be carried out by BBC Studio Productions and Post Production in London should be booked online via the BBC intranet Gateway (*in-house users only) on the Technical Review Bookings site.
Further details of this system are available on the Post Production Review site on the BBC intranet Gateway (*in-house users only).
The system allows the user to keep track of the status of the review including a pass/fail result. For further details and advice following a fail please contact the Review Centre.
Independents making Open University programmes should book a BBC Technical Review via the allocated Broadcast Project Co-ordinator.
Independent Suppliers should liaise with the relevant Genre Delivery Unit.
Tapes should be taken/delivered to I&A Current Operations marked with the tech review booking reference number (Q ref) by 7pm the day before the review.
If you have booked a timeslot tech review, attended a tech review or are delivering on the day of your tech review, then you may need to arrange for the tape to be taken/delivered directly to Post Production. Current Operations will be able to advise further.
Current Operations hours are 8am to 8pm Monday – Friday.
BBC In-house deliver to VT despatch Current Operations.
Independent Suppliers should liaise with the relevant Genre Delivery Unit.
Stand-by, Interactive and back-up clone tapes should be delivered to the same location as the master transmission tapes.
Tapes delivered after 1730 for Technical Review on the day of transmission / on Friday for weekend transmission / or the last working day before a public holiday, must be personally accompanied by a member of the production team, to both the technical review and then to the MIA (Media Intake Area).
Please note: Programmes delivered on the day of transmission may not be available in iPlayer immediately after broadcast
Tapes from Nations and Regions
Your delivery contact will advise if delivery will be via London. For those Nations and Regions programme tapes requiring Tech Review in London:
N&R programme tapes which have already passed Tech Review and are ready for transmission :
Re-edits post Tech Review and Post Transmission (Children's)
If a programme has passed its Tech Review any new versions must be issued by the scheduling team before a further edit and a new compliance form should be submitted. If a version has failed a Tech Review or a damaged tape is being replaced a new version is not needed.
Please note: any versions created without the knowledge of the scheduling team will not be transmitted.
All re-edits require a new version suffix to alert for downstream activities such as subtitling. All programmes that require reversioning after transmission should follow the below process:
Your production agreement with the BBC requires you to clear clips for public service rights as defined in the agreement.
All BBC productions must submit two master tapes to the archive.
All independent productions must submit one master tape and retain a clone of all tapes delivered to the BBC.
If one of the master tapes is re-edited before transmission, then both tapes should be re-mastered to contain the new edit.
Transmitted master tapes must not be edited for any reason under any circumstances. If re-editing is required before repeat transmission, a new tape must be produced and submitted to the archive under the new version number.
BBC Post Production can make the clone as part of the programme’s Technical Review if requested.
All transmission tape clones should be sent direct to I&A for archiving (they should not be sent to Red Bee Media).
The “Person Responsible” (as nominated in the Contact Details section of the Transmission Form) must be aware of the exact location of the clone copy pre-transmission in case the master tape goes missing during delivery.
A clone is not required for the following output:
Providing Production Scripts, Running Orders, or other documents that could be useful to subtitlers in advance greatly helps the subtitling process.
Please inform Access Services about whether an electronic script will be available even if it is not available immediately. When available, please email documents to Access Services (no later than the delivery date and ideally as early as possible).
If there are no electronic scripts available, paper documents provide an acceptable substitute.
Please refer to the full Programme Website deliverables which includes information and technical specifications for clips, images and billings that are required as part of the programme delivery.
This section also includes details of who to contact for further information and advice about the online presence for your programme.
Please be aware that BBC Worldwide may have different delivery requirements. Please check with your relevant BBC WorldWide contact.
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