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ENCODING TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS​


MP3 Audio Files - For Best Production Music Track and Best PML Artist Categories Only:

Encoding Specs:

Audio Codec: MP3
Audio Sample Rate: 48kHz or 44kHz
Audio Bitrate: 192 kbits/sec

Video Files - For Best Use of Production Music Categories:

HD Source Material:

Screen Size: 1280x720

Encoding Specs:

Video Compression Type/Codec: H264
Video Bitrate: 4800 kbits/sec
Frame Rate: Original Frame Rate
Audio Codec: AAC (aka MPEG-4 Audio) IMPORTANT - NOT Low Delay AAC
Audio Sample Rate: 48kHz
Audio Bitrate: 192 kbits/sec

Standard Definition Source:

Screen Size:

720x486 (If source material is 720x486)
720x480 (If source material is 720x480)
Many formats are 720x480 including: MiniDV, DV50, DVCam, DVCPro and DVD

Encoding Specs:

Video Compression Type/Codec: H264
Video Bitrate: 4000 kbits/sec
Frame Rate: 29.97 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (aka MPEG-4)
Audio Sample Rate: 48kHz
Audio Bitrate: 192 kbits/sec

Important Notes:

  • Original file (before encoding for the Mark Awards) must be high-quality.

  • Do not use quotes(") in file names.

  • All files must have an extension and it must be either .mov or .mp4.

  • Do not deinterlace Video

  • Do not include slate

  • Make sure there is black at the head and tail of the spot