CompuScripts Captioning believes in offering clients the quickest turnaround for every budget. Before we can give you an accurate quote, we’d like you to do some homework. Having the following information at hand will allow us to start your captioning project right away!
What to Know When Requesting a Quote for Your Postproduction Broadcast Project
- In what format do you need your captioned master video? This is best answered by the broadcast station airing your program. Does the broadcaster want a videotape or digital format? (Most broadcasters have made the transitioned to digital formats.) If a digital format is expected for delivery, what are the specifications? These are highly nuanced. Your station may want high definition or standard definition video. They will require a specific finished file wrapper and particular audio and video codecs. If your sales contact at the station cannot answer these questions, ask to speak to the station engineer. This information is essential in building a quote that will accurately reflect the ultimate invoice for your captioned project.
- What are you giving CompuScripts to work with? First, it is important that the audio of your master video meets FCC requirements. Second, your master video has to be ready to be ingested into the station’s broadcast server complete and finished, except for the captions, when we receive it. If it is not, we must know the specifications of your station’s broadcast server in order to create a new master. Again, speak with your station’s engineer, as stations may use different broadcast servers for different types of programming. Delivering your program to us in a format that meets the station’s specifications will get you the quickest turnaround and save you money by eliminating the need to reformat your video.
- When does the station need delivery of your production? This is not the same as your program’s air date. Stations may need your program a week or more in advance, especially if they require a digital format. For the quickest turnaround and the most budget-friendly quote, plan to deliver your program to us with sufficient time to meet your station’s deadline.
- Know your captioning options. Before contacting us for a quote, view our services menu at ccaptioning.com. CompuScripts offers postproduction, broadcast realtime, and Internet captions, and there are options within each category for every budget. CompuScripts will help you choose the right option for your intended audience and get you the quickest turnaround possible.
Having this information at hand when you call will allow us to build an accurate quote that suits your quality expectations and budget requirements.