Exporting video for your local NTSC TV station

This is an exporting procedure where the output format is supported by most TV stations in US & Canada. On Vegas, the first thing you need to do is setup your “Project Properties” to match your source footage (use a template if available, or the “match footage” icon).

1. If they ask for HD footage, just export in HDV .m2t format, which is an exporting format most NLEs support. If you shot in AVCHD or any other full-HD format instead, you will still have to export in HDV (short of sending them uncompressed AVI footage in full HD resolution that is). It might be an idea to rename the .m2t file as .mpg — in case they use older equipment.

2. If they ask for SD NTSC widescreen footage then export like this (Vegas Pro required). Make a note to them that your footage is widescreen, just in case their software can’t read aspect ratios correctly. DV AVI is the second best way to deal with this, but it takes much more space.

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