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Television and Photo Support Details - Big Sky, Montana Meetings, May 18 - 21, 2011

May 17, 2011


APEC/ Big Sky Television and Photo Support Details

Thank you for registering to cover the APEC meetings in Big Sky, Montana from May 18-21, 2011. Below are the television and photo support details planned for all media through the APEC filing center. The filing center will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm May 18 – 21. It is located in the Lone Peak Café on the second floor of the Mountain Mall.

Host TV/Photo Global Distribution Services: (Standard Definition, 16X9 NTSC)

Due to space limitations, all of the events are Host TV and a few are open or pool press coverage. All of the press availabilities in the filing center are open to all registered press. All press events located at the Big Sky Resort will be shown on televisions in the filing center either live or immediately upon conclusion of the event so that all registered press may watch them. The video from these events will be available to all broadcasters at no cost via an FTP site.

This video will be standard definition, 16X9 NTSC. Still photos will also be available on this site.

FTP Site:

All Host TV coverage content will be accessible at: http://bigsky.techwerks.tv

Username: press (all lower case)

Password: bigsky (all lower case)

On the main menu page of the http://bigsky.techwerks.tv site there are 4 categories;

1. Host TV

2. Individual Press Feeds

3. Web Feeds

4. Photos

1. Host TV:

All LIVE events will be broadcast on this page. During each broadcast, a “WATCH LIVE” link will appear. When the live event has concluded, the event will be available for on-demand retrieval and downloading. There will be a slight delay between the conclusion of the live event and the video being posted. The on demand/download file will be a broadcast-quality file.

Host TV File Parameters:

Video size: 720x480 – anamorphic

Interlace: yes (on-line viewing will be interlaced)

Bit rate live: 800kbps

Bit rate on demand/download: 2000kbps

2. Individual Press Feeds:

All press video feeds will be located on this page. Tape feeds will be encoded and uploaded for on-line viewing and downloading. Videos supplied digitally may or may not be re-encoded. These videos will be for downloading only. Standups may be streamed live and posted for on-line viewing and downloading. Scheduling for live stand up broadcast must be made with:

Individual Press Feeds File Parameters:

Video size: 720x480 – anamorphic

Interlace: yes, unless otherwise requested (on-line viewing will be interlaced)

Bit rate live: 800kbps - Bit rate on-demand/download: 2000kbps, unless otherwise requested

3. Web-Quality Feeds:

All LIVE events will be broadcasted on this page, intended for media to re-purpose as web-quality, not broadcast-quality content. During each live web feed a “WATCH LIVE” link will appear. When the live event has concluded, the event will be available for on-line viewing and downloading. There will be a slight delay between the conclusion of the live event and the video being posted.

Tech notes;

Video size: 500x280 – 16x9

Interlace: no

Bit rate live: 800kbps

Bit rate on-demand, download: 800kbps

Audio bit rate: 128kbps

4. Photos:

All Host-provided photos will be downloadable via the site. You can click on any file to view the image or you can download the image.

APEC Auxiliary Feeds Distribution Center (AFDC)

All content distributed via the FTP site described above will also be provided to broadcast press in the filing center through a special APEC Auxiliary Feeds Distribution Center (AFDC) service at no cost for their own use. Broadcasters will be responsible for their own recording devices, media and cabling, to allow for the following connection formats from the AFDC:

a. (16X9) Composite NTSC Video BNC connection

b. (16X9) Composite PAL Video BNC connection

c. (16X9) SDI video BNC with embedded audio

d. (16X9) PAL BNC with embedded audio

e. Standard XLR audio mult

TV Stand-up Positions:

The APEC AFDC will also provide support to broadcasters with dedicated stand-up positions immediately outdoors off of the media center, that will have a canopy in case of inclement weather. These stand-up positions will include power, lighting and telephone for IFB, however media will need phone cards for long distance calls, and will need to use their own mobile phones for coordination lines with their studios. These stand-up positions will be offered for free, but media must share access in as little as 15-minute durations and must be reserved through the filing center staff.

Capabilities of these stand-up positions will be live, and live-to-tape, based upon available bandwidth and scheduling within the APEC AFDC system. Live-to-tape will be the most practical and stable approach.

Additional specific questions about the APEC AFDC and broadcast support services can be directed to Michael Murphy, Senior Advisor in Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Michael can be reached at murphymj2@state.gov or (202) 412-4243 (Blackberry) or (202) 360-6146 (cell).