LEADER SPECIFICATIONS (adapted from the PBS Redbook TOS)
00:60:00 BARS & TONE The recording must begin with 60 seconds of color bars and operating level tone on all audio channels. Bars and tone are used to calibrate your video, to easily match its levels of color and loudness with other videos in a program (like a film festival). Therefore, do not make any changes to the volume level (-12 dBFS) or the colors.
00:20:00 SLATE The recording must continue with a 20 second visual slate in the style of the following template. The total running time (TRT) is the length of the program material only. It should not include the time of the leader or of the 30-second black tail. All text should appear, white on black, in Avenir Medium (or other sans serif), all caps, in two columns as shown. The production company is always “Edinboro University.” The date is the due date of the final project as listed in the syllabus.
The recording must continue with a countdown clock keyed over the slate beginning precisely 10 seconds before the program. Each clock change will indicate the beginning of a second, coinciding with a single frame of 400 Hz audio tone and single frame of white circle for lip-sync test, followed by 29 frames of silence and absence of white circle.
00:02:00 SILENT BLACK The number “2” must be the last number to appear, with 1.8 seconds of black and 59 frames of silence before the beginning of the program. The recording continues with the program per PBS Red Book content specifications. After the program, the recording concludes with 30 seconds of silent black.