File Delivery DIY Guide for RTÉ for programme makers

Delivering video files to broadcasters and programme delivery is something that is usually the remit of post-production houses. As broadcasters diversify their content (everything between landmark and social media content) and as budgets decrease, looking for ways to successfully deliver content via digital transfer is a way of reducing costs for producers. These days and for certain projects, budgets are so low that figuring out how to deliver your content to a broadcaster outside of a post-production house makes complete sense. Here’s a guide for delivering using Premiere Pro and Adobe:

Image settings for Premiere Pro

In Premiere Pro, gone are the days of using “broadcast safe”. A new effect in the Effects Panel is “Video Limiter”. Apply that to an Adjustment Layer across your project. Set it to:

105 IRE (EBU R103 Preferred) and at 3%. This sets pushes the colour spectrum down within the realms of acceptability for the European Broadcast Union which RTÉ is part of.

Audio settings for Premiere Pro

Industry standard has always been using ProTools and laying back an AIFF export within Premiere but that can be prohibitively expensive for some content. In some instances you may simply do all of your audio editing within Premiere Pro, assuming you are happy with your audios edits and levels. We still recommend exporting an AIFF which you can then bring back into your Premiere Pro deliverables project. Our advised workflow for a Premiere Pro Aiff export is as follows:

  • Delete any guide tracks and unmute all relevant tracks
  • Ensure Multiband Compressor effect selected in submix and all tracks directed correctly.
  • Export Media > Select AIFF
  • Select AIFF 48Khz
  • Sample Rate: 48
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Sample Size: 24 bit
  • Select Effects > Loudness Normalisation > EBU R128
  • Choose Ouput Name and destination

Laying back audio with video to create the Master Export from Premiere Pro

The format you deliver to RTÉ is an MXFOP1a. When your final picture and audio are synced within your master export sequence then complete the following steps:

  • Ensure in and out points are correct
  • Change timecode start time to 09:59:30:00
  • Export Media > MXF OP1a
  • Select XDCAM HD 50 PAL 50i
  • Select correct output name and destination (Use delivery number supplied by broadcaster)
  • Ensure picture> upper field first > 1920 x 1080
  • Ensure audio >48 > 2 channel > 24 bit


When you have your final files ready for delivery it is then a relatively straightforward process to deliver via Aspera. We recommend completing this using Chrome. The aspera client can be downloaded at:

After you have installed the aspera client login using the details provided by the broadcaster and follow the simple instructions to upload the final files. It is important to get the best and fastest internet connection possible for this process and we recommend a direct ethernet connection to PC or Mac being used.

We are a post-production partner with tv formats distribution company Atlantic Formats