We live in an age where sharing digital media is the norm. So isn’t it surprising how much time and money producers waste shipping tape dubs to TV stations? That’s why we invented StationDrop, the digital breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. StationDrop delivers full-length television programming electronically over the internet to the station quickly, securely and with the highest digital quality.
Digital delivery raises your bottom line—bigtime! StationDrop saves you money because you no longer need to pay for videotapes, tape recorders, staff time, and of course shipping. Delivering tapes the old-fashioned way costs an arm and a leg! StationDrop delivers digitally, so it’s faster and easier on your budget.
Overnight shipping services are fast, but StationDrop is faster. With multiple large internet connections, StationDrop is fast enough to receive and deliver hundreds of TV programs at one time. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about weather delays or mis-routed packages.
Delivering to the TV station is more than just exporting a file from an edit suite. Different stations specify different formats. They require closed captions and compliance to a strict set of broadcast standards. StationDrop is built for broadcast, and can encode hundreds of codec and wrapper combinations. We specialize in making closed captions and we leverage the latest in file encoding technology.
Simply drop your file on the StationDrop icon and we will take care of the rest. Closed captioning, HD/SD conversions, and phone number versioning are no longer something you have to worry about. Do yourself a favor and use StationDrop. Contact us to get started.
It doesn’t get easier than this. Drag & drop your final program file from your edit suite. The file automatically transfers using our accelerated UDP technology.
We transcribe and caption your program as we prepare it for delivery to the TV station. We are a leading closed caption service provider, so we are experienced in closed captioning formats and standards. If your program is already captioned, no problem. Just drop your closed caption file onto the StationDrop icon with the video.
Programming is delivered digitally and is encoded to the exact specs for each station. By eliminating tape and unnecessary encoding generations, the video goes to air with the highest quality possible.
FedEx and UPS measure their delivery time in days. We measure our delivery time in minutes. We can deliver programs, day or night, and there’s no need to worry about bad weather or misrouted packages.
Deliver one file and we will convert it. HD to SD, 1080 to 720, NTSC to PAL. Whatever it is, our labs are equipped to convert and deliver in every single video standard.
Export your mastered program from your edit system timeline.
Drop the mastered program file onto the StationDrop icon. Your file will be transferred securely over the Internet using proprietary file-transfer acceleration.
CaptionLabs transcribes your program and creates closed captions to match.
Your program is transcoded to station-specific formats, quality checked, and delivered to the TV station, ready for broadcast.
The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM Act) is part of an effort to keep all TV programming at the same volume. Many stations reject programming with audio that is too loud or too soft. But many edit systems cannot measure the perceived volume required by stations. StationDrop utilizes advanced audio analyzers to keep programs within CALM ACT specifications.
Moving large video files requires a special infostructure that is built to be fast, secure and reliable. FTP transfers are vulnerable to disruptions and system slow-downs, but StationDrop’s UDP technology works smarter. It manages bandwidth better, resulting in faster, error-free transfers with automatic file retry and resume.
TV stations often use file formats or images sizes that aren’t readily available in the edit suite. StationDrop was designed to transcode complex formats like .GXF, .LXF, .TS, .TRP and .MXF, independently for each station. By delivering files in station-native formats, your program quality stays high and the stress on your production team stays low.