Submitting a Digital Show

As of the Winter 2015 Quarter, MNN will only accept digital uploads from our Community Producers. Please be sure to read the information on this page to ensure that your uploaded file meets our technical requirements.

Click here for HD technical requirements. You must follow these requirements if your program appears on MNN's HD Community Channel.

Click here for SD technical requirements. You must follow these requirements if your program appears on MNN 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Note that MNN is still working on making this process as easy and quick as possible. If you experience any hiccups, please feel free to email us or contact the Broadcast Operation Center at 212-757-2670 x302.

Please also note that both the MNN El Barrio Firehouse and our 59th St Facility have upload stations you can use to submit media to MNN.

The upload stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are available during our regular hours of operation.

Any files that do not comply with the appropriate standards described below will NOT be accepted.

 

Submitting a Series (HD or SD)

If you are submitting a Series for airing, please use the following convention: Projectnumber_airdate

For example, if your project number is 100 and your airdate is December 17, your submission should read 100_1217.mov or 100_1217.mp4 or 100_1217wmv

Please reference your confirmation letter for project number and airdates.

Submitting a Pilot Episode (HD or SD)

If you are submitting a Pilot episode (ONLY the first episode of a Series):

  1. Please save your files as follows: showtitle_pilot
  2. Username: pilot
  3. Password: pilot
  4. Drag your file to the Pilot folder

 

File Submission Due Dates

All digital submissions are due four business days before they are scheduled to air*. Late submissions will not be played. Media submitted after the due date will be cablecast on the next scheduled airdate.

Monday digital submissions are due on Thursday by 8:00 pm

Tuesday digital submissions are due on Friday by 8:00 pm

Wednesday and Thursday digital submissions are due on Saturday by 4:00 pm

Friday digital submissions are due on Monday by 8:00 pm

Saturday digital submissions are due on Tuesday by 8:00 pm

Sunday digital submissions are due on Wednesday at 8:00 pm

 

Please note: Any digital media submitted after the time indicated above will count as being submitted on the next business day. If the due date falls on a closed holiday, media are due the business day before the holiday. MNN observes all national holidays.

Uploading HD files takes longer than uploading SD files. In order to meet our media submission deadlines, please be prepared to allow for extra upload time either at home or at MNN's facilities

 

Using an FTP Client to Upload Your Media

Any FTP client can be used to upload shows to MNN’s FTP site. Some free FTP clients are Cyberduck (Mac/PC) and FileZilla (PC).

For purposes of this screencast and walkthrough, we will use Cyberduck on a Mac.

 

Explanatory Screencast

Step-by-Step

Open your FTP client; in this case, Cyberduck.

anonymous loginPlease note: If you are uploading files for cablecast on MNN's HD Community Channel, the Server name will be hd.mnn.org

You should now see MNN’s Public folder.

Upload

Locate your file(s) on your computer.

Mov File

Drag your file(s) onto the Public folder.

Drag and Drop

Wait until your file(s) have finished uploading. This may take a long time depending on the size of your file(s) and the speed of your connection.

Transfer

When your file(s) have finished uploading, click Disconnect.

Disconnect

Upload Instructions for programs appearing on MNN's HD Community Channel (MNN5)

MNN HD Community Producers must use the following settings in your editing, transcoding, or compression software to create a digital file:

  • Format: .mp4, .mov, or .wmv

  • Resolution: 1920x1080

  • Frame Rate: 29.97 fps 

  • 28 minute program files must not exceed 4 gigabytes in size

  • 58 minute program files must not exceed 8 gigabytes in size

Please do not upload both HD and SD files to MNN. If your program also appears on one of our SD channels, we will convert all HD media to SD for proper cable cast.

If you do not upload your file in HD we cannot play it on MNN's HD Community Channel.

Note: Uploading HD files takes longer than uploading SD files. In order to meet our media submission deadlines, please be prepared to allow for extra upload time either at home or at MNN's facilities

Upload Instructions for programs appearing on MNN1, MNN2, MNN3, or MNN4

MNN Community Producers whose programs will appear on MNN1, MNN2, MNN3, or MNN4 should upload your programs in HD or SD, depending on how your program was originally recorded.

If your program was recorded in SD, you must use the following settings in your editing, transcoding, or compression software to create a digital file:

 

  • Format: MP4, MOV or WMV

  • NTSC Standard Definition (SD)

  • Size/Resolution: 720x480i in a 4:3 aspect ratio

  • Frame Rate: 29.97 frames per second

  • Audio Sample Rate: 48.0 kHz

  • File sizes must not exceed 2 Gigabytes

 

If your program was recorded in HD, you must use the following settings in your editing, transcoding, or compression software to create a digital file:

  • Format: .MP4, .MOV or .WMV

  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 

  • Frame Rate: 29.97 frames per second

  • 28 minute program files must not exceed 4 gigabytes in size

  • 58 minute program files must not exceed 8 gigabytes in size. Frame Rate: 29.97 frames per second

Note: Uploading HD files takes longer than uploading SD files. In order to meet our media submission deadlines, please be prepared to allow for extra upload time either at home or at MNN's facilities

If you are having issues sending your show via Cyberduck/ Filezilla

Please try using WeTransfer as an alternate solution. 
 
Note: The free version of this service has a 2GB file size limit, and may not be available for producers whose programs will appear on our HD Community Channel.
 

  1. Visit www.wetransfer.com
  2. Attach your file 
  3. Specify “Your Friend’s Email” as tapelibrary@mnn.org
  4. When prompted to enter “Your Email” please submit your email address.
  5. Message: This field is optional and can be used to add a message to the Tape Library.
  6. Hit the “Transfer” button and wait until the progress bar indicates 100%.

 
You will receive a confirmation email once the upload is complete and a second confirmation email once we have downloaded the file you submitted.
 
 

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