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Lifestream MPEG-2 File Spec Sheet

Lifestream currently only airs MPEG-2 Video files.

Please keep in mind when sending files to be aired:
Will it air on an HD channel or an SD channel or both?

For airing on Lifestream, the preferred file format is HD MPEG-2.

          See the detailed SD MPEG-2 specifications on Page 2.

Lifestream does accept SD MPEG-2 file formats as a secondary option.

           See the detailed SD MPEG-2 specifications on Page 2.

 

All programs need to be correct length down to the frame.
A couple of frames too long is better than a couple of frames too short.

No Color bars, tone or Slate. The program should be 28:30 or 58:30.

            The filename can serve as the Program Number and Air Date.

Ten (10) business days before any program is to be aired for the first time, you must send Lifestream a test file to be evaluated to make sure it meets our specs and that it will play properly on our video servers.

Once a file has been tested and approved, any changes to that file’s format or encoding will require the files to go through the testing process again to be reapproved.

After every file upload to the Lifestream  FTP server, send an email with the name and number of the program and the User ID used (not the password), to the following email group:
[email protected]
This will assure that everyone in Lifestream Traffic & Engineering knows the file has arrived and where to find it.

Note: Please put either HD or SD in the file name, along with station name.
An example of a filename: “ProgramName_HD_1234_07_04_17_ChurchNet.mpg”
This tells us the name of the program, that it is HD, the program number is 1234 and it airs on July 4, 2017 on the Church Network. If it will air on different days at various stations, you can leave off the date.

If you do not already have a private Lifestream FTP User ID, send an email to: [email protected] with the name of the program and a contact name and email address where we should send the User ID and password.

The subject of the email should include the words “Lifestream FTP ID Request” and the name of the program that will air on Lifestream. Your file will upload to a folder named with your program name that will be visible only to Lifestream personnel.

Lifestream Networks Specifications for HD MPEG-2

1920X1080i (Main HD Format)

Video

Format: MPEG Video MPEG-PS (File extension needs to be .mpg)
Duration: 28:30 or 58:30 (All programs must be exactly the correct length no bars&tone and no slate please)

Format version: Version 2
Width: 1920 pixels
Height: 1080 pixels
Format profile: [email protected]
Format settings, BVOP : Yes
Format settings, Matrix: Default
Format settings, GOP: M=3, N=15
Bit rate: 18Mbps (CBR ONLY) All content must be constant bit-rate
Display aspect ratio: 16:9 Full Frame (Do not Letter Box)
Frame rate: 29.970 fps
Standard: NTSC
Color space: YUV
Chroma subsampling: 4:2:0
Bit depth: 8 bits
Scan type: Interlaced
Scan order: Top Field First (Upper Field First)

 

Audio

Format : MPEG Audio

Format version: Version 1

Format profile: Layer 2
Bit rate mode: Constant

Bit rate: 384 Kbps

Channel(s): 2 channels

Sampling rate: 48.0 KHz

Compression mode: Lossy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifestream TV Specifications for SD MPEG-2

Video

Format : MPEG2 (File Extension Needs to Be .mpg)
Bit Rate: 8Mbps CBR(All content must be constant bit-rate)

Format settings, GOP: M=3, N=15
Width :720 pixels
Height :480 pixels
Format : MPEG Video
Format version : Version 2
Standard: NTSC
Format profile : [email protected]
Chroma Sampling 4:2:0
Bit rate mode : CBR
Display aspect ratio : 4:3 or 16:9
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type: Interlaced
Scan order: Top Field First (Upper Field First)

Bottom Field First files will have a flicker during motion.

 

Audio

 

Format :MPEG Audio

Format version : Version 1

Format profile : Layer 2

Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 192-384 Kbps is acceptable

Channel(s) : 2 channels (Stereo)

Sampling rate : 48.0 Khz

 

SD programs should be encoded as Full frame 4:3 aspect ratio. (Do not Letter Box).

Video

Format : MPEG2 (File Extension Needs to Be .mpg)
Bit Rate: 8Mbps CBR(All content must be constant bit-rate)

Format settings, GOP: M=3, N=15
Width :720 pixels
Height :480 pixels
Format : MPEG Video
Format version : Version 2
Standard: NTSC
Format profile : [email protected]
Chroma Sampling 4:2:0
Bit rate mode : CBR
Display aspect ratio : 4:3 or 16:9
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type: Interlaced
Scan order: Top Field First (Upper Field First)

Bottom Field First files will have a flicker during motion.

 

Audio

 

Format :MPEG Audio

Format version : Version 1

Format profile : Layer 2

Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 192-384 Kbps is acceptable

Channel(s) : 2 channels (Stereo)

Sampling rate : 48.0 Khz

 

SD programs should be encoded as Full frame 4:3 aspect ratio. (Do not Letter Box).

Lifestream Troubleshooting Contact Info

Difficulties uploading your MPEG? Contact technical support at:

Contact Name:  Chris Grey

Phone:               1-888-543-3250  Ext. 7

Email:                [email protected]

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