Video

WATCH ABC Longform Video

WATCH ABC Video is a midroll opportunity that serves against full episode content, either on-demand or in live broadcast players. Maximum duration of video ads is :30 seconds and shorter durations are also accepted.

  • WATCH ABC - On Demand
  • WATCH ABC - Live Stream
   


Please allow five business days for testing and review.

Supported Platforms:

Desktop Mobile Tablet Connected Devices
More info on accepted platforms

Longform standard video support:

Desktop Mobile Tablet Connected Devices
Internet Explorer 8.0+ (Windows only)
Mozilla Firefox 8.0+
Google Chrome 17+
Safari 5.0+
WATCH ABC app on the following:

iPhone, iPod Touch - iOS 5.0+
WATCH ABC app on the following:

iPad, iPad Mini - iOS 5.0+
Android tablet - OS 4.0+
Kindle Fire
On Hulu and Hulu Plus


Duration:

  • 30 seconds maximum, 15 seconds minimum; video exceeding 30 seconds subject to approval

Video Submission and Encoding Specs:

  • ABC Digital Media Mezzanine File Format requirements
  • It is our intent to provide the highest possible experience to the consumer for both content and advertisements. As such, we ask that all file based deliveries follow the following guidelines:

    1. HD is preferred over SD. If an HD asset is available please provide this format.
    2. Please provide the highest quality digital master QuickTime file available within the technical specifications below. If your asset does not meet the technical requirements, do not convert your file to fit the specifications. Instead return to your digital master or tape and recreate the QuickTime mezzanine file.
    3. Video must be broadcast quality and void of any visible compression artifacts.
    4. Audio must be stereo, in sync with video and void of any distortion.
    5. Files must be in QuickTime format (specs below) with all file names ending in .mov.

  • QuickTime Mezzanine File Specifications
  • High Definition QuickTime (MOV)

    • Video Dimensions: 1920x1080 or 1280x720
    • Video Display Aspect Ratio: 16x9
    • Video Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square (1.0)
    • Video Frame Rate: 23.98 or 29.97, native frame rate only, do not adapt or convert
    • Video Scanning Method: Progressive ONLY
    • Video Codecs Accepted
    • ProRes HQ in MOV container
      h264 (50mbps at Main Profile @ Main Level, 4:2:0 color space) codec in MOV
      MP4 container
    • Audio: Stereo PCM 48khz, 16 or 24 bit
    • Audio Codecs Accepted:
    • Uncompressed
      AAC: 192kbps or higher
      MP3: 192kbps or higher
    • Other:
    • No letterboxing or pillarboxing
      :15 or :30 duration
      10GB max file size
      No slates, countdowns, or leaders

  • Standard Definition QuickTime (MOV)
    • Video Dimensions: 720x486
    • Video Aspect Ratio: 4x3
    • Video Pixel Aspect Ratio: D1 (0.9)
    • Video Frame Rate: 29.97
    • Video Scanning Method: Progressive (preferred) or Interlaced where noted below.
    • Video Codecs Accepted:
    • ProRes: Progressive or Lower Field dominance
      ProRes (HQ): Progressive or Lower Field dominance
      DVCPro (50mbps): Progressive or Lower Field dominance
      DV (25mbps): Progressive or Lower Field dominance
      Animation: Progressive scanning only
      h264 (10mbps): Progressive scanning only
      Uncompressed 10 bit: Progressive or Lower Field dominance
      Uncompressed 8bit: Progressive or Lower Field dominance
    • Audio: Stereo, 48khz or 44.1khz, 16bit
    • Audio Codecs Accepted:
    • Uncompressed
      AAC: 192kbps or higher
      MP3: 192kbps or higher


Tape Submissions:

  • High Definition Tape Format (preferred) accepted: D5 or HDCAM-SR in 1080/23.98psf or 720p/60 formats with stereo audio. 1080i format will not be accepted.
  • Unacceptable formats such as VHS, Mini DV, DVDs or any formats not listed above will be rejected.
  • Please deliver tapes only to:
  • Robert Longwell
    ABC Digital Media
    4151 Prospect Ave
    Los Feliz Tower #320
    Los Angeles, CA 90027

  • Video may click through to a sponsor's website
  • ABC reserves the right of final approval on video submissions.

No 4th party serving is allowed. This ad unit must be served by VAST tag from an accepted third party vendor:

Impression (1x1) and click command tracking is accepted from the following third party vendors:


Please allow seven business days for testing and review.

Supported Platforms:

Desktop Mobile Tablet Connected Devices
More info on accepted platforms

Longform VAST support:

Desktop Mobile Tablet Connected Devices
Internet Explorer 8.0+ (Windows only)
Mozilla Firefox 8.0+
Google Chrome 17+
Safari 5.0+
WATCH ABC app on the following:

iPhone, iPod Touch - iOS 5.0+
WATCH ABC app on the following:

iPad, iPad Mini - iOS 5.0+
Android tablet - OS 4.0+
Kindle Fire
N/A



VAST Version Support: 2.0, 3.0

Video Asset Specs

Each VAST tag should include the following two video renditions:

Low Resolution Rendition:

  • Dimensions: 1280x720
  • Format: MPEG4 (MP4)
  • Duration: 15, 30 seconds (one duration per tag)
  • Optimal Bitrate: 1700kbps
  • Frame rate: 23.98 or 29.97 frames/second

High Resolution Rendition:

  • Dimensions: 1920x1080
  • Format: MPEG4 (MP4), QuickTime (MOV)
  • Duration: 15, 30 seconds (one duration per tag)
  • Optimal Bitrate: 15000kbps
  • Frame rate: 23.98 or 29.97 frames/second

VAST Tracking Acceptance

  • Impression
  • Quartile: 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%
  • Clicks

Additional VAST Specs

  • Companion units must be specified in the "StaticResource" area (NOT the HTMLResource or IframeResource)
  • Please see VAST-XML-Acceptance.docx for specific details regarding what VAST metrics are handled by the ABC FEP

  • Site reserves right of final approval on creative assets
  • All targeting & capping will only be applied by ABC
    • This includes, but is not limited to: geo targeting, frequency capping, interval capping, max goal capping, time targeting, and demo targeting
    • The IP address may be blocked or displayed in a way that the vendor cannot determine the origin
    • Any targeting capping applied on the vendor end can prevent the ad from displaying, create discrepancies, and can break the player. Due to this, vendors will not apply targeting/capping in their system. ABC will apply all necessary targeting/capping to ensure correct delivery
  • Flighting will be controlled by ABC
    • VAST tags will remain live for the duration of the advertiser's flight. If an ad needs to be taken down for a period of time ABC will be responsible for executing this request
  • ABC reserves the right to pull any ads from their properties. This can be due to violating any of the above bullet points, poor ad quality, inappropriate content, creating a poor user experience
  • ABC can revoke the "Approved Vendor" status at any time and can refuse to serve tags from a specific vendor

No 4th party serving is allowed. This ad unit must be served by VAST tag from an accepted third party vendor:

Impression (1x1) and click command tracking is accepted from the following third party vendors:




Please allow seven business days for testing and review.

Supported Platforms:

Desktop Mobile Tablet Connected Devices
More info on accepted platforms

IMPORTANT: Only accepted in On-Demand content

Longform Interactive Video support:

Desktop Mobile Tablet Connected Devices
Internet Explorer 8.0+ (Windows only)
Mozilla Firefox 8.0+
Google Chrome 17+
Safari 5.0+
N/A N/A N/A


File Format:

  • Adobe Flash (SWF) - ActionScript 3.0

Dimensions:

  • 1280x720
  • Please note: The bottom 45 pixels of the ad space are covered by player controls; please keep any logos or text out of that space to avoid conflicts.

Platforms:

  • WATCH ABC desktop only (interactive flash ad not accepted on iPad, iPhone, and Hulu)

Frame Rate:

  • 20 FPS

Dimensions

To ensure proper dimensions when loaded into the application the first frame should contain an element that is exactly 1280x720 pixels.

Canvas Area

Elements must be kept within the 1280x720 pixel canvas area. Elements outside the boundaries of the stage - such as masks - can cause unpredictable results when loaded into the application.

Video

Format

All video formats supported by Flash Player 9 can be used in the Interactive Ad. For more info, please refer to the Adobe website.

Please note that it is best practice to also provide a QuickTime (MOV) file in the specs below:

  • Video Dimensions: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16x9
  • Video Frame Rate: 23.98, 29.97 or 59.94

Audio
Audio volume should not exceed the volume of the content. Audio levels should average -12db on a digital VU meter and should not exceed 6 db.

Embedding
Embedding large media - video and long audio - directly into Interactive Ad is strongly discouraged. It is recommended that media be encoding into an external file to be loaded by the Interactive Ad.

  • Interactive Ad kept smaller, loads quickly, and more immediately engages user
  • Interactive Ad can begin playing media while media is downloading
File Size

Interactive Ad files should be kept under 400 K. It is recommended that Interactive Ads and external assets larger than 150kb incorporate a loading screen.

Frame-Rate

When loaded into the application, all Interactive Ads are rendered at the 20 FPS. Problems can occur if the Interactive Ad was not designed to run at the same frame-rate.

  • Interactive Ads w/ smaller native frame-rates will render more quickly than designed
  • Interactive Ads w/ larger native frame-rates will render more slowly than designed
Persistent Visual

Ads should end w/ visual content that endures longer than the ad break. Ads should not fade to black.

  • All Interactive Ads should be built in ActionScript 3
  • Site reserves right of final approval on creative assets

This ad unit must be served in-house.

For ads served in-house, impression (1x1) and click command tracking is accepted from the following third party vendors: