All Content must now be submitted in its ORIGINAL RECORDING. Only Recorded, Edited and Exported HD content should be submitted as HD content. If your content is SD, it should remain SD.


Quick Facts for Exporting:

  • Compression: H.264 (.movs are preferred - .mp4 do not play on Chrome on Macs)

  • Quality: 100%

  • Limit Data Rate to 10 Mbps (do not submit kbps)

  • Sound: MPEG4-4 AAC 48 kHz

  • 29.97 Frame Rate

  • 1920x1080 (HD 1080i) OR 720x480 (SD)

  • FILE NAME: Do not start with a number. Do not use spaces or special characters in your file name (except for underscores).

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This tutorial provides a step by step guide on how to submit your HD video content to DOM servers for ingestion into our broadcast system. This tutorial specifically demonstrates the steps for HD files, although these settings are required of all media submitted for broadcast. Make sure that you ingest SD content correctly. We strongly recommend reading the entire tutorial before you begin, and above there are video links to help walk you through the process. If you need assistance, please ask a station intern.

The key steps are      1) Preparing your video file for system ingestion,

                                  2) Exporting/transferring your video file to the ingest folder and

                                  3) Creating your show on the Denver Open Media website.


To successfully complete the steps in this tutorial you will need:

  • A current Basic (or higher) Membership at Denver Open Media

  • Be logged in to a computer in either the Learning Lab or Edit Lab;

  • See the ingest icon on your desktop or in Finder  

  • See the "MPEG Streamclip" icon on the dock or in Finder               

  • HD content to submit to the station!                 

If you have difficulty meeting any of the above requirements, please see one of the interns or staff at the DOM Help Desk.


1) Preparing your video for ingestion

  • Double click on MPEG Streamclip

  • Mount DVD or external drive at Workstation.

    • Our lab computers no longer have disc drives. Technology is moving away from DVDs! Please reserve a Blu-Ray drive from the Editing section of the reservations page.

    • Connect the disc or external drive into the USB port on the iMac. You should then see the DVD or other media icon appear on your desktop.  If the DVD Player application or QuickTime automatically launches, you can preview your DVD, stop or Quit.

  • Transfer Video to MPEG Streamclip - Open your media file in MPEG Streamclip.

    • Click on your file and drag to the center of MPEG Streamclip as seen below.

  • Trim and Quality Check

    • You can now play the video by either touching the space bar or “L” key. You can also drag the playhead using the mouse. For Fine Tuning: go frame by frame using the right and left arrow keys on the keyboard.

    • Trim the beginning and end of the program

      • Move the playhead to the location where the program should start, then press the “I” key for IN. Then move the playhead to where the program should end and press the “O” key for OUT.

  • Once, you've completed the process of setting your IN and OUT Points, go to Edit -> Trim in the Menu bar to Trim your video.

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*Make sure that you have cut out (trimmed) all black, bars, or anything else that is not part of your actual show - we only want your actual video, nothing else.*

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2) Export Video to Ingest Folder

  • Export and Quality Check - Once you have finished trimming your video, you are ready to export.

    • From the MPEG Streamclip menu choose File->Export to Quicktime


  • Compression

    • MPEG Streamclip defaults to Apple Motion JPEG A. Click on that, and scroll up to H.264.


  • Quality

    • Next, drag the slider from 50% to 100%.

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  • Limit Data Rate

    • STEP 1 - Click on the box to the left of Limit Data Rate

    • STEP 2 - Enter 10 into the field next to it

    • STEP 3 - Change the dropdown from Kbps to Mbps.

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  • Audio

Change the third drop-down menu on the Sound Row from Auto to 48kHz.


And change Uncompressed Audio to MPEG4: AAC

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  • Frame Rate

TYPE IN 29.97 (this is the only acceptable frame rate)

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  • Frame Size: The radio button indicates your video's CURRENT dimensions and format. If this is anything but 1440x1080, 1280x720 or 1920x1080, please use Submitting DVD Content (Standard Definition) to ingest your content instead.

    • CHANGE 1440x1080, 1280x720 or 1920x1080 to 1920x1080 (HDTV1080i).

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  • Make Movie

    • Click "Make Movie" button at the bottom right-hand corner of the dialog box.

    • Name your file. DO NOT START WITH A NUMBER, AND DO NOT USE SPECIAL CHARACTERS IN YOUR FILE NAME! (underscores are an exception to this).

  • Save to ingest (you can find this on your desktop or in the finder window).

  • Click on Save.



  • A small window with a progress indicator will pop up.


  • Quality Control - As your video is encoding, check the Exporter Preview to make sure your video looks good. It should not look stretched or squashed. You can also export your video to the DESKTOP first. When it is finished, double-click your video file icon on the desktop to open in Quicktime and check that it plays, is trimmed, and looks and sounds correct.


  • Once your Video is fully Exported to the Ingest Drive - Take a break.

    • The system will take 10-15 minutes to check your video. If your video has been exported with the correct settings, it will show up in the Dropdown list in Submit a Show page on the Denver Open Media website.

  • Troubleshooting Problems

    • If your video doesn’t disappear from Ingest -  your video does not have a unique file name or is not the right file extension. Rename your video and try again.

    • If your video never appears in the Dropdown list, it likely has the wrong settings. Most typically, the frame rate or frame size is incompatible with our system. Check your settings and try again.

3) Submitting Your Video/Show

  • Login to your DOM website Dashboard.

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Click "Submit New Show" on the left side of the page and fill out the form. Please note the following:

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  • Fill out all of the required fields. * Red asterisks are next to all required fields.

  • Write a description of the show and maybe some exciting tidbits (this helps with search engine indexing).

  • Complete the Metadata fields: License, Themeblock, Genre, Rating, and Language.

  • Make sure you choose the correct rating! (TV-MA will only air from 10pm-6am)

  • Add a thumbnail of either a screenshot from your episode or your show’s logo. This isn’t required, but it will look more appealing to viewers on the website.

  • Your on-demand video will typically be available to play on the website within 24 hours or less.

Save and Agree to Terms


Read more info about DOM’s Content Policies.


Congratulations! You have now completed uploading your video! Don’t forget to Schedule, Share, and get Votes for your show so your show airs more often and get promoted to the HD Channel!


Don't forget, if you have any trouble submitting, please contact your friendly interns or staff at the DOM Help Desk. If you experience any technical problems with the system, please file a trouble report.