Uploading assets from the Mediabank AdEx application

This document provides a step by step guidance when delivering media files to Discovery Networks Denmark.

Important: From October 2016 (Mediabank 3.0) you may need to change your firewall rules in order to deliver mediafiles to us (Mediabank). Read more here: New firewall rules

Mediabank AdEx provides the easiest and most reliable asset transfer in the market. You will be guided trough the process with predefined forms to secure that mandatory information is provided and correct.

The above screen image shows the AdEx opening screen. You can choose between two options, Aspera upload and standard upload.

Upload with Aspera
This plugin secures your asset to be 100% error free upon delivery and it also use advanced compression techniques to speed up the transfer.
By choosing this method the AdEx application will check if the Aspera plugin is loaded and active. If yes, you will see the below message in top of your screen.
If not present, you will be guided to the Aspera support site to download it.

Standard upload
By choosing this method you simply use your standard file transfer functions in your browser.

If you get tired of this option you can "Save choice now and skip later" in which means that it will remember your credentials and skip straight to next screen as shown below.
If you regret your choice of transfer you can get back to the opening screen by pressing: < Change upload method  

Deliver Broadcast Content

After you have selected the Aspera or Standard upload you will find yourselves located in the below image.
And since you have selected this document you already know that "Deliver Broadcast content" is the way to go. Click on the green area to the right with the text  Add files .

Observe: The green wheel to the right is not documented since the input and selections are handled by the DND selected schemes it selves, when delivering the broadcast content.

When you are done clicking on the green  Add files  and finished selecting your Media file (or files) you will see something similar to the below menu.

File: That is the name of your media file ready for upload, normally with MOV or MFX extensions. (In our case, the not so realistic example mediafile "KBU at night.jpg".)

Destination: Again, select Discovery Networks Denmark since this is your destination.

Type: Selecting Discovery Networks Denmark (hereafter described as DND) provides two options in the drop down menu. 

  • Program Master
  • Review files DND

Media Id: You need to know your unique DND media Id and fill it in here. This is mandatory and without it, you will go nowhere. Your Media-Id is obtained from your project manager in DND 
Tag: If you have filled in your correct Media Id then the Tag field will open a whole new set of additional inputs fields for entering your metadata.

At this point you can click on  + Add more files   to load them into the Upload queue or just continue to fill in the TAG scheme for the present mediafile. If you have selected multiple mediafiles for the same destination and they share much of the same Metadata, you can check the box "Apply to all files" at the end of the first mediafile Tag scheme. All the other files will then be pre-filled with the first file metadata relieving you for the tedious identical schematic inputs. You must however go in and verify each mediafile Tag scheme to avoid false duplicates.

At some point you may have selected  the wrong media file for upload and you wish to remove it. Just click on the X all the way to the left of the file name and it will be removed from the upload queue. The original media file is not deleted.

If you should try to speed up the transfer with attempt to bypass the TAG process by clicking on the CHECKOUT  button you will be prompted by a message like below.

The TAG input schemes

Clicking on the Tag entry will reveal all the input field necessary to fill inn before the media file is checked out and ready for upload.
You will probably see one of the below schemes in expanded view dependent of the "Type" you selected. This document will focus on "Program Master". Check the heading In the upper left corner in the TAG scheme to secure you have the correct media file "Type". As you can see below there are different schemes for each medial file type.

If not already expanded, just click on the Media Information text to continue.


Media Information

Based on your obtained Media Id you attached to the media file, you will find the retrieved media information automatically filled in. Ensure that it is correct before you move on to next  step.

If you find the information contain errors you should contact your local administrator before proceeding further.
If you feel a need to check the technical specifications you can find the documentation in the related articles. Look for DND Delivery specs or click on the "Technical specifications" in the TAG scheme. 
Depending on the specifications, the media file will undergo an automated technical control but even a manual control by the Mediabank managers.


General Information

The next step is information of a more general character.

Notification list:
Clicking on Notification list will open a drop down menu of available predefined lists. Select the list that contains the recipients you wish to notify.
There is no present need to select a list since the TAG scheme contains the relevant recipients by default.
You may read more about Notification lists in the related articles.

Production Company:
The production company that is responsible for the production and the delivery. They will also be the recipient of the invoice from this delivery.
Select the correct production company from the drop down folder.

Post Production Company:
Here you select the name from available post production companies in the drop down folder. It could also be the same as the Production Company.
Select the correct production company from the drop down folder.

Enter the name of the participants in this program that is of interest to DND. It is a required input and the participants will be a part of the media files metadata.

Version Information

Fill in a description about this revision (version) vs. previous revision. (Not technical information). You can expand the text area window by dragging the lower right corner down and/or to the right.

Subtitles (Not a part of the DND Program Master)

Spoken language.
Select from a drop down menu for all spoken languages that need subtitling. Norwegian is already selected as default.

Comments for subtitling.
Additional information about subtitling can be entered here.

Distorted voice?
Check the box and enter additional information around the dialog in the distorted area.

Media Parts

Start of media:   Is always 00:00:00:00
End of media:    Are calculated from the time codes from the Part 1 to Part #.
     With additional 10 seconds black frames at the end of media.
Part 1:                 Timecode always start 30 sec delayed

Total duration of parts HH:MM:SS:FF is the calculated time excluded all pre/post frames.

Normally you end your media parts with the last frame 24 (FF)

If the Media delivery contains more than one part, then fill in the media start details and the total end of the media including all video parts. Click "+ Add another" for each additional Media part.


Dplay Info

If the media asset is destined for Dplay streaming service only, you must check this box.

Audio Information

The Audio EBU Loudness R128 standard is by default selected and conform with DNN & DND specifications..

Technical Comments

This is the place to write down any technicality issue, information about the delivery or Media issues. It could also be that part of the media deliberately have very distorted colors or similar. 

Press  Done  when ready and that will take you back to the opening screen. Your TAG button contains a "check mark" and you are ready to click on the  CHECKOUT  button.  

Pressing the  CHECKOUT  button will provide you with a delivery information containing:

  • Mediabank application: Mediabank AdEx
  • Client: DNN
  • Number of files: #
    • The name of the file(s)
    • Type: In this case a MASTER
    • Destination: Program Master
  • The cost and VAT specified
  • Read the terms & conditions and click inside its check box.

You still have  an opportunity to make changes to your delivery by pressing "Go to Files", otherwise click in the  Confirm Checkout  box and you are done.