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Technical Guidelines (without costs)

Technical guidelines for TV productions in HD and SD

The Technical Guidelines – HDTV are periodically revised by the TPRF Working Group and aligned with the current technical standards. Relevant amendments, modifications, and revisions are noted in each new edition. The specifications in each edition remain in force up to the publication of the next edition. Interim versions of the TPRF-HDTV Guidelines contain amendments and revisions for purposes of information and clarification as well as minor modifications, and they are identified by a new status date.

Technical guideline TPRF-HDTV – Status of November 2016

Technical guideline TPRF-SDTV 

Please find information on the introduction of MXF Profile (ARD_ZDF_HDF) as an ARD / ZDF standard here.

ARD/ZDF – Speech intelligibility in Television (only available in German)


ARD/ZDF - Sprachverständlichkeit im Fernsehen (only available in German)

MXF profiles for HD and SD

Below you can find the MXF Profiles for HD/SD program material as specified by ARD, ZDF, ORF and ARTE.






Since 4 April 2017, version 1.2 of the HDF profiles is available for download. Compared to version 1.1, the main changes comprise further explanations about several file properties as well as minor error corrections. Files that are compatible to version 1.1 remain compatible to version 1.2!

ARD_ZDF_HDF01a - XDCAM 422, 1080i/25, 8 Audio Tracks - v1.2
ARD_ZDF_HDF01b - XDCAM 422, 1080i/25, 16 Audio Tracks - v1.2
ARD_ZDF_HDF02a - AVC-I 100, 1080i/25, 8 Audio Tracks - v1.2
ARD_ZDF_HDF02b - AVC-I 100, 1080i/25, 16 Audio Tracks - v1.2
ARD_ZDF_HDF03a - AVC-I 100, 720p/50, 8 Audio Tracks - v1.2
ARD_ZDF_HDF03b - AVC-I 100, 720p/50, 16 Audio Tracks - v1.2

The following document describes a recommended practice for Timecodes in MXF files that contain the MPEG2 Long GOP format (HDF01a/b).

Recommended Practice – MXF Timing for ARD_ZDF_HDF01a/b

For SD, MXF profiles have also been specified.

ARD_ZDF_SDF02 – DVbased50, 576i/25, 8 Audio Tracks – v1.0
ARD_ZDF_SDF01 – D10, 576i/25, 1 Audio Track (8-channels) – v1.0

HDR Signalisation in MXF for H.264

This document is a first draft for a future MXF Profile based on H.264. Currently, the focus of the document is the signalisation of HDR (High Dynamic Range) within the essence and accordingly in the wrapper. Further specification (audio, video, technical metadata, etc.) will be added as needed. This document reflects the requirements of ARD, ZDF, SRG and ARTE.

XML format for the distribution of subtitles for catch-up TV

EBU-TT-D-Basic-DE, German only

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