The DMDS Team Blog

10Aug/100

DMDS Newsletter #6

IN THIS ISSUE

DMDS Delivers Music Videos to MTV Networks
The Preview Panel Revisited
The DMDS Library: Better, Faster, Stronger
User Profile: Steven Gottlieb


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DMDS Delivers Music Videos to MTV Networks

In April, MTV Networks began accepting music video submissions digitally through DMDS. The new submission process lets music video promoters, record labels, and artists instantly submit videos to broadcast across any MTV property, including MTVU, Tr3s, MTV2, VH1 Soul, and many others. Related stations like CMT and BET will also be available soon.

To get started, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Set up a DMDS Sender account,
  2. Upload a high quality digital video created in your favorite non-linear editor or via QuickTime and ensure you’ve entered all the required data about your track.
  3. Create a Release and select your desired destinations for delivery.

How It Works

We’ve worked with our friends at MTV to come up with an easier digital version of the old submission process. You won’t need to fill out your paper form and send multiple versions of a video on a digi-beta. All data, communication and delivery is tracked and managed online for your review. It’s a quick and easy collaboration tool for you and the Acquisition Managers at MTV. Most importantly, your video is delivered in less than half the time it normally takes.

The Acquisition Manager, Programming and Standards and Practices team review your submission and collaborate online to approve or request revisions to your submission. You’ll receive an email notification if a revision is requested, at which point your production house or editor makes the changes and uploads the new version to DMDS for you to attach to the original release. The best part…with DMDS Music Video Delivery, you can send multiple revisions of your video as requested by the MTV Team at no additional cost.

After MTV receives and approves your revisions, you’ll receive an e-mail from DMDS telling you which stations the video was accepted for, along with any comments from the MTV Team. From there, the video is ingested by the Network Operations Center and is ready for broadcast.

Stay in the know

You can find out the status of your music video submissions to various broadcast outlets quickly and easily with our online reporting system. Now you have 24/7/365 access to see whose watched or downloaded your video.

For more information on setting up an account or preparing your digital video file please call or email us at 1-866-992-9902 or support@dmds.com.

The Preview Panel Revisited

It’s always been there - at the top right corner of your library page – quickly displaying the details of whatever item you’re currently looking at. It's the DMDS preview panel! Recently we took the Preview panel and gave it a few more features that let you view a release or an order, get it to your computer, and then on the air even faster!

Let’s go through a ‘before and after’ to give you a sense of what’s new:

Play media right from the library page

Before: The preview pane displayed the primary picture – whether that’s album artwork for a music album or a brand’s logo for a television spot. You saw a count of how many songs, videos, or documents were attached to the release. Plus the preview pane told you the artist or brand, and the name of the release.

After: Now you’ll see the actual media contained in the release and have the ability to stream or add it to your download bin all from the preview panel. For videos, the preview panel even lets you pick which file format you’d like to download.

Is a video SD or HD? And how about closed captioning?

Before: The preview panel was a little shy about the video it was displaying. If you wanted to get information on a video, you’d need to go to the details of a release/order or stream the video to find out whether it was closed captioned or whether it was in SD or HD.

After: The preview panel now displays icons that tell you a little more about the video you are watching. Now you can tell whether a video is in SD or HD, NTSC or PAL, and whether it’s closed captioned. We also make it fast and easy to see the length of the video and the associated ISRC or AD-ID (ISCI).

DMDS video is QA checked and ready to air!

Before: We check every video that gets delivered on DMDS – both through an automated and a manual QA inspection. We’re delivering broadcast-quality video, so we want to make sure that broadcasters can download and ingest right away for air. In the old Panel, if you wanted to check whether a particular video was already reviewed by our QA team, you had to view the details page for the release.

After: Now you can review which videos have been checked directly from the preview panel. Our DMDS award pin shows you the video has been reviewed and approved. Within the details/documents of each release, you’ll find comments on any issues that our QA team came across with a particular video.

The DMDS Library: Better, Faster, Stronger

DMDS recently unleashed the latest addition to its patented digital delivery system for radio and television broadcasters. Log into your account and you’ll see a new and improved library where you can find releases and orders much faster than before, plus you can download any file without leaving your search results page.

Search by music tracks, video orders, or any file name

Radio stations can directly search ISRC codes for any DMDS release. So if you’re missing information for your log files at the end of the month, we can help you with that. Just sign into your DMDS account at any time and get all the release information straight from the label.

Are you an advertising agency like The Gary Group, a television station like WABC, or a cable network like MTV Networks? If you’re working in a Master Control Room at a television station, for example, you’ll be able to quickly search any ISCI or Ad-ID number to find the order with the video or audio file that you need to broadcast. We’ll even send it to you in a format you already use, complete with any timecoding or closed captioning from the studio or production house.

Download it all from one spot

Download a file directly from a release without ever leaving your library page. The new and improved Preview pane on the top-right of your library now has download and play buttons. Highlight any release you want and you’ll see any audio and video files. You can even pick which video format you want to download!

Your track title is how long? Yeah, we can handle that

Okay, we probably won’t see many long track titles like Pink Floyd’s “Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict” again, but you never know. So we gave you the ability to expand the track list and hide all of the information panes on the right hand side of your library page. Just click on the grey vertical bar between the library and the information panes. You might not see the entire title, but you’ll see more of it than ever before.

Top Downloads

"Misery"

Maroon 5
Universal

"Hands Up"

Hedley
Universal

"Love The Way You Lie"

Eminem feat. Rihanna
Universal

"Come Back Song"

Darius Rucker
EMI

"Whoa Is Me"

Down With Webster
Universal

Top Streams

"Misery"

Maroon 5
Universal

"(Love Is Like A) Heatwave"

Phil Collins
Warner

"Today I'm Gonna Try and Change The World"

Johnny Reid
EMI

"Hands Up"

Hedley
Universal

"Whoa Is Me"

Down With Webster
Universal

DMDS USER PROFILE

Steven Gottlieb

Steven Gottlieb
Video Static

As the principal of Video Static, Steven J Gottlieb has formulated and executed multi-platform music video marketing campaigns for a wide array of major and indie label artists of all genres. The company also provides consulting services for both music video production and programming, in addition to operating the videostatic.com blog, recognized as the go-to industry source for all music video news and reviews. Gottlieb is the former Senior Editor of the now defunct music video industry trade magazine, CVC Report.

Steven on DMDS:
"Using DMDS is as easy as creating an email blast... The process is streamlined and professional. And just as importantly, the results are effective. I've used DMDS on several video submissions so far and have been very pleased with the responses so far"

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