Time Sync

The Time Sync and Sidebar provide a series of interactive elements presented as overlays timed to the video to enable targeted interactions with the ad—all while keeping the viewer firmly in control.


  • Format: VPAID
  • Dimensions (W x H): 16:9 Aspect Ratio


Initial overlay banner(s):

  •  File size: 100KB
  •  Should not consume more than 2/10 of the available player screen.
  •  Positioned:  This may or may not be fixed, & may contain multiple ad components e.g.

Expanded Overlay(s):

  • Initiated on-click.
  • Can occupy 8/10 of the player screen.
  • Once overlay format displays it must have a clearly visible ‘Close Ad X’ button positioned in the top right hand corner that WILL collapse 100% of the overlay, & return to the playing Pre-roll.

As with the Initial overlay banner each expanded overlay must not interfere with the Players Control Bar.

The expanded overlay can contain as much detail & engagement you feel is appropriate.
Example Size(s): Pre-roll 640×360, Initial Overlay 320×108, Expanded Overlay 576×324.

Technical Specs
VPAID ads for RTÉ Player may contain the following asset types: SWF, JPG, GIF, PNG and h.264 (MP4 wrapper).

  • Video File Format: MPEG2 or MPEG4
  • Duration: Max 30 Seconds
  • Bitrate: MPEG2 – Minimum 4Mb/s or MPEG4 – Minimum 2Mb/s
  • Audio Levels: Must not exceed – 12db
  • Video File Size: 3.5 MB (MIN), 15MB (MAX)
  • Non Video (assets) File Size: 500KB

Companion MPU (300×250) Ad

  • Format: SWF, JPG, GIF, PNG
  • File Size: 40KB


Submission Guideline(s) 
IMPORTANT: To be supplied as a VAST Tag.

Certified Partner(s)
Sizmek, Doubleclick, innovid
See also: www.iab.net/media/file/dv-timesync.pdf

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