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Video & Audio Capture & Encoding

For videotape source material, the encoding process begins with capturing your footage. Depending on the source videotape format, we use the industry-leading Black Magic Design Decklink SDI capture system (for Betacam SP or Digital Betacam masters) or high-quality Canopus video capture systems for semi-pro or consumer-level videotape sources.

Once the video has been captured, we use CINEMA CRAFT ® Encoder SP3, an MPEG2 encoder that enables us to create the ultimate level of picture quality. CCE-SP3 includes the "CINEMA CRAFT ® Xtream" encode engine that is highly rated by many compressionists around the world and has been utilized to create a considerable number of DVD titles. This encoder gives excellent results even at very low bit-rates (great for when you need to fit a large amount of video on a single-layer DVD).

The audio deserves the same level of quality, of course, and we use either a hardware-based professional Dolby Digital encoder, or Scenarist’s built-in Dolby Digital encoder. Either way, you can be assured of the highest level of audio quality, and since each system is a pro-certified Dolby Digital encoder you are permitted to display the Dolby Digital logo on the artwork of your completed DVD titles.

Naturally, we are able to encode both Dolby Digital 2.0 (stereo) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (surround) audio streams.


Source Materials

For professional DVD encoding we can accept either Betacam SP or Digital Betacam source tapes, as well as file-based formats such as AVI or QuickTime. If you have a high-definition file, we can down-convert that to the NTSC or PAL formats required by the DVD Video specifications. We also offer audio encoding from both professional DAT and DTRS (DA88) digital audio tape formats.

For semi-pro or consumer-level source tapes, we can accept a variety of formats such as DVCAM, mini-DV, S-VHS, Hi-8, etc. We can even download files from online sources such as YouTube or Vimeo and convert those to the correct specifications required by the DVD Video format.