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Rolyn Barthelman
Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 19, 2009 at 10:38:56 pm

Hi.

I have created content for two dvds I'm looking to have authored and replicated.

They are ENTIRELY black and white. Not even any grey values / gradations.

I want to take them to get authored and have masters made, but the place that I've been dealing with (and seems pretty reputable) is asking me to supply my final materials on DigiBeta.

Other people that have some experience in this have suggested that I should be able to supply someone with Uncompressed Quicktimes, or Animation Quicktimes...

I really can do anything that is required, but ultimately, I'll want to do what will result in the best possible quality end product.

Like I said, all the artwork in my movies is black and white... And it's all built from solids or linked Illustrator files. In other words, all vector.

Can anyone guide me as to how I can identify an authoring company that is giving me the approach with the least amount of pixel pounding? In other words, if it were you, what is the leanest approach to getting the best quality dvds.

Likely I left some key piece of information out to help someone answer me, so please let me know if so and I'll be happy to elaborate.

Thanks in advance for your time.

-Rolyn







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eric pautsch
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 19, 2009 at 11:59:06 pm

Either way you'd be OK. The authoring company your looking at is using a hardware set up so going to tape would fit their work flow. Several software encoders are available which will do just as good of job without having to dump to tape...Cinemacraft is one.



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Rolyn Barthelman
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:10:21 am

So outputting all my movies with Animation compression out of AE, then dumping to DigiBeta, then letting them take it into their system and us their Sonic SD-2000 is a pretty clean way of getting to my end product in your opinion?

This is the company I am dealing with and what they say they use:
http://www.tobinproductions.com/pages/dvd_authoring.html




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eric pautsch
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:14:32 am

Absolutely!



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Max Kovalsky
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 4:24:52 am

SD-2000 is a decent encoder, but it's an old technology. There have been a lot of improvements to mpeg2 since the SD series was developed. Cinemacraft is just one of the examples.

Max
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Blu-ray producer
New York
Area4.tv


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Rolyn Barthelman
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:22:02 pm

Does anyone by chance know of an affordable authoring facility that uses the Cinemaworks codec?


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Rolyn Barthelman
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:22:51 pm

Oops. Meant Cinemacraft obviously.


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eric pautsch
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 3:33:27 pm

I do but, I'm on the west coast. eric at poweragemedia dot com





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Max Kovalsky
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 3:46:37 pm

Eric, you beat me to it :) but we have an even newer implementation of mpeg2 in Sony's Blu-code, which can encode from file or tape.

http://www.area4.tv/downloads/A4_blu-code.pdf

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/products/pdf/blu-code_brochure.pdf

And we're in New York :)



Max
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Blu-ray producer
New York
Area4.tv


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eric pautsch
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 4:02:37 pm

Yeah...newer is always better :)



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Rolyn Barthelman
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 6:04:02 pm

Well, I'm not looking to do Blu-Ray just yet...

Given that my artwork is big, bold, and ONLY black and white (not even gradations), that I'm probably fine with Sonic SD 2000 codec?

Sounds like that's the case? Or would I notice a significant quality jump with the Cinemacraft?



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Max Kovalsky
Re: Newbie Question, I guess... Format, Asset Prep.
on Jan 20, 2009 at 9:20:09 pm

SD card will probably do fine.

BTW.. Blu-code does SD DVD also, not only Blu-ray.

Max
--
Blu-ray producer
New York
Area4.tv


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