|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.