S3D - Stereoscopic 3D Finishing
If you’re producing Stereo 3D television shows our Trusted Post Production Team is here to help. Whether you shoot with a stereo twin lens camera, a mirror rig or a side-by-side rig, our team understands the steps necessary to correct 3D issues, colour grade and output broadcast-ready productions. We can also author an auto-play side-by-side Blu-Ray disc which can be played back on any Blu-Ray player and viewed on a 3D HDTV or monitor. Our team can help design a post production workflow which will save you money, time and a lot of frustration. We’re always open to discuss projects at the pre-production stage so please contact us for a tour and a meeting today!
HD Finishing, Colour Correction & Grading
Our editors will transform your project from ordinary to extraordinary! We can conform from your Final Cut Pro or Avid sequence using S3D, HD or SD tape or digital files. Ingest any animation or graphic files and add new graphics, name supers, titles or logos as required. Blur problem areas in any scene and add colour correction and colour grading to give the show the visual impact you were shooting for. Our team also understands complex broadcast technical and delivery specifications so there’s no need for you to worry.
Story telling is our passion. If you’re looking for experienced creative editors you’ve come to the right place. Working closely with talented producers and directors, our team have edited award-winning documentaries, television specials, series, direct response television, commercials and independent films. Our fully equipped off-line edit suite is also available for self-operate projects if you want to bring in your own editor for the off-line and have us finish the project.
Tape Outputs & Digital Delivery
No matter if we are outputting a file from your hard drive or a final colour-graded Avid or Final Cut project which we finished, our team pays careful attention to every aspect to ensure that broadcast specification are met. If we notice an error in a supplied file we will call to discuss the issue so that our client is fully aware of possible technical problems. We also output all broadcast projects through a calibrated legalizer to help ensure that Broadcast Safe video levels are achieved. Most projects can be down-converted, up-converted or cross-converted to meet world-wide delivery requirements. Our multiple tape formats include: HDCAM-SR, HDCAM, DVCPRO-HD, XDCAM, HDV, DBeta, BetaSP, DVCPRO and DVCAM. Most programs can also be delivered digitally to meet any broadcasters requirements.
Video Digitizing & Encoding
We can digitize or ingest from almost any source and store the media on our 24 Terabyte server or your removable hard drive. For delivery we can encode your project to any specification at any frame size and frame rate. Our team of technical experts can advise on what type of encoding CODEC will be best suited for your application. Our Digital Service Station enables producers and editors to edit in-house while taking advantage of our technical expertise and equipment for ingest and output.
HD & SD Closed Captioning/Subtitling
PPD’s staff are closed captioning experts! Working from supplied transcripts or just final videos we can close caption or subtitle any show for Broadcast, Webcast, DVD and Blu-Ray. We normally work in English or French but if we are supplied with line-by-line English translations we can work in almost any language.
Described video is now required by many broadcasters. This is a separate stereo or mono audio track which has a narrator describing the action in the scene for those viewers who are visually impaired. PPD will handle all aspects of this requirement, from writing the script to hiring a male or female non-union narrator, recording, mixing with the stereo program tracks and laying to tape for the broadcaster. If we produce the descriptive video track at the same time as we closed caption the program there is a cost savings.
Blu-Ray and DVD Authoring
Most shows are now edited in HD so it is only natural that we provide Blu-Ray authoring so that the full HD image can be enjoyed by the viewer. Many film festivals, broadcasters, corporate events and consumers are asking for Blu-Ray disks. PPD can also down-convert HD media to standard definition DVD for those viewers who do not own Blu-Ray players. Our services include encoding, authoring, menu creation, colour label and colour insert creation and duplication.
Our LTO-4 media back-up service is available for both original camera media and finished projects. For finished projects we can back-up all the media in the project or only the media actually used in the final timeline. Storing media for long periods of time on hard drives can be risky as drives can fail if they are not spun up on a regular basis so we recommend tape storage. The LTO-4 tapes provide inexpensive, long-term, dependable storage. Each tape holds 750 Gigabytes of media and we maintain a database of which projects are on every tape for fast, efficient retrieval of data. Backing up final projects has saved our clients hours of grief when clients or distributors ask for alternative versions or changes to the original project. Once a show is backed up it can be quickly restored to our editing platforms with all video and audio tracks available to our editors. [less