SMV is pleased to be able to offer several additional services, a la carte. Some of the additional services offered include equipment rental, repurposing, and time tailoring.
If you are in need of post production equipment, but not necessarily in need of a producer and editor, SMV can offer equipment rental for various film, broadcast TV, video and editing use. SMV is a multi-faceted supplier of audio and video equipment for either single or multi camera recording and productions. They also offer equipment to use in editing and post production, to meet all of your project needs.
SMV is continuously expanding their inventory of equipment available for rent and their staff is always learning new techniques and skills, and our graphics staff is available to help you with designing and programming.
When every second counts and the time matters, you may find it necessary to trim a few seconds off of your project, from time to time. Rather than taking your film or video back to an edit suite to work on time tailoring yourself, hand it over to the team at SMV and let them take care of it for you. Their team has the latest in time tailoring technology, which allows your video to fit within tight time constraints or parameters. SMV’s computers and software have the ability to immediately detect and remove any additional and unnecessary pauses, which can quickly add up. Removing these extra pauses or breaths will allow your project to work in the time allotted, or your file to be within the size limitations.
SMV can also help you when it comes time to make a repurposing map or plan for your content, material, or projects. Marketing Sherpa’s blog lists seven general tips to keep in mind when it comes to content repurposing. While the tips here were developed more for the purpose of repurposing content for marketing purposes, this can particularly apply if you are using your produced content for marketing or promotion purposes.
Create a repurposing map. Create content with the mindset of making it rich for repurposing from the very beginning. This way, it is easier to plan and map out your intentions ahead of time. Don’t stop at the first layer; instead, stretch the content and information as far as you can.
Don’t rely on duplicating content. Repurposing doesn’t simply mean regurgitating the same content on different pages. Take a concept as a whole, and then break off several smaller chunks. Then, use these new chunks to create new content in a manner that is both easy and efficient.
Start off with a robust piece of content. Repurposing is easier if you start with a big piece of content, then walk through all of the smaller pieces of content within that you can build upon.
Break up the robust content into smaller topics. Take big pieces of content, such as a webinar, and break them up into different sections. Then, those sections can each be turned into individual topics that can be remarketed as their own stand alone pieces.
Cultivate user generated content. One of the most compelling repurposing options is to create user generated content. Your consumers or customers will find this information engaging and useful, and user generated content may turn up questions or insights that you and your team hadn’t thought of.
Utilize video. Video tends to be the easiest way to quickly produce and repurpose content. Once the video is produced, you can use it for a number of purposes.
Reuse a great sentence. Keep track of individual sentences or great quotes from transcripts or webinars. In a pinch, this list of pull-out quotes and insights can be very helpful in your repurposing strategy.
Duplication allows you to replicate your audio or video project, allowing you to harness the power of new media platforms and, in the end, get your project to more viewers. SMV has the capabilities to duplicate your project and deliver it in any way – all deliverables, all formats, all quantities, and all standards.
Deliverables and Formats
Deliverables are essentially a collection of finished products that are required to release a film or project. Deliverables are the last part of the production process, completed by the production team, and then delivered to the distributor.
SMV is your go to team for all of your deliverable needs. We have the ability to output your program or video to any format, and also digital delivery options.
SMV offers many different end deliverable formats for your projects, to help you harness the growing power of new media platforms. SMV can stream your content or material directly to the web, or post it to either your FTP site, or ours, for immediate playback. Additionally, your material can be sized to fit many mobile platforms.
SMV works with virtually all media formats, and continually evolves and develops to stay at the forefront of media technology. The format for your material will depend largely on where it is going. For instance, some outlets prefer material to be delivered in an actual tape format. While these outlets are becoming fewer and farther in between, they do still exist, which makes tape still a viable option. If your material, such as a public service announcement, infomercial, or paid programming, is being delivered to a television station, most still prefer material to arrive via a DVD, or even uploaded as a digital file, to a site such as FTP. Other outlets, such as cinemas or theaters, often exclusively accept digital files.
With all of the time, energy, and money you have invested into the project, don’t let it all get hung up in dealing with the deliverables. Be sure to work with someone who is experienced in all formats of deliverables, and can provide you with a high quality end product.
SMV has the bandwidth to accommodate any quantity you may need for your projects, regardless of scale, as well as all standards. SMV has been leading the way in media technology since 1982, and continues to be a trailblazer in the industry to this day. To find out more about how they can help with your current or future projects, or to schedule a tour of their state of the art facilities, give them a call or connect with them online today!
Conversion is the act of converting media material from one file format or standard to another. SMV is proud to offer the most technologically advanced standards converters, including Teranex and the Alchemist Platinum. The high level of quality in conversions translates to a high level of quality in the end result of your project or materials, ensuring your complete and utmost satisfaction.
Teranex is a world-renowned standards converter that allows you to move between hundreds of video or file formats instantly. Master files are converted in full quality, allowing for universal distribution compatible with any end user requirements. Teranex has seemingly endless uses not only in broadcast television studios, but also in production and post production houses, with its ability to convert files from virtually any television format into any other television format at the highest quality. Teranex can be used for everyday conversion, as well as for protecting equipment, such as decks, transmitters, encoders, and switchers, from standards they don’t support, simply by installing Teranex before adding the video input.
Teranex also operates at the highest level of quality standards, allowing for instant calculations on thousands of pixels simultaneously, giving you true super computer imaging capabilities. Processes are applied in such a way that Teranex conversions are actually indistinguishable from the master files.
Simply put, Teranex allows for more conversions that any other solution or system. It includes supremely high quality de-interlacing, down conversion, up conversion, standard definition and high definition cross / standards conversion, and automatic cadence detection and removal, even with previously edited content.
SMV is also proud to offer the Alchemist Platinum Ph.C motion-compensated standards converter. This converter also has many uses, and produces the ultimate in standards conversion quality and ensures precise performance. The Alchemist also has the most highly advanced standards conversion motion estimation techniques currently available and CleanCut interpolation, which delivers superior results and clear, crisp imagery.
The Alchemist Platinum offers many features and benefits, including:
Motion-compensated conversions using Ph.C vectors, which work with either standard definition or high definition video. This is the most advanced technique available.
- 12-bit 4:4:4 internal processing
- Excellent signal to noise ratio
- Proprietary 46 point interpolation, which delivers maximum horizontal and vertical resolution
- CleanCut interpolation, which allows for no smearing across changes of scene
- Embedded audio, delayed and rate converted
- Advanced self-testing diagnostics software system
- Full RollCall remote control, which also includes RollTrack for external audio delays
BLU-RAY / DVD
A Blu-Ray disc is a digital optical disc form of data storage, capable of storing and playing back high definition video resolution. The Blu-Ray was designed to supersede and surpass the DVD disc. The Blu-Ray disc looks identical to a DVD or a CD, but that is where the similarities end. Blu-Ray discs were given their name from the blue laser than is used to read the disc, which will allow information to be stored at a greater density than possible with the longer-wavelength red lasers used to read DVDs. This allows for a better viewing experience on Blu-Ray discs. Sony was the frontrunner in the production of Blu-Ray Disc prototypes, releasing the first one in October 2000. The design and function continued to be tweaked until the official release of Blu-Ray in June 2006.
Engineers continue to work on and develop the technology of Blu-Ray discs, even though the technical specifications have been finalized. There are also other variations of the Blu-Ray disc, including Blu-Ray 3D. Blu-Ray 3D discs only work with Blu-Ray 3D players, and PlayStation 3 gaming consoles that have the upgraded firmware. Another format is the 4K Blu-Ray disc, which will support both a higher dynamic range by increasing its color depth to 10-bit per color, and also offer a greater color gamut by using the Rec. 2020 color space. 4K Blu-Ray technology should be licensed in mid-2015, with 4K Blu-Ray players being available in time for the 2015 holiday shopping season.
Leading the industry-wide trend of file-based digital services, SMV offers a wide range of digital file transcoding and encoding, to and from virtually any Codecs and Containers.
Digital file authoring can best be described as the organization and burning stages of creating a DVD. Authoring is when you create the disc menus, as well as arrange the audio and video files. From there, authoring software takes all of the pieces you created – the audio, video, menus, subtitles – and creates the BUP, VOB, and IFO files that are found on a DVD.
Due to the fact that most authoring software has a built-in burning engine, authoring is normally a streamlined, single step process. However, there are other options available, which allow for authoring DVD files to a folder on the hard drive, which will allow for additional testing.
Preparing your master files for replication is a very important process, so you want to ensure that all of your master files sound exactly as you want them to. SMV offers replication services of DVDs as well as Blu-Rays, and accepts master files in many formats. Feel free to give them a call if you have any questions about the types of formats accepted, or if you would like to know if you master files would benefit from additional post production services before replication.
In addition to production and post production services, SMV also offers the highest quality film transfers, transferring 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film directly to a hard drive, DVD, and/or Blu-Ray disc. SMV uses the ultimate in high definition scanners and optics, and their skilled team of editors and colorists ensures the most visually appealing projects possible.
If you’re asking yourself how this process works, you’re not alone. All film that SMV transfers is scanned on a high tech, high definition scanner. These scanners run the latest software and feature an advanced imaging block that operates at a resolution much, much higher than that of your current film.
From here, your film is closely monitored by SMV’s team of skilled editors and colorists, who will adjust for color and brightness to ensure that they are delivering the best results possible for you. Their team prides themselves on producing a high quality product, and will go the extra mile to make sure each scan and transfer done for their clients are closely monitored and carefully quality checked.
8mm and Super 8
8mm film is a motion picture film format that features a filmstrip that is 8mm wide. There are primarily two main types of 8mm file – the traditional standard 8mm file, which is sometimes also referred to as regular 8mm or double 8mm, and Super 8. Although both filmstrips are 8mm wide, the Super 8 film has a larger image area, due to its smaller perforations.
The Standard 8mm film format was originally developed by Kodak during the Great Depression, to create home movies on film that was less expensive than 16mm. Common length film spools allowed for 3 – 4.5 minutes of filming, depending on the number of frames per second.
Super 8 film was introduced in the mid 1960s, and was quickly and enthusiastically picked up by amateur film makers. Not only did it provide a better image quality, the film was easier to use. There has been some resurgence of Super 8 film recently, with the idea being to shoot film on the lower cost Super 8 equipment, and then transfer the film to video for editing and post production. The transfer of film to video is known as telecine.
16mm film is a popular and economic gauge of film. Like 8mm file, 16mm film gets its name from the width of the filmstrip. 16mm film is traditionally used for non-theatrical film purposes, such as educational or industrial videos, or for low budget films or motion pictures.
Kodak introduced 16mm film in the early 1920s as a less expensive alternative to the existing 35mm film, but it was traditionally considered to be sub-standard by the film industry.
SMV has been in business since 1982, and has been blazing the path of technology ever since. With two state of the art facilities to see to all of your post production needs, SMV prides itself on offering unparalleled service and unmatched turnaround time. To discuss the specific needs of your project, or to schedule a tour at one of their facilities, call or connect with them today!