Data services in post production are simply ways to transfer and share and store your data. There are several components to data services, and SMV has the skills and experience to help every step along the way! SMV offers a wide variety of data services to meet any and all of your needs.

DCP

Long gone are the days of having to ship bulky, heavy cases of 35mm film. In its place, the current digital projection system requires a different and more technically advanced process – and also the right post-production house to make sure it is executed flawlessly. SMV has the technology and skills to get your DCP where it needs to, when it needs to be there.

Encoding

While encoding techniques are not the most glamorous part of the post production process, they are just as important as any other part of the process. SMV is on top of the industry trend that is moving toward file-based digital services, by offering a wide variety of both encoding options and delivery platforms. Digital assets are deliverable via SmartJog, FTP/SFTP, Aspera, Signiant, and DigiDelivery.

Transcoding

Video transcoding and video encoding are oftentimes synonymous and used interchangeably. However, the difference in the two is found in the function, or the reason the files are being converted during editing. Video transcoding typically takes place in the beginning of the post production process, whereas encoding usually takes place at the end of post-production, as the files are being prepared for delivery.

Metadata

There are two types of metadata: structural metadata and descriptive metadata. Structural metadata refers to the design and specification of data structures, while descriptive metadata is about individual instances of data content. The primary purpose of metadata is to assist in the retrieval and discovery of relevant information. Additionally, metadata is used to help organize electronic resources and to help support the preservation of the electronic resources.

Tape to File and File to Tape

Tape to File and File to Tape are two types of conversions in the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). Linear Tape File System applies to the format or type of data stored on magnetic tape media, as well as the implementation of a specific type of software that utilizes said data in order to provide an interface to the data that is stored on magnetic tape.

Hard Drives

There are many choices for you to make before purchasing external hard drives to use in post-production. There are also three aspects or factors of the hard drive to keep in mind:

Drive speed and types. There are two main types of hard drives that most producers and editors are using today: hard disc drives and solid state drives. Hard disc drives are more prone to break, come in two speeds, and are relatively inexpensive, but most only last a few years before failing due to technical issues. Solid state drives last longer and are more reliable, but only come in smaller storage sizes and are very expensive, compared to hard disc drives.

Connections and ports. Be sure that any hard drive you purchase is compatible with the two main ports that almost all video editors use: Firewire 800 and USB 3.0. USB 3.0 was introduced in 2008 and was billed as the new, ultra fast way to transfer files and data. Firewire 800 is one step up from USB 3.0, allowing for transfer speeds up to 800 megabytes per second.

Formatting and Partitioning. Formatting and partitioning a hard drive are two of the most complicated and advanced aspects of external hard drives. Most external hard drives come in a format called NTFS, which is compatible with Windows. If you use a Mac, you will need a drive that reads and write in another format, known as HFS+. FAT32 is a third format, which is compatible with both operating systems. While FAT32 may seem like an obvious solution, since it allows you to work with either the Windows or Mac operating systems, it does have its drawbacks, including a lack of security.

Digital Delivery

The digital delivery platform consists of all necessary components to create and deliver a custom, end to end system used for delivering content, complete with secure delivery and watermarking. The digital delivery platform consists of several components, which can be mixed and matched, and includes origination, storage, notification, transcoding and watermarking. Secure fulfillment, presentation and data integration are also included in the digital delivery platform.

Distribution

Distribution is arguably one of the most important parts in the process of making videos or films. Distribution is essentially where you actually get your project or work in front of an audience. This is the part where your work will impact people, or where a profit will be realized. Development and distribution tend to be two of the busiest phases of the entire production process. If you are not able to find distribution for your project, you will not be able to get it funded in development.  One of the key indicators of a professional movie maker is his or her ability to sell the project in distribution.

VOD

VOD, or Video on Demand, is a platform that allows end viewers to select and watch specific video content of their choice, when they choose to watch it – as opposed to having to watch the programming at a specified time of broadcast. IPTV capabilities and technology is often used to bring video on demand to personal computers or televisions.

Video on Demand services work in a couple of ways. They can either stream video content through a set top box or other devices, such as a personal computer, allowing for real time viewing. Alternatively, Video on Demand can also download the content to a personal computer or portable media player for viewing at any time.

Video on Demand is offered by most cable television providers, and includes both free and pay-per-view content.

Aspera

Smartjog

According to Bloomberg Business Week, Smartjog provides all in one managed file transfer and cloud storage services for customers on an international scale. Smartjog offers cloud-based media management services, including workflow solutions and content exchange. In addition, Smartjog also provides users with digital cinema distribution solutions to ensure the secure and successful delivery of digital cinema packages, or DCP, which includes movies, trailers, commercials, as well as other assorted video contents.

About SMV

SMV has been in business since 1982, and is still the frontrunner in blazing the path to the forefront of technology. At SMV, they have the skills and experience to help you with every facet of your post production, formatting and delivery needs. Call them today to ask any questions you may have or to schedule a tour!