REMEMBER VIDEOTAPE? It wasn't long ago that professional tape formats were the preferred method of storing and delivering content for home video (DVD & Blu-ray) and broadcast. Common modern formats include Digital Betacam (for standard-def content) as well as HDCAM, HDCAMSR, and D5 (for … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Converting Tape to File
Blackwater Digital Services (and our use of Signiant Media Shuttle) was featured in the August print edition of Post Magazine. Read all about it (pages 38-39)! Click here for the full edition (and larger print). … [Read more...] about Post Magazine Feature
If you want to sell or license your film internationally, your sales agent will require a few additional elements you may not yet have. These elements are required for localizing, subtitling or dubbing your film into a foreign language, and may be required to complete a sale to distributors in … [Read more...] about Foreign Distribution Assets
For about the first 100 years of filmmaking, the only way to get a film (and I do, literally, mean "film") from one place to another was to physically move it. But shipping reels of film was expensive -- they were heavy, they had to be insured, and teams of people had to track their movement for … [Read more...] about Digital Delivery: Content at the Speed of Light
Textless elements (also simply referred to as “textless”) are textless versions of shots that contain text over active video (i.e. text added during post-production). In other words, it is those shots you've added text to, but the added text removed. Examples of textless shots/elements include the … [Read more...] about What Are Textless Elements?
Just like most industries, post-production and distribution both have their own specific jargon. Since some terms may not be shared with other industries, a Google search might not yield helpful results. Fear not! We’ve compiled a handy lexicon to assist you as you navigate this complex and … [Read more...] about Post and Distribution Lingo
Nathan is the owner of Blackwater Digital Services and has well over a decade of experience in motion picture quality control. Quality Control ("QC") is one of the most important parts of the post-production workflow, but one of the last things most independent filmmakers consider. The importance … [Read more...] about The Importance of Quality Control