If you've delivered content for distribution, or even watched a movie in your home, you've probably encountered closed captioning, subtitles, or both. Closed captions and subtitles are two ways of displaying text on-screen to provide additional information for a video or audio recording. These two … [Read more...] about Closed Captions vs Subtitles
Remember Modems? Compared to today, the internet of yesteryear was a very different experience. Back in the old days (read: 1995-ish and before), getting on the internet meant having your computer connect over the phone lines, dialing a number with its 28.8Kbps or 56Kbps modem. You'd wait patiently … [Read more...] about The Importance of File Acceleration
Blackwater's use of Signiant Media Shuttle for moving very large files was recently featured on TVTech. Click here to read the full article. Blackwater Digital Services Moves Massive 4K Files with Media Shuttle By Nathan Ross October 8, 2021 Reposted from https://www.tvtechnology.com In this … [Read more...] about TVTech Feature
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, just with the added text removed. Examples of textless shots/elements include … [Read more...] about What Are Textless Elements?