You’ve shot and edited your story. Now what? Well, you probably want people to see it. That’s a good start. But unfortunately, you can’t just send your movie to Netflix. How nice would that be?
Alas, for the vast majority of situations, you’ll have to have your footage prepared by professionals like us. Most filmmakers and producers will want to show their story on one of the following formats:
- Streaming services like Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon Video
- Broadcast or web download
- DVD or Blu-ray
The encoding (converting footage to various formats) goal for all of these formats is to get your footage to the lowest possible bit rate possible without compromising quality.
Please read more about each services below and let us know if you have questions.
DCP (Digital Cinema Package)
DCP stands for Digital Cinema Package. When you have a DCP, you can give it to any commercial theater and they’ll be able to screen your video on their “D-Cinema” projector.
Is your story going to Broadcast?
In the past, all networks required tape delivery. These days, file-based delivery is the norm. The file still needs a thorough QC, technical checks for color and audio, along with creating and embedding a closed caption file.
Streaming for Web and Apps
If your movie is being embedded on a website for simple streaming or as part of an app, then you typically don’t have to conform to anyone’s specs but your own. That means it’s all on you to make your story look good!
DVD and Blu-ray (BD)
At DKP, we can produce, design, encode, program, design, duplicate, and replicate both DVDs and BDs. We use Cinema Craft encoding systems for both formats.
Streaming: Mastering & Encoding
Preparing your story for streaming generally means preparing it for viewing on one of the following platforms: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, or Vudu.