regarding DVD Production by DVD Video Solutions
system do you use?
Quality is our main competitive edge. DVD Video Solutions uses
the Spruce DVDMaestro Authoring system, with the MPX3000 real
time MPEG-2 capture board and ACXpress 5100 for audio capture.
SDI (Serial Digital Interface) connections are used for all digital
transfers, and component connections for all analog transfers.
Our encoding and authoring equipment is well worth over $200,000.
This same system is also used for all of our big budget productions.
The advantage of this system is that is captures MPEG-2 in real
time at the highest quality possible. Every project is performed
by a trained and certified DVD specialist. In addition, we can
convert from any format directly. Do not be fooled by our competitors
who use cheaper equipment, if in doubt, ask them what they use.
How good do DVD's
The quality of DVD is exceptional, however the quality of a DVD
is dependent of the quality of the source and the way it was encoded.
Typically original source material from Betacam SP, DVCPRO, MiniDV
and Digital Betacam produce the highest quality. Source material
from VHS and Video8 tend to produce fairly decent quality. If
there are any questions about your source, please contact us.
How good do DVD's
DVDs utilize a higher sampling rate than even audio CDs, generating
fuller and richer sound qualities. Since DVD's do not wear out,
DVD's reproduce the same quality sound even after hundreds of
playbacks later. Most DVD's we produce are encoded in AC-3 sound.
We also can encode 5.1 surround sound for films and uncompressed
PCM for music oriented DVD projects.
What video formats
do you accept?
VHS, SVHS, BETACAM SP, Digital BETACAM, Video8, Hi8, Digital8,
MiniDV(DV), 3/4(U-matic), 1 inch, DVCAM, DVCPRO, HDV, laserdisc, DVHS,
8mm & 16mm film, and most formats in the PAL system. We also
can accept some computer files, please call us regarding these.
Please call us if you have a format not listed here.
What can be done
We can author anything included in the DVD spec. This includes:
Motion Menus, multi subtitles, multi audio tracks, multi video
angles, alternate playing (seamless branching), conditional access,
still galleries, nested menus and much more.
Do you offer Variable
Bit Rate Encoding and segment re-encoding?
Yes, we provide both 1 pass and 2 pass variable bit rate encoding.
2 pass variable bit rate encoding and segment re-encoding is not
available in lower end authoring systems and is available on our
larger projects and available for larger projects where quality
is a major issue.
Why do VHS (or
any other Analog format) tapes lose quality over time?
Over time, the magnetic particles that make up the picture and
sound on your videotapes begin to lose their bond to the plastic
tape. Second generation copies lose much more of the original
picture quality. The tape loses it quality every time it is played
and even when it's not being played. Analog to Analog copies will
always lose quality when copied to another tape. However, copying
to a Digital disc based format, such as DVD. Eliminates the threat
of losing any more quality.
Can you transfer
8mm, Super8 and 16mm film to DVD?
Yes! please visit our sister
website's 8mm page.
Is the quality
of the original improved?
Slightly, all of our encoding is time base corrected and noise
reduction is applied to every transfer. The audio is also slightly
"sweetened" during the encoding process.
I'm not too clear
about menus and chapters, can you explain this in more detail?
We have added a section, to help clarify this. Click
here to go there.
How much can you
fit on one DVD?
A 4.7gb DVD-R disc can hold approximately 2 hours worth of footage
at a 4.5-6 Mb/s variable bit rate. The highest bitrate for a DVD
is 9.6 Mb/s, which would allow only about 1 hour of material on
a DVD. Better quality video requires more disc space. However
with with our high end encoders, we are able to fit 2 hours without
visual loss. Projects requiring DVD-9, DVD-10 and DVD-18 can accommodate
What media do you
use for the DVD's?
Currently, we use Pioneer 4.7 GB Version 2.0 DVD-R(A) media and
Pioneer 4.7 General Media. We find that these, by far, the most
Where are your
Do to the complexity of some orders, we do not post rates on our
site. Please contact us at (416) 244-1822 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can give you an exact quote, which may be lower then you
What is your turnaround
For authoring and smaller runs: generally 2 to 3 days for smaller
orders, 2-3 weeks for larger projects. However, we can do same
day service in special cases at additional costs. Replication
requires about 2-3 weeks.
Can you copy a
No, we do not make copies of commercial DVD's without written
consent from the proper copyright owner. We have a strict policy regarding
copying unauthorized materials and illegal or inappropriate materials.
Do the DVD-R media
play back in all DVD Players?
The DVD-R media will play back in all DVD players except first
generation players. The official DVD specification of the first
generation did not require DVD players to support recordable media.
This has been fixed in all second and third generation players.
We have now have an extensive list of which DVD Players will play
DVD-R media. Click here to see our list.
Will the DVD-R
media work in Playstation 2 and X-Box machines?
Yes, all DVD's we create are fully compatible with Playstation
2 and X-Box and X-Box 360 game machines.
How many DVD's
has DVD Video Solutions produced?
As of March 2008, we have currently produced over a total of
30,000 different DVD Projects ranging from Home Movies to Full Feature Films
and everything in between.
I have many tapes
that I would like converted, can you offer better rates?
Yes, please contact us at (416) 244-1822 or e-mail us at email@example.com
I have some computer
files (Powerpoint presentations, Applications, JPEG Stills. etc.).
Can I add them to the DVD as DVD-ROM content?
Yes, we can make a dual mode DVD with both DVD-ROM and DVD-Video
content. DVD players will ignore and DVD-ROM content.
Do you offer Blu-Ray Authoring Services?
We are in our testing phase of our Blu-Ray services. Check our website in the near future for more updates.
I am a filmmaker
(or musician) and considering of releasing my film on DVD, what
options do I have?
We recommend that you speak with one of our DVD planners. We can
offer full DVD services from editing right to delivering a finished
DVD to you.
Are you hiring?
Currently we are not hiring. Please e-mail a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
for future considerations.
Who is Overseas
to the FAQ Page.
DVD Video Solutions is a division of Overseas Video Lab. Overseas
Video Lab is a Toronto, Canada based company who is well known
throughout Canada and the United States since 1980. We provide
Standards conversions, VHS Duplication, Regular 8mm, Super 8mm
& 16mm film conversion, production and editing facilities,
and many other services. DVD Video Solutions was formed in 1999,
when we started offering DVD Authoring services to our clients.
Over the years, we have had thousands of satisfied customers ranging
from Large Corporations, Universities, Hospitals, Government Offices,
Non Profit Organizations, Film Studios and even other video production
companies across North America. The website for Overseas Video
Lab is www.overseasvideolab.com