I offer professional DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc menu design, encoding and authoring services suitable for commercial release and worldwide distribution. I have over 20 years of experience producing hundreds of titles for organizations such as WNET Public Television in New York and for renowned international artists. My services include:
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I use high-end, feature-rich tools to create top-quality disc masters. All DVD/Blu-ray Disc/4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc masters are compliant with their respective specifications, guaranteeing compatibility with major models of players on the market today. As a DVD author, my job is to make sure that the programming of the disc is behaving normally - this includes checking menu navigation, proper sync of video and audio, and correct placement of all chapter points per title. The following is a list of tools that I use for menu design, encoding, and authoring, and a brief description of each tool.
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Creative Suite is used to create the graphic elements for the DVD/Blu-ray Disc menus.
Photoshop is used to design still menus, and After Effects is used for motion menus. The menus are then checked for color accuracy using a broadcast monitor.
All menus are designed from scratch, as opposed to using pre-designed templates. Menus can be custom-tailored to your specific needs, and the following menu types can be created:
If your project requires both a DVD and a Blu-ray Disc, it also requires that separate menus be created. The formats of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs are different - Blu-ray Disc menus use five times more pixels than DVD menus. It is possible to use the same fonts, photos and graphics; however, they will need to be adjusted accordingly. It is not possible to simply copy a DVD menu and make it a Blu-ray Disc menu instantly, or vice-versa.
Cinema Craft® Encoder SP3
Cinema Craft® Encoder SP3 is an MPEG-2 encoder for DVD that creates the ultimate level of picture quality in the DVD production industry.
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Sony Blu-code™ (BAE-VX1000)
Sony Blu-code™ (BAE-VX1000) is a high-quality Blu-ray Disc encoder that creates both H.264 AVC and MPEG-2 Blu-ray Disc-compliant video streams and provides a wide range of features to customize the encoding process and realize maximum workflow efficiencies.
Adobe Media Encoder
I use Adobe Media Encoder for Blu-ray Disc encoding if you are on a tight budget and want to produce your title on Blu-ray Disc. Adobe Media Encoder provides top Blu-ray Disc picture quality. All the features of Blu-ray Disc can still be implemented using this alternative encoder. For customers who intend on releasing their title for commercial release and worldwide distribution, I recommend Sony Blu-Code for superior video quality.
Scenarist SD® is the worldwide standard for professional DVD authoring. Combining industry-leading power with field-proven player compatibility, this DVD authoring software allows me to take full creative advantage of all that DVD has to offer.
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Scenarist® BD is a comprehensive suite of powerful Blu-ray Disc creation tools to create stunning Blu‑ray Disc titles that my customers demand. The Scenarist Workgroup is the choice of Hollywood's top
Blu-ray Disc creation and production facilities. Its unique combination of powerful authoring and a tried-and-tested multiplexing engine
powers the majority of commercial Blu-ray Disc releases.
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I design the artwork for your DVD or Blu-ray Disc case and manufacture the discs to your desired quantity. The artwork includes the wraparound cover as well as the actual disc face label. In addition to that, you can also add an insert which can highlight all the chapters (tracks) on the disc.
There are two methods that are involved in manufacturing discs - duplication and replication. Duplication is more suitable for those that need lower quantities, which helps reduce cost. These discs are manufactured using computer disc burners.
Replication is more suitable for commercial release and has a minimum requirement of 1,000 copies. These discs are manufactured from a molding machine and offer higher compatibility with disc players.
I was fortunate to have Asaf Blasberg author my Blu-ray Disc and DVD project. His efficient and artistic manner was part of the pleasure of the process, and I was delighted when he agreed to invest in the equipment needed to meet my very high audio demands for authoring the concert video. When dealing with the manufacturing plant, Asaf took a direct, proactive stance in resolving several issues, and this resulted in making all my production deadlines. I will look forward to working with Asaf again, and I have already recommended his services to several other clients.
Asaf Blasberg helped make the completion of my DVD/Blu-ray Disc project possible. It is rare to find an experienced videographer with such vast knowledge on DVD/Blu-ray Disc authoring and video/audio editing, who is also an accomplished musician himself. Asaf is reliable, trustworthy and prompt, and I am grateful for his passion and hard work in helping create this beautiful box set.