Mastering for this format also entails similar procedures to that used for CD work, with more extensive equipment required for recording and processing. We are accepting the following sources for work in this realm (see Technology for details):
DVD releases (DVD-V and DVD-A) typically include both stereo and multi-channel (5.1 or 6.1) tracks, and each is mastered separately. Quality control (QC) for these projects is much more extensive than for CD, as is the time required for creating delivery masters.
- 1/4", 1/2", 1" 2-track analog
- Masterlink CD
- WAV or AIF files on CD, DVD, or Firewire drive
- DTRS (DA-88) 8mm tape
- others by special arrangement
DVD projects also require an authoring stage before being sent to the replication plant. Additional steps may include either Dolby Digital or DTS encoding of various tracks during authoring (see DVD for more details).
DVD refs are used for project verification by the client, while delivery masters are in DLT format