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Production Flow/Manufacturing Process

1) Collection of materials
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1) Collection of materials

We receive from the customer the original footage recorded overseas on video tapes such as HDCAMs, HDDs, etc.
2) Digitization
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2) Digitization

If the original footage is on videotape, we convert it to another format, such as ProRes422, so that it can be processed on a PC.
3) Specification meeting
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3) Specification meeting

We hold a meeting with the customer to discuss any technical aspects required for authoring, including disk configuration, menu specifications, etc.
4) Draft production schedule

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4) Draft production schedule

We create a production schedule outlining the operational sequence to be followed, from translation, authoring, manufacturing, to shipping. Progress is then measured against this schedule.
5) Chapter creation
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5) Chapter creation

Before encoding, we determine the number and location of the chapters from the original footage.
6) Video/sound encoding
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6) Video/sound encoding

The digitized video is compressed into other file formats such as Mpeg2 or Mpeg4 AVC. You can choose to convert the sound into a variety of formats, including the top options of Dolby True HD or DTS-HD Master Audio.
7) Video/sound check
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7) Video/sound check

We check the encoded footage to ensure there are no errors or noise. If we encounter any noise, we notify the customer and check whether it appears in the master copy as well.
8) Subtitle translation/spotting
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8) Subtitle translation/spotting

Using footage in a simple Mpeg1 format, we translate the dialog into subtitles, making a note of the display times (in/out) as we go along.
9) Provisional mix creation
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9) Provisional mix creation

Once the first pass is complete, we insert the Japanese subtitles into the footage, and burn a disc so that the customer can check the subtitles.
10) Subtitle check feedback
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10) Subtitle check feedback

We make any necessary corrections suggested by the customer, and review the content in its entirety before setting the subtitles as complete.
11) Menu design
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11) Menu design

We create menus with still images or videos using the supplied graphics or by extracting images from the original footage.
12) Simple video editing
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12) Simple video editing

If any processing of the original footage is required, such as color correction, blurring, noise reduction, etc., we use video editing software beforehand to effect those changes.
13) Authoring
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13) Authoring

We link the encoded video and sound with the menus; we configure the button operations, insert the subtitles, and prepare any other data required in line with the DVD/BD standards.
14) Operational check
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14) Operational check

We verify the operation of the built-in data by checking the functionality of all the buttons on the menus.
15) Test version creation
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15) Test version creation

In order to carry out comprehensive checks, we manufacture a number of DVD/BDs.
16) Video/sound check
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16) Video/sound check

We use the test version to check all the content, including video, sound, subtitles, and button operations. We also send a copy to the customer at the same time.
17) Verifier check
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17) Verifier check

For BDs, we use a special verifier to test the data content to verify that it complies with the required standards.
18) Pressing master creation
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18) Pressing master creation

Once the data has been tested in-house and verified by the customer, it is burned into a DVD/BD disc to manufacture the pressing master.
19) Pressing order
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19) Pressing order

We place an order with pressing factories in Japan/abroad for pressing the discs.
20) Disc cover, leaflet order
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20) Disc cover, leaflet order

After verifying the data for the cover and leaflet, and making any necessary corrections, we place the order for printing them.
21) Assembly
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21) Assembly

We take the bulk discs and printed materials and put them together in tall cases at an assembly factory; we shrink wrap them with/without a pull string.
22) Shipping/product management

22) Shipping/product management

We deliver the final product to your designated destinations; we can store any remaining stock, as well as manage quantities and deal with back orders.
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