Master QC Services
SMV offers the best Master QC services in the Los Angeles area. To prepare your project for delivery, we provide professional evaluation and diagnostics of your content’s technical and continuity issues. Whether your film is headed for an online platform, TV broadcast, distribution, sales agents, or film festivals, we guarantee your project is 100% polished and ready for its destination. We specialize in quick turnaround with rates that meet your budget, so you can deliver your film on time, within spec, and never risk delaying its release. Our Master quality control services have satisfied content producers for over 35 years, and SMV continues to provide QC services for today’s evolving digital environments.
What is QC?
Efficient Quality Control (QC) is a vital part of the post-production process, and a requirement for your final master delivery. We ensure your project is ready for release by validating its quality and reviewing your project for any and all errors. After SMV reviews your project and identifies any errors for correction, your project will be ready to meet the specs and requirements for its destination. In short, our exhaustive QC services finalize and prepare your project for streaming forms, home video, broadcast, and theatrical presentation.
SMV uses both automated and manual Quality Control processes. While automated services are helpful in evaluating certain aspects of your project, we always perform a full, manual QC process. Manual quality control is imperative to your project for various reasons. Mainly, while automated QC technology may be useful in noticing some errors, it can also misread other aspects. Automated solutions may incorrectly evaluate certain aspects of your project, flagging errors that are creative choices, while missing errors that the human eye would catch. SMV’s highly skilled and experienced QC operators will take the time to perform a thorough QC of your project. We will always check your master files manually, not just with automated solutions.
Why You Need a QC Report
Quality Control optimization is critical. A delivery rejection can cost you time and money, and risk delaying the release of your project. QC ensures that your master file meets the precise creative vision of the content creator, free from visual and audible errors. Our post-production specialists will perform multiple reviews of your content and alert you of any present issues and inconsistencies.
Prior to QC your film may contain a plethora of possible errors. Errors may include: audio and video artifacting, animation errors, data corruption, visible production equipment, aliasing, out of sync audio/video, subtitle framing issues, and broadcast compliance. Once your film is finalized and sent to distributors, problems like these cannot be fixed. Our highly attentive QC team will catch them all.
Distributors will likely require you to guarantee that your film is free from all errors before you deliver it. As such, they will also require it to have undergone a thorough 100% QC of the final master file. After your master has passed an SMV Quality Control report, your project will be 100% ready for its destination.
With over 35 years of experience, SMV is equipped to quality control a wide variety of video file types and formats. In addition to popular codecs such as Apple ProRes422HQ, ProRes 4:4:4:4, or Avid DNxHD, and standard containers like .mov or .mxf, our advanced infrastructure allows us to perform QC for nearly any codec or container.
SMV retains the ability to work with tape formats as well. While most delivery methods, and most post-production facilities, exclusively use digital files, tapes are still used for broadcast delivery. If you are working with tape formats such as HDCAM SR or D5, it is imperative to obtain a QC report after the final file has been output to tape prior to delivery. Most distributors will require the final product to pass QC, and issues may arise during the layoff process.
Full QC Report
When preparing your project for delivery, our technicians create a full technical QC report. Our report will provide your production company with a comprehensive review detailing any and all issues with your master file. We check your media standard and file type, perform a technical spec check, and view and analyze your project with diligence. We use a 3-point scale to grade and evaluate present issues.
4K and HDR
SMV offers a state-of-the-art infrastructure to ensure that our TV and film quality control process is on the cutting-edge of all formats. Our video QC suites are equipped to both analyze and perform your content.
Most of all, our highly experienced film quality control operators are here to ensure that your content meets all of its delivery requirements down to the smallest of details.
SMV is equipped to evaluate your content across all platforms, including legacy formats like HDCAMSR as well as digital formats like ProRes and IMF packages. We aim to offer comprehensive TV and film quality control unlike any other.
From the beginning of the process to the very end, our highly skilled operators will guide you. They have both the knowledge and experience to verify that your content meets the delivery specs. We ensure that the quality control process produces the best product possible.
Our Digital Cinema Projection services are evaluated by experienced SMV operators. We use the most exacting viewing environments in order to produce the closest attention to detail. Those fine details make all the difference in the world during the quality control process.
In our mission to become a one-stop service for all aspects of quality control, we are dedicated to providing an unrivaled attention to detail that sets us apart from other services within the industry.
SMV takes pride in delivering only the highest-quality Master QC Services in the post-production industry. For over 35 years, our clients have enjoyed prestigious QC services necessary for the completion and delivery of your project. In all our years as LA’s greatest post house, we have yet to miss a deadline!