Maniac Films Covid-19 Virus Update 2022
Maniac Films are operating as normal for both production & camera hire services and will continue to do so until advised otherwise.
As a precaution we have increased our hygeine practises including the careful cleaning of any equipment returned to us
Our next day courier APC are still delivering, although drivers are taking precautions such as minimal contact with recipients
Please note: Due to courier restictions we are unable to ship out any orders on the same day as your order is placed. All orders will need to be completed by 4:30pm on the day before shipping.
DCP, Blu-ray & DVD Production
Maniac Films offer Blu-ray, DVD, DCP and VOD delivery production services here in Devon for both local, nationwide and even worldwide customers.
Thes include from format conversions, disc authoring, static & motion menu design, scripting, subtitle work, disk & insert artwork design.
We also can prepare digital files for VOD delivery, encode feature films for digital cinema projection (DCP) and arrange for disc replication (including BCDMF encoding for Blu-ray replication). We have good relationships with a number of factories & can arrange great replication prices when you need more copies or special packaging like Digi-packs.
We have fibre broadband and can quickly download your source files or upload finished masters as DDP or BDCMF for replication or for on-line distribution.
DCP encoding services
DCP creation for cinema screenings is the final step in film production for the delivery of a digital, high-resolution master for screening on digital cinema screens - for film festivals or for online distribution in preference to Apple Prores HQ. Maniac Films offer DCP encoding, QC playback checks and DCP encryption as part of our post production services. DCP is the industry standard for delivery of films - it is not a single file but a folder containing the video, audio, subtitle assets and some additional housekeeping files. We can take your finished film and convert it to work with a digital cinema projector.
For more information about our DCP Encoding services click here: Maniac Films DCP Encoding
I just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks to you both for your professionalism, talent and cooperation during the re-building of this DVD. I feel we have raised the bar and the DVD is a much more professional and enticing package thanks to your work. I particularly like the fact that Stu listened to me all the way and interpreted what I wanted without question.
- David, New Justice Films
BDCMF encoding for Blu-ray replication
Blu-ray Replication is the best way to produce copies of your Blu-ray release, and the only cost effective way if you want more than 500. Replication doesn't simply burn data onto a writeable disk as is done with duplication. The factory creates a glass master, which is then used to physically stamp the data onto the disk face. This ensures that your discs will last longer and ultimately look more professional with a screen printed face.
Pretty much all Blu-ray replication factories in the world only accept Blu-ray masters for replication in the form of BDCMF. Maniac Films can take your BDMV output folder/disc and convert it to BDCMF for you.
For more information about our Blu-ray BDCMF Encoding services click here: Maniac Films BDCMF preparation
DVD and Blu-ray Authoring
We love complex disc authoring projects with lots of subtitles, languages and menus as well as building motion menus from video assets or building 3D animated menus from scratch, but we can also help if you just need a basic 'play' button and a few chapter points adding with a simple disc image print.
Our DVD & Blu-ray authoring services cover every aspect from encoding, to menu design, subtitling and the final build. If you already have artwork and encoded file - that's great, we can take your finished assets and simply author them into the finished product.
For more information about our Blu-ray BDCMF Encoding services click here: Maniac Films BDCMF preparation
Every comment or feedback we have had on the DVD is that it is the best DVD we have ever had so well done! Sales are looking good up about 12% on last year already.
- Dave, Bridgwater Carnival.
DVD and Blu-ray Replication
For DVD and CD runs of over 1000 copies, it is advisable and much more affordable to use replication instead of duplication. Replication is not carried out in house, but at a dedicated replication factory. The process involves making a glass master disk, from which multiple copies are then made.
We have a good working relationship with one of the largest replication houses in the UK and we can often negotiate a good price. Replication can also include very high quality Lithographic film or screen printing process for disk printing.
Amazon Fulfilment: We have worked with our replication partners and clients to deliver to Amazon fulfilment, ideal for selling your new release on the platform. Get in touch for more details and about how we can work with you.
For more information and pricing for disc replication services click here: Maniac Films DVD & Blu-ray replication
VOD, or Video on Demand, is big business these days and one of the most popular ways to get your film in front of the masses.
Online streaming platforms such as Amazon and Netflix have completed changed the way that we watch films.
Online streaming platforms often have strict rules about which video formats they will accept, including (but not limited to) frame size, frame rate, delivery codec, audio channel assignment and data rate.
We can help you to ensure that your film is delivered in the correct format to ensure acceptance first time.
Read about some of our recent disc production projects below:
DVD authoring for Operation Overlord feature filmPublished Thursday 13 January 2022 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have just completed DVD authoring for the upcoming DVD release of the new film from Brett Bentman, Operation Overlord. Due for DVD release in March 2022, Operation overlord stars Thom Hallum, Billy Blair & Stacey Sheffield in a story of two US Soldiers who, a week before the alli...
Shannon Trust DVD authoring & duplicationPublished Tuesday 23 November 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
At the start of 2021, we produced two DVD boxsets for the Shannon Trust, a national charity supporting thousands of prisoners a year, helping them to transform their lives by unlocking the power of reading. Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, the trust have been unable to safely send vo...
Blu-ray authoring for Tillies School of Performing ArtsPublished Monday 11 October 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We were contacted by Tillie Bolton, owner of Tillie's School of Performing Arts in Clevedon. The students at the school had spent a week filming six live performances which they planned to show in a big cinema red carpet event....the only problem? The cinema required Blu-ray copies of...
BDCMF encode Night Train Murders feature filmPublished Tuesday 14 September 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Tetro Video are a UK based company who are supporting the DVD and Blu-ray release of films by independant film-makers. To this end they recently sent us a copy of Night Train Murders, a 1975 Italian revenge horror film by director Aldo Lado. We were privided with a copy of the Blu-ray ...
DVD authoring for Unit Eleven releasePublished Friday 3 September 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Back in January 2021 we worked with director Theo Cane Garvey to provide SFX and audio services and finish off his 2019 'Unit Eleven'. Now we have been working with him again to prepare it for an upcoming DVD release. Unit Eleven was shot was written, directed, filmed and edited...
DVD authoring for 1966 FIFA World Cup Final in ColourPublished Tuesday 27 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Mark has been working with the team from Final Replay to produce a Limited Edition DVD of the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final in Colour project in time for the 55th Anniversary of Englands historic win on July 30th 2021. Full Colour ’66 is a project to restore and colourise the black an...
BDCMF for Estonian classic film Hukkunud Alpinisti hotellPublished Thursday 22 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with Estonian production company Allfilm to encode a Blu-ray re-release of the 1979 Estonian classic film ''Hukkunud Alpinisti' hotell. (Dead Mountaineers' Hotel). Dead Mountaineer's Hotel is a 1979 Soviet era Estonian film directed by Grigori Kr...
BDCMF for Clive Nolan - Song of the WildlandsPublished Friday 9 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been working with Norwegian music label Crime Records to help out with the release of the new album by Clive Nolan - Song of the Wildlands. Scheduled for release on 1st September 2021, Song of the Wildlands is the latest rock album by Clive Nolan. “Song of the Wildlands&rd...
BDCMF conversion for Cartoon CarnivalPublished Tuesday 6 July 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Directed by Andrew Smith, Cartoon Carnival is a feature-length documentary looking at the birth of the animated art-form, Cartoon Carnival tells the often forgotten story of the pioneers of the silent era. To many, the history of the animated cartoon begins with the story of Walt Disney a...
BDCMF conversion for Nebula 75 Blu-rayPublished Tuesday 8 June 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Created by Stephen La Rivière and Andrew T. Smith, Nebula-75 is a 2020 Supermarionation web series created in the spirit of the early 1960s series by Gerry Anderson's AP Films. The series follows the adventures of the crew of the spaceship Nebula-75, trapped in space "33 mi...
BDCMF conversion Focus 50 - Live in RioPublished Monday 26 April 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We've been converting a new Blu-ray for 70's progressive rock band Focus, best known for the brilliant (but bonkers) Hocus Pocus. As part of the bands 50th Anniversary celebrations, they are releasing a 4 disc collection titled 'Focus 50' which will include 3 specially rec...
DVD authoring & Duplication for Shannon Trust Vol 2Published Friday 2 April 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Back in April we produced a DVD for the Shannon Trust, a national charity supporting thousands of prisoners a year, helping them to transform their lives by unlocking the power of reading. Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, the trust have been unable to safely send volunteers into pris...
BDCMF encode for Ashens and the Quest for the GamechildPublished Monday 15 March 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been helping YouTube star Stuart Ashen to get his 2013 film 'Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild' ready for a new Blu-ray release. Originally released in 2013 as part YouTube's "Geek Week", The film also stars Warwick Davis and Robert Llewellyn of Red Dw...
DVD authoring for RecogniiPublished Thursday 18 February 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We were contacted in February by the creators of Recognii, the world's first entertainment DVD made for people with later stage dementia or memory loss. Mark was sent the finished films, along with a brief and basic artwork, from which he created a series of DVD menus and navigation...
DVD authoring & Duplication for Shannon TrustPublished Monday 15 February 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We were contacted recently by the Shannon Trust, a national charity supporting thousands of prisoners a year by helping the to transform their lives by unlocking the power of reading. Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, the trust have been unable to safely send volunteers into prisons to ...
Sex, Drugs & HIV 8 x DVD authoringPublished Monday 18 January 2021 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Mark has been working with Mat Sargeant, Bass player in 90's band Chelsea, Sham 69, Splodgenessabounds and various others. Back in 1995 Mat decided to ask a few fellow musicians to help him put an album together to give something back to the charities that had helped him on ...
BDCMF for LABO 20th anniversary releasePublished Friday 18 December 2020 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
Since 2001, the Lab Competition of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival has given prominence to visionary, avant-garde and (re)inventor filmmakers. Every year, this completely offbeat selection takes teh audience by surprise and shakes up a cinematic landscape based on its achievements...
BDCMF encode for Ashens and the Polybius HeistPublished Monday 7 December 2020 by Stu Gaunt in DCP & Disc Production
We have been helping Stuart Ashen to get his new film 'Ashens and the Polybius Heist' ready for Blu-ray release. Released in late 2020, Ashens and the Polybius Heist tells the story of a motley crew of misfits hunts down an infamous '80s arcade game that can supposedly control...
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