Adds Scenarist UHD to Create StudioCanal’s “Paddington 2” with Dolby Vision

PARIS, FRANCE (July 17, 2018) – Scenarist, LLC, the developer of Hollywood-standard authoring systems based in Marin County, California and VDM a leading post production and packaged media authoring facility in Paris, France, announced today that it has completed the successful integration of 4K Ultra HD workflows culminating in the release of the first Ultra HD Blu-ray title in Dolby Vision HDR and multiple Dolby Atmos immersive audio tracks, “Paddington 2” (STUDIOCANAL) in France. Dolby Vision transforms your TV experience with dramatic imaging—incredible brightness, contrast, and color that bring entertainment to life before your eyes. VDM is the first French post production and authoring facility to integrate Dolby Vision into its workflow and offer Ultra HD Blu-ray authoring services. The result of combining Scenarist’s most refined technology and products with VDM’s renowned creative expertise not only delivers the most exciting experiences in 4K Ultra HD, but could also signal the start of a renaissance in home cinema in France.

VDM chose the industry renowned ATEME TITAN transcoding platform featuring Dolby Vision for its video compression solution.  The TITAN’s outstanding image quality is only part of the story; TITAN is a multi-use technology that delivers Satellite, Cable, IPTV, Broadcast, Mezzanine and OTT formats while simultaneously delivering elementary streams needed for authoring.  Adding Scenarist UHD for creating Ultra HD Blu-ray titles was an easy choice for VDM because of Scenarist’s extensive history of supporting the professional authoring industry. VDM has relied on Scenarist BD for Blu-ray which made the transition to Scenarist UHD extremely fast and easy.

“With the release of STUDIOCANAL’s ‘Paddington 2’ in Dolby Vision on the Ultra HD Blu-ray format, we have moved to the ultimate level of technical ability and quality assurance that our content customers demand,” said Jean-Christophe Coin, Managing Director at VDM. “Scenarist and ATEME helped us to make this transition quickly and easily, and they are the only company we can trust to provide the necessary tools to accomplish the delivery of Ultra HD Blu-ray.”

With the rapid consumer adoption of Ultra HD Blu-ray and Dolby Vision HDR, packaged media has sparked a renewed interest in content curation by movie lovers around the world because of its consistent ability to deliver a no-compromise entertainment experience with expressive images and immersive audio content.  Major motion picture studios are now re-releasing catalog titles in the format that deliver never-before-seen-details and expansive color depth that make such classic stories new again.

“VDM has designed the next generation workflow enabling enhanced end-user viewing experience”, says Jérôme Viéron PhD, Director, Research & Innovation at ATEME in Paris, France. “As pioneers and frontrunners in video research and innovation, we are proud to participate to this future-proof investment”.

“Ultra HD Blu-ray is quite simply the best content carrier available to deliver 4K Ultra HD and we are excited to assist VDM deliver their first titles in this exciting new format,” said Chris Neely, Managing Partner, at Scenarist, LLC in Marin County, California. “For more than 20 years, Scenarist has been helping to drive format evolution and helping facilities like VDM achieve their business goals in delivering professional results for their customers.”

“Paddington 2” in Ultra HD Blu-ray was released in March 2018 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The title is available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and Ultra HD Blu-ray in France.

About VDM

Based next to Paris in France, VDM is a digital laboratory founded in 1972, and a subsidiary of Groupe Transatlantic since June 2010. For over 40 years, VDM has been supporting producers, broadcasters, publishers and distributors by providing a complete range of services. VDM processes content in all digital and physical formats, and offer high quality services in duplication, standard conversions, DVD-Video, Blu-ray Disc and Ultra HD Blu-ray Premastering, 4K/2K/HD/SD digital restoration, storage and delivery. VDM also offers multi-lingual services such as subtitling, closed-captioning, voice-over and audio description. airlab® department was recently created to deliver innovative value-add services and provides a full automatized digital supply chain. The company has been awarded premium certifications by the mains OTT platforms, guarantying the highest quality of services.  http://www.vdm.fr/

About Scenarist, LLC

Scenarist, LLC, located in Marin County, California, is the world’s leading developer of professional authoring technology since 1995. Scenarist products enable major motion picture companies, high-end authoring facilities, producers and independent content holders to release titles on media formats including DVD-Video, Blu-ray Disc and Ultra HD Blu-ray.  The company’s products are the “gold standard” in Hollywood because they provide unparalleled authoring access to format specification and enable the highest level of creative control for the most demanding titles.  Today, the majority of commercially released titles worldwide have been created using Scenarist.  www.scenarist.com.

About ATEME

ATEME (PARIS: ATEME), Transforming Video Delivery. ATEME is a global leader in AV1, HEVC, H264, MPEG2 video compression solutions for broadcast, cable, DTH, IPTV and OTT. More information is available at www.ateme.com. Follow us on Twitter: @ateme_tweets and LinkedIn