Movie & Televison Quality Control FAQ

Some of our Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about Quality Control and QC related issues. You can find out more detaled information at our specific FAQ pages.

Q: My distributor (or sales agent) wants me to have a Quality Control report done, I have finished the editing and sound. What do I need to get to you to do the QC

A: That all depends on what the distributor (or network etc.) requires. We want the File that the approved QC report is based on to be the final master, the actual file you turn in. We would need to interact with them to find out. Often they will send out a list of specifications that let you know exactly what they need. They may require 4K, or HD or both, also there are many other possible variables. If there is not specs available then we recommend that it is exported to a file in the same frame rate and time code that the movie was shot in. Pro Res 4:2:2 or Pro Res 4:4:4:4 (.mov) are the files we usually work with and are the industry standard for movies. The best way to deliver is in a self contained quicktime file, but individual files for audio stems (D, M, & E) or mixes and separate video file can also be sent. We accept files by FTP, file transfer service, or mail.

Q: What are some or the issues that you look for while doing a quality control check

A: We perform a 100% video / audio quality control check, in which a full report is generated with a pass / fail / hold grade and a list off all issues that would cause the program to be rejected by a network, distributor, or other party, there are many areas of audio, and video that we check for, Including correct luminance, & chrominance levels, correct horizontal and vertical blanking levels, correct audio loundness levels, and audio peak levels, making sure the audio and video are in sync, checking for video issues such as video hits, bad edits, black frames, elevated black levels. Audio issues we look for include ticks, pops, audio level consistency,and much more. a full review of this is on our Video Quality Control Process page.

Q: My QC report failed, What do these notes mean? and how can I fix the issues?
A:QC Reports that have been rejected (or failed) have serious issues that must be dealt with in order for the show or movie to be accepted by any distributor or network. In the report there is a comments section that will detail what the report was failed for. Also in the list of issues on the report there is a system of grading from 1 to 3, anything marked a 3 is a rejectable issue that needs to be fixed. These can include: Incorrect video levels, bad edits, some audio problems, including incorrect audio loudness issues. Part of the Quality Control process includes going over the report with you to identify what the problems are and how to go about fixing them. We also offer Video & Audio Finishing Services in which we will do the fixes for you. In many cases we can fix the file that we already have, in some instances we may need you to send us additional material for us to complete. Once the fixes are complete the report is ammended to Approved. If you decide to do your own fixes we will do a Fix Check, in some cases, and then Pass the QC Report.

Q: How much does a Quality Control Report Cost.
A: The price of a QC Report is dependant on several factors. First is the run time of the movie or show that will be QC'd, the second factor is audio configuration. With a base price of roughly $100 per hour, it takes double the run time to perform a one pass QC (one pass meaning one set of audio tracks only) So if the project contains Video, and Stereo 2.0 mix (2 channel audio) or 5.1 mix only it would take 3 hours to perform a QC for a 90 minute movie. We perform one QC pass per set of audio tracks. A pass means we go through and watch the whole show monitoring video and the specific audio set we are working on at that time. Additonal QC passes take 1.5 time the run time. Additonal audio tracks can contain Stereo Music & Effecs, or 5.1 (unless 5.1 was the primary set of tracks) Often a distributor will want 3 separate sets of audio tracks Stereo mix (2 channel), Stereo M&E, (2 channel) and 5.1 (6 channel) making it a 10 channel 3 pass QC. On a 90 minute movie that would take a Quality Control Operator approximately 7.5 hours to perform, with a total cost of $750. You can find out more about all our prices. You can see all of our prices on our Post Production Rate page.

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Services Include:
  • 100% Quality Control of Tape or File with Complete QC Reports
  • 4K, 2K, HD, SD
  • Video & Audio Finishing Services
  • QC Issue Fixing Services
  • Editing & Color Correction w/ Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid & Pro Tools
  • Full Audio Post Including Making M&E Tracks and 5.1 Mixes from Scratch
  • Post Production Consulting
  • Digitizing from Tape to Pro Res Files
  • Digital Cinema Package (DCP) Encoding and Delivery
  • Up, Down, & Cross Conversions Clones or Dubs (Analog/Digital/NTSC/PAL)
  • Quicktime video output & mastering production to All Formats