Modern VideoFilm Chooses Inlet's Fathom VC-1 Encoder


Will Leverage Fathom's Real-time Capabilities to Predict and Meet Deadlines for Dailies and Digital Intermediates

Last Updated: September 8, 2005 4:34 pm GMT
(AMSTERDAM, Netherlands--BUSINESS WIRE--Sept. 8, 2005) Inlet Technologies, a provider of professional encoding solutions for next-generation content distribution, today announced that Modern VideoFilm has chosen to use the company's Fathom™ professional VC-1 encoder to enable the company to more accurately predict and meet project deadlines.

Modern VideoFilm has been a world leader in the electronic editing field for two decades. Modern is currently integrating Fathom's real-time encoding capabilities into its dailies and digital intermediate workflows.

"In this industry, deadlines rule our world. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality material in the fastest time possible," said Michael Rebel, data manager, Modern VideoFilm. "Fathom helps us meet that goal by enabling us to encode more quickly, deliver the footage more quickly and get feedback more quickly. When you have an encoding solution that you can count on for both speed and quality, you have a much better shot at meeting your deadlines and wowing your customers."

Since the mid eighties, Modern has provided editorial services to over 100 television series, made-for-television movies and feature length films. As a pioneer in the electronic post-production arena, Modern VideoFilm continues to set the pace and process for editing in today's television and film industries.

Whether footage is shot locally in Los Angeles or in remote locations such as New Zealand and the Czech Republic, it can now be sent to Modern's lab where it will be transferred, encoded and reviewed in high definition using Fathom. As opposed to low-resolution rough drafts and/or comps, the high definition footage will allow producers, directors, and others to get a higher-quality; more accurate representation of what was originally shot and what their audience may eventually view.

Fathom will also help Modern "go tapeless," enabling them to work with digital intermediate files as the source content for encoding, thereby reducing the dependency on tape.

Modern will leverage Fathom's Seen by Scene™ feature to make adjustments to individual scenes based on statistics and visual review, and gain even more precise encoding control. "With Fathom, we can easily touch up individual scenes, especially those with crazy camera shots that might normally crash our other systems," said Rebel. "We should also be able to save a lot of time by re-encoding that one scene instead of the entire piece."

Modern is not only leveraging Fathom's capabilities, but contributing to them as well. The new advanced ALE/FLEX file support in Fathom 2.1 was inspired by feedback from Modern, based on their desire to streamline the data-intensive process of synchronizing encodes of both source and FLEX files.

"Modern VideoFilm is one of the most forward-thinking companies we could work with. They have tremendous experience and leadership in the dailies environment," said John Bishop, Inlet's senior vice president of business development and strategy. "We are thrilled that they are helping us push Fathom to even higher levels of speed, quality and control."

Inlet will demonstrate Fathom in exhibit # 2.301 (Hall 2, Stand 301) at IBC 2005, Europe's leading event for content creation, management and delivery. The show runs Friday, September 9th through Tuesday, September 13th.

About Modern VideoFilm
Modern VideoFilm's top priorities are QUALITY and SERVICE, and for these, Modern is known to have set the highest standards in the industry. In the early eighties, Modern VideoFilm set a worldwide standard by establishing the first dedicated quality control department in a post-production facility. Since that time, "QC", as it is commonly known, has become an industry standard around the globe. Today, Modern VideoFilm has eight dedicated quality control suites as well as a highly trained QC staff, working 24 hours a day - 7 days a week, to meet client needs and drop-dead deliveries.

Modern VideoFilm's credits include feature length films such as, I Robot, 50 First Dates and many other titles; and television shows including Desperate Housewives, and Everybody Loves Raymond. For more information, visit

About Inlet Technologies
Inlet Technologies provides real-time encoding solutions for video engineers and post production professionals working in the Windows Media SMPTE VC-1 format. With advanced encoding products such as Fathom and Semaphore, Inlet's break-through technology reduces file sizes, speeds processing time and improves output quality.

Inlet elevates the science of encoding to the artistic level required for next-generation applications like HD DVD, Blu-Ray, video-on-demand, digital signage, dailies, and more. Inlet's flagship product, Fathom, was recently selected as one of millimeter magazine's NAB 2005 Pick Hits. Fathom integrates a hardware engine with analysis tools to deliver speed, quality and control, optimizing production results while accommodating real-world deadlines.

Inlet is based in Raleigh, NC. For more information, visit


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