According to producer/marketing director, Chris Vorhies, Spitfire's DVD authoring suite doubles as its UMD authoring suite too.
"We offer the ability to design from top to bottom," he says. "We can design menus, encode, author and deliver your final product without having to use multiple facilities. We can also take your original DVD and turn it into a UMD."
To date, Spitfire has worked on several UMD titles, including Rob Zombie's Hellbilly Deluxe, Prince's Live at the Alladin, Jimi Hendrix's Live at Woodstock, Def Leppard's Rock Of Ages, Eminem's Anger Management 2002, and Limp Bizkit's Greatest Videoz.
The studio uses Avid Xpress and Apple Final Cut Pro with an AJA Kona 2 card for editing, Avid DS for finishing, and Digidesign Pro Tools|HD for 5.1 audio post. It invested in Sony Media Software's UMD Composer toolkit in order to author UMD titles, which are then replicated to the 1.8 GB discs by Sony.
In related news, editor Christopher Roberts recently joined the studio, bringing with him skills in offline/online editorial, color correction and compositing. Roberts has worked with a number of LA-based studios over the past year, including The Post Group, Keep Me Posted, Shapeshifter, Hit Squad, and Pixel Plantation. Prior to that, he was the senior offline/online editor at Post Solutions/Victory Studios in Toluca Lake, CA.
For more on UMD authoring, check out our upcoming March issue.