PLAYBACK SERVICES

From Hollywood blockbusters to home grown hit television series, SIM Digital is considered the leading provider of customized 24 and 30 frame video and computer playback systems and services in the Vancouver area. With a huge inventory of vintage and modern monitors, we offer the perfect televisions, LCDs, CRTs and projection screens to complement a set designed around any environment or decade.

Playback plays a vital role on any production that is using working computers, televisions or monitors to help depict a certain element of the story being told. For example: When a viewer is watching a program or movie and the on-screen actor is working on a computer or watching television – the content on those monitors is considered Playback. In any of these scenarios, the on-screen Playback (video or graphic) elements are created and the monitors (ie. Computer monitors, LCD TVs and CRTs) are configured to meet productions capture criteria.

Our world class Playback team provides expert solutions for all of your on-screen visual content needs by facilitating custom graphic design and animation or editing of your playback material. To top things off, we can always help you find an experienced Playback Operator to assist with all of your on-set needs.


Types of Playback:

24 Frame Video Playback
This type of playback is required when feeding a modified CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor which can accept a 24 frame signal. Specialized sync equipment is required to sync the working prop monitor and the camera that is recording the shot to avoid a “roll bar” from appearing.

A roll bar is a black refresh bar that scrolls from top to bottom down the screen.


30 Frame Video Playback
This type of playback is required when feeding a 30 frame video source to an LCD TV.


24 Frame Computer Playback
This type of playback is required when feeding computer graphics to a modified CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) computer monitor which can accept signals at the specific required frequency. Specialized sync equipment is employed to synchronize the monitor and the camera that is recording the shot to avoid a pulse or roll bar. Pulse is when the monitor appears to flicker.


30 Frame Computer Playback
This type of playback is required when feeding computer graphics strictly to LCD.


Projection Playback
Projectors of various brightness and screens of varying sizes (both front and rear surfaces) can be used to display video or computer graphics to achieve large scale playback elements. Some examples are using suspended screens with visuals to create a night club setting or a large display of satellite images to emulate a government “Mission Control” environment.



PMP refers to “Poor Mans’ Process”, which is used to replicate a driving scene in studio instead of using a tow-rig on location. PMP can be achieved using projectors, large screens, lighting effects and rigged cars. Projection of pre-recorded, timed, driving plates can achieve an incredibly realistic affect while being in studio gives productions more control over the elements, lighting, ambient sound, and reset time which is often more cost effective.

Contact SIM Digital Vancouver to learn more about these services.