Project Description

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Dr Duncan Copp & Houston Symphony:
Cosmos – An HD Odyssey Blu-ray & DVD

Dr Duncan Copp commissioned me to create the DVD & Blu-ray Authoring and create the physical branding elements for Houston Symphony: Cosmos – An HD Odyssey. This was the third and final part of the HD Odyssey trilogy (and I would also be involved in making the companion educational resource, see here) so I was eager to ensure the final chapter looked just as good as the rest.

Background

Houston Symphony: Cosmos – An HD Odyssey uses stunning NASA imagery alongside Antonin Dvorak’s masterful Symphony no. 9, From the New World. This me plenty of exciting images to utilise. I chose red as the primary colour  (the previous primaries had been beige and purple). Using red dovetailed nicely with the astrological phenomena of ‘red shift’ which was especially relevant to the subject matter.

Process

For consistency I used the same core image of Messier 82 Galaxy starburst (fortunately the original NASA images were huge this meant that so there were no issues with scaling) and created the majority of the assets as vector graphics within Adobe Illustrator. Because I took the vector route I was able to scale the graphics for anything, from massive auditorium posters to relatively litho print disc covers. I used After Effects and Premiere to create the motion menus, intro sequence, moving image galleries and end credits.

DVD & Blu-ray Authoring

The finished discs included x2 image slide shows as well as two audio tracks, the main feature, and two documentary extras. The disc structure was simple so I was happy to use Adobe Encore for the DVD & Blu-ray authoring. I encoded the image slides as videos so that we could have audio tracks on each one. Due the additional run time on the extras a double disc set was briefly considered. In the end I used enhanced AVC encoders I was able to get a bitrate of approx 30mbps for all the content and still have it looking excellent.

Conclusion

The main objective of the designs was to create a disc that did justice to the magnificent source material. My client has received a lot of positive feedback about the DVD & Blu-ray so I definitely feel that I managed to achieve that.

You can watch the intro to the Blu-ray disc below.

Completed:
▸ January 2017

Client:
▸ Dr Duncan Copp & Houston Symphony

Timeframe:
▸ 4 months

Elements:
▸ Fully authored Blu-ray & DVD – 10+ motion video pages, with Main feature, 2 video galleries, 2 additional documentaries, 3 pop-up menus (Blu-ray only) and PCM, Dolby Digital and DTS-HD

Collaboration Tools:
▸ Dropbox, FTP, Onedrive

Final Delivery:

▸ BD CMF (for replication)
▸ DVD DDP (for replication)
▸ Blu-ray & DVD in retail packaging (case and inlay) with an 8 page booklet
▸ Printed full colour inlay, printed full colour booklet
▸ Miscellaneous printed posters

Houston Symphony’s Cosmos – An HD Odyssey main menu introduction

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Screenshots of Houston Symphony’s Cosmos – An HD Odyssey Menu Pages and a selection of printed parts