I need specific plates, can you shoot them for me?
In addition to our stock library, we are also a full service production company. Our union and non-union crews can integrate with your main unit and shoot on your set with your picture vehicles, stunt drivers, and actors or we can travel to bring specific plates back from anywhere in the world. A huge benefit to our rig is its portability. It was designed from the ground up to travel, fitting in a single suitcase and a carry on bag and mounting to any vehicle, including rental cars. Please contact us for pricing and availability.
What am I buying? What comes in a set?
A set of driving plates consists of 9 angles: 8 overlapping angles every 45 degrees around the car and a forward facing, up-angled reflection plate. After you complete your purchase you will receive an html link that when opened, will start your download. Your download contains all 9 quicktime files.
What makes your plates better then others?
Our plates are shot with a patented (US Patent No. 88141812) multi-camera array that is designed for the sole purpose of shooting driving plates using a configuration that is optimized for the best possible footage for compositing. All nine angles are captured simultaneously so the action in every angle matches. The field of view provides an optimal 30% overlap for easier stitching along with arranging the cameras with the front and rear angled spaces in a near nodal arrangement minimizing stitching errors. While higher resolution plates may be a requirement of your production, many times the higher resolution (along with increased data and workflow) is not necessary in order to achieve a great result. Our base HD 1920x1080 plates have been used in feature files such as The Intern, The Last Witch Hunter and TAG. All three projects were able to achieve compelling results. 75% of our library is available in 4K and we also offer 10 bit 4:2:2 for those projects that require increased resolution over UHD.
I only want one angle, do I have to buy the whole set?
In order to achieve the most realistic results possible, we encourage our customers to utilize all 9 angles as much as possible. This will help build depth to the composition using the extra angles as reflections to enhance the movement of the vehicle. Individual files require us to prepare a separate file for you and may take up to 24 hours to deliver. Please contact us for pricing and availability.
Can I get full resolution files to test before I commit to buying?
We will provide watermarked proxy files upon request. Please contact us with the ID Number for the plates you would like. Although we will do our best to deliver them to you same day, please allow 24 hours for delivery.
What is the resolution, frame rate, and codec of the clips?
For commissioned plates we can shoot at your chosen frame rate, 23.98, 24, OR 25 FPS. Our vast library has evolved over time and includes any clip at full HD 1920X1080 and 100 of the 120 cities in the library have been shot in 4K with Vlog which can be delivered in that format the same day. We are currently shooting additional European locations for the library at 25 fps in order to accommodate the use of different frame rates outside of the US. The codecs have also evolved over time. Our older footage is available in AVCHD while or newer 4K footage is available in h.264.
Do you have 4k plates?
Yes! We have multiple 4k rigs that frequently shoot driving footage for the library and they are also available for custom projects. New clips are being uploaded weekly. We have also added 10 bit 4:2:2 to our menu of options in order to service clients wishing to have higher resolution plates. Please contact us if you are looking for something specific and we can help you out!
What side of the road do you drive on?
We are greatly expanding our international collection and are acquiring right and left drive plates in accordance with the laws of each location. Here's a handy list of left and right drive countries... http://www.worldstandards.eu/cars/list-of-left-driving-countries/