A machine for covering a substrate (FIG. 14, 540) by means of both cathodic arc plasma deposition (CAPD) (FIG. 2) and magnetron sputtering (FIG. 1) without breaking vacuum in a single chamber (FIG. 14, 421). A computer system monitors (FIG. 3, 403, 405) and controls all coating process parameters to coat in any sequence multiple thin film layers using either the CAPD or magnetron sputtering process. A rotating substrate table (FIG. 14, 470) used in conjunction with internal and external targets coats both sides of the substrate simultaneously.