Enlarged Transfer Service.

Transferring images on tape to a computer file is becoming harder to achieve given the physical quality of many of the tapes we see. Following our move to bigger premises we have expanded the tape transfer and digitisation service.

One inch video tape recorder.
Very few facilities have a working one inch machine these days.

There are a bewildering number of formats. In addition, they come in various electronic flavours. Regardless of format, we now charge by the time taken to do the job.

Time-base corrector.
We have a good number of gizmos to convert the signal in to whatever you need.

PAL and NTSC are terms you may hear mentioned. They refer to the electronic system used to record the image. Our comprehensive resource can play all broadcast tapes and a good number of domestic formats regardless of the system used.

Hi-8 and S-VHS edit machines.
Our high-end professional machines will get the very best signal from your tape.

Millions of digibeta edit master tapes are to be found in vaults – what if you want a copy? Many older programmes recorded on U-matic tapes are still a very important source of archive material, that’s if the tape will play. Domestic formats will contain priceless personal images. So, there is plenty to keep us busy.

DIgibeta VTR.
It is extremely challenging to keep these machines in good working order. They require constant engineering intervention and that is eye-wateringly expensive.

Tonflödet and Vox Mundi Summer Concert June 2019

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Vox Mundi December 2018

From the Concert recorded 11th December 2018. Listen on-line or download these MP3s. If you want a CD or uncompressed copies of the songs please get in touch. Meanwhile, enjoy.

To download the MP3 files, right click on a tune, open in a new window or tab, the download icon is on the right of the player.

Tape transfers again

Tapes are made from plastic, glue and iron filings.

There are three problems with video and audio tapes:

    1. Mould growth,
    2. Sticky tape shed and
    3. Physical stretch and general mechanical deterioration.

There is only so much we can do about these. If the tape is unplayable in some ways that is easy, nothing can be done, or if it is in good mechanical condition we can do a lot electronically to get the best out of the recording. It is the middle ground that causes grief.

Mould leads to destruction of the tape so makes it difficult to play but usually we can get something. Sticky tape shed is where the binding absorbs water and the tape will stick to the play back head and make a screaming noise. It can quickly wreck a video recorder. Heat treatment can be effective, although is controversial. We have had some amazing successes (and I should add, failures). Physical damage is the most difficult as this leads to tracking errors, that no machine can cope with, but you hope that with fiddling you can solve – actually you can’t. Your optimism is misplaced and it is too easy to promise recovery when it can’t be done. Related is oxide shed when the recording medium comes away from the tape. This is easy to spot, usually you get a couple of minutes playback then video head clog and white snow. This then needs a realistic discussion with the client about how to proceed and the cost involved.

These days, before transferring to a digital file, we have found it best to produce a digital intermediate tape. The reason being that the computer capture card and software can’t cope with a poor quality signal.

There are very specialist firms that can attempt recovery, but the cost is prohibitive for the normal user and the results disappointing. They are most often used in a forensic setting where the actual information is critical, and the artistic elements rather less so.

So there we are, I know lots of firms advertise a doom and gloom message, to encourage you to transfer your tapes to a digital domain, and it might seem just a marketing gimmick. The trouble is that majority of our transfer work involves tapes with the problems I’ve outlined. And that becomes a tough sell.

 

Vox Mundi 02.06.18

Recorded 02.06.18.
These are MP3 versions. To download the MP3 files, right click on a tune, open in a new window or tab, the download icon is on the right of the player. WAV file versions or CDs are available. Please ask.

 

Kit that might interest you.

We often have equipment for sale. It is very easy to be caught out with items on E-bay and the like, and this is especially so with complex kit such as VTRs which are  a challenge to maintain, now they are getting older. Anything you buy from us will be in decent working condition. It will have been serviced and checked. Guaranteed for one month and at a fair price.

Video tape recorders.

Digibeta 500  £390.00.

Digibeta A500 recorder
Plays Digibeta and Betacam SP.

Digitbeta A500 £475.00.

We have several and they will have been serviced with new pinch rollers and similar items. In fact most of the price represents the servicing costs. Guaranteed one month. (Not for head clogging though!). The operating and head hours are likely to be high – and indeed the figures are likely to be unreliable anyway. So condition is everything. If you buy one from us it will work as it should. That is a good offer!

We will be happy to send you screen shots but it is best to see the actual machine yourself.

The A500 model plays back Betacam SP in addition to digibeta so is a useful machine for playback and archiving SD recordings on digibeta tape. The machines are quite a handy way of getting an SDI feed from all sorts of analogue tapes.

Film Projectors.

We have a  Eumig 910 and a Heurtier for sale.

HDV Cameras.

Sony Z1 and FX1. (Sold).

Other bits.

BP90 style batteries, charger, SQN with lots of kit. Red head lights.

UCare – Celebrating 10 years.

The UCare charity held a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace on 28th April 2018. We produced the video insert used during the evening. In addition to working hard on the content it is important to take into account where it will be shown and optimise the audio so it remains intelligible when played through a PA system.

The evening was a great success, raising over £125,000.  A remarkable achievement.

http://www.ucare-oxford.org.uk

 

Vox Mundi Concert December 2017

These are compressed MP3 files, but they still sound pretty good. To download the MP3 files, right click on a tune, open in a new window or tab, the download icon is on the right of the player.

 

Mental Health Television

Here you will find award-winning educational titles, hosted on a complex website. We could do the same for you.

mental health tv

http://www.mentalhealthtv.co.uk

Even maintaining the site is a full-time job. Why not learn from our experience?

Academic articles link:

https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/17465721211207301?mbSc=1&mobileUi=0&fullSc=1&journalCode=jpmh

http://bufvc.ac.uk/publications/viewfinder-archive/viewfinder-90