Customized Video & Audio Transfer Services

VIDEO TRANSFER

We take your analog video and convert it to digital formats. Our business is designed to give users a way to migrate their Quad, 1″, and U-Matic tapes, among others, to a digital or optical format that can be played everywhere and saved for the future. We convert to uncompressed 10-bit or to many compressed formats like ProRes, H.264, MPEG-2, DV and many others. Let us know how we can help.

Our prices are very competitive. Let us give you a price or do a sample transfer free of charge. We have never lost a shootout.

AUDIO TRANSFER

The Transfer Lab at Video Park offers the best in audio restoration and conversion services. We have the experience, hardware and software to professionally convert and restore your reel-to-reel tapes, cassette, cart and phonograph records.

Using Ampex broadcast equipment that has been fully restored, your tapes come to life. We can make Pro Tools session files or WAVE files. Multi-track tapes are transferred with all their tracks at the same time so they remain in sync.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

With our Accom D-Bridge digital decoder, we can now give you the finest quality dubs from a composite source like Quad, Type “C”, U-Matic and D-2/3. The D-Bridge uses a digital 3D filter to separate the chroma from the luminance, and it does it better than anything else available. No “hanging dots” like a comb filter would create and no cross-color from luminance interference and no softening of the image like a notch filter would do. It’s the best decoder ever invented, and we use it on all our composite transfers. We have also installed an Accom DIE-125 10-bit digital noise reducer and image enhancer. It does wonders cleaning up old Quad tapes and 3/4″ U-matic tapes. You won’t believe the difference!

Best in Class Equipment

 

Digital Betacam

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This VTR was a very successful component digital recorder. Made by Sony, it ushered in new possibilities for shooting and editing. Much better quality than Quad or 1″, it won over all who wanted top quality. Some of the features are four channels of digital audio, playback of analog Betacam tapes, excellent slo-mo and freeze frame and a reasonable price.

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1″ Type “C” VTR

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There was a desire to make a VTR that was cheaper then the Quad and offered additional features like picture in shuttle, slo-mo and freeze frame. Many different tape formats were tried but all lacked the broadcast quality that was needed. 1″ Type “C” fit the bill. Excellent wilily, long head life, much cheaper than the Quadruplex and it had the stunt features required.

Our VPR-3s originally cost $100,000 each. These contain the Zeus Video Processor that improved picture quality and made dropouts invisible.

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Analog Audio

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Digital transfers from analog audio. 16-track, 2″ analog tape has outstanding quality. Our MM-1100 is in great condition and we digitize through out Focusrite A/D convertor. We usually make WAVE files and can put them into a Pro Tools session file. In addition, we also have an Ampex 351 tube mono, Ampex 440B full-track, half-track stereo and four-track on 1/2″. We also offer DAT, ADAT and DA-98 among others, even broadcast audio cart. See this chart to find out the tape length and time.

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S-VHS

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Excellent reproduction of VHS tapes is the goal of our system. This is one of the finest VHS players made, the Sony SLO-5800. It has a built in TBC with noise reduction and image enhancement. For the best S-VHS or standard VHS transfers, we can help.

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Betacam SX

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To make a cheaper Betacam VTR, Sony made a digital VTR that has a little less quality but cheaper price and much longer tape length. We used these VTRs for the first few seasons of “Big Brother” due to the excellent tape length in the cassette. up to three hours!.  It stores video using MPEG 4:2:2 Profile@ML compression. It compresses the video signal from approximately 180 Mbit/s to only 18 Mbit/s. It is an excellent player of analog Betacam tapes.

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2″ Quadruplex

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Invented in 1956 as the first broadcast television format, Quad VTRs were in service until the early 1980s. Difficult to operate and maintain, there are very few companies offering this transfer service today. We currently have five Quad VTRs in-house and are always looking for more. Parts are becoming rare and I bet the tapes will last longer than the machines. If you have Quad tapes still waiting on the shelf today, I’d recommend transfer as soon as possible.

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Taking Care of Videotape

Here is a funny look at caring for videotape. After watching this short tape, you’ll never look at tape the same way again!

Videotape Preservation Handbook

Here is an excellent guide by Jim Wheeler on how to preserve videotape.  Jim Wheeler is one the great resources on magnetic media. Retired from Ampex, he is still active, preserving magnetic tape and preservation initiatives. WheelerVideo

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Most all VTRs have pinch rollers. These little tires pinch the tape against the capstan and pulls it through the machine. They get hard and loose their grip and can cause tape damage by changing the geometry of the tape path. You can sometimes clean and renew the rubber but the attempted repair doesn’t last. The only real solution is to […]

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