I received an email from someone who had a different email address than the company she was supposed to be representing. Her return is “@fashionguidesite.com” They want you to send your tapes and photos to them for transfer. And after you send your valuable media to them, only then would they tell you how much it would cost.
In this email, it looks like you would send your media to a fake company and they would get the transfer fee from you and never return your materials. It looks dangerous.
Clicking on her link takes you to a web site that is NOT the advertised company. WARNING.
Only send your materials to a known supplier. Get a guaranteed price up front.
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 working on preservation initiatives. I’m sure you’ll find it valuable.
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 lose their grip over time 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 long. The only real solution is to replace the roller. Average cost for a small cassette VTR is around $75, Some 2″ audio decks may run up to $250. Just a small example on how expensive it is to properly take care of old machines.
Our VPR-3s don’t use a pinch roller but a vacuum capstan. This provides better grip. The capstan actually drives the tape through the machine and the reel motors take up the slack.
If you need to get anywhere, you need a “Lammy”. These I.D.s are always worn by media people while on the job. The expensive ones have the user’s photo and some even have an RFID chip. The Oscars are very cautious in keeping their credentials safe and do not allow any photos of the current I.D. In fact, if photographed, the Academy will pull the credential and remove you from the event and you will not be allowed to cover the show.
Yes, the finest S-VHS VTRs have now been added to The Transfer Lab. This Sony S-VHS VTR does a fantastic job playing back VHS material. Far superior to home units, it contains a built-in TBC that has noise reduction and image enhancement, something home units do not offer. Since this machine is interfaced to our system, it must be able to genlock. Another feature lacking in home units.