Duplicating the ‘Originals’
It is always recommended that you only send us the duplicates of the original master copies of Videos, miniDiscs or DVDS; this little tutorial will help you in preparing copies of your originals.
Making copies of VHS
A HiFi Stereo VHS deck is required for duplicating originals in VHS format; the mode should be set to Standard Play (SP). A non-HiFi deck is not recommended for recording any form of extended play such as the SLP or EP. By sending One-to-One Interviews on VHS in SLP mode, it is most likely that a good quality audio would be classified as Type-2 because of the poor quality audio. A request for timecoding from SLP tapes will be billed an additional $0.30 per minute to cover the additional costs of time taken to transcribe and add timecode from SLP/EP tapes.
It is essential that the length of the tapes be of 1 hour duration, for your information there is no price difference in sending us 1 two-hour tapes or 2 one-hour tapes, the turn-around-time may be affected if a VHS tape is more than one hour in length, since only one transcriber will be assigned, and if two 1-hour VHS are sent to us we will assign the transcription service to two transcribers. Please note that VHS tapes of 2+ hours duration will be billed an additional $14 per half hour of increment above 2 hours.
Making copies of DVDs
A DVD can be duplicated by using a Windows and Macintosh computer with an aid of a software, a detailed instruction is available in the ‘How to’ sections of these software’s for copying DVDs.
Things to be aware of for burning DVDs
- Ensure that the DVD plays continuously from chapter to chapter and title to title.
- Only one title should be assigned to a Disc, use additional ‘Chapters’ if possible.
- It is not possible to transcribe ‘interactive’ DVDs which require navigation to play different audio segments.
- It is not recommended to add more than 120 minutes of content on to a single DVD, since and DVD longer than 120 minutes will incur additional charges.
Making Copies of Audio Cassettes
Use a Karaoke or a dual play recorder; however make sure that the record level is about 0 to +3 db.
Making copies of MiniDisc
It is not advisable to record more than 80 minutes of audio on a single MiniDisc, please note that MiniDisc of more than 2 hours will be charged an additional fee of $14.00 per ½ hour anything above 2 hours of duration.
Due to Sony’s copy right protection Mini Disc cartridges cannot be duplicated, it is recommended that the audio be copied to a VHS tape using a HiFi deck with a SP (Standard Mode) play, connect the outputs of the Mini Disc and plug it to the inputs of the VHS tape.
Additional charges for Long Tape/files
Extra charges will apply on a tape or file that is longer than 2 hours, $15 will be charged for every ½ hour beyond the initial 2 hours. It is therefore recommended that the recording of the audio be split into smaller parts, as an example record 60 minutes of audio on a single DVD etc, instead of recording 180 minutes, you could save on the charges by sending us three DVDs etc of 60 minutes each.