We not only undertake video transfers to DVD or create file formats for hundreds of personal customers but we also have pleasure in supplying video encoding and transcoding services to several organisations.

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A selection of our current and recent clients

A wide range of video transfer, format transcoding, authoring and archiving services.

In addition to the wide range of corporate and institutional clients who engage our services in order to acquire digitised versions of their analogue video and audio recorded collections, SimplyDV also serves the diverse needs of home users and small businesses who require everything from wedding videos to holiday movies and training videos to old (and highly memorable) television commercials. And that’s not all; we’ve been asked to create digital re-masters of whole private film and video libraries, corporate and educational video archives and – of course – the whole range of home video recordings going back to the early 1980s. Give us a penny for every wedding video we’ve transferred to DVD, holiday video shot in Disneyland Florida or school nativity play and we’d be rich!

We do more than just transfer video to DVD!

We supply more than just video transfer services. Thanks to many years’ involvement in video content creation in educational and community settings, SimplyDV’s Colin Barrett also provides training and presentation services to organisations wishing to improve the standards of employees and voluntary workers in the field of Oral History practice, particularly where the use of video is concerned. In this respect, he has designed and delivered a one-day training workshop called Lives in Focus for the British Library’s National Life Stories initiative, organised in partnership with the Oral History Society, for over 7 years now. This course is undertaken in partnership with Roger Kitchen, the co-founder of The Living Archive in Milton Keynes.

Volume digital archiving from analogue master recordings

Since taking up residence at Milton Keynes Business Centre, SimplyDV has undertaken volume digitising of professional format video tape content to Microsoft AVI, 10-bit Uncompressed Quicktime, ProRes422 as well as large volume audio-cassette and reel-to-reel tape content for a number of museums, libraries and other organisations. The most notable of these includes:

  • Bletchley Park Trust – transfer of a DVCAM master collection to digital video file formats (Microsoft AVI and MPEG-4/H.264 access copies) of 50 hours of broadcast-quality videotaped content containing interviews with WW2 veterans. Also several hundred hours of oral history recordings of WW2 codebreaking veterans, made by volunteers since 1991;
  • Stevenage Museum – digitising to 16-bit WAV audio files of 197 hours of 1/4″ reel-to-reel audio tape recordings made from 1986 onwards as part of the Stevenage Oral Heritage Project, in addition to other digitising for the Talking New Towns project;
  • Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford – digitising to 16-bit WAV audio files of over 100 hours of oral history interviews recorded in the 1990s and 2000s for several projects, including over 50 hours of recordings made for the Aniseed Balls & The Missing Cannon project (memories of WW2 by Bedford residents), experiences of the Women’s Land Army in Bedford during WW2, and also Made in Bedford, audio-taped reminiscences of former employees of the former W. H. Allen engineering works in Bedford.
  • Cranfield University School of Management Case Centre – bulk transcoding of the whole of the centre’s 665 management case study DVDs into MPEG-4/H.264 digital master and access files, intended for network server access by staff, academics and MBA students.

Training in Oral History recording using video

SimplyDV’s Colin Barrett has been delivering specialised small-group workshop-style training courses for beginners to video production techniques for over 30 years. His early experience in this field was as an Assistant Producer with the ground-breaking community access cable television station called Channel 40 in the (then) new city of Milton Keynes from 1977 to 1979.

In this role, he trained members of the public in the use of the new generation of portable video production technology as a means of generating video programme material for transmission on the city’s cable television station. This all took place at a time when few conventional TV stations were using portable video production equipment or Sony 3/4″ U-Matic post-production and transmission technology. It would later become ubiquitous in the field of television news and current affairs production worldwide.

In the intervening years, Colin has supported internal staff and volunteer training in organisations as diverse as The Open University, Panasonic UKBletchley Park Trust, The London Transport Museum, the Oral History Society at the British Library, the Living Archive in Milton Keynes, Stevenage Museum’s “Talking New Towns” project and others. This service is available to you and your organisation.

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