Collection and Delivery charge update (Milton Keynes)

We’re really sorry to have to announce this, but it has become necessary to increase the charge we make for collection and delivery of your tapes and DVDs to £10.00. The reason is simple – increased fuel and running costs.

We’ve been offering this service as an enticement to get your business for over 18 months now and we’ve held off bumping this charge up for as long as possible, but it has became clear that a £5.00 charge is not enough when taking into consideration not only our actual operating cost but also the time involved in collecting and delivering your materials.

*Please note: This offer EXCLUDES Bedford area codes MK40-MK45. That’s a bit outside our range. Sorry.

This offer applies to commercial, educational and public service clients, too. We’re nice like that!

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DVCAM and DVCPRO tape transfers for archiving and editing

Let us undertake your DV-based digital tape format transfers direct to DVD or as editable 10-bit files for Apple Mac and Windows PC applications.

DV, MiniDV, DVCAM and DVCPRO logos

We can digitise the whole range of DV-based video formats

Looking for high-quality DVD copies of your DV (including MiniDV), DVCAM or DVCPRO tape masters?

We’re regularly being asked to provide DVD copies of MiniDV cassettes for home and business users looking to make their recordings more accessible, and we’re also serving the needs of video producers looking to archive their DVCAM and DVCPro camera and edit masters in high quality 8-bit or 10-bit uncompressed video formats.

If you’re looking for a professional job combined with unrivalled standards of service at a price that suits you budget, then please get in touch. We’re ready and waiting to get on with your assignment right now!

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How long will our Video to DVD transfer take?

This is the most common question we’re asked when a new customer asks us to undertake a transfer of video to DVD or to computer file.

We try to turn around orders as quickly as possible. If you require only one or two VHS videocassettes to be digitally transferred to DVD we can often manage this within 24-48 hours on weekdays. In short, if you get your original tape or tapes to us on Monday morning it’s likely that we’ll be able to have DVD copies ready for you to collect on or by Wednesday – but it depends on our workload.

At the time of writing this post, we do have a couple of large-quantity bulk transfer contracts – one of which involves the digitising to high-resolution Apple Quicktime editing files of over 300 VHS and S-VHS videocassettes, but this assignment has been allocated a dedicated system for the duration of the job (which is several months).

However, we also have two separate, dedicated, VHS-to-DVD copy systems that are used for small orders and one-offs.

How are your DVDs packaged and presented?

All digitised VCR recordings are first captured to a hard drive system, where the beginnings and endings are tidied up. They are then written out to high quality, industry-standard, TAIYO YUDEN Printable Dye ID DVD-R discs prior to having the disc face printed with the title, date or recording etc (Eg: “Our Wedding – 2nd September 1974”, etc) before being inserted into an Amaray or similar slimline black DVD library case. An insert sheet containing the disc title info is also included.

What about additional copies of your video on DVD?

The first DVD disc is, of course, included in the basic price. If, however, you require additional copies then providing they’re ordered at the same time as the first, they’ll cost you a mere £5.00 – and each copy is packaged and presented identically to the first.

If additional copies are required later, then we charge £7.50 per DVD copy.

Keeping backups of your digitised recordings

Please note that we routinely back up all your digitised recordings for a period of 30 days (approximately one month) from the date they were made. This is to cover ourselves if there’s a problem with your disc or if you require additional copies at a later date. We can retain copies for longer if you wish. Please ask when ordering your video to DVD transfer with us.

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We convert audio tapes to digital formats, too.

In addition to transferring your video to DVD and other formats, we can transfer your sound recordings to CD and other formats, too.

As you can see from this website, our primary activity here at SimplyDV’s Milton Keynes base is to transfer and convert your video tapes to DVD and other digital formats, but you may be interested to know that we can also digitally transfer your audio (sound) tapes.

Collection of Audio Tapes on Desk

We digitise reel-to-reel and cassette audio tapes to CD and MP3, too.

We can copy your reel-to-reel or audio cassette tapes to CD or we can convert them to digital files (such as 16-bit WAV, AIFF or MP3) which you can import into a program like iTunes on your computer or into an audio editing program like Audacity or Sound Forge.

For this, we can load your reel-to-reel tapes onto our a broadcast-quality Revox B77 audio tape recorder for high quality playback. Tape cassette playback is facilitated by either our Denon or TEAC machine to ensure the best playback quality.

SimplyDV's Soundcraft EPM-8 Mixer

Incoming sound is properly balanced before being converted from analogue to digital formats.

The resulting playback signal is passed via a Soundcraft Sound Mixer to either our Apple Mac or Windows PC capture system in order to capture full 16-bit 48kHz or 44.1kHz stereo or mono files as required.

If you just want a CD of your tape recording we can, of course, do this too. We can also save captured files (WAV, AIFF, MP3 etc) to a Memory Card which we can supply or you can bring us your own, or to a hard disc drive – such as a USB 2.0 pocket drive.

The price of this will vary according to the size of the job – but price starts at £13.00 per tape, excluding the cost of the media to which the files will be saved. Of course, the more tapes you need transferring, the better the price!

Contact us for more information.

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