U-Matic Low Band/High Band Video Tape Conversions in Oxford UK

Broadcast Video Digitising and Conversion Service at Oxford Duplication Centre

Broadcast tapes converted to digital format Oxfordshire UK

U-matic tape transfer, digitising and conversion to digital files

Our studios hold an impressive range of U-matic video tape machines, which are regularly serviced by expert engineers.  This includes the lastest models Sony BVU-950 and Sony BVU-850 which offer TBC (Time Based Correction).   Our services are highly specialised, providing archive preservation using the world leading AWS Elemental live archive units to convert  all types of U-matic PAL, NTSC and SECAM, Low Band, High Band (BVU) and SP (Superior Performance) U-matic tapes to any digital file format. 

For Archival Preservation, we use The National Archives preservation guidelines to deliver high quality recordings in either FFV1 lossless or 10bit uncompressed video files in .mkv or .mov containers, with a  additional viewing files encoded H.264 .mp4.   

Our broadcast workflow supports clients with audio-visual digitisation to Apple ProRes, 10bit, FFV1 for professional editing. Our system is based around World Leading AWS conversion and Blackmagic units, offering  hardware standards conversion (SDI/HD-SDI) with up/down or cross conversion to any file in any frame rate. With cloud storage, our clients can upload or download content direct to our servers, ensuring a seamless direct process that is highly desired by our clients.

We offer professional video outputs to include 10bit uncompressed, all Pro-Res outputs, Quicktime .MOV or FFV1 lossless video files in a .MKV container for the recommended quality outputs in line with iASA Industry Standards.

Output Formats: ProRes 422 HQ HD | ProRes 422 | Avid DNxHD Uncompressed 10bit |AVI | MOV | H264 | DPX. 


TAPE BAKING STICKY SHED SYNDROME

Some tapes may require baking to remove moisture caused by Sticky Shed Syndrome.  Typically associated with U-matic tapes due to a breakdown in the glue (binder) that holds the oxide atoms onto the tape. Signs include squealing as the tape passes through the head. Without baking this will transmit through the ouput and will damage the tape and/or players.  

Please contact us on 01865 457000 or email cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com for a competitive quotation.

USING THE HIGH PERFORMANCE, HIGH QUALITY
ENCODING FROM AWS ELEMENTAL LIVE

We can convert your various tape formats to broadcast quality streams
whether for editing, archive or playback

Clients include Universities, Production Houses, Museums, Historical Societies, Libraries,
Educational Sectors and Corporate Businesses

Please email cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com
or Tel: 01865 457000
Real-Time Archiving
Enabling the creation of high-quality VOD files, saving editing cycles and
lowering the cost of content delivery
HDCAM SR • HDCAM • DIGITAL BETACAM • DVCPRO HD • 3/4" U-MATIC •
BETACAM SP • DVCAM • HI8 • BETACAM SX • VHS NTSC + PAL • VHS/HI8/MINIDV
COST PER VIDEO TAPE TO DIGITAL FILE 1+ 5+ 10+ 25+ 50+ 100+
Viewing File H.264/MPEG-4 32.50 30.00 27.50 25.00 22.50 20.00
Editing File Pro-Res/MOV 50.00 45.00 40.00 35.00 30.00 25.00
Archive 1 FFV1 50.00 45.00 40.00 35.00 30.00 25.00
Archive 2 10bit Uncompressed 60.00 55.00 50.00 45.00 40.00 35.00
For clients that require both an archive/editing file and a viewing or streaming file,
we can offer this for the additional price below.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES 1+ 5+ 10+ 25+ 50+ 100+
Up-Converting SD to HD - Down
Converting HD to SD, Cross Converting
HD Formats - Selected SD Conversion
14.00 12.75 11.25 9.75 9.00 8.00
Additional H264/MPEG4 Access Files   14.00 12.75 11.25 9.75 9.00 8.00
Tape Baking - Sticky Shed Syndrome 14.00 12.75 11.25 9.75 9.00 8.00
We offer professional tape baking which involves using a specialist oven to draw
moisture from problematic tapes, so they can be safely digitised without damage.
All prices exclude VAT @ 20%

Clients are requested to supply their own hard drive, alternatively we can supply
these at an addtional cost.

Turnaround is dependant upon the project, which can be discussed to
suit your requirements.


Our offices are open to clients by appointment Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm

Our offices and large customer parking are located at the back of our premises, 29 Banbury Road, Kidlington OX5 1AQ, behind the large green building attached, opposite Benmead Road.

Contact Us 01865 457000 or email cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com