U-Matic Magnetic Tape Baking Services | Sticky Shed Syndrome in Oxford UK

Broadcast Video & Audio Tape Archiving at Oxford Duplication Centre

Broadcast and Standard VHS Tapes Oxfordshire UK

3/4″ U-Matic Tape Transfer Services - Legacy Tape Formats 

HDCAM SR • HDCAM • DIGITAL BETACAM • DVCPRO HD • MINI-DV 3/4" U-MATIC •BETACAM SP • DVCAM • HI8 • BETACAM SX • VHS NTSC + PAL • PRORES 422HQ • MOV • H264 • UNCOMPRESSED 8 OR 10 BIT • DPX

Oxford Duplication provides professional video  tape digitising services for archive companies, historical societies, corporate business, independent directors and producers, who would like to archive and re-purpose their titles. 

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. 


Legacy Tape Format Transfer, Conversion and Encoding

  1. DV, HDV and DVCAM PAL or NTSC
  2. HDV 1080i PAL or NTSC
  3. Digital Betacam, IMX, BetacamSP & Betacam SX PAL or NTSC
  4. U-matic low band, PAL, Umatic Hi-band/SP (PAL)

  5. Pro-Video Digital Formats

  6. Real-time Capture and Encoding
  7. Standards/Frame Rate Up/Down/Cross Conversion
  8. Blu-ray Disc Encoding and Authoring

TAPE BAKING STICKY SHED SYNDROME

Oxford Duplication Centre have more than 20 years of experience handling virtually every brand and every formula of source media, assures the safety of your master. We are able to transfer the content of unstable media by properly preparing the tape while retaining the integrity of the master.

Analog tape is made up of multiple layers joined by an adhesive. Molecular breakdown of the adhesive and absorption of moisture by the tape’s lubricants causes some tapes to “stick” and “shed” when traveling through a tape machine’s transport. This is due to the formula of the binder that was used to manufacture most tapes beginning in 1973; it takes approximately nine years after manufacture for the problem to occur.

To temporarily alleviate the problems of sticking and shedding, the primary method of stabilisation is to cure the tape at a constant temperature with circulating air. When performed correctly, this process is benign and can be repeated as needed. The baking process serves to temporarily correct the problem by slowly re-setting the molecules and removing the moisture.

At Oxford Duplication Centre, this is done using specific archival dehumidifiers that maintain an unvarying temperature of 125°F and do so without subjecting the tapes to harmful magnetic fields.

USING THE HIGH PERFORMANCE, HIGH QUALITY
ENCODING FROM AWS ELEMENTAL AND BLACKMAGIC DECKS

Our broadcast workflow supports clients with audio-visual digitisation using 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.

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.

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

SPECIALIST HOME FORMATS

Our audio-visual studio can support clients with our Vintage and Rare Consumer Video Tape Conversions to Broadcast Quality Outputs.
Excluding VAT @20%
1+
V60 Video Tape 60.00
HDCAM 40.00
JVC D-9/DIGITAL S 30.00
XDCAM DISC CALL
D VHS (NTSC/HD OR PAL SD) 45.00
PHILIPS ORIGINAL LP OR SP VCR FORMAT (1502 OR 1702) 60.00
1" TYPE C VIDEO TAPE SONY PAL OR NTSC 90.00
W-VHS CALL
PHILIPS VIDEO 2000 60.00

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