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1/2" reel to reel video tape transfer
wrote on 11/14/2012, 2:40 PM
I know this is really a long shot, but does anyone have a 1/2" reel to reel video player? I have a tape of President Ford that I shot in about 1975 on a reel to reel videotape. I don't know if it will play, I do see it is gotten some gunk (mold or something) on some of the edges, but I would like to get it transfered.
Well, I used to have 1/2 EIAJ Standard from Sony until it was stolen in a burglary. First thing, can you absolutely lock-down what standard it was in videotape?? The most universal playable was 1/2 EIAJ from Sony, but while others from Panasonic and JVC adopted the format their recordings did not transfer very well on playback of the others.
2nd issue) Print through and tape stick would be notorious. We used to relieve this by spooling on a hand crank 16mm moviola set of rewinds.
3) There are several transfer houses available for this format if it is really original SONY.
wrote on 11/14/2012, 3:22 PM
I have been reading online about the format, and from what I remember it was recorded on a Sony deck. I don't know if the tape has any branding, but I will check again tonight and see. It is in the original case, but I did notice some white either mold or something else along some of the edges of the tape.
I transfer sony type eiaj 1/2" reel to reel frequently..i have two sony av3600 eiaj decks totally overhauled and running well...i charge 125.00 per reel to dvd, this includes tape baking which usually is necessary due to sticky shed syndrome...turnaround would normally be within a week...
Ira goodman/video data services...www.vdsnj.com...im located in union, nj
You might also ask for a quote from Film Technology Company in Hollywood. They've been around for 45 years give or take a few. All format transfers, restoration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for some information.
wrote on 11/27/2012, 8:15 PM
Thanks for your information. This is about the price I have been finding online, so I have to pass on it right now. Maybe next year I can save some and transfer or contact the Gerald Ford library and see if they have an interest.