1/2" reel to reel video tape transfer

Former user 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.

Dave T2


videoITguy wrote on 11/14/2012, 3:15 PM
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.
Former user 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 will let you know what I find out.

Dave T2
Jay M wrote on 11/14/2012, 3:57 PM
Everyone I know has great things to say about Lighting Dubs in Burbank. They do all sorts of transfers, so I assume they can handle the restoration you might need.

Former user wrote on 11/14/2012, 5:19 PM

I will check them out if I decide to proceed. Some of the prices I see quoted on-linie, although I am sure they are fair, are a bit more than I can afford to spend right now.

Dave T2
ig wrote on 11/27/2012, 4:30 PM
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
Opampman wrote on 11/27/2012, 7:41 PM
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 zac@filmtech.com for some information.

Former user 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.

Dave T2
Former user wrote on 11/27/2012, 8:16 PM

Thanks for the information.

Dave T2