Quad Tape Transfer                   
2 Inch Quadruplex Videotape Digitization Services at Affordable Prices

The Transfer Process

   Upon receiving a tape(s), visual evaluation and testing is performed to determine what condition the tape is in. Some quad tapes will play back just fine right out of the box. If sticky-shed is present, a moderate cleaning process is accomplished on a specially built tape cleaning machine which gently removes sticky-shed residue using a reverse-surface cleaning process using lint-free cloth rolls.

Reverse-surface cleaning is just as the name implies, the tape reel is loaded onto a specially built tape cleaning machine that uses lint free cloth rolls to remove the sticky moisture "goo" from the reverse side
of the videotape, leaving the front surface oxide layer holding the magnetic recording undisturbed.

After cleaning, the tape is spooled tails-out and left to "breathe", or acclimate, using an ambient drying
 method for several days. This is accomplished in a special room with an atmosphere dehumidifier which slowly reduces the moisture content remaining in the tape down to approximately 30% relative humidity.
    Usually, this cleaning method works sufficiently for 95% of quad tapes to play back safely
  and correctly without baking.

 Tape baking is performed on tapes that cannot safely be cleaned, or if the transfer is a "rush" job and is needed immediately.

 Transferring 2 Inch Quad Tape Content 

     Test playbacks are made during the VTR setup, and all necessary machine
 setups and adjustments are made in order to accurately reproduce correct RS-170 IRE signal levels
 of: video,  0 or 7.5% black setup, sync, color burst, chroma, color phase, and 0vu/ audio. 

The playback/re-mastering process is controlled and monitored at all times by me personally and adjustments are made as needed to maintain optimum signal levels during the transfer.



Video and audio can be captured
to the following formats:


  1) Computer file via a Black Magic Design 10 bit SD
card in uncompressed capture file format.

      2) DVCAM or miniDV digital tape(ntsc or PAL encoded)

3) Standard DVD(ntsc)                                       

4) Any combination of the above options.              
           

The output Media can be in many different forms, 
such as a USB Drive, USB Flash Memory, data
 CD/DVD rom, upload to Dropbox, etc.
  
A variety of compressed file formats are available
such as: .avi, .mpg, .mov, etc.