At 10:46 AM 2008-01-31, Jeff Willens wrote:
>Unfortunately, the major label archives have many hundreds of
>thousands of one-of-a-kind digital masters still on this format (and
>nowhere else) that it's going to become an archiving nightmare very
>soon. Sony wants to pretty much forget it ever made the 1630, so
>they won't support it anymore. Hopefully, someone can take up the cause...
That is indeed bad news considering how many U-Matic tapes are
developing sticky shed and other maladies. It was starting to get bad
5-7 years ago. I can only imagine how much worse it's getting.
PrestoSpace did a large analysis of U-Matic tapes and apparently,
even by brand/model there were differences -- some batches were
sticky, some not. I don't know if they ever came up with the "pool
test kit" to determine life expectancy.
Is VidiPax equipped for 1630 transfer?
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
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Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.