Videotape Format Conversion to Digital

Cinegraphic Archives and Preservation can convert your videotape formats into digital files and DVD’s! Formats include 1/2 Helical Scan, 3/4 Umatic, Betamax, Betacam SP, VHS, VHS-C, Video 8, and Mini-Dv. Older tape stocks afflicted with sticky-shed syndrome may be “baked” in order to achieve effective playback results.

Cinegraphic Archives can work with both home video and professionally-shot videotape.

One sizable collection of 3/4 Umatic videotapes digitized by Cinegraphic Archives featured programs produced by a couple out of Flushing, New York.  Barrie and Deborah Gellis hosted several public access television programs broadcast in Queens, New York during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Most of these shows, including ‘UFO’s Today” and “The Naked Truth” were saved on 3/4 Umatic videotapes. Occasionally, they would put together a shorter segment full of humor and social commentary. This segment, shot in 1989, was the first of many. Below is a sample:

Below is a short promotional clip for the Queens public access television program “UFO’S Today”, produced by Barrie and Deborah Gellis.
This circa 1990 segment originated on fragile 3/4 Umatic videotape.

For those needing high quality 2 inch Quadruplex videotap transfer, Cinegraph recommends Larry Odham’s services at Quad Tape Transfer in Johnson City, Tennessee. http://www.quadtapexfer.com/Home.php

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Larry Odham and a 2-inch Quadruplex VTR

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