3/4" to DVD "transformations"

Troy Davis (tdavis@aztec.lib.utk.edu)
Mon, 8 Jul 2002 15:43:40 -0700 (PDT)

Hi folks,
I was wondering if any of you have been experimenting or even performing any
conversion of your 3/4" "U-matic" tapes to another format. I'm particularly
interested in conversion from this format to DVD. UT has been in the process
of some time, of selecting candidates for "transformation" and we have
several candidates. These are all UT owned recordings of lectures and
symposia from the late 70's. I was wondering if any one would be willing to
share some of their experiences with this type of conversion. I will most
likely be using Final Cut Pro on a Dual GHZ G4 Mac with two 80GB hard
drives. So the hardware is there and capable. However, I do have a few
questions for those who may have done this. When "digitizing" this material
there are a whole host of issues relating to the editorialization of the
original. Do you do a straight capture and then a straight export, no
enhancement, no creative "chaptering?" Although a totally unrelated
project, in a document from the LOC A/V prototyping project
(http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/mopic/avprot/audio.SOW.html) there is a rather
"conservative" position on this sort of "enhancement." The document reads:
"The overall objective of this project is not to 'restore' the original
recordings, but to make a clear, accurate re-recording of the original...The
library's goal is a reproduction of the recording as a recording."

Also, I'd be curious to know some specifics about capture settings/standards
that have proved "successful."

Thanks for any help.


Troy Davis
Media Services Librarian
University Libraries
The University of Tennessee
The Studio