Re: VHS/DVD format issues

Val Gangwer (
Tue, 8 Oct 2002 08:34:41 -0700 (PDT)

We, too, are wrestling with format change. All but one or two of our DVD's
are feature films, and we have had our share of cracked and scratched discs
already. I still buy educational material in VHS format because we have VCR's in
classrooms. It is hard to know where to put our limited funds as formats
continue to change at a rapid rate.
A related issue for us is taping class sessions. The teacher and students
want instant access once the taping is done, and VHS is still the easiest way to
do it, yet I am seeing a decline in the number of both VHS cameras and VCR's in
the marketplace. Cameras that take full-size cassettes are especially rare in
our price range. Digital cameras are great, but the tapes must be dubbed or
edited on nonlinear systems to make use of them. That takes time and equipment.
We currently restrict their use to advanced production classes. Anybody out
there have similar experiences? What have you done to cope?

Val Gangwer
Director of Audio Visual Services
Mary Baldwin College