Re: cost of DVD's

Jonathan Miller (
Thu, 6 Mar 2003 11:12:59 -0800 (PST)

Dear Videolib experts:

I would find it helpful if any one could comment on usability of DVD-Rs vs.
DVD-videos (commercially replicated DVDs) in colleges and libraries - do
you encounter any compatibility or other problems using DVD-Rs, or is that
a thing of the past now?


Jonathan Miller

PS Generally the cost to make a small to medium quantity of DVD-Rs is
greater than the cost of making VHS tapes, whereas the cost of replicating
a large # of DVD-videos is lower than the cost of making VHS tapes (per
unit made).

At 03:00 PM 3/5/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>I spoke with a sales rep at Films for Humanities about this right when
>they started offering DVD's. I was told that Films is converting VHS's
>to the DVD-R format on a title by title basis. The increased price
>reflects staff time for conversion and is more expensive for the first
>copy converted. I was also told that the price should come down once
>multiple copies of a title are converted. But, you should know that
>Films is only offering basic conversions without chapter encoding.
>Thomas E. Herndon
>Multimedia and Interdisciplinary Programs Librarian
>Johnson Center Library
>George Mason University
>703-993-9063 (fax)
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "VENTURA, GERIE" <>
>Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2003 3:25 pm
>Subject: cost of DVD's
> > I'm probably violating email etiquette by doing this, and I'm
> > sorry if it's someone on this list, but I think the issue is
> > interesting.
> > A librarian at our library forwarded this email (below) to me from
> > another listserv. It brings up yet another interesting aspect in
> > relation to DVD's, which I notice is a frequent topic of
> > discussion lately.
> >
> > We are attempting to "up" our purchases in the DVD format.
> >
> > Have a great day.
> >
> > Gerie Ventura
> > Highline Community College Library, Media Services
> > Des Moines, WA
> > e-mail:
> >
> >
> >
> > "I had a very strained conversation at ALA Midwinter with two reps
> > from Films
> > for the Humanities. As one of the most popular vendors of educational
> > videos, they are at the top of our list when it comes to selecting
> > titles.However, they have recently decided to charge an additional
> > fee for the DVD
> > format of any of their VHS titles. I asked for an explanation and
> > got a very
> > defensive vice president of sales practically in my face. She told
> > me that
> > there are digital licensing issues, hence the added fee.
> >
> > I noticed in Baker and Taylor today that there is no difference in the
> > charge for the VHS format vs. the DVD format for many popular
> > videos--some
> > of them feature films, others produced by Kultur, for example,
> > that are
> > older films being re-released. They don't seem to have an issue
> > wherein they
> > add an extra cost."
> >
> >

Jonathan Miller, President
First Run / Icarus Films, Inc.
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