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RE: WCW and AKA tapes?
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- Subject: RE: WCW and AKA tapes?
- From: "Stu Hancock" <hancocks at fred_net>
- Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 11:07:46 -0400
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- In-reply-to: <EFB16A93C76998419F6A4E24E73EFFBB662476 at cba0e2k03_CBA0.centerbeam.com>
Weighing in on the technology...
I have (and they are not very expensive) a really nice device for
converting VHS tapes (or any other composite video or S-VHS signal and
the audio) into a digital format, which can be: VCD-ready (lower
quality, but about par for what VHS tape can do anyhow) or SVCD (not
terribly attractive, since one can only fit about 1/2 hour onto a CDR),
VCDs hold roughly an hour of video, and are the lowest quality (as
mentioned above). Advantages are that they can play on many DVD
players, altho' the more modern, the more likely they are to be
compatible. Blank CDRs run about $0.13 in quantities of perhaps 100 or
more. Compatibility will be an issue for some, but probably not the
SVCDs are also written to CDRs and are of higher quality, but only
hold about 1/2 hour. I think this is the worst of the digitized
options, since fewer DVD players will be compatible than with
VCD-formatted CDRs and the "higher quality" will still be subject to the
vagaries of the input signal, i.e., VHS tapes (in this case).
DVD-Rs are an interesting way to go. DVD-R blanks run under $1.00 at
present, and I believe can be mailed for one first-class stamp if a thin
cardboard mailer is used. I've seen blanks available for as low as
$0.67. Additionally, one needs a DVD writer (now running in the
$200-$250 range), and the willingness to spend the time to do the
conversions and the duplication. Once the master DVD-R is finished,
copying is fire and forget. DVD-Rs (the cheap ones) hold 4.7GB of data,
or roughly two hours of very high quality video. At lower bitrates,
however (approaching the quality of the VHS signal from the tape), one
can pack roughly 4 hours on one DVD, if that level of cost is a factor.
I have a Pioneer A03 writer which I'm very pleased with (since
superseded, naturally, by the faster A04).
Total materials cost for mailing out a finished DVD-R with two hours
of video on it, including: DVD-R blank, mailer, stamp, and perhaps a
decent label: around $1.50-$2.00, each.
One caveat: compatibility with DVD-Rs will always pose a bit of a
problem for some older set-top DVD players. Most modern machines work
fine with DVD-Rs, but inevitably there will be a few misses. Those
folks could receive copies of the VHS tapes, I suppose. Copying those
is also a fire-and-forget process for anyone with two VHS machines.
From: owner-killietalk at aka_org [mailto:owner-killietalk at aka_org] On
Behalf Of Lowell Patrick
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2002 10:51 AM
To: killietalk at aka_org
Subject: Re: WCW and AKA tapes?
Thanks Tom for clearing that up for me. I am talking about putting the
presentations all on 1 eight hour tape and doing that instead of
individual tapes per presentation. I do have a volunteer to help with
this if I can't do it all myself.
> Dave Koran and Tom Grady did not make the decision by themselves to
> judges videotapes of the speakers at the AKA convention. Here is the
> history of it.
> At the 2002 convention, I believe it was Liz Hutchins who approached
> through myself or Dave - I do not remember which of us - and
> would be a very nice gesture to 'give' tapes of the speakers to the
> since they generally miss most of the speakers by volunteering their
> judge the show.
> The topic was brought up at the BOT meeting Friday or Saturday night
> of my memory is hazy as to the days since I worked the convention from
> Wednesday thruogh the weekend, but it was midnight) and the board
> idea was a good one and a valid one since judges do miss several
> and yet pay for the entire convention - their rooms, the banquet
> board voted I believe unanimously at that time to do this.
> This was announced to a very positive response at the awards ceremony.
> The subject came up a second time over the summer in a BOT letter and
> reaffirmed unanimously.
> I agree Lowell should have been consulted, but at the time - the BOT
> to offer something of value to the judges.
> Okay that is the history of the offer.
> Now - as to the actual creation of the tapes. I am not an expert and
> no allusions to being one - but it seems to me that all or most of the
> morning presentations should fit on one VCR tape and also tke same
> afternoon ones. That would be two tapes per person maximum. if
> 20 judges - then that is 40 tapes - at a cost of about 5$ a tape or
> $200 in expenses.
> To be honest, this may be asking alot of Lowell and that is not my
> instead I am simply stating how the issue occurred and maybe an idea
> with it.
> However, I do not like the idea that Dave or I were the only people
> in the decisions made. This was brought to the BOT and acted upon.
> Tom Grady
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