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Digital transfer service

University Library offers new digital transfer service to campus community


10:09 a.m., Oct. 11, 2012--The University of Delaware Library has announced a new digital transfer service for UD students, faculty and staff. The service offers to transfer library users’ home videos from VHS, DVD, miniDV, 8mm, Hi8 and Digital 8 tape to DVD; and will also scan slides, negatives and photographs to DVD.

John Stevenson, associate librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center, will coordinate the service.

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“Although the Student Multimedia Design Center has self-service equipment for students to use to transfer formats, this process can take an exorbitant amount of time. This new services allows library users to concentrate on planning, designing and producing multimedia projects,” said Stevenson. “Users may drop off media at the center and retrieve a DVD with their data as well as their original media without having to expend time transferring their content into digital format in real time.” 

The library will charge the following rates, payable with cash, check or FLEX at the Student Multimedia Design Center, for transfer services from:

  • Tape (VHS, miniDV, 8mm, Hi8 and Digital 8) to DVD: $40 for up to one hour of content and $10 for each additional hour, per source, e.g., $50 to transfer a 2-hour VHS tape to DVD.
  • Hard drive, CD, DVD or memory card to DVD: $20 for up to one hour of content and $5 for each additional hour, per source.
  • Photographs, slides and negatives scanned into digital format: $.50 per image, with a minimum charge of $10 per disc.

Fees for the transfer of video on tape-based media are higher than those for other electronic media because each transfer takes place in real time, e.g., one hour of playing time for each hour of video brought for transfer. 

Staff can burn additional copies of discs at the time of transfer for $8 per DVD or $5 per CD. 

UD faculty seeking multiple copies of discs may also contact Information Technologies Academic Technology Services (ATS) for CD and DVD duplication.

A form is available online that users can fill in and print to bring with their media to the Student Multimedia Design Center. Copyright law applies.

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