VideOccasions has added new DVD and CD capabilities to its many services.
Bring us your VHS or VHS-C, 8mm, Hi-8, MiniDV or DVCAM tape and we'll do the rest. Takes about 3-5 days.
BUT . . . PLEASE READ ON
Basic menu authoring is included in the price of your DVD. All our DVDs come with a title page, consisting of a background and an appropriate picture from your tape or a text icon. Click on the picture or text and your DVD begins.
For example: you've brought in three thirty minute tapes to have transferred to DVD. You ask us to create a separate item in the menu -- a chapter stop -- for each of the three tapes.
|In the example above you could click on the text description for each tape and jump to the beginning of that section of the DVD. This can also be done using pictures for the buttons. We do this without charge, for your convenience.|
However, you may wish to be able to move through the segments of the DVD internally, the same way that you can jump from one track to another on a music CD. In order to do this, we must locate each point that you identify and "author" (create) a second menu, linked to the buttons on the first.
In the example above, clicking on any of the phrases in the menu on the left plays an entire tape. Clicking on the yellow "Chapters" button calls up the sub-menu to the right. In the sub-menu, each tape is divided into three chapters, which can be accessed randomly. There is also a button enabling return to the Main Menu.
The ability to create linked sub-menus is virtually limitless, making the DVD an excellent medium for training materials as well as for family tapes and for archiving materials such as photos, slides and film transfers.
Since authoring is time-consuming we charge at the tape editing rate of $75 per hour for this service. To keep costs down it is essential that you plan your chapter breakdown and linking carefully before bringing your tapes in to VideOccasions for transfer to DVD.
Be sure to consult with us regarding the numerous possibilities available for creating your DVD, from a simple title picture to more elaborate menus.
Problems in Making DVDs
Many of the DVDs we create are for archival purposes. Folks bring us their heirloom tapes so we can transfer them to the more permanent DVD medium. Unfortunately, the exacting electronic demands associated with creating DVDs often come into conflict with the deteriorating tapes.
Although unlikely, it is possible that we won't be able to transfer your tapes to the DVD format without a modest additional cost. Should this be the case, we will contact you before proceeding.
You can read about these problems and their solutions on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
The key to producing a great DVD from your video tapes is simple: Collaboration -- VideOccasions and you! -- working together step by step to create your perfect Digital Video Disc.
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Last updated 10/27/04