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Old March 19th, 2009, 01:58 AM   #1
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How much to charge for Digital8 > Hard Drive RAW dump?

My cousin has 40 Digital8 tapes but never watches them etc. I said since I have the GV-D200 I could import them to the computer for him and provide him with the footage on a hard drive for editing. What should I charge for this? I hear the rate for Tape to DVD is $10-$20/tape. This of course will produce ware on my rarely used GV-D200 (36 8mm tapes ran through it twice (that will teach me for import using the wrong settings).

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Old March 19th, 2009, 06:24 AM   #2
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Do a google search for video transfer services in your area and you'll get an idea of what you can charge... the going rate.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 06:48 AM   #3
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40 tapes is not what I would call excessive wear; I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 01:18 PM   #4
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My cousin has 40 Digital8 tapes but never watches them etc. .
Why would he spend money for you to digitize something he never watches?
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Old March 19th, 2009, 08:15 PM   #5
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They're family, do it for free...

Or let them use your gear to do it.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 07:55 PM   #6
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I just did such a job. I charged $300 for 50 tapes. I thought that was on the high side but I'm nearing the end and I don't think I charged enough. I forgot 8mm tapes can hold up to 2 hrs, so that's 100 hrs of capture! I've been feeding tapes for over a week. In addition, I'm dealing with technical issues on his side. The end of this project can't come soon enough.
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