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Old July 2nd, 2008, 11:07 AM   #1
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Vegas "print to tape" question

Ok, my next goal in my project is to get a digibeta master, so I did some research and post production facilities charge around $250/hour or like $1600 if I bring in my files in an external hard drive, so I have been thinking...

Is it possible to I rent a digibeta deck (Sony J-30 for $150/day) and transfer it myself?
If possible what would be the workflow for that?

just trying to save some bucks... Thanks
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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Ok, my next goal in my project is to get a digibeta master, so I did some research and post production facilities charge around $250/hour or like $1600 if I bring in my files in an external hard drive, so I have been thinking...

Is it possible to I rent a digibeta deck (Sony J-30 for $150/day) and transfer it myself?
If possible what would be the workflow for that?

just trying to save some bucks... Thanks
Well, if you have a Black Magic or AJA card with SDI out, of course you can do that. But a DigiBeta shouldn't cost $1600.

We just had our feature, which I delivered in JPEG2000 Quicktime format at 720P, on a hard drive, transferred to tape. We had it printed to D-5, HDCam, DigiBeta (2 copies), and Beta SP (2 copies). The total bill was about $1800. And worth every penny. We used one of the very well known, established post-production houses in Hollywood.

Don't try to do something like this on the cheap; it will come back to haunt you, from our experience.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 03:00 PM   #3
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Thanks, yeah I don't want to do anything stupid.
What are some good post houses in LA?
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 03:15 PM   #4
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We used Encore Hollywood and were very happy with them.

http://www.encorehollywood.com/

I've also been referred to Lightning Media for this kind of job:

http://lightning-media.com/lightningmedia.php

Good luck.
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