D-1 / D-2

D-1 (Sony) component and D-2 (Ampex) composite 19mm digital video cassettes
grey rectangular D-2 videocassette with bottom corners rounded

D-2 composite digital video cassette

introduction to D-1 & D-2 video cassette transfer

We offer a range of delivery formats for our video transfers. We use the International Association of Sound & Audiovisual Archives Guidelines for the Preservation of Video Recordings, delivering FFV1 lossless files or 10-bit uncompressed video files in .mkv or .mov containers. We create viewing files as H264 encoded .mp4 files or DVD. We can deliver any other digital video files,  according to your needs. 

We can provide the appropriately-sized usb media for your files, or use media supplied by you, or deliver your files online. Files delivered on hard drive can be for any operating system MacOS, Windows or GNU/Linux and filesystems (HFS+, NTFS or EXT3).

Due to varying tape durations and their gradual physical degradation, it’s not always appropriate to create fixed prices for our services. We’ve found that assessing tapes prior to confirming costs is a more accurate and fair method.

We offer free assessments please contact us to discuss your project.

D-1 & D-2 video machines

D-1 & D-2 format variation

Large D-1 video cassette alongside grey plastic box labelled Sony 12 Digital D-1

12 minute D-1 component digital video cassette and box.

large free-standing light greay and cream-coloured D-1 video recorder with electroluminescent display

BTS DCR 500 D-1 video recorder with electroluminescent display

rectangular grey D-2 video cassette with rulers indicating width 25.4 cm by height 14.9cm.

D-2 cassette dimensions: 25.4 x 14.9 x 3cm (Large D-1 cassette dimensions: 36.5 x 20.3 x 3.2cm)

D-1 & D-2 video tape risks & vulnerabilities

D-1 & D-2 video recording history