I have a two-hour program that is mastered on two Betacam SP tapes (60 min. each) and I want my VHS copies to be recorded on one tape; can you do this?

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I have a two-hour program that is mastered on two Betacam SP tapes (60 min. each) and I want my VHS copies to be recorded on one tape; can you do this?

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Yes we can! It’s called a switchover; as your first master tape ends, the second master tape begins and is recorded to the VHS copies in a seamless manner. In fact, you cannot detect if the program was recorded from one master tape, or two master tapes. However, there needs to be a logical switchover point between the two masters. For example, if the first master tape ends with someone in mid sentence then it is unlikely that the second master tape will complete the sentence seamlessly. Most programs that require a switchover will dip to black at the end of the first master and will come up from black at the beginning of the second master. Another way to ensure a seamless transition from the first master tape to the second tape is to create a digital sub master that contains the entire program. Many of the newer digital formats (DigiBeta, DVCAM, DVC-PRO, D2) will record two hours of program and have virtually no generation loss.

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