BVDM Offers Assistance with HD Tape Shortage


BVDM Offers Assistance with Global Shortage of HD Tape Stock

New York, NY, March 31, 2011 – As the New York Times reported on Monday, March 28th, the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has caused a worldwide shortage of HDCAM and HDCAM SR tape stock. Some manufacturers have ceased production because of damage to their plants, and the plants currently operating cannot keep up with the demand. Tape stock dealers worldwide are completely out of inventory or have increased prices as much as tenfold.

In response to this crisis, Broadway Video Digital Media (BVDM) has announced the Tape Stock Recovery (TSR) program. The TSR program is based on migrating existing, rarely used, or duplicate HDCAM and HDCAM SR tapes to a safe and accessible collection of digital files. BVDM can create a perfect digital file from any tape. Once the replica is made and inspected, the tape is erased, cleaned, evaluated and ready for immediate reuse.

The entire recovery process usually costs no more than the normal price of a piece of tape stock. In effect, the digital files are free.

The BVDM Tape Stock Recovery program includes the following services:

• An HD digital file suitable for both Archive and Post Production needs.
• Inspection, cleaning, and evaluation of each piece of stock.
• A Backup digital file stored on data tape in a separate location.
• Offline, near line, or online storage of digital file.
• Digital delivery of files when needed for future use.

In addition to—or in place of—the digital files, BVDM also has extensive resources to provide transfers to alternative HD formats such as HD-D5 and DVCPRO HD.

BVDM’s experience and commitment to excellence ensure that the entire recovery process is executed quickly and flawlessly.

The BVDM TSR is an excellent resource to navigate a company through the current videotape shortage while simultaneously creating a safe digital video archive for the future. For more information, contact a BVDM Account Representative at (212) 333-0555, or email us at [email protected]

Media Contact:
Chris Calvosa
Director of Marketing
Broadway Video Digital Media
[email protected]

About Broadway Video Digital Media (BVDM)
Broadway Video Digital Media is the industry leader in providing distribution, digital file encoding, HD video transmission, closed captioning, duplication, and asset management services to organizations of any size. From its state-of-the-art technical operations center in Times Square, BVDM operates one of the largest videotape duplication centers in the nation, supporting virtually all professional formats.

Worldwide digital connectivity allows for on-demand distribution to any destination in any file-based or video format. BVDM maintains an extensive complement of HDTV technology and equipment and has been a pioneer in solving critical issues related to the HDTV transition. Currently, BVDM is helping to form industry wide standards and practices for the restoration and preservation of large-scale video archives.

From DVD authoring and replication to broadcast finishing and HD Transmission, BVDM is the one-stop source for any organization in need of video and media-related technology solutions. After a successful spin-off from Broadway Video Entertainment in 2007, BVDM remains closely affiliated with the Broadway Video family of companies. BVDM is committed to investing in emerging digital technologies and offering its clients cutting edge solutions, while continuing to support the current, practical, and real world demands facing today’s media industry.