PCM 501 to CD transfer
PCM 501 was a model of digital encoder manufactured by Sony in the 1980s.
Typically, the PCM 501 encoder was paired with a Betamax video recorder in order to store the digital audio data, although the encoder was also used with other videotape formats such as VHS and U-Matic.
We still have a PCM 501 encoder, a couple of Betamax players, a VHS player and a few working U-Matic players, but videotapes deteriorate with time. So if you have digital recordings stored on videotape via a PCM 501 encoder, now is the time to have them transferred to audio CD.
The maximum duration of a standard audio CD is 80 minutes.
The maximum duration of a gold archive-grade CD is 74 minutes.
However, for precious recordings, we recommend recording only to about 60 minutes on each CD. This is because the recording starts in the middle of the disc and ends at the outer edge where some older CD players struggle to read the data correctly.
Video tapes come in all sorts of sizes and durations.
Australian copyright law says that commercially produced tapes can be copied for personal use only under strict conditions.
CD Makers is very strict with copyright. For us to copy your audio or video, you or a member of your family must be the creator and the performer of the works that are recorded.
Otherwise you will need written permission from whoever owns the copyright.
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