Digital Transfer Services

Digital Transfer Services offered by the Student Multimedia Design Center help students, faculty, and staff to concentrate on planning, designing, and producing their media projects.  Users may drop off media at the Center and retrieve a DVD with their data along with their original media without spending time transferring their content into digital format in real-time.

Center staff will transfer home video from VHS, miniDV, 8mm, Hi8, and Digital 8 tape to DVD or digital video from external media (hard drives, or various memory cards) onto DVD. Staff will also scan slides, negatives, and photographs in digital formats.  The timeframe for digital transfer projects to be completed depends on the nature and size of the project and staff availability.

Staff is not responsible for damaged media.  Videotape and other media are subject to deterioration due to age and environmental conditions and media received for conversion will be handled with respect.  Should issues arise which are beyond the control of Center staff, the University of Delaware and its employees will not be held responsible for any damage or loss of the content beyond the amount of the order.

Please bring media to be transferred to the service desk accompanied by a printed copy of the digital transfer services form.

Fees are based on media type:

  • Tape (VHS, miniDV, 8mm, Hi8, and Digital 8) to DVD: $40 for up to one hour of content and $10 for each additional hour, per source, e.g., $50 to transfer a 2-hour VHS tape to DVD.
  • Hard drive, CD, DVD, or memory card to DVD: $20 for up to one hour of content and $5 for each additional hour, per source.
  • Photographs, slides, and negatives scanned into digital format: $.50 per image, with a minimum charge of $10 per disc.

Fees for tape-based media are higher than those for other electronic media because each transfer takes place in real-time, e.g., one hour of playing time for each hour of video brought for transfer.

Payment for Digital Transfer Services may be made by cash, credit card, check, or Flex, using UD One-Card or Library Copy Card.

Media, including movies, television programs, and photographic images are subject to United States Copyright Law, and it is illegal to make copies, in part or whole, of the content for the same purpose as the original without the expressed permission of the copyright owner.

Limited portions of copyrighted content in projects may be transferred under fair use based on the user’s responses to these questions:

  • What is the character of the use?
  • What is the nature of the work to be used?
  • How much of the work will I use?
  • What effect would this use have on the market for the original or for permissions if the use were widespread?

Center staff will not copy or assist in copying any content for which the user does not hold copyright or copyright permission.  Information on copyright and fair use is available in the Copyright research guide.

Users must read and sign the digital transfer services form before Center staff provide fee-based digital transfer services.

The SMDC offers Digital Transfer Services and can burn additional copies of discs at the time of transfer for $8 per DVD or $5 per CD.