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Well, that sounds okay. A tape costs around 23 Euros and he'll have to import the stuff into his edit suite and play it out from there, including calibration bars and tone and a proper timecode, all of which often requires to pre-burn the tape with that data, so it may be yet another extra step. Of course feel free to haggle with your buddy, but more or less this sounds right.
wow, I'm just flabbergasted! How the hell can anyone afford to make masters? 175. dollars a pop? I saw places online that offered to do it for 60. or 75. bucks. Anyway, I mentioned those places to him and he lowered his price to 75. The piece is 3 minutes long, after all.
Thanks again, M. :)
Well, you always pay for what you get.
The $60 bucks online services always doesn't calibrate everything for your project, just does "dumb import", convert and export. Sometimes that's what you want, sometimes not.
Conversion from NTSC to PAL must be handled with care, so even at 175$ it sounded like a good deal to me.