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Job Detail: Film, Video, Audio digitization for the Memorial Art Gallery
John Schroth helped the Memorial Art Gallery survey its archival audio & video collection.
Ranging from 16mm film from the 1930s to present-day audio & video, including many
obscure commercial formats, John helped us identify what we had, and prioritize digitization in
preparation for the Gallery's centennial in 2013. His large collection of playback equipment
enabled us to preview material before deciding on digitization, and then he was able to adjust
for noise and other quality issues to give us the highest possible quality masters and access
surrogates. His knowledge of digital preservation standards & technologies assures us that
these digital masters will be able to migrate to new formats in the future as technology
Job Detail: Videotape conversion for a division of the University of Rochester
As a Developmental Psychologist at the University of Rochester and Mount Hope Family
Center, I am involved in extensive observational research with children. As a component of an
NIH-funded research project, I needed to restore hundreds of 20-year old VHS tapes recording
children playing, talking, and interacting within a classroom. When first considering utilizing
these tapes I had serious concerns about the visual and audio quality. Some were so dark
that you could not make out children's faces. Others were so fuzzy it was impossible to hear
what was being said. As I began searching for a reliable company to transfer these VHS
tapes to DVD and file based format, I came across Media Transfer Service. After meeting
with John Schroth, the owner of MTS, worked miracles with these tapes. Not only did MTS
transfer them to digital format at the most reasonable price available, but John was also able
to adjust the visual and audio quality, separate distinct segments into chapters, and included
a time signature. When they were returned, the recordings were in even better condition than
on the original VHS! MTS saved this study. Moreover, I have never experienced such personal
and conscientious customer service. John was in constant contact with me as the work
progressed to be assured that he was supplying exactly what I wanted. He walked me through
tons of options and really worked through the pros and cons so we could decide the best way
to maximize my limited budget. I don't think there's any other company out there that would go
to such great lengths to give tremendously helpful, honest, and accurate customer service.
I highly recommend John to all of my colleagues and will definitely go only to him for any
Meredith Martin -University of Rochester - Rochester NY
Job Detail: Videotape and film archive conversion for ERCN TV-12
First with Kodak in high-level classified photographic imaging, then the Station Director at
ERCN TV-12, I have a combined experience of nearly 50 years in both traditional photographic
and video mediums. We commissioned John Schroth at Media Transfer Service to transfer
our aging videotape library archive to DVD for both preservation and rebroadcast over the
airwaves. In total, we have now archived roughly 1000 shows, 800 hours of content time. MTS
has also transferred over 15,000' of motion picture films of historical significance ranging in
age from the early 1930's through the 1970's that we have edited into TV shows for broadcast
at the station. John's level of quality, ability to transfer almost any video, photographic or
audio format, and the ability to enhance our materials has been very helpful in delivering the
best end-product to our viewership. We have been overwhelmed with the quality and innovative
modifications that MTS has provided to our work. We are very pleased with all the services
Media Transfer Service has been able to provide and highly recommend the company.
Joe Russo, Station Director, ERCN TV-12, Rochester NY.
Job Detail: Conversion of 3/4" videotape and 16mm motion picture film
Graduating with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in film production from
UCLA, through to my current position as an Associate Director at the University of Rochester,
I have over 35 years experience in film and video production. I worked with Media Transfer
Service to convert some personal film and video materials I had produced in my earlier school
years. It's hard to say what impressed me more: the helping attitude, the fine grain attention to
detail, the technical sophistication or the personal interest and enthusiasm for the digital
restoration of my films. Anyone who entrusts their materials to MTS can be assured of the
highest quality service and results at extremely reasonable rates. I cannot recommend them
Charles Tashiro - Rochester, NY
Job Detail: Corporate conversion of diverse media library at St. John Fisher College
You took our request to look over our collection of aging and archival media, in different
formats and condition, and soon presented us with a viable, multi-format, long term solution
for old and new media. You explained all the cutting-edge technology in such a way that the
whole project made sense to those of us who are unfamiliar with all the options and technology
available. Your professionalism and commitment to service was evident in the quality of the
conversion and additional services you provided. This whole project has been a pleasure.
Diane Lucas - Head of Reader Services, Lavery Library - St. John Fisher College
Job Detail: Videotape to DVD and Regular/Super 8mm movie film to DVD
We previously took our family movies to another transfer company here in Rochester to make
them into a DVD. The results of that were pretty poor - the speed was wrong, the image was
fuzzy and the colors were very faded looking. Also, the DVD kept stopping while it was being
played back. All in all, we were very disappointed. Luckily for us, we decided to try another
transfer company and found you. The DVD you made from our 40 year old movie film is like
night and day. The colors are very bright, the speed is perfect and the playback on our DVD
player never misses a beat. The production qualities of the DVD are outstanding, from the
cover to the indexing of scenes, it was just great. The other DVDs you made of our VHS tapes
were just as good. They were done in an extremely professional manner - we're completely
happy with them. Thanks for doing such a great job with all of our families memories. We
were lucky that we made the change and found you. Thanks again.
Mike and Cathy Thorpe - Rochester, NY
Job Detail: Media conversion, reformatting and archival material coordination for a
Hiring John Schroth and Media Transfer Service for my most recent PBS documentary was
one of the best business decisions I've made in years. I desperately needed someone to
coordinate a massive research of archival material based on a very demanding post
production schedule. Despite the fact that doing so is not an MTS expertise, John graciously
accepted the challenge. From tiny, obscure college archives, to the NBA, to the National
Archives, John not only efficiently managed two professional researchers in gathering together
print, still images and film footage from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, he also digitally
enhanced the quality of much of this material, which is an MTS expertise. John's exemplary
assistance gave me the confidence I needed to concentrate on the task of editing without
worry of where the material was coming from, or when I could have it. Nearing the end of the
edit, John was sleuthing archival material and negotiating prices himself, like a pro. In short, I
could not have done the documentary without him.
Anthony Machi, President
Machi & Machi Communications, Inc.
Job Detail: Corporate conversion of large audio and video media library
In conjunction with the New York State Archives and the Office of the New York State
Attorney General, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute obtained a library collection of over 3000
videotapes and audiotapes from the defunct Tobacco Institute, with the job of converting this
library to digital archive for preservation, reference, presentation and use on the web. After
contacting both local and out of town transfer companies, we chose your company as you
could provide both the knowledgebase and care for quality that we required. You listened to
our needs and provided the vital information that we needed to fulfill our project goals. The
price was very fair, less than what we expected to pay for these services. l would be the first to
recommend Media Transfer Service and look forward to spreading the word on your services.
Anthony Brown - Project Coordinator - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Job Detail: Digital photo file data recovery
My wife and I went to the Northwest United States to visit some of our nation's spectacular
national parks. During that time we took hundreds of digital pictures for a photo album of our
memorable trip. Upon returning, I realized that one of the SD cards that held our photos was
"locked up". After many unsuccessful attempts by friends, IT people and so called "photo
experts", I frustratingly filed the tainted disk in a desk drawer. This past year I took on the
project converting reels of old 8mm family movies to DVD with John Schroth of MTS. I asked
John if he might know of a way to recover these photos. Within a day I received a call from
John who told me to pick up the recovered pictures! John, we want to thank you for preserving
Joe Rossi - Rochester, NY
Job Detail: Conversion of disk recording collection to digital file and CD.
We want to express to you our deepest appreciation for your skill, perseverance, dedication in
the completion of the transfer of the Armenian and Middle Eastern music of 20's and 30's
vintage from old 78 rpm records to CD. Your willingness to accept the project was greatly
appreciated. The time and effort to analyze, seek advice and prepare the records for transfer
meant that you extended your energy, time and skill for us. Thank you so much. The CD will
be sent to Aram and Ginny Kerovpyan who live and work in Paris-being very much involved in
the teaching and writing of Armenian and Middle Eastern music.
Charles Churukian - Rochester, NY
Job Detail: Slide scans to file and DVD video with restoration services
I hired Media Transfer Service to transfer 1400 family slides. The owner, John, told me that
they had harsh "mildew challenges" where the mildew had actually eaten into the film emulsion
effecting the image. I saw comparisons before and after and he did a fabulous job in restoring
my family slides. I am recommending John to everyone I know, because he has top-of-the-line
equipment, is very knowledgeable and is just a nice, honest guy to do business with!
Carol Stahl - Fairport, NY
Job Detail: Corporate audio archiving and editing of instructional audio CD series
I have now worked on a number of conversion jobs with Media Transfer Service involving
converting some of our old analog audio media to digital file for our library archives as well as
audio editing projects for several seminars that we plan to sell as instructional CD's. In each
instance, Media Transfer Service has been excellent. I have found that they were willing to go
that extra mile for a superior finished product. I most definitely intend to use their services
again, both for our company and for my personal family tapes.
Judith Warner - Director, NY Office, Aiki Works, Inc.
Job Detail: Regular 8mm movie film to DVD (client ran quality comparison tests)
My parents had shot regular 8mm movie film from 1945-1973. We wanted to preserve these
treasured mementos of our family's history before they were lost. After some research, I soon
discovered that the quality of the finished product can vary significantly depending on the
skills of those doing the transfer and the technical level of their equipment. Anyone who cares
about preserving the original beauty of their films should not simply drop them off at their
favorite photo store or just any transfer service they happen to find in the yellow pages. After
contacting six different companies, I learned that most photo shops and video stores have
neither the skills nor special equipment needed to transfer movie film so they outsource it to
media transfer companies often run like factories geared toward quantity rather than quality. I
had the same test reel transferred by Media Transfer Service and two other prominent
companies, one local and one out-of-state. The transfer done by MTS was far superior to the
other two. The images were sharper, more detailed and brighter. The colors were richer and
more natural. Surprisingly, the film transfers done by the other two companies ran at an
abnormally fast speed while the MTS transfer ran at an accurate speed. John Schroth of MTS
is a consummate professional who brings expertise to each and every project. He has an
impressive array of sophisticated equipment and knows how to use it to achieve the best
results possible. Most importantly, you can rest assured that John will treat your family's films
as though they were his own.
Michael Berezney - Rochester, NY
Job Detail: Mini-DVD video disk recovery
Thank you so much to John and Media Transfer Service for rescuing our priceless memories.
The last video we took of my husband's grandmother was with our new Mini-DVD video
camera. After our move overseas, we had accidentally reformatted over this video and thought
we had lost it. Your tremendous efforts were reflected in numerous correspondences and your
attention to details. The recovered videos are great and we cannot imagine loosing any of it
now. You have our heartfelt gratitude and all our future media conversion needs.
LCRD Rossi and Vy, US NAVY
Job Detail: Transfer of videotape to file for client editing
I gave MTS videotapes of my 4-month internship at Walt Disney World to convert to computer
files so that I could edit them myself. The quality was nothing less than I expected. Like
anyone in search of a service, I called everyone in the phone book and MTS was the only
company that didn't just quote a price and hang up. They asked me questions about what I
was going to do with the video once the transfer was completed. MTS' commitment to
customer satisfaction extended far beyond the sale. When problems arose in my project,
MTS went above and beyond with advice and support. It may not be the cheapest option, but
it is hands down the best. They did such a good job transferring my magical memories.
Matt Sansone - Irondequoit, NY
Job Detail: Standard 8mm movie film to archive file and DVD
The transfer from super 8 mm film to DVD surpassed the quality of the old films. They were
clean and crisp with life-like color. It was such a pleasure to share these family pictures with
my 87-year-old dad. To find the combination of such high level technical expertise with
friendly, personal service is a rare treat. The images are priceless, and the cost well worth it.
We intend to send all our remaining family films to Media Transfer Service for compilation.
Al Lake - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Job Detail: Reel to Reel audio tape conversion to CD
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the family audiotape recordings you
converted to CD. It brought back a lot of memories. You did such a wonderful job
separating/dating each track and the quality was wonderful. Again, thanks for the great
customer service. I appreciate you keeping on top of my project and providing me with
something that I'll treasure forever.
Gwen Whitman - Rochester, New York
Job Detail: Super 8mm movie film to archive file and DVD
I recommend Media Transfer Service for preserving your old family movies. Our conversion
from movie film to DVD turned out beautifully. Media Transfer Service pays lots of attention to
detail using state-of-the-art equipment and providing personal and caring service that can be
found no place else. It's worth Media Transfer Service doing your transfers because your
memories are priceless!
Margy Cowgill - Pittsford, New York
Job Detail: Super 8mm movie film to DVD
About 10 years ago my mother had our families Super 8 home movies changed over to VHS
in order to preserve them. I set out to look for a company that would change this VHS tape
into a DVD for preservation purposes. Although changing my movies from VHS to DVD was
my cheapest option, Media Transfer Service explained and showed me examples of how I
would get a much higher quality picture if I went straight from the original Super 8 film to DVD.
I chose to do so and am very happy with the final DVD. It came out with a much clearer
picture than I had previously seen on the VHS tape. John took the time to sit down with me
and go through all the film to make sure it was in the correct order and did not finish the
project until I was completely satisfied. I highly recommend Media Transfer Service.
Sherry Hill - Rochester, New York
Job Detail: Slides to archive file and DVD video
We asked Media Transfer Service to convert several hundred slides onto a DVD. Many of the
slides weren't correctly exposed or color balanced, but they did their magic on them during the
conversion so the colors are just beautiful. We have shown this creation to many people and
receive rave reviews. I would whole heartedly recommend Media Transfer Service for any of
your video needs.
Valerie Goff - Spencerport, New York
Job Detail: Videotape formats to DVD
Words cannot express my gratitude to John at Media Transfer Service for the recent services
he provided to me and my family. I came to him with boxes of old VHS, 8mm and digital
videotapes, none of which were labeled or dated, hoping to somehow find an order out of all
the mess. John diligently worked to categorize, timeline and transfer 20 years of video into a
library of DVDs. In this day and age, it is a rarity to find someone who truly cares so much
about customer satisfaction. He was meticulous in all aspects of the service. I highly
recommend anyone thinking about preserving their family memories for further generations.
Thank you again, Jeanne Piersa - Spencerport, NY
Media Transfer Service LLC. Rochester, NY . Phone: 585-248-4908 . Email: email@example.com