Today we delivered everything back to the Kelley School of Business MBA program. I must say, I am quite astonished that I was able to complete this mega-transfer in a mere 14 days.
Total time spent on each tape was about 50 minutes on average. Multiply that by 79 tapes, and that’s almost 66 hours of work. I actually put my computer to “bed” so it could cool down, as it was working non stop.
Let me go over some of the interesting things about this particular job.
Tapes: DVCAM and BetaCam SP. Professional quality videotape, that is just the same as their commercial counterparts (Mini-DV and Betamax) just larger.
Equipment: Professional grade comes at a professional price. I had to rent one player, but it was much more economically feasible to actually purchase the other. While the one I purchased isn’t a ferrari, it gets the job done. Thanks to my wife Rachel for finding this new one for the same price as very used ones.
Technical Difficulties: Originally they wanted all of the tapes to be transferred to DVDs, after some testing I found out this was not going to be possible. So then we tried to see if I could upload them to IU’s MDSS (Massive Data Storage Service). That was highly unlikely as my upload speed is 384k max, the estimated time to upload 1 was over 36 hours. So we decided on an external hard drive. I found this awesome one on newegg. At 1 TB (Terabyte) it had plenty of space, it also has 3 different connection types, USB, Firewire A and Firewire B. External isn’t really my thing, but this thing rocks!
Kristi and Ashly were blown away by the speed of this, and I hope that they are equally impressed by my professionalism and price. Now that I am in the Indiana University network for independent contractors, it will be much easier for me to do other work for the university. I just hope that my hard work will pay off and other professional work such as this will come my way.