Re: film sound and Hi-MD (minidisk) format conundrum

From: Steve Polta (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Dec 11 2007 - 13:08:42 PST

Hi Amanda. The simplest, most efficient, way to get
your sound off those disks would simply be to pay
someone to do it. In San Francisco, Hi Speed
Dupicating ( on Sixth
Street can go from "any" audio format to any other and
can do it very fast, like in 24 hours probably, and
not too expensive. Way less hassle than buying and
returning some pricey thing. If you are in Vancouver,
there *must* be a place that does this.

Steve Polta

--- amanda christie <email suppressed> wrote:

> Hello all,
> i have bit of a sound dillema... wondering if anyone
> can offer some advice.
> I am working on a film right now, but the audio
> recordings that I want to use have already been made
> using a Hi-MD format recorder. Unfortunately, I
> cannot find the proper technology to play back
> Hi-mini-disk format or to import it into my
> computer... so I have this lovely little disk...
> that
> has lovely little sounds on it.... that i can't get
> at.
> I recorded them in Canada onto mini-disk using a
> Hi-mini-disk recorder. At the time... I thought
> that
> all mini-disk recorders were the same. Alas, I was
> wrong.
> it turns out, that there are "regular-mini-disk",
> "Net-mini-disk" and "Hi-mini-disk" formats. the
> disks
> are the same for all formats. the only difference
> is
> in the recorder. something recorded on a Hi-MD
> recorder can only be played back on a Hi-MD player
> (apparently)... yet, a Hi-MD player can play back
> any
> format.... Net-MD can play back regular and Net
> formats, but not Hi formats... and regular MD can
> only
> play back regular formats....
> make sense?
> When in Vancouver, I ran into this dillema... (with
> another disk in the same series)... I went to the
> Sony
> store, and they had only one Hi-MD player at it was
> $500 and non-returnable (i was thinking of buying,
> importing sound, then returning)... so i couldn't
> swing that... finally i found someone with a Hi-MD
> player, borrowed it, dumped my sound, and gave it
> back... so I know that the sounds ARE on the
> disks...
> i just can't get at the ones i want now.
> Does anyone have any advice on this?
> either where to get a Hi-MD player.... I'm living in
> Amsterdam right now... but then going back to the
> East
> Coast of Canada (Halifax/Moncton) next week... and
> then I'll be in Rotterdam as of Dec. 30...
> Alternately, does anyone know a way around this?
> some
> way to get the Hi MD files off without a Hi-MD
> player?
> any tips or suggestions would be very helpful. I'm
> getting to be a bit desperate as I was hoping to
> finish my sound design this month. eek!
> amanda dawn christie
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