The Unofficial Bob Dylan
Free Tape Library
Video Dubbing Services
First and foremost, keep in mind that none of the videos offered have been subjected to the same
scrutiny or review as have the Library's audio offerings. Though much work remains to be done, Library
Video Dubbing Services are offered on an "as is" basis until available resources permit a more refined
approach. For the time being, think of Library Video Dubbing Services as being a work in progress (in
beta, perhaps). From the Librarian's point of view, videos are treated the much the same as audio
selections. The following is intended expose the limitations of the current system and clarify the
Generally speaking, all videos listed are available to all Patrons in good standing; with Internet
access; and the wherewithal to generate hard copy of the issued Authorization.
Though requests for filler on video requests will not be entertained, it is conceivable that
additional material may be included on the video received. Should you find additional material on a
video tape, treat it as an unanticipated bonus. Do not ask the Librarian to assist in identifying such
superfluous material or to provide set lists. Those that so do will likely find subsequent requests
for Video Dubbing Services denied until the work on the Service has been completed.
Currently the Library can only offer VHS dubs in NTSC format. Patrons abroad should be aware that
blank tapes received from abroad have consistently been found to be shorter than those from the States.
Consequently, they may have to be recorded at the slower LP rather than SP.
Keep in mind that video is acutely susceptible to generational loss. Accordingly, avoid
disappointment by assuming that video quality falls somewhere between poor and fair (whatever that
Always send high quality brand name tapes. Quality control on VHS tape (as opposed to Beta)
appears to be lacking. Cheaper tapes frequently jam recording equipment. Usually a tape so
involved is rendered useless in the process of extraction. You can mitigate the likelihood of
sending a defective tape, and having to send a replacement, by fast forwarding and rewinding it
prior to sending.
Last updated 12/22/98