Recordings

Video Recordings

From Patience 2006 main shows have been recorded by George Hyde, who charges just shy of £500 to film and do a live mix of the two Saturday performances using two or three professional cameras. Through trial and error it has been established that we get a really professional result from him such that we can charge £15 for a DVD of the show to cover his costs and turn a profit.

In the past we have asked YSTV to film the show or (for Princess Ida 2005) just used a home DV Camcorder set up on a fixed wide shot. Both have yielded entirely unsatisfactory results. Previously the Cinematography Society has also been asked to help but were apparently equally poor, and recent experience from the Opera Society indicates that they haven't improved since changing their name to the more moron-proof Film Making Society.

DVD Authoring

With a copy of something on video, it's best to author it to DVD. A good quality piece of editing software is almost essential for this depending on what is available, it's usually best to ask well in advance for someone who knows what they're doing to take care of this and confirm it, don't assume they'll do it. Adobe Premier is pretty much standard for this but there is some free open source software out there of variable quality. This will get all the footage together and mixed in with the sound quite nicely, as well as adding good quality titles, captions and credits as needed.

For putting the finished product onto DVD and adding in menus and chapters (essential for making DVD worth it), Adobe Encore is one of the best, but pricey. When it comes to free options, however, DVDStyler is free, fairly powerful and works - although it isn't an idiot-proof piece of software, is a little unstable when trying to drag large files onto it and it suffers a lack of a preview option in the current version.

A description of how to do all this is beyond the scope of the wiki, so either A) find someone who knows what they're doing or B) find someone who's interested in learning to the point where they know what they're doing by the end of the show. Tutorials are available on the interwebs, have fun.

Printed DVDs

So far most of our bulk-duplicated DVDs have been produced by Short Run. The quality is excellent, with a proper glossy finish, and they cost about £2 per disc.

Mark has also found another company which does almost exactly the same thing: [http://www.dvdandcdduplication.co.uk/].

Even more convenient, Lulu.com are an on-demand printing company. They do custom production of CDs and DVDs, including the sleeve, etc, for just under a fiver, and ship it directly to the customer. We could use this for the online store.

Update: 25/1/08
I've registered G&S to be sent cheques by Lulu.com when/if we start selling stuff - this happens quarterly if the balance is over $20 and is made out in dollars.

Update: 10/9/09
One 'trial' DVD has been printed by Lulu. Quality seems good, although colour reproduction on the labels is a bit off. Nothing serious though. May need tweaking to make sure it looks perfect.

Magellan appear to do on-demand DVD replication in the UK, which would be ideal. Pricing isn't listed on the site though.

Amstore also mention on-demand, the pricing looks like around £8/dvd in single quantities, dropping to about £6 for 25+

CreateSpace is based in America, and is part of Amazon.com.

Acutrack also do short-run/on demand in US.

Online Clips

We should produce a few 'teasers' from the last few shows to put on the website. This would (hopefully) attract, or at least inform, new members, and encourage people to come to see our shows.

Online Sales

We should sell copies of our latest show DVD online. People who came to see the show might want to buy a copy, or people who have left the society. See Merchandise

G&S Classics

In order to 'monetize' our archive, Chris C thinks we should sell copies of our old recordings for £5 a go, under the title 'G&S Classics'. More info on the linked page.

Audio Recordings

We currently don't have much in the way of audio recordings, but there are several possible sources for new material:

Goole

We could record our concerts at Goole and produce a CD, or put some clips online

Cast recording after the show

Once the show is over, it would be nice to record the songs properly, in a studio setting. Ideally this would not cost much.

Mark suggests we could use St Oswald's Church (Fulford) to do the recording, and borrow some equipment, possibly from the CU.

This would require that we inform both the cast and the orchestra as early as possible so that they are aware they will be needed for a day of recording at the end of February.

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