The programs produced as CD-ROM and DVD-DATA are fully compatible
with both Macintosh and PC/Windows computer operating systems, and will open
inside what ever internet browser software you have installed. These have been
tested not only on PC and Mac, but also on a number of different operating systems.
As well on each computer used, several differenent web browser softwares were
tested. This includes Explorer, Netscape, Firefox and Safari.
The following applies to the DVD-VIDEO disks
1) These programs were originally shot on BETA or VHS video in the 1990s.
It was only a decade later that they were transposed to DVD format. At the end
of 2011, an additional edit was made for chaper titles and computer use. For
that reason both the sound and visuals were not recorded to the standards available
with current digital cameras. The stress has been placed on INFORMATION content,
rather than merely on slick production values. Do not expect these programs
to look like Hollywood HD or Digital movies!
Almost all video cameras suffer problems when recording HOT surfaces.
Use of infra-red focussing systems often causes blurred action sequences specifically.
This could be avoided by useing large scale framing, but then the value of the
sequences would be minimal. Intentially each demonstration sequence is framed
close in, so the work of the hammer is as clear as possible.
2) The sound on all these programs has been recorded direct through the camera
as ambient sound. This method was chosen specifically. It is conscidered critical
that the sound of the hammer striking the metal be recored accurately. There
are no overdubs or musical sound tracks. Sound is often 'mushy', due to the
intended use of ambient sound in the workshop. In some cases, this means that
the sounds of a working shop (fans and blowers) will also intrude on the sound
A special note to those ordering this disk:
The sound on this recording is 'mushy', having a background hiss caused by the
recording equipment and the shop noises. The easiest way to solve this on your
home entertainment equipment is to simply turn down the bass control, and the
volume up on your sound system.
3) Starting on February 1, 2011, a new upgraded edit of these programs
Each disk was produced on a Dell OptiPlex GX 270 / Windows XP computer
with DVD RW. All are proven to work on this equipment.
The new R-2011 versions include the use of 'chapter' menus and formating for
use on computer hardware DVD drives. The editiing was done using NeroVision
3.1. Those using the disks inside computer DVD drives are still cautioned that
these still may operate at the whim of the many different software programs
available. No specific support is provided for computer use, customers are advised
to consult the manuals that came with their individual software if there are
difficulties playing the disks. Usually some alternative method chosen from
your 'FILE" menu will resolve the issue. No specific refund is available
if the disk does not work inside your individual choice of computer operation
system and softwares.
4) The contents are formated to what I hope is an 'international' standard.
Note however that the DVDs are burned on NORTH AMERICAN hardware. This generally
is not a problem with newer version stand alone players, as these almost all
will play any region format. Those outside North America must ensure that their
own equipments are compatabe.
5)The DVD programs from the Wareham Forge were originally intended for
use in stand alone table top to TV set DVD players.
Recently, there have been some problems experienced by owners of brand new,
state of the art, stand alone DVD players, especially any HD machine. The government
of the United States of America, working on demands by the North American Recording
Industry, has imposed restrictions on the ability of individuals to make multiple
copies of DVD programs. This has been done by hiding a destructive code sequence
on to blank DVD disks. This keeps mutiliple copies of a single program from
functioning correctly. To date (late 2009 - 2010) only 'Introducton to Blacksmithing'
appears to be effected by this problem.
Although the Wareham Forge DOES test each disk, there is obviously way to avoid
US Government imposed defects on blank disks. For that reason, any customer
purchasing a disk in good faith will simply have their money refunded
on the purchase on any disk purchased from the Wareham Forge which does not
play correctly on a stand alone DVD player.
Normal practice is to try to get orders to the Post Office within
BUSINESS DAYS of receiving your payment.:
For AMERICAN customers:
Normally small packages will easily cross the international boarder. The
service provided by Canada Post through US Postal states "6 - 9
BUSINESS days" to deliver your order.
Any package crossing into the USA is subject to random search by USA
HOMELAND SECURITY. There is also a possibility of inspection by US
CUSTOMS. If EITHER of these government agencies decides to hold a
package, typically EACH can add 5 - 10 BUSINESS DAYS to the time of a
For OVERSEAS customers:
Normal practice is to ship the disks via 'small packet' air mail service/ (hense
the extra cost). Normal delivery to Europe is about 10 days, to Australia is
about 2 weeks.
So I ask all customers outside of Canada to wait at least 3 FULL WEEKS
FROM THE SHIPPING DATE before you inquire if an order is 'lost'
Good news is that most North American orders arrive in about a week...