Tapes to DVD
Memories of our childhoods (like your brother throwing a foot-stomping, fists-pounding-the-ground tantrum because he doesn’t want to pull his own sled back up the hill) or our children’s childhoods (like your daughter’s spontaneous ballet solo at her Christmas recital) are locked on these cassettes. Isn’t it time to make these darling (and hilarious!) moments available to the people you love?
What is Our Video Transfer Process?
We can transfer any video format to DVD. The ones we’ve mentioned here, as well as one’s we haven’t talked about because they’re just too obscure. Like U-matics, that wayback format from the 1970s. (How fun would it be to see your uncle wearing platform shoes and a plaid leisure suit at your parent’s wedding?)
We have state of the art machines that transfer the footage off of a videotape to a DVD while providing the best quality, and leaving out all of the static that exists during blank parts of the tape. We transfer the videos to high-quality DVD’s that come with labeling and a jewel case. The transfers do not compress the video in any way, which allows the DVD version to be the best possible quality. We also offer a service to pull the videos over to a flash drive or a hard drive if you would like MP4s, in addition to the DVD.
Call us to get started today!
Do You Really Have to Convert Your Videotapes to DVDs?
Ultimately, the decision is up to you. To help you decide, here is a summary of benefits:
- You’ll save the records of your precious memories for future generations before they fade into a completely unrecognizable state.
- You can easily share your videos with friends and family; no special, expensive, hard-to-find, old technology required.
- You can get rid of stacks and stacks of bulky tapes and dusty boxes that are just taking up space when you replace your old videos with new, more compact DVDs.
How Long Can You Wait to Transfer Your Videos?
Unfortunately, most of these magnetic tape formats don’t last more than 20 years. You can still transfer older tapes, but tracking issues, sound issues, and video image issues will all come into play. While we cannot restore the tapes, we can preserve what is on them currently so that they will not degrade anymore.
How Many of These Tape Formats Do You Have Sitting in a Box, Fading, Disintegrating, Deteriorating?
- VHS & VHS-C
- Beta (including Betacam, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, HDCAM & HDCAM SR)
- Video8/Hi8/Digital8 (also known as 8mm Video Tape)
- NTSC, PAL, or SECAM
What Are All These Video Formats Anyway?
VHS is probably one of the most well-known formats. VHS had it’s heyday in the 80s and 90s alongside of turned up Izod collars and big hair. JVC invented the VHS in the 1970’s and it went on to have much success, including spawning other formats like the VHS-C. These wonderful cassettes could hold hours and hours of footage. VHS-C was a format from the 1980s that was a compact version of a VHS tape (much smaller in size and capacity) and was a favorite of many parents for home movies due to its size and price.
While not as long lasting as film, VHS was a standard for home movies, as well as, commercial movies before the advent of DVDs, BluRays, and digital downloads. Home Camcorders for VHS were essential for parents who wanted to document the precious moments of their children growing up. At any soccer game, you were bound to see a few parents with Camcorders on their shoulder recording all the adorable action for grandparents or other absent family members to see (maybe even to be shown again, years later, at the wedding of their little darling). VHS movies also gave rise to video rental stores where the neighborhood would congregate on Friday and Saturday nights in hopes of snagging one of the few copies of the latests releases. This was a pastime, that in turn, spawned movie collecting. VHS movies were so affordable, why wait in line to rent them when you could own your own copy of a classic like The Princess Bride or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
If you have any home movies on VHS, now is the time to start transferring them to make sure you have them for future generations.
Beta, not VHS, was actually the first videotape format for home and commercial movies. Although it had gained some ground and put up a good fight for consumer attention, in the end it lost out to the VHS format. It may not sound like it, but back then, this was a big deal. People took sides and and they had their reasons! If you didn’t live through the great VHS vs. Beta battle, the best way to explain is to compare it to Twilight when Bella had to choose between Edward and Jacob. (So Edward would have been the VHS and Jacob was the Beta. Obviously.)
BetaCam is a format that, until very recently, was used by news studios for newscasts and sports broadcasts. Just like the BetaMax, they held up really well. Beta tapes in all their forms have a great lifespan, but they don’t last forever. If you have them, you’ll want to start transferring them sooner rather than later.
8mm Video was popular for home movies even before the great VHS and Beta war. Video8/Hi8/Digital8 formats gave a beautiful recording and were small in size. Generally they held about two hours of video. The earliest of these tapes are from the mid 80’s, and perfect candidates for a transfer now.
MiniDV tapes are one of the newer and most recent formats. They are digital video tapes that were popular in the end of the 90’s and early 2000’s, and give you a phenomenal picture. The problem with this format is that their lifespans aren’t as long lasting as previous formats, and they often suffer significant image loss. But you still have time, even if your MiniDV’s are from the earliest release. Just don’t wait too long to transfer them.
MicroMV tape are almost unheard of. They were smaller than a Digital8 or DV cassette and very short-lived. If you have any and need them transferred, don’t worry, we can do it.
NTSC, PAL, and SECAM are region codes. The region codes do not matter for us. We can transfer anything you have. Did one of your family members give you a tape from France? Wonder what is on that tape you bought in Brazil and filmed during your South America cruise? Well stop wondering! We can transfer it!