Did you know your home movie film and video tapes can degrade over time? Protect
your movie memories with our film and tape transfer services. Send us a lot or a
little; we have no minimum order!
Video Tape Transfers- VHS, Super VHS,
VHS-C, 8mm, Hi-8, Digital8, and MiniDV. All 9.95/Tape (up to 2 hours).
2-6 hrs - Video Home System developed
by JVC utilizing half-inch tape, which is the most widely used video format.
mins-2 hrs - A higher quality version of the VHS videotape format with
a sharper picture and resolution similar to that of HI-8. This format is used for
videographers mostly for shooting and editing.
45-90 mins - A regular VHS video tape
wound into a smaller cartridge. Since the cartridge is smaller, the length of VHS/C
tape is limited to a maximum of 45 minutes - though longer times can be achieved
using a long play mode, the quality usually is poor compared to the faster speed.
The compact tapes are inserted into your VCR using a cassette adapter which comes
with each VHS/C camera. Once inserted, the tape plays just like any other VHS tape
you've ever used.
30 mins-2 hrs - Camcorders
often have many of the best features found in higher priced HI-8 units, including
image stabilization, strong optical and digital zooms and innovative special effects.
Regular 8mm tapes are the exact size and shape as their HI8 counterparts, but record
video at a lower resolution level, and therefore, are less expensive than camcorders
which product better image quality.
30 mins-2 hrs - Camcorders
record their signal at about 400 lines of resolution, slightly less than Mini DV,
but substantially higher than 8mm or regular VHS formats. Most often, HI-8 camcorders
record sound in hi-fi stereo. Slight quality loss is suffered when copying or editing
from HI-8, but a better than average image is maintained. Tapes from HI-8 camcorders
generally must be played using the camera as the source, which means the user often
must connect cables to their television or VCR. HI-8 tapes can be bought in 30,
60, and 120-minute lengths.
45-90 mins - 1 hr -
A format that is far superior to HI-8 or 8MM. Sony was the first to introduce this
format and has done a great job. It is backwardly compatible, meaning that the new
Digital8 camcorders and VCR's will also play your 8MM and HI-8 tapes. You do
not have to buy special tapes to record in Digital8. A regular 8MM or HI-8 tape
will record up to 60 minutes of digital video and audio. Because of the design,
using regular tapes is not a problem, but it uses twice as much tape. A 2 hour HI-8
or 8MM tape will record 60 minutes when done in the Digital mode and records up
to 500 lines of resolution.
- The smallest of the video formats. They take and maintain crystal clear images
because of the nature of a digital format. Editing enthusiasts benefit from Mini
DV as well, since copying between two units is done with no quality loss. That means
edited or copied video looks and sounds every bit as good as the original footage.
Mini DV tapes are available in 30, 60,63 and 80 minute lengths. Digital camcorders
have the highest resolution of all the camcorders, starting at 500 lines.
This is a straight transfer from tape to DVD, we do not edit out
We encourage you to # the tapes in the order you would like them transferred and
provide a Title for each.
To edit the footage there are ripping programs available that can convert the DVD
movies to MPEG-2 files – one such free program (for the PC) is called "VOB2MPG"
and it can be downloaded for free from this link:
For a Mac you will
have to rip the DVD into a format which iMovie or iDVD will recognize. There are
a lot of programs out there for converting DVD (VOB Files) into a video format such
as MPEG-4 that you can use on your Mac.
Here are some links to a few programs you
can try: http://handbrake.m0k.org/,
You may also need to purchase the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component. It is available
as an add-on to QuickTime 6 or QuickTime 7 for $19.99 from the Apple Store online