Video Tape Formats

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Video Tape Transfers- VHS, Super VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Hi-8, Digital8, and MiniDV. All 9.95/Tape (up to 2 hours).

VHS Tape

2-6 hrs - Video Home System developed by JVC utilizing half-inch tape, which is the most widely used video format.

Super VHS
30 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.

8mm Tape
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 produce 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.
30-80 mins - 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 blank footage.

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:,,
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 at

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