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Digitising video

Transfering film and video tapes to disc and digital

Moving images have been special for a long time. They bring back memories in a way that still photographs cannot. Unlike stills, which can still be seen in prints, the format for moving pictures has changed on a regular basis. From film, to tapes in various shapes and sizes, to disc, to better discs, digital files on thumb drives and now to streaming.

Worse, the ability to play some of the older formats has gone. VHS, mini DV players, Betamax, VCD, VHS-C, S-VHS and more have departed. If you have something on one of those historic formats, we can help. We can digitise them onto a modern disc or streaming format on USB.

We treat three formats as being modern. Blu-ray for HD formats, DVD for what is now called “standard definition” and digital files on a USB drive for viewing by your smart TV or computer. Transfer the files from the drive to a host on your network if you stream, or upload them to YouTube. We supply the digital files in .mp4 containers, the standard YouTube reqiurement.

Why are we different?

There are many other organisations convert tapes to digital format. The vast majority do one simple thing. They take the film and copy it “as is” onto a disc then send it back to you.
We do more. We do some post production work on your tapes.
This includes:

  • Correcting colour if there is fading or other problem
  • We will attempt to remove the distortion caused at film edges with old tapes.
  • We include return post and packing in the prices
We are looking to give you good value and a service we would want ourselves.

Older video technologies are built for smaller and less sharp displays than we have now. During our processing we will size the digital file to fit a hi-def TV screen. This will not improve the picture qquality, but it will prevent TV upscaling showing the limitations of the original formats.

Video and Film Formats

We will digitise the following tape based formats:

  • VHS Tape
  • VHS-C Tape
  • S-VHS Tape
  • S-VHS-C Tape
  • Super 8 reel film (no audio)
  • Regular 8 reel film (no audio)
  • Mini-DV
We return the film to you on DVD (1 or 2 tapes maximum) or USB stick.

All returned video formats are PAL based; we do not do NTSC or SECAM.

Discs are returned as region 2 for DVD. If you require something different do tell us as we will always try to accomodate your requests.

Pricing


No. of Tapes DVD USB
1 £8 £12
2 £15 £19
5 £38 £50
10 £70 £85


Prices include return post and packaging within the United Kingdom.

Old Tape Problems

Older tapes frequently have tracking issues, which manifest as distortion at the top, bottom or both of the picture. We edit this out so that you have a more pristine picture with some minor cropping. If you do not want us to do this, please let us know.
We will do basic colour restoration if the film is faded. We can also do colour correction if the original has issues, but this is not an absolute science. We can attempt it on a sample clip and check with you if the result is what you wish before progressing. Older VHS film is pale in comparison to modern recordings so often benefits from a slight boost.
Titling
We can add a 10 second title sequence to each video. Please let us know when ordering what you wish your titles to be.
Futures
We are looking into the following formats to add to our services. If you have any of them or any other format feel free to ask us about them, we may be able to help:

• Video8 tapes
• Hi8 tapes
• Betamax tapes

If you have any questions you can contact us here.

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