Video and audio transfers from video99.co.uk   

   Video files for PC or Mac editing

The most affordable and flexible video transfer service in the UK.



How to request an audio or video transfer

Use the easy order page below or here.  Just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.  Transfers to DVD or computer files.


Please select the format(s) you want transferred (Help on how to tell which kind of video tape you have)
VHS VHS-C
VHS, VHS-C Click for more information on VHS & VHS-C

SVHS SVHS-C
SVHS (Super-VHS),
      SVHS-C
Click for more information on SVHS & SVHS-C
DV miniDV
miniDV / DV Click for more information on miniDV & DV

DVCAM miniDVCAM
DVCAM Click for more information on DVCAM
Video8 Digital8
Video8, Hi8, Digital8 Click for more information on Video8, Hi8 & Digital8

Large DVCPro DVCPro
DVCPro Click for more information on DVCPro
  Beta
Beta (Betamax) Click for more information on Beta

  microMV
microMV Click for more information on microMV
Large Betacam Small Betacam
Betacam / BetacamSP Click for more information on Betacam & BetacamSP

Large DigiBeta Small DigiBeta
Digital Betacam
      DigiBeta/Betacam SX
Click for more information on Digital Beta
Large Umatic Small Umatic
Umatic (including High
      Band and SP)
Click for more information on Umatic

Large MII Small MII
MII Click for more information on MII
VCR SVR
VCR/VCR-LP
      (N1500/N1700)
      or SVR
Click for more information on VCR & SVR

  V2000
V2000 (VCC Video
      Compact Cassette)
Click for more information on V2000
DVD miniDVD
DVD, DVD-Ram,  Laserdisc
Click for more information on DVD

  CVC
CVC Click for more information on CVC
Not known Other
Not known / Other  

Cassette Open Reel
Audio (including
      cassette, DAT, MD)
Click for more information on Audio
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Click on the Information symbol symbols above for information on the format.  Using this form implies acceptance of cookies.

If you don't know what kind of tapes you have, or want to see pictures of them, scroll through this page.  

If for any reason you get stuck filling out the form, just email me and I'll help you personally.  It's a personal service I offer, not like some of the big video editing houses.  I understand that in many cases you will not be able to tell how much material is on the original recordings. In which case we can usually deal with payment later once I've worked on the tapes.  Payment is best by cheque to video99 or by bank transfer, but Paypal is also accepted (to colin@video99.co.uk, a small surcharge usually applies), or even good old fashioned cash and Postal Orders.  Please read our Terms and Conditions, which form part of the agreement.

If you would like to speak to me personally, you can telephone Colin during normal hours, Wednesday-Friday on: 01752 881652.  Due to family commitments, if possible avoid calls on Mondays and especially Tuesdays please for the rest of 2016, sorry.  You can always email colin@video99.co.uk  

Postal address: The reason our address is not on the site?  To prevent any loss or confusion caused by tapes arriving unannounced and without a return address, we ask that you contact us first before sending tapes.  So please fill out the order form, or email colin@video99.co.uk and then we'll send you the full postal details.  We're based in Devon near Plymouth, most customers send tapes by Special Delivery which is very quick and very safe.  We also take work from all over the world since we specialise in rare and difficult tapes which are not supported anywhere else.  You must remember to include your details with the tapes, especially your email address; failure to do so is the only thing which makes us a little bit grumpy! 

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A note about quality and value for money: There are some transfer services on eBay and similar, offering to squeeze 3 or even 4 hours of video onto a DVD for about a fiver.  But recorded DVDs can only provide full resolution for up to 2.5 hours, so you know they are not providing you with full resolution transfers.  Do they use the best equipment, do they use  Digital Timebase Correctors for best possible results, do they carefully adjust the colour alignment and other controls to correct imperfections on the tape?  No, not at that price, you know they don't.  They can also hide other costs, for example one of the "cheap" companies charge 25 to repair a faulty tape, but video99 charges just 5 and sometimes waives that too.  Video99 has long lists of very happy customers, see the testimonials on each of the format pages, and you can see that we provide the highest possible quality.  We also have fantastic discounts for quantity and extra copies are just 3.50 each.  The "cheap" companies can also let you down because they can't handle any recordings which are unusual formats, foreign TV systems or difficult tapes, and they can make you wait months before returning your tapes if they can't run them!  So who provides the best value?

If you want your tapes back after you have the transfers:  Not everyone needs their tapes returned once they have the DVDs or computer files, but if you do (and we recommend it), we will need to add postage costs. For a single video tape in the UK, this is usually 3.35.  For larger quantities, and tapes from outside the UK, I will let you know.  Ideally can you ensure you send the tapes in a package which is sufficiently large and robust for me to use to send back your original tapes. Usually I will send the DVDs or video files to you ahead of returning your tapes, then when you've confirmed you are happy with the transfers, I will return your tapes. This way I can help you further if necessary - for example you can now see you want a different part of a tape transferred on its own or you want extra copies.  When you receive your tapes back, you may notice that the record tabs have been removed or switched to the safe position. The first thing I do with a tape is make sure that it cannot be recorded on, so protecting your important recordings.

**  Work taken on for other businesses can be supplied without video99 branding on DVD menus, and supplied on plain white or silver printable disks ready for re-branding.  However video99 will never outsource work to another company; if there's something we don't handle (like Cine Film) then we will try to suggest someone who can help you.

Also see the video99.co.uk Questions and Answers (FAQ)


Whatever your tape, watch it again.  Many different video formats can be transferred to DVD, or to DV-AVI computer files for you to edit with a PC or Mac.

Click below on the tape format you have to read a little about the video tapes and see the some guide prices.  If you you're not sure what your tape is, scroll down this page until you see it, or just ask for help.  I have possibly the largest selection of video cassette formats available in the UK.  All kinds of video cassette and camcorder tapes can be copied to DVD at prices which make it well worth leaving it to an expert.

Most customers today prefer video files to DVDs, some pricing is shown here for the more popular formats.  Video files are higher quality than DVDs, easier to edit, share and back up, so a better format for future generations.  Assuming at least 10 hours, the cost to DV-AVI video files would be:
7 per hour for miniDV (miniDV/DVCAM and Digital8 are a pure digital lossless transfer, retaining the original time/date data, which some video editing software can access)
8 per hour for Video8/Hi8/Digital8
9 per hour for VHS, SVHS, Beta or microMV
10 per hour for  V2000 tapes
10.50 per hour for HDV to lossless full quality High Definition MPEG2 files, consuming around 12GB/hour.
12.50 per hour for VHSC tapes
The cost is per hour of useful material, blank tapes and blank sections don't count, plus return post.  If there are a lot of very short tapes then a minimum charge of 3.50 per tape may apply.   Less than around 10 hours is 50% more per hour, a single tape usually being 15 minimum.  All other formats including professional tapes are available as video files, some as 10-bit YUV files (huge file sizes though).  Normally I provide DV-AVI video files which consume 13GB per hour, so a few hours may go onto a USB stick but a lot of tapes require a small USB hard drive.  I can provide suggestions for a suitable drive, just ask.  I keep some high quality USB sticks in stock at competive prices, avoid buying cheap eBay USB sticks which are all fakes.

Not only do I offer a cheap video transfer service,  it's a personal and helpful service with the highest possible quality and attention to detail as standard.  I'm happy to help when you don't know which tape an important recording is on, or you have other special requests.

Click to read more about...  
Beta (Betamax) video99 is the UK Beta specialist, covering rare international variants and PCM audio too.
VHS / VHS-C   SVHS (Super-VHS) / S-VHS-C All international variants fully covered.  Digital Timebase Correctors used for the best results.
Video2000 (V2000 / Video Compact Cassette) video99 has a wealth of experience with the V2000 format.
Video 8  Hi8  Digital8  Superb results from these camcorder tapes, and international variants fully covered.
miniDV / HDV / DVCAM  International variants covered too.  Transfer to or from digital tapes.  HDV is supported in 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 1080/50i, 1080/25p and more.
DVCPRO It's hard to find transfer services for the DVCPRO format.
microMV International variants covered, and  help with micromv editing too.
Betacam / Betacam SP and Digital Betacam / BetacamSX Excellent results at a much lower cost than the London based companies, international variants covered too.
Umatic (lo-band, hi-band, U-matic SP)  video99 is possibly the only UK business to support all international variants of Umatic.
Philips VCR (N1500), VCR-LP (N1700) and SVR video99 is the possibly only transfer service in the world specialising in all variants of these tapes.

CVC from Technicolor / Funai 

video99 is the only transfer service in the world offering this exceptionally rare format in both PAL and NTSC.
MII format from Panasonic video99 is almost unique in the UK, supporting this rare professional format.
DVD and Laserdisc
Extracting from unfinalised DVD-RW, DVD-Ram, camcorder mini DVDs, Laserdisc and more.
Audio Transfers All kinds of audio tapes; DAT, cassette, open reel, 8-track, PCM and more. To CD or computer.
Questions and Answers (FAQ) Includes help on how to copy miniDV to DVD.
Television systems PAL / NTSC / SECAM explained.
News from video99 A little blog about our work.

We have an easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.

Be careful who you trust your precious memories to.  I am a qualified electronic engineer with over 25 years of video editing and servicing experience.  I've been transferring video to DVD since the very start of DVD recording equipment, and I put that special care and attention into my work which shows.  Yet my prices are as low as the cheapest on the Internet.  I also offer more tape formats than possibly any other company, in some cases at a third of the cost of the competition.  I use Digital Timebase Correctors to get the very best results, many transfer services do not have these.  I can also do special services such as taking stills from a video, transferring confidential or private video material, DVD-Rom video files, repairing damaged tapes and more, just ask.  Coming soon, systems that allow us to extract videos from a damaged or non-working HDD hard disk camcorder, ask if you require that.

Example price:  Betamax video including Hifi stereo sound of 2:30 hours, copied to DVD for 13.  An extra copy for 3.50.  If you can find anyone advertising a lower price, do tell me!  No VAT to add, our turnover is presently below the VAT threshold, though this may change in 2016.

Also see my Questions and Answers (FAQ)



Testimonials on previous work

We are listed on the independent Freeindex service, you can read and add to reviews there. A typical selection of messages I've had from customers of my audio and video transfer service recently are also included in the sub-pages for each format.  Just click on the list of different types of cassette above.  For many more including some from some famous names, see the archived testimonials page.  If I carry out a transfer job for you, I would very much appreciate a few lines from you which I can add to the lists.  Just send it by email, and your name of course will not be published.


Video Files

Transfers of video to DVD-Rom, USB sticks or Hard Disk files for your own editing. 

Most customers these days like to use their own computer and software to edit their videos for themselves, perhaps using Avid DVD by Sonic or Movie Factory by Ulead  or Pinnacle Studio for example.  

Very popular are transfers of video to DV-AVI files on hard disk.  These hard disk transfers are suitable for both PC and Mac video editing and cost just 7 - 9 per hour for 10 hours or more for most formats (see price list above).  All video formats are available with this option.  You can provide the hard disk, or you can order one from a supplier such as Ebuyer, DABS or Amazon and have it shipped directly to me.  Just email me for this option if you are interested, it's proving very popular and is highly economical for larger jobs.  

Sometimes I am asked to copy video tapes to miniDV, so that the tape can be played into a computer for further editing.  The option above of copying to hard disk is a better way to do it.  However if you really want recordings copied onto miniDV, I can do this too.  Just email me for this option if you are interested.  Other options include copying to USB sticks, DVCAM, VHS, S-VHS or other tape formats.  We keep USB sticks in stock at competitive prices too.

Showreel videos and DVDs for casting companies

 I can transfer all video formats to make up video clips and / or DVDs for performers, camera operators and programme producers, ready to send to potential clients or casting agents or companies such as Spotlight.  These will  be made up quickly and affordably, to a professional standard, and you can preview the work as it progresses to be sure you are absolutely happy with the results.  Just ask if you require this.

Also see the video99.co.uk Questions and Answers (FAQ)


If you have any questions, just email me and I'll reply promptly.   Also see the video99.co.uk Questions and Answers (FAQ)  All material on this web site is copyright 2015 www.video99.co.uk and www.colin99.co.uk though trade marks remain with the manufacturers.

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