The most affordable and flexible video transfer service in the UK.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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
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
businesses can be supplied without video99 branding on DVD menus, and
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.
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,
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
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
|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
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.|
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.|
|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.|
||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.|
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
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
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.
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
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
and your name of course will not be published.
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.
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
hard disk is a better way to do it. However if you
really want recordings copied onto miniDV, I can do this too.
for this option if you are interested. Other options include
USB sticks, DVCAM, VHS, S-VHS or other tape formats. We keep USB sticks in stock at competitive prices too.
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.
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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