Which tape do you have? We cover the widest range of video cassette formats in the UK.
All tape formats are shown below (just keep on scrolling down)...
A typical Beta (Betamax) tape
VHS-C tapes could be played back on a VHS video recorder with an adaptor.
Modern miniDV camcorders can produce outstanding results.
Two tape sizes are common, Large on the left and Medium on the right.
MicroMV camcorders use the smallest video tapes in the world and can give very good results.
Professional Betacam SP tapes (large size on left and small size on the right of this picture).
Professional Digital Betacam tapes (large size on left and small size on the right of this picture).
Large Umatic tapes (left) and small ones (on the right) are both covered.
MII (sometimes incorrectly known as M2 or M11) is a rare professional format.
Professional MII tapes (large and small sizes) are covered.
Read more about MII transfers here.
Early Philips VCR N1500 and VCR-LP N1700 tapes can be copied to DVD.
Have a DVD-Ram disk that you can't play? Or a rewritable DVD which you can't seem to play on some DVD players, perhaps one recorded in DVD-VR mode? Or a DVD recorded somewhere which you need duplicating? A miniature 3" DVD which you would like copied to a normal 5" sized one? A DVD-RW recorded in VR mode that you can't play? I can do all of these, just ask. I may be able to assist with NTSC to PAL DVD transfers too, so ask if you require this.
A DVD-Ram disk has odd looking patterns underneath, and may come in a special "caddy" box. I can do DVD-Ram to DVD-Video transfers for you at low prices.
Contact me with your requirements for any DVD to DVD transfers so I can give you a quote. Prices start from £2.50 per DVD, or even less in volume.
If you have a DVD of any type recorded on a camcorder which has not been finalised (so you can't view it), I can probably assist with that too, just ask.
I will not get involved in blatant copyright infringement of course.
Here we have a chart showing our own personal evaluation of video cassette formats by a range of ten parameters. Not surprisingly, the oldest formats perform worst, and the newest and most expensive formats do best. It just gives you an idea of what to expect from new and old video formats, and is not intended to be definitive. In some cases it is based slightly more on real-life performance than on technical specifications.
I am now offering audio transfers too (such as cassette to CD), presently including:
Reel-to-reel audio domestic quarter track and half track tapes, up to 7" spools at both 3.75 and 7.5 inch/second speeds at £18 per hour.
MD minidisc to CD including LP2 and LP4 at £12 per hour.
Cassette (Compact Cassette) to CD (including Dolby B and Dolby C recordings) at £12 per hour.
Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) to CD at £12 per hour.
DAT Digital Audio Tape (32kHz, 44kHz and 48kHz recordings). DAT to CD at £15 per tape.
Dictation / answerphone tapes, Microcassette to CD at both 1.2 and 2.4 speeds and also Minicassette to CD, at £12 per hour.
8-track cartridges at £20 per tape.
Audio tracks from video tapes
Any of the above copied to CD or to computer audio file such as WAV, MP3 etc., or to minidisc.
PCM-F1 digital audio transfers (usually on Betamax tapes but may be any video format) at £30 per hour.
Though I can take HDV (High Definition DV) tapes in the small miniDV tape size, I do not handle large HDV tapes yet. Though I can take DVCPRO tapes, that is only for the earlier DVCPRO25 variant. I don't do cine film transfers, but can recommend Chris at Save Those Memories who does. I do not yet cover the very obscure Sanyo VCord tapes, nor do I run open-reel video tapes, though I do reel-to-reel audio tape.
I can transfer almost every of videocassette types from anywhere in the world.
I don't much care what is on the tapes I copy (personal, private and confidential material is handled discreetly), and I leave you do deal with copyright issues around transferring TV programmes. However I will not get involved in blatant copyright violation (for example duplication pirating), and clearly illegal recordings would not be tolerated. If you have recordings of a very personal nature, I do ask that you let me know this in advance.
If you don't know what this means, then you probably don't need it! Some people like to use their own computer and software to edit up DVDs for themselves, perhaps using Avid DVD by Sonic or Movie Factory by Ulead or Pinnacle Studio for example. So I also offer the service of transferring most video formats to DVD-Rom as high quality MPEG2 / MPEG4 or DV-AVI files. Prices start from £15 per 90 minutes for VHS, Beta and Hi8 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 Apple iMac video editing and cost just £7 - £8 per hour for 10 hours or more (£10 per hour for short jobs). All video formats are now available with this option. You can provide the hard disk, or you can order one from a supplier such as Ebuyer, DABS or SVP 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 full size DV tape, DVCAM, VHS, S-VHS or other tape formats.
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, assume that the tapes are fairly full and send payment accordingly, I will refund any surplus by means of a cheque sent with your finished recordings. Payment is best by cheque to video99, but Paypal is also accepted (to firstname.lastname@example.org, a small surcharge usually applies), or even good old fashioned cash and Postal Orders, and in the UK ask about Nochex if you have this If you would like to speak to me personally, you can telephone during normal hours on: 01752 881652.
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A typical selection of testimonial messages I've had from customers of my video tape to DVD transfer service recently are included in the Read More About sub-pages for each format. For many more, see my 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.
If you have any questions, just email me and I'll reply promptly.
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