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Most small camcorders sold since around year 2000 have used the miniDV digital video tape format.  These can produce outstanding results, far too good to be wasted by copying onto VHS.  Much better that the recordings are transferred to DVD which retain the quality, are easy to jump around from one scene to another, and last much better than any video tape.  Since miniDV tape is completely different to VHS, no miniDV to VHS adaptor could ever exist, we need to play these tapes on the appropriate equipment.  You have come to the right place for miniDV to DVD transfers, video99 has the experience to get the best possible results.

I usually transfer miniDV recordings using a fully digital process which means that there is absolutely no loss of picture or sound quality in the transfer to DVD.  However, if you wish the time and date indications to appear on the finished DVD (either permanently or few a few seconds at the start, as you wish), I can do this by making a top quality analogue transfer to DVD for you.  The results are still outstanding, because I use the high quality S-Video connection method throughout my equipment.

A modern miniDV camcorder and tape Modern miniDV camcorders can produce outstanding results.

Both Standard Play and Long Play recordings can be copied to DVD, though I would always recommend using Standard Play for maximum quality and to be sure the tapes will play on any camcorder.  If you have full sized DV tapes (unusual, not to be confused with DVCAM below) these can also be handled providing they are Standard Play.  

Transfers to DVD:

Basic Menu, 13: Up to 2:30 hours on one DVD, but most camcorder tapes are only 60-90 minutes which fits nicely.  The menus are limited to just a title, but you get a chapter point every 5 minutes so it is easy to move around the DVD.  Extra copies of these DVDs cost just 3.50 each and are recommended.

Deluxe Menu 22:  Up to 1:30 hours on one DVD, so camcorder tapes usually fit in one go.  Nice menu icons showing what is on that part of the recording, and if you email me with titles I will put them on the DVD for you too.  I place the chapter breaks at points of interest or new recordings.  These menus look like professionally recorded DVD films.  Extra copies are just 3.50 each, and well worth taking.

DVD-ROM 15:  Up to 1:30 hours on one DVD-Rom in top quality MPEG2 video files, or 20 minutes of DV-AVI files ideal for editing.  If you have a lot of tapes, miniDV to hard disk files start from just 7 per hour for DV-AVI file format.

Transfers to other formats:

Options include transfer to MPEG2 files, DV AVI format files on hard disk or USB stick, copy to miniDV or even DVCAM.  Just email me for details.

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DVCAM transfers

DVCAM is a semi-professional / small studio digital tape format which offers the same performance as miniDV but is designed to be more rugged and reliable.  DVCAM recordings can be made on regular miniDV tapes, or the larger DV size tapes.  Usually though people use dedicated DVCAM cassettes which carry the DVCAM logo.  You may not be able to tell by looking at it, whether you have a DV or DVCAM recording, but we can handle both.  We can also accept both PAL and NTSC television standards in either format.

DVCAM recordings are usually made on tapes carrying the DVCAM logo.  This shows the full-sized DVCAM tape.

Transfers to DVD:

Basic Menu, 15: Up to 2:30 hours on one DVD, but most camcorder tapes are only 60-90 minutes which fits nicely.  The menus are limited to just a title, but you get a chapter point every 5 minutes so it is easy to move around the DVD.  Extra copies of these DVDs cost just 3.50 each and are recommended.

Deluxe Menu 22:  Up to 1:30 hours on one DVD, so camcorder tapes usually fit in one go.  Nice menu icons showing what is on that part of the recording, and if you email me with titles I will put them on the DVD for you too.  I place the chapter breaks at points of interest or new recordings.  These menus look like professionally recorded DVD films.  Extra copies are just 3.50 each, and well worth taking.

DV-AVI files 10.50: Lossless DV-AVI files are 10.50/hour (for 10+ hours) or sometimes less, just email me for details.



High Definition HDV miniDV/DV tapes   

We also support miniDV and full sized DVCAM sized tapes recorded in HDV format, which can be run to DVD, DV-AVI files in standard resolution, or MPEG2 (uncompressed original tape data) High Definition video files.  Cost for HDV transfers is generally 50% more than standard definition DV tapes.  HDV 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 1080/50i , 1080/25p, 720/30p ,720/24p and 720/25p are all supported since we have Sony HVR-M15AE and HVR-M15E players.  Just email me for details.


How to request a miniDV / HDV/ DVCAM video transfer.

We have a new and easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.  I will then confirm the price, or best guess at the price, and let you know the address to send the tapes.  Digital recordings sometimes require particular personal attention, just let me know of any particular requirements.  Usually I transfer to video-DVD but options include transfer to computer file, miniDV tape and more.

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.  

If recorded on equipment from another country, see the Television systems explained.  

If you want your tapes back after you have the DVD or hard disk copies (recommended):

Not everyone needs their tapes returned once they have the DVDs, but if you do, please remember to include postage costs. For a single video tape in the UK, this is just 1. 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 to you ahead of returning your tapes, then when you've confirmed you are happy with the DVDs, 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.

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