The UK's most affordable and flexible DVCPRO transfers.
A personal service by an engineer with 30 years of video experience. Transfers to video files on USB stick or hard disk.
Costs from just £25 per tape, for this rare format which is not well supported. Lowest prices in the UK but the highest quality.
Panasonic introduced the DVCPRO format in 1995 and
became popular with Electronic News Gathering in particular.
Never one to
shy away from a format battle, Sony then introduced the DVCAM format
very similar, and generally the DVCAM format took most of semi-pro
leaving DVCPRO as a fairly hard format to find someone to run tapes
for. There are DVCPRO50 (high
performance standard definition), DVCPRO Progressive (not often seen
DVCPRO HD variants, which will only tend to be used when the tape is
going to be
edited in-house. Therefore it is usually the DVCPRO-25 variant
tend to have a need to transfer for viewing. We now also have
DVCPRO 50 and DVCPRO-HD capability though since they do appear, they
are a little
more expensive at £35.
There are two popular sizes of tape for the DVCPRO format, Large which is the same size as a large DV or DVCAM tape, and Medium which is roughly the same size as a Video8/Hi8/Digital8 tape. A much less popular size is DVCPRO-XL (Extra Large) which we also support. Most tapes have a yellow lid and grey body, can be marked AJ-P12MP, AJ-P24MP, AJ-P33MP, AJ-P66LP, AJ-P9126LP, DP121, AJ-HP126EXG etc. and are usually Panasonic, Maxell or Fuji branded.
Two tape sizes are common, Large on the left and Medium on the right.
A less common tape size which we also support is XL, Extra Large.
Being a studio format, we don't recommend DVDs for the DVCPRO
but they can be provided if that's really what you need.
Most customers take video files on a USB stick or hard disk.. DV-AVI files at 13GB per hour are ideal for the original DVCPRO format, lower compression formats can be provided for the DVCPRO 50 and DVCPRO-HD formats. Both NTSC and PAL are now supported. The cost depends on running time and variant, but is usually around £25 - £35, or around £20 - £30 in quantities of 10 or more. Just email me for details.
We have a new and easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.
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
of the big video editing houses.
needs their tapes returned once they have the transfers, but I do
recommend it and the cost is small. 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
We are listed on the independent Freeindex
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there. Most customers use that method for testimonials now.
We also have a
collection of fascinating testimonials from some famous names, see the famous
Please also subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can see some of the work
we do and fantastic equipment we have. We have made a YouTube
video about the DVCPRO format.
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