Panasonic introduced the DVCPRO format in 1995 and it became popular with Electronic News Gathering in particular.  Never one to shy away from a format battle, Sony then introduced the DVCAM format which is very similar, and generally the DVCAM format took most of semi-pro market, 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 today) and 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 which people 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.

DVCPRO XL tape A less common tape size which we also support is XL, Extra Large.

Transfers to DVD:

Being a studio format, we don't recommend DVDs for the DVCPRO format, but they can be provided if that's really what you need.

Transfers to other formats:

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.

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How to request a DVCPRO video transfer.

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 like some of the big video editing houses.

If you want your tapes back after you have the transfers (recommended):

Not everyone 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 tapes.

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