CVC (Compact Video Cassette, not to be confused with V2000
which went by the Video Compact Cassette name) was developed by Funai
Electronics of Japan and usually sold under the Technicolor brand.
for these machines included 212E portable, and the 335E Video Showcase
includes a video monitor. A Grundig VP100 was essentially the
same as the
Technicolor 212E. The tapes for the CVC format came in 30
and later 45 and 60 minutes lengths. Markings can include: V30
VE30 (models 730E, 712 or FZ 3000), VE45 (model 745 or FZ 4500)
VE60 / V60 (model 760), and can
be marked "microvideo". Tape brands are usually Technicolor,
Funai, Siemens, Grundig, Universum or Uher, and most recordings of this
format were made
around 1982 - 1984.
The format was not a commercial success. Furthermore the
themselves have a number of design defects which make them quite
working ones are very rare today.
tape for at least two tapes (£35 for one), ask about quantity
discounts if you have
or more tapes. Many customers today prefer their transfers to
video files rather than DVDs, the cost is the same, just
ask. The files can be uploaded to you, put onto a USB stick,
or onto hard disk if you have a lot of tapes.
We can now run NTSC (USA television
system) as well as PAL (UK, Europe) tapes for the CVC format, we are
certainly being the only business in the world to have this
Recorders in NTSC would have the model numbers 212D and 335D. *
SECAM machines were also built. We can attempt to play SECAM
tapes but be aware that the colour reproduction may be poor or even
Here you can see part of our collection of very rare CVC equipment.
to request a CVC transfer to DVD or video files.
We have a new
easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply
details. Video files are highly recommended because they are
higher quality than DVDs, easier to edit, share and back up.
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. I can run both PAL and NTSC
CVC format tapes, being almost certainly the only business in the world
come to video99 for CVC transfers?
We are probably unique in Europe in being able to support this
format in both NTSC and PAL television standards, so wherever your
tapes come from we can handle them. Furthermore, we have backup
machines. It's a fairly fragile format so machine breakdowns do
happen, but since we have spare equipment we can keep going even if a
machine does have a bad day. So we won't let you down, we'll keep
going! And we also have a tape restoration process set up so that
if the tapes are "sticky" due to tape degredation, we can still recover
them, usually at no extra charge. Even if you can find some other
business who can run them, you won't get this level of expertise
anywhere else. We have been running this format since 2008, so we
are clearly the experts for the rare and fragile CVC format.
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. For a single video tape in the UK,
this is just £3.55. 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 transfers to you ahead of
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. Please read our Terms and Conditions,
which form part of the agreement.
Please also subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can see some of the work
we do and fantastic equipment we have.
See some of our older testimonials below (2008 - 2016):
"Today arrived at my house, in Italy, the package from
England and it's all OK. I'm really happy to see a video that I had
never seen. They are images that have a lot of value to me and date
back to June 1984. I'm grateful for the work you've done and allowed me
to rediscover memories that no one had ever been able to show me.
Thanks for your professionalism shown in all this, now I know that
there is someone really able to bring back video recorded on tapes it
can no longer reproduce. You've been really great, Colin.A strong
greeting. Ignazio" CVC tape to DVD and video file (with a
second batch then sent), for customer in Italy. 04.02.16
"Hi Colin. the video is perfect. Thank you!!
You made a miracle! Thanks a lot. Barbara" CVC tape to DVD and
video file for customer in Italy. 14.01.16
"I'm from Sweden
and I had som old CVC tapes that I wanted to digitize. Couldn't find
any local service that handled the format, so I had to look abroad, and
found Video99 through Google. Sent the tapes plus a 2,5" USB
harddrive by recommended mail, got it all back in about 1,5 weeks.
Colin did a great job with the digitizing and had communication
throughout the whole process. Even got video samples so I could judge
the quality myself. Really happy I fund this service. Highly
recommended. Per." CVC to DV-AVI video files. 29.06.14
"Many many thanks for you. Finally I saw myself after 30
you see the small boy who plays in rain? This is me.
Ahed" CVC tapes to DVD and uploaded files, 07.11.13. UK customer, tapes recorded in Saudi Arabia.
"Colin Merci pour votre proposition mais NON les images
ne valent pas autant de travail et je vais me contenter du résultat
obtenu qui dépasse de toute manière ce que je pouvais en attendre. La
manipulation n'a pas dégradé la qualité au point de rendre la lecture
impropre. et nous allons en rester là pour ce dossier. Je connais la
qualité de votre service et ne manquerait pas de faire appel à vous si
d'autres archives vidéo sortent de mes vieux cartons. Cordialement, au
revoir et à plus tard. Roland" Two particularly difficult tapes, these
were recorded in the SECAM television system by a customer in France.
Though imperfect, I was able to recover them with passable colour
resolution, and promised to keep an eye out for any real SECAM CVC
equipment in the future. 19.09.13
"Hi! We received the DVD yesterday! Everything all
right! Thanks a lot again! Have a nice weekend!
Alessandro." Two damaged CVC tapes put onto DVD for customer in Italy.
“After looking all over Sweden, and extensively abroad,
we finally found Video99’s service for transferring our Funai CVC tape
to digital format. We were really impressed with the swiftness of the
communication, as well as the overall professionalism of the service. I
would not hesitate in recommending Video99 to anybody interested in
high quality video conversion. Erik”CVC tapes to hard disk for customer
in for customer from Sweden. 17.04.13
"Colin I want just imform you that today I have
received Dvd just in time to deliver it for Christmas. Now when you' ll
be able, yuo can send me back the tape. Thank you again , Season's
greetings,Sergio" 24.12.12 Wedding tape from CVC to DVD for
customer in Italy.
"We will watch it with a bottle of bubblie to celebrate and make
a toast to you. Joe" CVC to DVD in NTSC for customer in USA.
"Sorry, I forgot to respond you. I dont need the tapes. You
can disposr them. Regards, Gonzalo" 21.02.12 CVC to DVD for
customer in Spain.
"Colin, The DVDs has been arrived safely, Thank you so
much, the DVDs was great with very expect able quality since the
originals CVC was in poor condition. My family and I was very happy
specially my father. I will recommend your service to everyone who
wants tapes transfer with reasonable price. Best regards,
Ali Saudi Arabia"
"Many thanks for your fast and friendly service. All
Cassettes and the hard disc arrived here safely. What a wonderful
surprise to see all this old films. Every part is perfect. Maybe you
are the only one in the world who can transfer this rare material from
cvc to our times. So many thanks for doing it so well. All the
best from Germany, Kai" CVC
tapes to DV-AVI files on hard disk 25.01.12
"Hi Colin, DVD arrived a few days ago and both my wife and
i love it, Thanks for all you have done. All the best for the New Year,
Phil Ball - Australia" 01.01.12
"Colin It's arrived! I can't tell you how happy I am
as it absolutely exceeded my expectations. It is going to be a massive
hit with my family when I go back for Christmas. It feels like I
discovered a time capsule that's been burried for 25 years. Well
Done. Many thanksVil" CVC to DVD for customer in Australia. 07.12.11
"Hi Colin Good news, the dvd just arrived safe and
operational. Thank you for your assistance Regards;
Sasha " CVC to DVD for customer in Australia.
"Colin,thanks for transfering my CVC tapes to DVD,great job.These
tapes were not played for 30 years and I was suprised everything was
recovered!CVC to DVD.Regards Arthur (Sakis) from Greece.30.9.2011"
"Hi Colin All is well indeed. Many thanks. Cheers Sam" CVC
tapes to DVD and hard disk, UK customer. 17.08.11
"What do you know? I got the DVDs today. Pretty bizarre, like
opening a time capsule. Cosmin" PAL CVC tapes to DVD for
customer in USA. 15.03.11
"Colin, I have not managed to look through all yet, but out of
what I have seen so far (except those where you noticed poor quality)
everything looks fine, and I am surpriced of the quality. I have also
received the extra copies. Thaks a lot! We are very happy!! Kind
regards, Johan" A couple of faulty tapes in this batch, but most
ran very well, CVC transfers to DVD for customer in Norway.
"Colin: I have received three DVD. They run ok. Thank you very
much for your work: the tapes amount for two years of family regards,
Pablo" Several CVC tapes on DVD for customer in Spain.
"Hello Colin, The DVD’s are received and are well. I have seen
them last evening. I ’am pleased with the results. Thanks for the nice
work. Regards, Tom" CVC to DVD for customer in The Netherlands.
"Colin, Thank you so much! We have received the dvds and
everything looks great! Have no words big enough, but it means soooo
much to all of us in the family. Thank you! /Mia - Sweden"
Quantity of CVC tapes to DVD with extra copies. 04.10.10
"Colin, The DVD has arrived and was played yesterday night to
full satisfaction. Thank you. Rune" Several CVC tapes run
to DVD for customer from Sweden. 24.08.10
"Dear Colin, I am happy to tell you that the DVD finally arrive
to Mexico. Adriana" NTSC system CVC tape to NTSC DVD for customer
in Mexico (post was rather slow but provided a preview video
for customer to view in advance). 16.08.10
"HOLA Ya llegó el dvd todo ok Un saludo Covadonga" CVC tape
to DVD for customer in Spain. 20.07.10
"Many thanks for recovering and transfering my CVC tapes to DVD.
Just as I remember them. Louisa" Three CVC tapes from a
Grundig VP100, transferred and edited to DVD. 20.04.10, UK.
"Greetings Colin, I want to thank you for getting the DVD's back
before Christmas, I gave one each to my children and then we watched
together with their families we laughed so much at the memories it
brought back. Hope you had a good holiday and that your New Year will
be a Great one! If I locate any more of those tapes I will e mail your
before sending them. Many thanks again. Sincerely, Gloria"
Several NTSC system CVC tapes run to DVD for a customer in USA.
"Hi Colin, just few words to thank you for the dvds. I've just
got them this morning. I've just watched 2 of them about Uk in 1984 and
I think the quality is very good for that time and the sound
too." 11 CVC tapes to DVD with extra copies, for customer in Italy.
"Colin I confirm receipt of the 2 dvd's, please could you return
the original tape, thanks. I would like to thank you for the excellent
service and quality I received and would recommend you to others
Regards Andrew" CVC recording of a wedding, to DVD.
"well receved. It is allright on my PC with the chapitres
etc, I will try later other material. we keep in contact. Regards
Bruno" First batch of a quantity of CVC tapes sent from France.
"Ken transferred the tape yesterday to his Solitaire Editing
System and is now in the process of editing and attaching the 'historic
airport video clips' to a commemorative video that the airport is
producing. Thankyou for your input into this project. Everything has
been a success. I think it is safe to send back the originals now.
Regards Barbara" CVC tapes to miniDV for editing, customer in
Norfolk Island (near Australia). 10.03.09
"We talked to FUNAI-Greece but they said no one there knew how to
fix those things anymore. Just a piece of history now I guess. I was
lucky to find you for this conversion, I haven't seen these videos
since I was 9 or so!" CVC to DVD for customer in Greece.
"thank you all received and fine. regards bob" CVC
and Video8 to hard disk DV-AVI files, 08.12.08 UK.