The most affordable and flexible video transfer service in the UK.
We are still very much open for business during the coronavirus outbreak.
However due to various
commitments we will be unavailable from 25th to 30th May 2020,
so please bear with us just a little.
How to request an audio or video transfer
Click on the symbols above for information on the format. Using this form implies acceptance of cookies.
If you don't know what kind of tapes you have, or want to see pictures of them, scroll through this page.
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 we can usually deal with payment later once I've worked on the tapes. Payment is best done by bank transfer, but cheque to video99 are acceptable too. Please read our Terms and Conditions, which form part of the agreement.
If you would like to speak to me personally,
you can telephone Colin during normal hours, on: 01752 881652. The
best times to call are: Monday-Friday 10am-2:15pm. You can always
A note about quality and value for money: There are some transfer services on eBay and similar, offering to squeeze 3 or even 4 hours of video onto a DVD for about a fiver. But recorded single layer DVDs can only provide full resolution for up to around 2 to 2.5 hours, so you know they are not providing you with full resolution transfers. Do they use the best equipment, do they use Digital Timebase Correctors for best possible results, do they carefully adjust the colour alignment and other controls to correct imperfections on the tape? No, not at that price, you know they don't. They can also hide other costs, for example one of the "cheap" companies charge £25 to repair a faulty tape, but video99 charges just £5 and sometimes waives that too. Video99 has long lists of very happy customers, see the testimonials, some from famous names, and you can see that we provide the highest possible quality. The "cheap" companies can also let you down because they can't handle any recordings which are unusual formats, foreign TV systems or difficult tapes, and they can make you wait months before returning your tapes if they can't run them! So who provides the best value?
If you want your tapes back after you have the transfers:
Not everyone needs their tapes returned once they have the DVDs or
computer files, but if you do (and we recommend it), we will need to add
postage costs. For a single video tape in the UK, this is usually
£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 DVDs or video files to you ahead
of returning your 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. When you
receive your tapes back, you may notice that the record tabs have been
removed or switched to the safe position. The first thing I do with a tape
is make sure that it cannot be recorded on, so protecting your important
recordings. If you don't want tapes returned, there is a small
charge for some tapes since we pay for a proper disposal service.
** Work taken on for other
businesses can be supplied without video99 branding on DVDs or data
folders, ready for re-branding. However video99 will never
secretly outsource work to another company; if there's something we
don't handle (like Cine Film) then we will try to suggest someone who
can help you.
Click below on the tape format you have to read a little about the video tapes and see the some guide prices. If you you're not sure what your tape is, scroll down this page until you see it, or just ask for help. I have possibly the largest selection of video cassette formats available in the UK. All kinds of video cassette and camcorder tapes can be copied at prices which make it well worth leaving it to an expert.
We usually provide DV-AVI files of 13GB per hour from most video formats. These are much higher quality than the compressed files you would get from a cheap video to USB converter gadget, and are much better suited to editing. In the case of minidv, DVCAM and Digital8 tapes, these DV-AVI files are a pure lossless copy from the digital tape contents which even retain the original time/date information which some software can access. Additionally I offer MPEG4 files of about 4GB per hour, ideal for playback on most modern TVs as well as portable devices, the extra cost for these smaller files is very minimal. Some professional studio tapes are available as other video file formats including 10-bit YUV (huge file sizes though).
Most customers today prefer video files to DVDs, some
pricing is shown here for the more popular formats. Video files are
higher quality than DVDs, easier to edit, share and back up, so a better
format for future generations. Assuming at least 10 hours, the cost
to DV-AVI video files would be:
£7 per hour for miniDV (miniDV/DVCAM and Digital8 are a pure digital lossless transfer, retaining the original time/date data, which some video editing software can access)
£8 per hour for Video8/Hi8/Digital8
£9 per hour for VHS, SVHS, Beta or microMV
£10 per hour for V2000 tapes
£10.50 per hour for HDV to lossless full quality High Definition MPEG2 files, consuming around 12GB/hour.
£12.50 per hour for VHSC tapes
The cost is per hour of useful material, blank tapes and blank sections don't count, plus return post. If there are a lot of very short tapes then a minimum charge of usually £3.50 per tape may apply. Less than around 10 hours is 50% more per hour, a single tape usually being £15 minimum. Normally I provide DV-AVI video files which consume 13GB per hour, so a few hours may go onto a USB stick but a lot of tapes require a small USB hard drive. I can provide suggestions for a suitable drive, just ask. I keep some high quality USB sticks in stock at competitive prices, avoid buying cheap eBay USB sticks which are all fakes.
Not only do I offer a cheap video transfer service,
it's a personal and helpful service with the highest possible quality and
attention to detail as standard. I'm happy to help when you don't
know which tape an important recording is on, or you have other special
|Click to read more about...|
|Beta (Betamax)||video99 is the UK Beta specialist, covering rare international variants and PCM digital audio too.|
|VHS / VHS-C SVHS (Super-VHS) / S-VHS-C||All international variants fully covered. Digital Timebase Correctors used for the best results.|
|Video2000 (V2000 / Video Compact Cassette)||video99 has a wealth of experience with the V2000 format.|
|Video 8 Hi8 Digital8||Superb results from these
camcorder tapes, and international variants fully covered,
including PCM digital audio tapes.
|miniDV / HDV / DVCAM||International variants covered
too. Transfer to or from digital tapes. HDV is
supported in 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 1080/50i, 1080/25p and
|DVCPRO||It's hard to find transfer
services for DVCPRO and especially the DVCPRO-50 and DVCPRO-HD
variants, in both PAL and NTSC.
|microMV||International variants covered,
and help with micromv editing too.
|Betacam / Betacam SP and Digital
/ BetacamSX, HDCAM
||Excellent results at a much lower
cost than the London based companies, international variants
|Umatic (lo-band, hi-band, U-matic SP)||Possibly the only UK business to
support all international variants of Umatic, as well as PCM
digital audio. Most tapes go via a studio Digital Timebase
Corrector which is specially designed for Umatic use.
|Philips VCR (N1500), VCR-LP (N1700) and SVR||video99 is possibly the only transfer service in the world specialising in all variants of these tapes.|
|The only transfer service in the world offering this exceptionally rare format in both PAL and NTSC.|
|MII format from Panasonic||video99 is almost unique in the
UK, supporting this rare professional format.
|DVD and Laserdisc
||Extracting from unfinalised DVD-RW, DVD-Ram, camcorder mini DVDs, damaged DVDs, Laserdisc and more.|
|Audio Transfers||All kinds of audio tapes; DAT, cassette, open reel, 8-track, DCC, DTRS, ADAT, PCM, dictation machine tapes and more. To audio files or CD.|
|Questions and Answers (FAQ)||Also includes help on how to transfer miniDV tapes yourself.|
|Television systems||PAL / NTSC / SECAM explained.|
|News from video99||A little blog about our work.|
Be careful who you trust your precious memories to. I
am a qualified electronic engineer with over 30 years of video editing and
servicing experience. I've been transferring video tapes since the
start of suitable digital recording equipment almost 20 years ago, and I
put that special care and attention into my work which shows. Yet my
prices are as low as the cheapest on the Internet. I also offer more
tape formats than possibly any other company, in some cases at a third of
the cost of the competition. I use Digital Timebase Correctors to
get the very best results, many transfer services do not have these.
I can also do special services such as taking stills from a video,
transferring confidential or private video material, video files on USB
stick or hard disk, repairing damaged tapes and more, just
Example price: Betamax video including Hifi stereo
sound of 2:30 hours, copied to DVD for £13, an extra copy for £3.50.
Or a single Beta/VHS/minidv/Video8 tape to DV-AVI and MPEG4 video files
from £15. If you can find anyone advertising a lower price, do tell
me! No VAT to add, our turnover is presently below the VAT threshold
and we aim to keep it that way. Most customers pay by bank transfer
/ PAYM, but cheque to video99 is fine too. A change in UK law from
January 2018 means that Paypal cannot usually be accepted any more, sorry.
We can help with other services not listed here, including data recovery from damaged Hard Disk camcorders, data recovery from PC and Mac 3.5" floppy disks and PC format 5.25" floppies, data recovery from accidentally wiped memory cards. Just ask.
We are listed on the independent Freeindex service, you can read and add to reviews
there. Most customers use that method for testimonials now.
We also have a collection
of fascinating testimonials from some famous names, see the famous
names testimonials page.
Please also subscribe to our YouTube channel
where you can see some of the work we do and fantastic equipment we have.
Most customers these days like to use their own computer and software to edit their videos for themselves. Here are some suggestions for free video editing software for PC. On a Mac, iMovie is a reasonable starting place.
Nearly all customers take DV-AVI files on hard disk.
These hard disk transfers are suitable for both PC and Mac video editing
and cost just £7 - £9 per hour for 10 hours or more for most formats (see
price list above). All video formats are available with this
option. You can provide the hard disk, or you can order one from a
supplier such as Ebuyer
or Amazon and have it shipped
directly here, or we can supply that for you. Small jobs of up to a
few hours may fit a USB stick, we keep USB sticks in stock too.
Additionally I offer smaller MPEG4 files at a very small cost, these will
play on most modern TVs which have a USB socket.
I can transfer all video formats to make up video clips and/or DVDs for performers, camera operators and programme producers, ready to send to potential clients or casting agents or companies such as Spotlight. These will be made up quickly and affordably, to a professional standard, and you can preview the work as it progresses to be sure you are absolutely happy with the results. Just ask if you require this.
If you have any questions, just email me and I'll reply promptly. Also see the video99.co.uk Questions and Answers (FAQ) All material on this web site is copyright ©2005-2020 www.video99.co.uk and www.colin99.co.uk though trade marks remain with the manufacturers.
See my Beta (Betamax) web page. Other sites of mine: My Homepage, The Hillman Avenger car, Pictures of Plymouth, BSB & Squarials, a Virtual Loft full of stuff and my HiFi page which has more information on video and audio equipment. We are listed on: Activplymouth.com the most comprehensive guide for Plymouth on the internet. Please also subscribe to our YouTube channel.
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