About Direct to DVD
In a Direct To DVD transfer, we do not edit out blank footage. It's simply a straight format conversion from video tape to a DVD. We encorourage you to number the tapes in the order you would like them transferred and provide a Title for each.
Send us a lot or a little. No minimum order!
You can contact us at [email protected] where we can send you a work sheet to fill out.
Forms of Video Tapes we transferVHS Tape 2-4 Hours-Video Home System developed by JVC utilizing half-inch tape, which is the most widely used video format
Super VHS 30min-2hours- A higher quality version of the VHS videotape format witha a sharper picture and resolution similiar to that of HI-8. This format is used for videographers mostly for shooting and editing.
VHS-C 45-90min- A regular VHS video Tape wound into smaller cartridges. Since the cartridge is smaller, the length of VHC/C tape is limited to a maximum of 45 minutes- though longer times can be achieved using a long play mode, the quality usually is poor compared to the faster speed. The compact tapes are inserted into your VCR using a cassette adaptor which comes with each VHS/C camera. Once inserted, the tape plays just like any other VHS tape you ever used.
8MM Tape 30min-2hrs Camcorders often have many of the best features found in higher priced Hi-8 units, including image stabilization , strong optical and digital zooms and innovative special effects. Regular 8mm tapes bare the exact size and shape as their Hi8 counterparts, but record video at a lower resolution level, and therefore, are less expensive than camcorders which produce better image.
Hi8 30mins-2hrs- Camcorders record their signal at about 400 lines of resolution, slightly less than MINI DV, but substantially higher than 8mm or regular VHS formats. Most often, Hi-8 camcorders record sound in Hi-fi stereo. Slight quality loss is suffered when copying or editing from Hi-8, but a better than average image is maintained. Tapes from Hi-8 camcorders generally must be played using the camera as the source, which means the user often must connect cables bto their television or VCR . Hi-8 tapes can be bought in 30,60, and 120 min lengths.
Digital 8- 45-90mins -1 hr-A format that is far superior to Hi-8 or 8mm. Sony was the first to introduce this format and has done a great job. It is backward compatible, meaning that the new Digital8 camcorders and VCR's will also play your 8mm and Hi-8 tapes. You do not have to buy special tapes to record in Digital8. A regular 8mm or Hi-8 tape will record up to 60 minutes of digital video and audio. Because of the design, using regular tapes is not a problem, but it uses twice as much tape. A 2 hour Hi-8 or 8mm tape will record 60 minutes when done in the Digital mode and record up to 500 lines of resolution.
Shelf life of your magnetic video tapes is 10 years or less before they start to go bad. Symptoms include:
- Loss of sharpness
- May look like the tracking is off, but picture is gone
- NOTHING can be done and it is only going to get worse.
If you are looking for a video player or camcorder to play back tapes, consider this:
- Camcorders can be upto 25 years old.
- VCR's such as Beta decks can be 30 years old.
- Players now fetch huge money due to lack of inventory vs huge inventory of tapes.
- Some players go for over $300.
- They come usually with zero warranty. Very hard to find parts and service
- Shelf life of players were only 5 years on average.
- Fact...you'll spend more money and time on equipment than a professional transfer.
If you are considering trying a ' Do it yourself ' transfer, consider these facts:
- You'll spend money on equipment, shipping, capture cards, editing software, burners & blank discs.
- Figuring out hardware and software to capture and edit is not easy.
- You could have 3-5 different formats, needing various players, equals more money spent.
- Even if you have the correct setup, you only have one machine, it will take weeks, years to transfer.
- You may have shopped locally and had expensive quotes.
- We have 130 machines, high volume equals low pricing.
- You have tapes that you are not sure of the content? No worries, if it's blank, no charge.
- If the content of the tape is 'junk' you have lost out on a few bucks, that's life, but less than buying equipment.