VIDEO TO DVD ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTERS OR DIGITAL FILE FORMATS FOR VIEWING OR EDITING

FROM; VHS, VHS-C, VIDEO 8, DIGITAL 8, HI-8, MINI-DV, BETAMAX, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO HD, U-MATIC, BETACAM SP (NTSC) SD OR HD FORMATS TO DVD OR BLU RAY HD DVD, AVI, MP4 (H-264), PRORES .MOV (QUICKTIME) DNX (MXF) & OTHER FILE FORMATS

 

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BEST PRICES - BEST EQUIPMENT - BEST ARCHIVAL MASTERING DVD & DIGITAL MEDIA - BEST SERVICE

VOLUME DISCOUNTS  & DISCOUNTS BASED ON THE CANADIAN VS. USA CURRENCY EXCHANGE

For an estimate or complete quote please provide how many tapes you have, the length of each tape and we can provide discounts based on your volume.

CONTACT US FOR A COMPLETE QUOTE

We will compete with any written quotation offering the same level of service - Find "ANY COMPANY in North America" that offers lower prices on our volume discounts and the same quality of service on video to DVD, AVI or MP4 HD  and we will beat their price.  "Lowest price guarantee"


OPTION 1) VIDEO TO DVD 100 YEAR ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTERS

WE DON'T JUST COPY YOUR VIDEO TAPES TO DVD, WE RE-MASTER THEM! Contrary to rumors and miss information... DVDs are not going anywhere! They currently last longer then any other storage media and are not susceptible to corruption or file deletion such as hard drives, USB flash/thumb drives or SD cards.

ALL OUR VIDEO TO DVD PRICES INCLUDE: PROFESSIONAL BROADCAST QUALITY CONVERSION USING PROFESSIONAL VIDEO EQUIPMENT, MASTERING QUALITY ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION DVDS (Not the cheap ones), printing direct on the disc (no sticky label) with your title information, the menu/title, quality poly case, video enhancement, stabilize video images.

We use Teranex 2D processors, TBC (time base correctors) & AVDC (Audio/video digital converters) with CEC (Color Enhancement Chipset) technology which all help hue, saturation, brightness and sharpness, eliminate picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback and insure a stable on-screen image. Conversion/capture to the "native" aspect ratio of the tape - no upconversion. The Blackmagic-Design Teranex 2D Processor is an advanced-quality standards converter as well as video format converter and capture and playback device all-in-one. As a standards converter, it can convert from most any television format to any other television format in the highest quality. Conversions are indistinguishable from the original master.

Our conversion from videotape produces better quality than your original analog videotape. We use the BEST quality professional equipment and 100 year ARCHIVAL Mastering DVD-R media for the best compatibility and longevity.  All tapes are mastered in "real-time".

VIDEOTAPE DIRECT TO DVD IN NORTH AMERICAN VIDEO STANDARD OF NTSC, STANDARD DEFINITION (SD) 720 x 480: When Recording to MPEG-2 Format (VBR) you can NOT edit these files on your computer. It is for long term archival storage & viewing purpose only on your DVD player or computer drive DVD player. If you need to edit your videotape immediately we can create (capture) your video to a computer file format such as professional PC formats like AVI, MP4 H-264 or many professional Apple compatible formats. (SEE ADDITIONAL "OPTIONS" BELOW).

LONG TERM STORAGE OF ARCHIVAL DVD DISC MEDIA: Although you can not edit the files that are recorded onto a DVD Master, they are a very solid, long term and archival media because they are not susceptible to corruption or file deletion like all other media. DVDs can be copied and files created from the DVD disc later on down the road if you are wanting to edit. DVD Archival 100 year preservation Master discs will out last any other media on the market today and will still be in use for years to come.

VIDEOTAPE AFTER CONVERSION: All original material is returned along with the new masters to the customer after conversion or transfer. It is recommended that you preserve all of your original material through safe storage in a cool, dry environment.

Pricing is based on a per tape basis with huge discounts on quantity. Up to two hours of video can be converted and placed on a DVD Master disc. We normally convert one tape per disc, unless you know the exact length of the tape, then we can place more then one tape onto one DVD. (additional editing fees apply for more then one tape onto one DVD). EDITING: If you only want sections recorded from the tape then you would need to provide a shot list with exact times of what you want included on the disc, editing fees apply.


OPTION 2) VIDEO TO AVI - FOR PC USERS

VIDEO (ALL FORMATS) OF ANALOG OR DIGITAL VIDEOTAPE TO RAW AVI FILE BROADCAST EDITING FORMAT: ANY FORMATS OF ANALOG OR DIGITAL VIDEO (DV) TO AVI COMPUTER FILE FORMAT FOR LATER EDITING From analog video tape such as; VHS, Betamax, Betacam, 3/4", Video8, HI8, VHS-C, S-VHS, or from Digital formats such as Digital8mm, Mini-DV or DVCam. Conversion/capture to the "native" aspect ratio of the tape - no upconversion

CAPTURE VIDEO (ALL FORMATS) OF ANALOG OR DV VIDEOTAPE TO AVI FILE FORMAT FOR EDITING ON YOUR COMPUTER AND ARCHIVAL STORAGE Capture video in real-time and create AVI files. WE CORRECT VIDEOTAPE SIGNAL LOSS &  UNSTABLE IMAGES. We use Teranex 2D processors, TBC (time base correctors) & AVDC (Audio/video digital converters) with CEC (Color Enhancement Chipset) technology which all help hue, saturation, brightness and sharpness, eliminate picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback and insure a stable on-screen image. The Blackmagic-Design Teranex 2D Processor is an advanced-quality standards converter as well as video format converter and capture and playback device all-in-one. As a standards converter, it can convert from most any television format to any other television format in the highest quality. Conversions are indistinguishable from the original master. These are RAW Lossless compression video files called, Audio-Video Interleaved (AVI) file (DV TYPE 1 AVI files) at a bit rate of 25.0 Mbps and a display size of 720 x 480 (480P) in a video format of NTSC, unless you have 16:9 widescreen or HD footage then we can discuss these options. AVI files are the standard in the video industry for analog capture of 720 x 480 video tape and are used for editing in a computer or viewing in standard Windows format viewing software and compatible Mac software. The files can be placed on media such as portable hard drives, High Speed 3.0 USB Thumb Drives or Class 10 SD Cards. Estimated 14GB for each 60 minutes of video. 

NOTE FOR MAC USERS: Let us know if you are using a MAC computer before considering AVI file format. AVI is a typical Windows video format.

Can you play AVI on Mac? The AVI file format is heavily used on PCs, but generally can't be used on a Mac computer. Even as for Apple's QuickTime media player, unfortunately, the free version of QuickTime is not compatible with all types of AVI video files on Mac.

What video player on a PC or MAC will play AVI files? We highly recommend  VLC Media Player. It's fast, open-source, free and you can use it on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. VLC also supports pretty much every file format out there and is a highly capable player.

PRICING: Is based on a per hour bases and by your quantity (Huge discounts on quantity). Tapes shorter then 30 minutes are rounded UP to nearest 30 minutes and are then billed by each source and/or by the hour.  CONTACT US for pricing, estimate or quote.

RAW AVI FILE SIZE: 14 GB per hour.

OUR SUPPLIED MEDIA PREFERRED: Thumb/Flash drives/sticks. When using these media storage products we use only the Best Possible Media required for fast transfer upload and download speeds and to avoid any errors in the files. The media we use includes; USB 3.0 (8X's the speed of USB 2.0) with a minimum write speed of 45Mbps & SD Card Class 10 with a speed of 300Mbps. All drives/Sticks are formatted NTFS. If you are MAC based please let us know and we will format the media in EXFAT. We can only use customer supplied NEW unopened media if it meets our specifications.

SUPPLYING YOUR OWN MEDIA: You can supply your own 3.0 USB media but it must be new and unopened and large enough to fit all of your files: Hard Drives must be PC/MAC compatible. No used drives accepted because they must be re-formatted and everything on the drive would be deleted. No warranty or Guarantees on customer supplied media.

Capture video in real-time and create AVI files from your HD or SD footage.

SEE "DELIVERY (MEDIA) FORMAT" FOR INFO ON (USB THUMB/FLASH DRIVES & PORTABLE HARD DRIVES).


NEW! OPTION 3) VIDEO TO MP4 (H.264) FILES IN HD - FOR MAC OR PC

ANY FORMAT OF ANALOG OR DIGITAL VIDEO TO COMPRESSED MP4 COMPUTER FILE FORMAT AND UPCONVERTED TO HD FILES

Great for viewing on your PC, Laptop, Apple I MAC or MacBook, Smart TV, Tablet or for sharing with family and friends through social media.

CAPTURE "CONVERT" (ALL FORMATS) OF ANALOG OR DIGITAL VIDEO (DV) VIDEOTAPE TO THE COMPRESSED MP4 FILE FORMAT IN HD TO THE "NATIVE" ASPECT RATIO OF THE TAPE IN THE CODEC OF H.264 HIGH DEFENITION VIDEO FORMAT FOR VIEWING OR EDITING IN WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER, IMOVIE OR YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO VIEWING OR EDITING SOFTWARE ON YOUR COMPUTER, FOR WEB, IPHONE, IPAD, APPLE TV, YOUTUBE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND MORE OR STORING ON PORTABLE MEDIA.  

We use Teranex 2D processors, TBC (time base correctors) & AVDC (Audio/video digital converters) with CEC (Color Enhancement Chipset) technology which all help hue, saturation, brightness and sharpness, eliminate picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback and insure a stable on-screen image. For SD footage upconverted to HD we use a Teranex 2D Processor. The Blackmagic-Design Teranex 2D Processor is an advanced-quality standards converter as well as video format converter and capture and playback device all-in-one. As a standards converter, it can convert from most any television format to any other television format in the highest quality. Conversions are indistinguishable from the original master.

Exclusive CEC (Color Enhancement Chipset) Technology during conversion produces jitter free imagery and vibrant color enhancement to produce stunning picture quality.

SD TO HD: These are High Definition files from your Standard Definition video, it is upscaled "upconverted". SD 4:3 format videos are upscaled using a VIDEO SCALER and processor to 720P 1280 x 720 HD in their native format, Scalers are used to convert a signal from a lower resolution (such as standard definition  (SD) - VHS, Video 8, Betamax, laserdiscs) to a higher resolution such as HD high definition, a process known as "upconversion" or "upscaling". Options for 1080 HD as well as 2K HD.

FILE SIZE: The files can be placed on media such as portable hard drives, High Speed 3.0 USB Thumb/Flash Drives/Sticks, portable hard drives or SD Cards. Example: MP4 at 720P at 15 Mbps requires approximately 10 GB per hour of storage.

OUR SUPPLIED MEDIA PREFERRED: Thumb/Flash drives/sticks. When using these media storage products we use only the Best Possible Media required for fast transfer upload and download speeds and to avoid any errors in the files. The media we use includes; USB 3.0 (8X's the speed of USB 2.0) with a minimum write speed of 45Mbps. All drives/Sticks are formatted NTFS. If you are MAC based please let us know and we will format the media in EXFAT or provide a portable hard drive that is both PC & Mac compatible. We can only use customer supplied NEW unopened media if it meets our specifications.

SUPPLYING YOUR OWN MEDIA: You can supply your own 3.0 USB media but it must be new and unopened and large enough to fit all of your files: Hard Drives must be PC/MAC compatible. No used drives accepted because they must be re-formatted and everything on the drive would be deleted. No warranty or Guarantees on customer supplied media.

PRICING: Is based on a per hour bases and by your quantity (Huge discounts on quantity). Tapes shorter then 30 minutes are rounded UP to nearest 30 minutes and are then billed by each source and/or by the hour. CONTACT US for pricing, estimate or quote.


Which format should I select for my home videos, MP4 or AVI? In general, if you are using a PC then AVI is the best option for converting your tapes to a file format, if using a MAC, then MP4 file is your best option. AVI is used generally for a PC, however, MP4 can also be used for your PC. AVI files on a MAC we have found are usually not compatible depending on your computers software. If using a MAC and you are unsure that it will play AVI then choose MP4. When going to MP4 we upconvert your standard definition (SD) video to High Definition (HD) files. AVI format has more opportunities to be used for Windows players and windows based editing software. Due to AVI's larger file size it is not usually used for portable devices or video streaming sites. MP4 is a more lossy compressed file format that is widely used with various video players and portable devices and for web sites and streaming over the internet.

How to Choose a Video File Format

You should choose a file format based on your video quality requirements. The video should achieve the required quality, but no more than that. High-quality videos are hard to download, convert, share and manage. Plus, you need to take into account how you want to view the video files. Not all browsers, programs, and devices can play a specific video format. 

Before choosing a video format, consider the following cases:

  • For online videos choose a file format that most web browsers support. This way, your video will be played natively on the browser. MP4 is a browser compatible video format.
  • For home video recordings, choose a format with high quality video good chance of being usable in the future. Open source file formats are more future-proof than proprietary formats that are controlled by enterprises. MP4, AVI & professional formats such as ProRes (.MOV) are a good fit for that category.
  • For Windows applications, choose a format that is compatible with Windows. AVI is the best choice in this case.
  • For MAC applications, choose a format that is compatible with MAC. MP4 (H.264) and .MOV are good choices.
  • Is there a cost difference between converting tapes to AVI or MP4? Yes, we charge more for MP4 conversion because we upconvert your standard video files to HD.

OPTION 4) PRORES .MOV OR DNX MXF DIGITAL FORMATS You get a choice of incredible quality ProRes or DNx recorded in QuickTime and MXF file formats.

VIDEO TO HD PRORES OR DNX

Conversion/capture in real-time to the "native" aspect ratio of the tape or "Upconvert" to HD 720, 1080, 2K, UHD 4K using Texanex processors and HyperDeck studio decks.

ProRes & DNX files are compatible with software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X and more or viewing on Quicktime.

PRORES: ProRes are professional level outputs for people editing on Mac computers. They may or may not play on PC computers and various non-Apple devices, depending on the apps or video codecs installed.

DNX: DNX is the native format for Avid’s editing software but can also be edited on many PC based editing software. Even though a lower bit rate, it is considered a robust professional format.

Codec choices in QuickTime and MXF: ProRes 422 Proxy, ProRes LT, DNxHD 45 or DNxHR LB. 10-bit codecs such as ProRes 422 HQ, DNxHR HGX or DNxHD 220x. ProRes 422, DNxHR SQ or DNxHD 145 or OP-1A DNx MXF files. H.264 in various Video Formats, Bit rate settings and Bit rate (Mb/s).

DIGITAL CINEMA FILE SAMPLE SIZES SD FOOTAGE UPCONVERTED TO 720P 59.94 FPS, BIT-DEPTH; 10-BIT IN .MOV:

PRORES 422 HQ (HIGHEST) = 99GB PER HOUR

PRORES 422 (EXTREME) = 66GB PER HOUR

PRORES 422 LT = 40GB PER HOUR

PRORES 422 PROXY = 26GB PER HOUR

A QuickTime movie file uses a .mov file extension.

OUR SUPPLIED MEDIA PREFERRED: We can only use customer supplied NEW unopened media if it meets our specifications.

SUPPLYING YOUR OWN MEDIA: You can supply your own 3.0 USB media but it must be new and unopened and large enough to fit all of your files: Hard Drives must be PC/MAC compatible. No used drives accepted because they must be re-formatted and everything on the drive would be deleted. No warranty or Guarantees on customer supplied media.

PRICING: Is based on a per hour bases and by your quantity (Discounts on quantity). Tapes shorter then 30 minutes are rounded UP to nearest 30 minutes and are then billed by each source and/or by the hour. CONTACT US for pricing, estimate or quote.


OPTION 5) VIDEO TO BLU RAY HD DVD

VIDEO TO HD (High Definition) BLU RAY DVD 

ANY ANALOG VIDEO TAPE AND UPSCALE OR UPCONVERT STANDARD VIDEO FILES TO HIGH DEFINITION (HD) TO BLU-RAY DVD FROM: (NTSC) & RE-MASTERING TO BLU-RAY DVD, Includes case, printing, real-time conversion and upscaled the analog standard definition video to 720P, 1080I or 2K HD video in standard or wide screen. Maximum length of Blu Ray disc is 90 minutes for the best quality.

PRICING: Is based on a per hour bases and by your quantity (Huge discounts on quantity). Tapes shorter then 30 minutes are rounded UP to nearest 30 minutes and are then billed by each source and/or by the hour. CONTACT US for pricing, estimate or quote.


RECEIVING AN ESTIMATE OR PRICING FOR VIDEO CONVERSIONS: Let us know:

1) What format (type of videotapes) do you have; VHS, VHS-C, HI8, DIGITAL8, VIDEO8, MINI-DV, BETAMAX. other?

2) The length of the each videotape; 10, 20, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120 minutes?

3) How many of each format?

4) Condition of the videotape; does it need repair... has it been damaged, broken, melted, moldy, fire or water damage?

5) What do you want it converted to? DVD for viewing or files for computer use?

If you know...

6) TV recording standard; NTSC (North American), PAL or SECAM (overseas)?

7) Format Standard SD 4:3, HD 16:9, or widescreen SD?

8) Original recording speed; XP/SP/LP/EP?


FULL SIZE VHS OR SVHS (Super VHS) VIDEO CONVERSIONS TO ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTER DVD, AVI, MP4, PRORES, DNX OR BLU RAY DVD

FROM ANALOG (NTSC): VHS, S-VHS. We use Teranex 2D processors, TBC (time base correctors) & AVDC (Audio/video digital converters) with CEC (Color Enhancement Chipset) technology which all help hue, saturation, brightness and sharpness, eliminate picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback and insure a stable on-screen image. THESE MASTERS WILL LOOK AND SOUND BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL VHS TAPE - GUARANTEED!

Pricing is based on a per tape basis when going to a DVD disc and pricing is based on a per hour basis when going to a file format... PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A COMPLETE QUOTE AND CURRENT PRICING WITH DISCOUNTS - provide how many tapes you have, the length of each tape and we can provide a discount based on your volume.


SMALL CARTRIDGE VHS CAMCORDER TAPE (THESE TAPES ARE USUALLY 20 to 30 MINUTES IN LENGTH (IF ORIGINALLY RECORDED IN SP SPEED) CONVERSIONS TO ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTER DVD, AVI, MP4, PRORES, DNX OR BLU RAY DVD

FROM ANALOG (NTSC): VHS-C. We use Teranex 2D processors, TBC (time base correctors) & AVDC (Audio/video digital converters) with CEC (Color Enhancement Chipset) technology which all help hue, saturation, brightness and sharpness, eliminate picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback and insure a stable on-screen image.

Pricing is based on a per tape basis when going to a DVD disc and pricing is based on a per hour basis when going to a file format... PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A COMPLETE QUOTE AND CURRENT PRICING WITH DISCOUNTS - provide how many tapes you have, the length of each tape and we can provide a discount based on your volume.


BETAMAX & SUPER BETAMAX VIDEO CONVERSIONS TO ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTER DVD, AVI, MP4, PRORES, DNX OR BLU RAY DVD

FROM ANALOG (NTSC): BETAMAX & SUPER BETAMAX. We use Teranex 2D processors, TBC (time base correctors) & AVDC (Audio/video digital converters) with CEC (Color Enhancement Chipset) technology which all help hue, saturation, brightness and sharpness, eliminate picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback and insure a stable on-screen image.

Pricing is based on a per tape basis when going to a DVD disc and pricing is based on a per hour basis when going to a file format... PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A COMPLETE QUOTE AND CURRENT PRICING WITH DISCOUNTS - provide how many tapes you have, the length of each tape and we can provide a discount based on your volume.


//DIGITAL 8/VIDEO 8 CONVERSIONS TO ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTER DVD, AVI, MP4, PRORES, DNX OR BLU RAY DVD

FROM DIGITAL (NTSC): MINI-DV, DIGITAL 8, VIDEO 8. We use Teranex 2D processors, TBC (time base correctors) & AVDC (Audio/video digital converters) with CEC (Color Enhancement Chipset) technology which all help hue, saturation, brightness and sharpness, eliminate picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback and insure a stable on-screen image.

Pricing is based on a per tape basis when going to a DVD disc and pricing is based on a per hour basis when going to a file format... PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A COMPLETE QUOTE AND CURRENT PRICING WITH DISCOUNTS - provide how many tapes you have, the length of each tape and we can provide a discount based on your volume.


PROFESSIONAL BROADCAST FORMATS: BETACAM, DVCAM, DVCPRO & 3/4" UMATIC VIDEO CONVERSIONS TO ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTER DVD, AVI, MP4, PRORES, DNX OR BLU RAY DVD

FROM: (NTSC) BETACAM, BETACAM SP, DVCAM, 3/4" U-MATIC. We use Teranex 2D processors, TBC (time base correctors) & AVDC (Audio/video digital converters) with CEC (Color Enhancement Chipset) technology which all help hue, saturation, brightness and sharpness, eliminate picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback and insure a stable on-screen image.

Tape sizes: 20, 30, 45, 60, 90 minute tapes can be converted. We can handle both Betacam (small) & (large) size tapes.

DVCAM, DVCPRO Signal System playback: 1080P, 1080i, 720P, NTSC, PAL DVCPRO HD-LP, DVCPRO 50/25, DV, DVCAM

PRICING: Is based on a per hour bases and by your quantity (Discounts on quantity). Tapes shorter then 30 minutes are rounded UP to nearest 30 minutes and are then billed by each source and/or by the hour. CONTACT US for pricing, estimate or quote.


COMMON VIDEOTAPE & DVD INFORMATION

Common VHS tape lengths & recording speeds

Tape label Tape length Rec. time (NTSC)
m ft SP LP EP/SLP
T-60 125.6 412 60 min (1 h) 120 min (2 h) 180 min (3 h)
T-90 185.9 610 90 min (1:30 h) 180 min (3 h) 270 min (4:30 h)
T-120 247.5 812 120 min (2 h) 240 min (4 h) 360 min (6 h)
T-160 327.7 1075 160 min (2:40 h) 320 min (5:20 h) 480 min (8 h)
T-180 368.8 1210 180 min (3 h) 360 min (6 h) 540 min (9 h)
T-200 408.0 1338 200 min (3:20 h) 400 min (6:40 h) 600 min (10 h)
 

Common VHS-C tape lengths & recording speeds

Tape label Rec. time (NTSC)
SP LP EP/SLP
T-10 10 min. 20 min 30 min
T-20 20 min.  40 min 60 min (1 h)
T-30 30 min. 60 min (1 h) 90 min (1.5h)
T-45 45 min.  90 min (1.5 h) 135 min
T-60 60 min.   120 min (2 h) 180 min (3 h)

 

Common Video8 & HI8 tape lengths & recording speeds

Tape label Tape length Rec. time (NTSC)
m ft SP LP
P or E 60 125.6 412 60 min (1 h) 120 min (2 h)
P or E 90 185.9 610 90 min (1:30 h) 180 min (3 h)
P or E 120 247.5 812 120 min (2 h) 240 min (4 h)

 

Common Digital 8 tape lengths & recording speeds - Records at 2 x speed

Tape label Tape length Rec. time (NTSC)
m ft SP
D60 125.6 412 30 min
D90 185.9 610 45 min
D120 247.5 812 60 min (1 h)
 

Common MINI-DV (Digital Video) tape lengths & recording speeds

Tape label Tape length Rec. time (NTSC)
m ft SP LP
DV60 125.6 412 60 min (1 h) 90 min
DV120 247.5 812 120 min (2 h) 180 min
DV180 368.8 1210 180 min (3 h) 270 min
 

Common BETAMAX tape lengths & recording speeds

Tape label Tape length Rec. time (NTSC)
m ft BETA I BETA II BETA III
L-60 125.6 412 60 min (1 h) 120 min (2 h) 180 min (3 h)
L-90 185.9 610 90 min (1:30 h) 180 min (3 h) 270 min (4:30 h)
L-120 247.5 812 120 min (2 h) 240 min (4 h) 360 min (6 h)
L-160 327.7 1075 160 min (2:40 h) 320 min (5:20 h) 480 min (8 h)
L-180 368.8 1210 180 min (3 h) 360 min (6 h) 540 min (9 h)
L-200 408.0 1338 200 min (3:20 h) 400 min (6:40 h) 600 min (10 h)

For help with professional tape format and lengths please contact us.

For International conversions of overseas (PAL/NTSC/SECAM) videotape or DVD click here

Interesting tidbit...HISTORY OF VINTAGE VCRs: http://www.totalrewind.org/mainhall.htm

MINI-DV TAPES: ORIGINAL RECORDING SPEEDS OF PAL MINI-DV TAPES: Our professional recorder/players can playback MINI-DV PAL tapes in SP Speed only. Mini-DV (NTSC) tapes recorded in LP or SP can be handled at our facility.

DVCAM & DVCPRO TAPES: ORIGINAL RECORDING SPEEDS OF NTSC or PAL DVCAM & DVCPRO VIDEOTAPE: Our professional DV recorder/players can only playback  (LARGE DVCAM FORMAT TAPES) in SP speed only. LARGE FORMAT DVCAM & DVCPRO AS WELL AS HD TAPES recorded in anything other then SP speed can not be handled at our facility. For best quality always record your tapes in the fastest speed only, SP (Slow Play).

VIDEOTAPE DIRECT TO DVD: When Recording to Mpeg-2 Hybrid  Variable Bit Rate (VBR files) encoding you can NOT edit these files on your computer. It is for viewing purpose only. If you need to edit your videotape please let us know and we can discuss your options.

OUR DVD RECORDERS are not the cheap ones you find at most stores. Our professional DVD recorders have an enhancement system which restores the quality of your videotapes during transfer and produces better quality than your original videotape. This means the DVD will look better than the original analog videotape!

Video & DVD Technical info

Copyright and adult material

Free Sample DVD


*SPECIAL VIDEO RESTORATION SERVICES

*VIDEO TAPE PHYSICAL RESTORATION

Dirt, dust, mold, damaged by being submerged in water as a result of a flood or disaster or has been exposed to other liquids or damaged caused by heat or high humidity, sticky-tape syndrome or heavy mold can be repaired depending on the tapes condition. There are several ways of restoring a tape and they should all be preformed by our professionals who have experience in dealing with problem tapes. Magnetic tape restoration can be defined as a process by which a video or audiotape, degraded by age, is temporarily or permanently transcribed to a playable condition and returned to its original state. The process is not meant to extend the tape's life, but to bring it back to a place where it can be played backed successfully and transferred to another media. The new master would be as faithful a reproduction of the original as possible without altering the quality. There are several options depending on the symptoms. We have cleaning machines that use tissue and fabric that has been found to be the safest, most-efficient way of cleaning a tape of chemical residue and debris. Sticky-tape syndrome, which occurs when a tape's binder layer begins to delaminate from the base material is the most difficult to restore. The process of bringing a tape back to a playable condition can be a complicated procedure. Tapes in this condition will not playback easily, if at all. If properly identified, these tapes can benefit from exposure to elevated temperatures (Baking) for several hours, which bakes the binder back onto the base material. This consolidation of binder and base stabilizes the tape system so that it can be played once while the information is copied on to a more stable format. Baking tapes is an extreme measure that irreversibly physically modifies the tape. The results from the baking process are not always successful. Depending on what is required to get a stable & clean picture & audio. Cost is on a per hour basis and would be calculated upon inspection of the videotape.

Discounts on volume.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR AN ESTIMATE OR PRICING


*PHYSICALLY DAMAGED BROKEN VIDEO TAPE

Physically damaged broken video tape. Tape damage can be as simple as the tape coming off of the spool to the casing being damaged after being dropped, crushed or melted. We can physically repair all formats of tape and then convert them to DVD or to a file format. Minimum charge per tape + cost of parts, if required.

Discounts on volume.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR AN ESTIMATE OR PRICING


*REMOVAL OF MACROVISION OR SCATTERVISION DURING CONVERSION

  VIDEOTAPE ENCODED WITH AN ANTI-COPYING PROCESS SUCH AS MACROVISION OR SCATTERVISION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL ATTENTION.  TMTV HAS THE ABILITY TO REMOVE THE ENCODING DURING MASTERING. Note: We will not copy any copyrighted material that is currently in print and available for purchase in the marketplace. Additional charges apply for Macrovision encoding removal. Cost is per tape or by the hour. SEE: COPYRIGHT MATERIAL

Discounts on volume.

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*VIDEOTAPE SIGNAL LOSS OR UNSTABLE IMAGES OF ANALOG VIDEOTAPES: DIGITAL RE-MASTERING OF ANALOG VIDEOTAPE. OPTIONS TO CONVERT TO DVD, BLU RAY DVD, AVI FILES & MP4 (H-264) HD FILES.

  We can eliminate picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback during conversion and insure a stable on-screen image through the use of dual-field full-frame reconstruction.  We can restore distorted or misshapen vertical and horizontal sync and color burst signals.  Our professional TBC (Multi-system Time Base Corrector/Frame Synchronizer ) have an integral Processing Amplifier allows the adjustment of Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Hue and Sharpness.  A Digital Comb Filter provides superior video signal decoding and the AGC (Automatic Gain Control) insures a proper one volt output signal from an input signal range of 0.5 to 2.0 volts. This process does not physically correct the tape problem, however corrects the tape during playback for conversion. Cost is per hour.

Discounts on volume.

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*REAL-TIME MOTION COMPENSATION VIDEO ARCHIVE PROCESSING

 A real-time restoration system with the ability to correct artifacts using motion compensation. Cleans up, fixes and stabilizes, in real-time, any video material that has deteriorated or been damaged, either by age or other factors. Typical material can be restored within two or three times its running length. And the end result is often better than when it was first shot. Depending on what is required to get a stable & clean picture & audio during conversion. This may not correct the issue for playback on other video machines at a later date. This process is for tape "conversion" to another format. Cost is on a per hour basis and would be calculated upon inspection of the videotape. Discounts on volume.

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DELIVERY (MEDIA) FORMAT OPTIONS FOR VIDEO TAPE CONVERSIONS: - ALL OUR MEDIA IS RIGOROUSLY TESTED BY OUR LAB TO MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE THE BEST QUALITY MEDIA

PORTABLE HARD DRIVE MEDIA - Files on external portable "plug and play" hard drives (high speed 3.0 USB).

 DELIVERY (MEDIA) FORMAT OPTIONS: ADDITIONAL COST TO THE CONVERSION

Once we have converted your videos, we record it onto your choice of media. When choosing your recording media, it is helpful to think of your video in terms of data. More data means more quantity. A hard drive stores the most data, which is why we highly recommend having your video converted to an uncompressed archival file format and those files placed on a portable hard drive. Saying that, you then need the computer and hardware to be able to handle the large files, the computer software and knowledge to be able to edit your films (if editing is desired) that gives you the freedom to rearrange scenes, and add titles and or music and then export to your desired viewable file or media. You should ALWAYS back-up your drive once received.

HARD DRIVE: For file storage. Are pre-formatted in NTFS (not Mac/Fat32 or EXFAT) on a portable, plug and play 3.0 Superspeed USB hard drive.

Our supplied Portable Hard Drives & Solid State Drives (SSD) all work with Windows« and Mac«.

PORTABLE Hard Drive (plug & play) Various sizes from 1TB to 5TB. When converting video tape to AVI files, the file are very large. If your project ends up with more than 116 GB of files then they must be placed on a portable hard drive or Solid State Drive (SSD). Estimated 4GB for each 20 minutes of video (12GB per hour) for uncompressed AVI files. For example; a one (1TB) drive can hold 84 hours of AVI files. You can also supply us with a portable external "plug & play" hard drive (USB 3.0) and we can upload the files directly to the hard drive. NOTE: Customer supplied media must meet our specifications for ANY file formats. Please contact us BEFORE sending or including your media with your order or read the information below.

IMPORTANT: Customer supplied NEW drives only: You may provide your own new portable hard drive, it must be: USB 3.0 "PLUG AND PLAY" PC compatible and currently formatted for NTFS with Mac drivers if you require Mac use. The drive must not require an external power AC source to make your drive operate...hence "Plug and Play". Your drive must have adequate space to hold your files. Good practice allows for 40% open headroom on all video drives. Attention: The reliability and integrity of client supplied drives is the SOLE responsibility of the client and will be subject to a file loading fee and there are no warranties associated with customer supplied drives other then what is provided by the drive manufacturer.

LOANER PORTABLE HARD DRIVE/S AVAILABLE (some restrictions apply): $200.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT REQUIRED if final payment made by anything other then a Credit Card.

TMTV will loan you a portable plug and play superspeed 3.0 hard drive containing your files so you don't need to pay the added expense of purchasing a hard drive (you only pay for the return shipping). The hard drive will be pre-formatted in NTFS (not Mac/Fat32) and will be a plug and play hard drive size from 500GB to 3TB. You would receive the Loaner Portable Hard Drive with your order and then you can download and copy the files to your computer or back-up hard drive. You would then return the Loaner Portable Hard Drive to TMTV. The hard drive must be shipped back within 5 days of receipt via; Expedited, Xpress Post or courier WITH a minimum $200.00 insurance policy provided by the courier and A TRACKING NUMBER. NOTE: If you fail to return the hard drive within a reasonable amount of time you would be charged for the hard drive. You will NOT be responsible for the loss or damage to the drive if returned by the above shipping methods. Loaner hard drive is subject to the customer paying all return shipping fees, including insurance and cover any additional transaction fees.

How To Safely Disconnect an External Drive from your Computer

Provides the steps necessary to safely remove an external drive from your computer:

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FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR INSTRUCTIONS: http://www.tmtv.net/USB_safety_eject_removal_of_USB_from_computer.htm


3.0 & 3.1 SUPERSPEED USB THUMB/FLASH DRIVE: (All flash drives can be pre-formatted in NTFS for PC or  EXFAT for MAC. We can deliver HD files or SD files on a portable USB 3.0 thumb drive. Contact us for current pricing for 16, 32, 64, 128GB or 256GB Flash Drives. We only provide high read & write speed flash drives.

SD CARDS (by special request):

8GB, 16GB,  32GB, 64GB, 128GB USB & SD cards are available for any "file" types.

SD CARDS, CLASS 10: HD & SD files can be placed on a SD card.

USB Flash Drives or SD Cards: Simply plug into the USB port or SD slot on your computer for easy transfer of the files to your computer for viewing & or editing. The Fastest and Easiest way to share files. Any computer with a USB port or SD slot can use either format of media above for instant file transfers.

OUR SUPPLIED MEDIA SUGGESTED: Thumb/Flash drives/sticks. When using these media storage products we use only the Best Possible Media required for fast transfer upload and download speeds and to avoid any errors in the files. The media we use includes; USB 3.0 (8X's the speed of USB 2.0) with a minimum write speed of 45Mbps & SD Card Class 10 with a speed of 300Mbps. All drives/Sticks are formatted NTFS. If you are MAX based please let us know and we will format the media in EXFAT. We can only use customer supplied NEW media if it meets our specifications.

AVI "RAW" LOSSLESS COMPRESSION TV BROADCAST VIDEO FILE SIZE FOR ARCHIVING AND EDITING (APPROXIMATE)

16GB can hold 75 minutes of AVI files (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

32GB can hold 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of AVI files  (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

64GB can hold 300 minutes (5 hours) of AVI files (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

128GB can hold 600 minutes (10 hours) of AVI files (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

MP4 File size of 1280 x 720 Hi-def for analog video such as VHS, VHS-C, SVHS, Video 8, Digital 8, Hi-8 and Betamax - These files are a great size for viewing and sharing.

Recorded in MP4 requires approximate 4.GB per hour @ 10MBPS, double the size if recorded at 20MBPS. (APPROXIMATE)

4GB can hold 1 hour of MP4 (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

8GB can hold 2 hours of MP4 (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

16GB can hold 4 hours of MP4 files (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

32GB can hold 8 hours of MP4 files (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

64GB can hold 16 hours of MP4 files (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

128GB can hold 32 hours of MP4 files (Call or e-mail for current pricing)

DVD ARCHIVAL MEDIA - Contrary to rumors and miss information... DVDs are not going anywhere. They currently last longer then any other storage media and are not susceptible to corruption such as hard drives, USB flash/thumb drives. ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTERS FOR THOSE SPECIAL MEMORIES... DVD will play on your DVD player or computer drive and is the longest lasting media available. Last longer than hard drives, thumb drives, memory sticks or ANY OTHER MEDIA. Best of all, it’s compatible with any DVD or Blu Ray player.

ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTER GOLD 4.7GB DVD - 24 KARAT GOLD PROFESSIONAL 100 YEAR ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTERING 4.7GB DVD-R WITH FULL PLASTIC BLACK CASE: A DVD-R can hold 2 hours or 120 minutes of video recorded at SP Speed.

BLU RAY ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTER DVD - 25GB HD DISC INCLUDES; disc Master, with direct to disc printing of your title information, soft poly Blu Ray plastic case with full clear sleeve. (MAX LENGTH IS 90 MINUTES AT THE BEST QUALITY).

TAPE MEDIA - by special request.

DIGITAL TAPE FORMATS:

HD Mini-DV, SD Mini-DV, SD DVCam all available in 16:9 or 4:3 format

HD MINI-DV (HDV 63 minute Pro master)

SD MINI-DV (SD 63 minute Advanced master)

DVCAM (30 to 120 minute master - no chip)

DVCAM (LARGE SIZE DV TAPE) ADVANCED MASTER 124 MINUTES: Includes; Advanced Master Quality tape, hard case & labels. DVCAM (Large size tape)

DVCPRO HD-LP (LARGE SIZE DV TAPE) 63 minute.

BETACAM SP TAPE:  30 Minute professional advanced master quality Betacam SP Fuji video tape, includes case: contact us for prices.


OPTIONS FOR DVD & BLU RAY MASTERS

VIDEO EDITING: COMBINING MORE THEN ONE VIDEO TAPE TO A DVD: We can combine  more than one video to a DVD or file. TITLES: adding "On Screen" titles & or end credits or at selected points on your program, add EFFECTS; such as colour & exposure correction, AUDIO LOSS OR LOW QUALITY AUDIO; boost low audio signals and enhance poor recorded audio on videotape.

DVD COPIES: From your ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION DVD MASTERS;  We can provide an exact duplicate (copy) from your DVD Archival masters and include; Disc, direct disc printing and clear poly case. Prices depend on length and quantity.

DVD SUB-MASTERS (ACCESS COPIES) FROM YOUR DVD ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTER: These are a duplicate from your original DVD ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTER and include; professional grade DVD-R, clear poly case or plastic case with full clear sleeve, ink jet printing direct onto the DVD. (are burned at 1x slow speed) they are considered as-good-as the DVD Master. Used for Archival back up storage or distribution for making copies.

FULL COLOUR CUSTOM PRINTING, DUPLICATION OR REPLICATION: INK JET LABEL OR THERMAL PRINTING FOR DVD MASTERS, SUB MASTERS (ACCESS COPIES) OR COPIES: SHORT RUNS from one, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 Discs or larger orders of 500 to 10,000+. Prices include: DVDs, CDs, Blu Rays duplicated & printed in FULL COLOUR/FULL COVERAGE printed @4800 dpi/ inkjet or thermal on High Quality Taiyo Yuden disks & case. (you can supply a photo or your art work on CD or by e-mail) and we can print it directly onto the DISC - Minimum charges apply for "custom" printing. Please see DVD copies

CUSTOM PACKAGING

Custom packaging from colour cases to full colour inserts, sleeves and discs.


SPECIAL REQUEST: WMM - WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER PROJECT FILES. These are converted from any video format for editing in Windows "movie maker" projects.

NTSC FORMAT AVAILABLE ONLY: Create WMM Windows Movie Maker project files - For editing in Windows Movie Maker only. You must have Windows Movie Maker installed on your computer to be able to edit your project.


COPYRIGHT MATERIAL

COPYRIGHT DOES NOT APPLY TO MATERIAL YOU OWN OR MATERIAL THAT IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. MATERIAL THAT YOU HAVE PURCHASED (AT A STORE) MAY BE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT & COPYRIGHT LAWS. IF YOUR MATERIAL IS NOT YOUR OWN AND STORE BOUGHT PLEASE READ: COPYRIGHT MATERIAL


RESOURCES

Video Space Calculator

https://www.digitalrebellion.com/webapps/videocalc

Video File Size Calculator (by format)

https://www.omnicalculator.com/other/video-size

QuickTime Movie File Format

The QuickTime movie file format, often abbreviated to QuickTime file, is a special file format that contains multiple tracks for storing different kinds of media. Don’t confuse this special movie file format with other files that are simply QuickTime-compatible formats. Examples of QuickTime-compatible file formats include AIFF, MP3, MPEG, WAVE, JPEG, and TIFF, just to name a few. A QuickTime movie file uses a .mov file extension.

DOWNLOADS FOR QUICKTIME: https://support.apple.com/downloads/quicktime


Find ANY COMPANY in North America that offers lower prices and the same quality of service on video to DVD, DV, AVI, MP4, ProRes, DNx and we will beat their price.

We will compete with any written quotation offering the same level of service & give you further discounts + RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS VALUED AT $700 OR MORE Find "ANY COMPANY in North America" that offers lower prices and the same quality of service on video to DVD, AVI or DV and we will beat their price.  Please supply us their estimate, quote or quotes by e-mail before submitting your order to our lab. If they truly offer equal quality of service at a lower regular listed price then we do, we will beat their price. Guaranteed! PLEASE READ "Lowest price guarantee"


Prices subject to change, please contact us for current pricing and an estimate by e-mail and or a physical inspection and quote when your order arrives.

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