Video Tapes to Digital Files, DVD

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Transfer Your Video Tapes to Digital File or DVD



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The Conversion Basics

  • Conversion of many types of video tapes
  • Free custom DVD printing
  • Custom file names based on media
  • Combining of tapes on DVD at a discount
  • For video files, get them on a USB drive or via Digital Download
  • DVDs have chapters every five minutes
  • Digital video files can be copied and edited
  • Additional copies available
  • Orders can be placed in person or by mail
  • No pre-payment required
  • Quick turnaround times



"The Indianapolis Public Library is using MVP film, tape, and slide conversion services in order to provide access to content on out of date or difficult to use formats. MVP is very professional, does good work, and delivers on promises. They currently have about 400 VHS, Betacam, cassettes, DAT, audio reels, records, film reels, and slides they are converting over the course of the year. They are one of my go to vendors now. Highly recommend."

- Meaghan F. (Yelp)

5 Stars




THE TAPES (VHS, 8mm, VHS-C, MiniDV, more)

There are so many different types of video tapes. Many are common formats you probably know. However, there are several other types that had some level of popularity back in their time in the sun. Don't worry about what type of tapes you may have. When we see your videos, we will be happy to evaluate what you have an provide you with an estimate for your project.

THE CONVERSION

We understand how important memories are. First, we start by timing your tapes. This allows you the option of combining shorter tapes onto one DVD. We even offer a discount for combining (if you choose)! Next, we capture your video to digital. Our goal is to convert your videos with the best quality possible. For your final video, you can choose DVD or video file (MP4), to allow you to enjoy the video memories you may not have seen in decades. DVDs will be custom-printed and video files will be named based on your originals or notes you provide.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Conversion work is done here in our office. Whether you come into our office or mail us your order, the people you speak to (or email) will be the same people working on your DVDs, so feel free to ask questions.
  • We will convert any size order, whether you have one tape or hundreds.
  • We will give you an estimated completion date. Often for small orders, we can complete it within a few business days.
  • Got a deadline? Let us know when you need it and we will do whatever we can to meet your schedule.




Common Consumer Video Formats

VHS Video Tape
VHS

The T-120 VHS tape was most commonly used for home recording in a VCR. VHS tapes typically were 120 minutes long when full (SP speed). However, there are also LP and EP recording speeds which last 4 and 6 hours respectively. Later, longer VHS tapes were made that were 160 and 180 minutes in SP.

8mm / Hi8 Video Tape
8mm Video Tape

Designed for camcorder use, 8mm and Hi8 cassettes are usually 120 minutes when full. There was an LP recording speed which made the tape 4 hours, but that is much less common. The cassette is about the size of a deck of playing cards. Hi8 tapes were the second generation of this format with improved resolution.

VHS-C Video Tape
VHS-C

The little brother to VHS, VHS-C tapes were designed for camcorders. It is the same video tape, but in a smaller shell. VHS-C had the benefit of fitting into an adapter that would allow playback in a VCR. Standard recording lengths were 30 minutes, but the EP speed allowed for 90 minutes.

MiniDV Video Tape
MiniDV

MiniDV tapes are digital and took the video quality way beyond its analog predecessors. The cassette itself is about the size of a Tic Tac candy box. Standard MiniDV tapes last 60 minutes in SP and 90 minutes in LP.

Digital8 Video Tape
Digital8

This digital version of 8mm video tapes had the same cassette size, however the camcorder was different. Like MiniDV, Digital8 made is older analog formats jealous of its image quality. Digital8 tapes were 60 minutes when full.

MiniDVD Disc
MiniDVD Disc

This handy little DVD is only 3.15 inches in diameter. It fits directly into the camcorder and could record up to 30 minutes. The discs had to be "finalized" before they were compatible with standard DVD players. There are also two-sided MiniDVD Discs and DVD-Ram discs which look similar.



Repair of Video Tapes and Audio Cassettes

Got a broken tape? We can repair it.
Video tape repair

Broken tapes are like lost memories. You think you know what's on them, but can't view them or listen to them. Don't let those old analog memories disappear! Whether it's a broken VHS tape or an audio cassette that just won't play, we can repair it and convert it to a digital format.

We can repair your tapes: VHS, 8mm, MiniDV, Betamax, VHS-C video tapes and many more. Whether the tape itself is broken and needs to be spliced, or you have a broken outer shell, we can repair your tape to get it working again. We can also "bake" tapes. Some tapes have playback issues due to stickiness. We can "bake" video and audio tapes to improve the ability to play them.

Bring us your tapes and we will give you an estimate for your repairs.





Video to Digital

FAQs

Should I have my videos converted to DVD or a Video File?
How much video will fit on a DVD?
Can you combine tapes to one DVD?
Can I get extra copies after conversion?
How much space is required for a video file?
How will you organize my video files?
How do I get the video files back?
Some of my tapes are not labeled. What do I do about those?
I only want a section of my video converted. What about that?
I'm not sure what kind of tapes I have. What are the most common types?
Can you copy a movie that I purchased?