Prices are for common consumer SD formats only. Up to 120 minutes per tape.
Digital files are MP4 format which will work on PC, Mac, and Smart TVs.
Tapes over 120 minutes will incur an additional charge.
File names and disc prints will be based on labels on originals.
Small orders can be completed in two to three business days.
For estimating only. Other prices may vary. Sales tax and return shipping not included.
Transfer Your Video Tapes to Digital File or DVD
Video tapes deteriorate over the years. Don't lose your video memories!
The Conversion Basics
Conversion of many types of tapes
Free custom DVD printing
Custom file names based on media
Combining of tapes on DVD at a discount
For 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
Place order 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Public Library is using MVP film, tape, and slide conversion services in order to provide access to content on out of date or difficult to use formats.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)
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
DVDs are the easiest way to watch and physically store your memories. Simply pop your disc in your player or computer, and you can enjoy those memories! However, Video DVDs were not designed as a single file. You can't copy a file off a Video DVD and expect it to work on your computer. If that's your goal, you should choose an MP4 video file instead. MP4 files are great for preserving videos digitally and gives you the ability to share videos online. These files will work on a PC, Mac, and Smart TVs. MP4 files also allow you to edit your footage to create new memories from old videos!
A DVD will hold up to 120 minutes of content (standard quality). Though it is possible to get more than 2 hours on a DVD, the quality will decrease significantly. We recommend splitting longer tapes onto separate DVDs.
Yes. Since we time all your tapes, we know which ones can be combined. This will save you money. When we combine tapes to a DVD, we discount the price of the additional tapes to $9 each (a $3.95 savings each). The total time must be no more than two hours.
Sure! DVD duplications cost less than creating the originals. Each DVD will be printed with your desired title. We can also make copies of your files on USB drives. Just let us know how many total DVDs or drives you need.
In general, a two-hour video will require about 4GB of space. This can vary depending on your video content and how long the tapes are. Typically, VHS and 8mm video tapes when full are about two hours.
There are two options. You can choose a USB thumb drive or Digital Download. For the USB drive, we will copy your files to the drive and return it along with your media. If you prefer the Digital Download, we will upload your files to a secure location and email you a private link so you can download them to your computer. This link is temporary, so be sure to save them to your personal storage.
If you are able to locate the section you want and tell us the approximate start and end times, we can convert just that portion. Though not as precise as editing, this is a good way to get just want you want. If you aren't able to give us specific times, we can still help but there may be an additional charge.
Though there are many formats, the most common are VHS, 8mm, Hi8, VHS-C, MiniDV, and Digital8. Other consumer formats include SVHS and Betamax. You don't need to worry about which format is what though. When we receive your tapes, we will be happy to give you an estimate for your conversions.