Do you remember how your grandmother’s voice sounded? Or that hearty, deep laugh of your grandfather? We know you probably have old VHS and other kinds of analog tapes laying around that have captured moments like this. Contrary to public belief, it is actually quite easy to convert video tape to DVD.
We talk all the time about the precious one-of-a-kind memories found in slides, negatives and prints but lets not forget about the videos you have laying around your house. You can pick up an album and look at prints any time but as the years go on, it becomes harder and harder to find working technology to play VHS or even MiniDV tapes.
Every time you play a VHS tape in an old player, you are taking a risk that the player could malfunction and eat the tape - what an awful idea! Not to worry though - you have options. You can still revive your memories by converting your video tape to DVD. Better yet - leave it to the professionals. Scanning services have the equipment, the fully trained technicians and know how to get the job done. You’ll be able to keep your original copies AND re-live past memories on DVD.
What video formats do scanning services convert?
Depending on the scanning service you use, you’ll find that most types of analog video are supported and if you don’t see your desired format listed, we recommend contacting the service directly. For example, FotoBridge converts VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, BetaMax, Video 8, Hi8, Digital-8, and MiniDV tapes with flat rate fees. We also invite our customers to contact us if their preferred method isn’t listed - we are sometimes able to make exceptions for less common requests. You can see our pricing broken down here.
What is included in video tape to DVD packages?
At FotoBridge, the video tape packages include professional, high-quality digital capture of two hours on VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, BetaMax, Video8, Digital8, Hi8, and MiniDV Tapes. We also feature audio capture and enhancement - we’re passionate about making the voices sounds just like you remember. The DVDs we provide are playable on virtually all commercially available DVD Players. You also have the option to upgrade to our platinum package which includes a 320GB -2TB hard drive. The hard drive contains uncompressed AVI files suitable for editing and further modification either directly from the included 320GB-2TB Hard Drive or from transferring the files to your PC.
How should I package and ship my videos?
So now you’re wondering about the most important step - how can I get started on having my video tapes converted?! Like our advice for slide, negatives, and prints, we suggest you group and organize by type (VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, BetaMax, Video 8, Hi8, Digital-8, and MiniDV) and number in the sequence how you would like your memories to appear on DVD/Drive. Scanning services, like FotoBridge, will then be able to seamlessly start the process of converting your memories to digital.
It IS possible to re-live memories from your past - and converting video tape to dvd is not as scary as it seems. Scanning services can take care of this process for you. They will convert formats such as VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, BetaMax, Video 8, Hi8, Digital-8, and MiniDV tapes. All you need to do is organize, pack and ship them securely and let a scanning service take care of the rest!
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