Why bother transferring my old footage?
Tape and film based media suffer from signal loss and advances in video technology. Each time a video is played, the tape is dragged across magnetic heads in the player, causing damage to the film and to the signal stored on that tape. Film reels are subjected to intense mechanical and thermal stresses each time they are viewed. Time itself will also cause quality loss. Tape slowly loses its magnetic charge and film is suceptible to mildew and brittleing. Once your footage has degraded beyond a certain point, it is impossible to get it back.
DVDs do not store their data magnetically and digital video will not lose quality over time. Tape based media is becoming harder to support as the current technology focuses on DVD and high definition formats such as Blu-ray. Transferring to DVD is a critical step towards ensuring your footage can be played in the years to come.
Special Occasion? Wedding? Birthday? Vacation?
What better way to preserve your special event than by putting it on DVD? Enhance your footage with chapters, slide shows and more. Let us transform your special occasion into an entertaining and professional production that you will enjoy for years to come.
How do I prepare my old footage for transfer?
The more organized your video is, the better. Video should be clearly labeled with events and dates. We can work with you as we review your footage to title and special events.
What formats do you transfer?
If you don't see your format listed below, contact us and we will work with you to get it preserved.
VHS (NTSC & PAL)
Super 8 Reels (including magnetic audio)
16mm Reels (including optical audio)
Digital Video Files
Professional formats including U-Matic, DV, & DVCAM
Video to DVD
Let us transfer your home movies straight to DVD.
Custom main menu with client provided music
Custom DVD chapter points
Custom color printed disc label
Custom color cover with personalized chapter titles and client provided pictures
* We strongly recommend at least one copy to safeguard your footage from accidental loss or damage.
Transfer to Digital Files
Are you a budding film editor or a seasoned video professional? Let us capture your footage and provide you with the raw digital files so you can create your own blockbuster. Due to the large file sizes associated with digital video, we ask clients to provide thier own storage media (an external hard drive works best)
Choice of file and compression type (we recommend DV AVI using the Canopus HQ codec)
Digital Files transferred to Client provided external storage (Hard Drive preferred)
$15 / hour of footage
$0.25 / minute after the first hour
$0.10 / foot of reel footage (additional $5 / 50' of Super 8 audio)
Need to put together a special project for that big occasion? Need help promoting your business with a custom video? Have something in mind that doens't fall into the above categories? We can help! Schedule a meeting today to talk over your ideas!
$75 / hour labor rate
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