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What process do you use to transfer videotapes?
To protect against accidental erasure, all reocrd tabs are removed prior to the transfer process. All tapes are played in VCRs or camcorders designed to play that specific format. Output video is fed into standalone DVD recorders that feature high quality signal filtering, analog-to-digital conversion, and hardware MPEG-2 encoding.

How much video can I put onto a DVD?
Typically a single layer DVD-R disc will hold up to about 2 to 2.5 hours of good quality video. If your tapes have more than 2.5 hours they will be split onto multiple discs. Shorter tapes can be combined onto a single disc up to the 2.5 hour limit.

What kind of tapes do I have? How long do they run?
The chart below covers most videotape formats that we transfer that have been used within the last 30 years:

SPEED
SP
LP
SLP/EP
VIDEOTAPE TYPE      
convert VCR tape to DVDVHS T-120
2 hours
4 hours
6 hours
change a VCR tape to a CDVHS T-160
2 hrs. 40 min.
5 hrs. 20 min.
8 hours
turn a VCR tape into a CD or DVDVHS T-180
3 hours
6 hours
9 hours
VHS-C video tape to DVD or MP4VHS-C
30 minutes
1 hour
1 hr. 30 min.
8mm video tape to a CD DVD or MP48mm
2 hours
N/A
N/A
Hi-8 video tape to dvdHi-8mm
2 hours
N/A
N/A
Digital-8 video tape to dvdDigital-8mm
1 hour
N/A
N/A
miniDV video tape to dvdminiDV
1 hour
1 hr. 30 min.
N/A
mini digital video tape to CD or DVDmini DVCam
40 minutes
N/A
N/A
mini HDV 1080i 720p video tape to DVD Mp4 or DVDmini HDV (1080i and 720p)
1 hour
N/A
N/A
full size DV to dvdFull Size DV
2-3 Hours
N/A
N/A
full size DVCam to dvdFull Size DVCam
2-3 Hours
N/A
N/A
full size HDV 1080i 720p to dvdFull Size HDV (720p)
2-3 Hours
N/A
N/A
3/4" u-matic video tape to dvd3/4" U-Matic Small
20 minutes
N/A
N/A
3/4" U-matic large video tape to DVD3/4" U-Matic Large
1 hour
N/A
N/A
Betamax L500 video tape to DVDBetamax L500
1 hour
2 hours
3 hours
Betamax L750 video tape to DVDBetamax L750
1 hr. 30 min.
3 hours
4 hrs. 30 min.

What is the cost of converting videotape to DVD?
Our pricing is based on the number of original tapes regardless of how they are combined. We have several levels depending on the quantity you bring in. You canFor more information view our video transfer pricing page. We also have additional discounts for high volume transfers.

How long does it take?
Our typical turnaround time for most jobs is 1 to 2 weeks depending on the size of the job. Larger jobs may take a little longer. Smaller jobs may only take a day or two. If you have a specific deadline please let us know and we will do our best to make sure your transfers are ready when you need them. Note that during the holiday season we tend to get very busy so if you are looking to have your videotapes transferred in time for Christmas we recommend getting them to us as soon as possible, but if we receive them by early to mid December we can usually have them ready in time.

My tapes are old. Are they still viewable? Can they break during the transfer process?
What will the quality be like?

Magnetic tape typically has a life of about 25-30 years, sometimes more, sometimes less. The DVD transfer process is designed to be "transparent"; that is, what you see on the disc will reflect what the original tape shows. Our goal is to get your tapes to play back in the best possible manner during the transfer process. Note that older tapes may begin to show signs of signal degradation in the form of tracking problems or unstable video, but in our experience 99% of the time videotape playback is stable enough for good quality transfers.

Will I get my tapes back?
All original materials are returned to the customer along with the finshed DVD(s) or other digital media.

Can you convert tapes recorded in another country?
We have the ability to transfer PAL format tapes (found primarily in Europe) in both VHS and 8mm/Hi8 formats. We can also transfer content from PAL-formatted DVD disc to standard NTSC (U.S.) DVDs. We can also convert SECAM VHS tapes.

I want to edit my videos on my home computer. Can I do this from the finished DVDs?
Most consumer editing programs will not be able to read the file structure from a DVD. There are some third party software applications such as Handbrake which allow your transferred DVDs to be converted into other file formats that can then be imported into various editing software applications. Another option is to have us transfer your files directly to an external USB drive in AVI or Quicktime format which are almost universally accepted formats in most editing applications. The file size for this option generally runs about 12-13 GB per hour of video. We can also create more compressed versions as MP4 and Windows Media (WMV) files. The quality of these files is similar to that of a DVD and will be able to fit onto a DVD disc as data. These fomats are accepted by a number of popular programs as well but require more processing power to decompress during the edit process.

I need additional copies of my finished DVD. Can I make them myself?
Our discs are not copy protected so you are free to make your own copies. If you yould like to order extra copies from us they are only $5 each for a single disc (up to 2. 5 hours of video), $8 per 2-disc set (up to 5 hours of video), or $10 each for a 3-disc set (up to 7.5 hours of video).

Do you keep backups of transferred DVDs?
Because we use standalone recorders we do not normally archive DVD transfers. If you would like us to keep a backup copy of your transfers at our location the cost would be $5 per disc.

I want to ship my videotapes to you. What is the best way to do this?
We recommend using any shipping service that provides package tracking. This includes UPS, Federal Express, or The U.S. Postal Service (if you select any service that includes "Delivery Confirmation"). Our address is:

Goodheart Media Services
171 Route 27
Raymond, NH 03077

When shipping to us please be sure to fill out and include our Video Transfer Order Form.

How to I make payment?
We accept cash, checks, or any major credit card. For customers physically dropping materials off to us, payment is required upon pickup. For mail order customers, payment can be sent along with your order in the form of a check or we will contact you for credit card information prior to shipping your finished projects back to you. For qualifying businesses, municipalities, or non-profit groups we can also set up net 30 invoicing. You can use the form below to send in with your order.

 

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