Did you know we also transfer old film.
For information on Super 8, Regular 8, 9.5mm and 16mm film conversions in full HD go to our film conversion page by following this link.
Video to Digital
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Video to digital conversions depends on whether you are wanting to edit, view or archive your footage. The first step is to determine what your end result is going to be.
Editing or Archiving:
If you are going to be editing the material you will need to determine what file type best suits your editing application. Rule of thumb, AVI for PC’s, MOV (QuickTime) for MAC’s. These file types are very large and maintain their quality. Most commercially available editing applications support either or both file types. Compressed files such as MP4 can be rendered from the edited master files. We offer a video editing service – click here to get more information.
Uploading or sharing:
If it’s for uploading to websites, hosting on You Tube or sharing via FTP services such as dropbox, we suggest converting to MP4. This file type is highly compressed and thus relatively small while still maintaining decent quality. There is always a trade off, as size decreases so does quality. MP4 is probably one of the more common file types and is supported by both Windows and Mac operating systems. VLC Player works well on both platforms and plays most file types.
Are all MP4 files created equal? No, it has become evident that certain companies use the double compression technique. A DVD is created in MPEG 2 and then re-compressed or RIPPED to make MP4 files.
We use the “direct from source” method where we capture the video in the best possible file format (usually AVI) and then render a MP4 file from it. This results in a far superior output file.
There are limitations and technical issues with MP4 files and smart devices, please read our post on MP4 files for more information.
The Capture process:
We use a mix of domestic and industrial playback decks with sophisticated AV processing and calibration equipment to ensure optimum quality. All video signals are calibrated to ensure correct video, chroma and black levels. Audio signals are conditioned with audio signal compression and equalization equipment. We use AVID and Blackmagic video capture devices and editing software to capture, edit and render the various digital file types.
Approximate file sizes:
- 13gb per hour for AVI or QuickTime (DV Codec).
- 2GB per hour for MP4 H264 codec
- 70 GB per hour for AVI Uncompressed YUV or RGB 8 or 10 bit
We will need an external hard drive or flash drive to copy the files. You are welcome to supply your own. In this case it should have sufficient space and be formatted as NTFS, exFAT or MAC. FAT32 limits file size to 4GB so is not suitable for files larger than 4GB. We would be happy to supply a suitable hard drive for you, visit our media sales page.
If you are unsure please call us to discuss, we can help you determine what file would be best for your application.
What will it cost?
Our rate for video to digital file is $50.00 per hour of footage. The rate is calculated by summing the minute count from each tape and rounding up to the nearest hour. For example, 2 x 55 minute tapes = 110 minutes, rounded to 2 hours ($100.00)
We will upload your files to you via dropbox (our default) or any other file transfer service of your choice, please note that this is a transfer service not a long term storage solution, please ensure you take appropriate measures to protect your data. We do not charge for upload of files if we are converting your tapes.
Unsure what’s on your tapes?
We have a viewing facility where you can view your tapes. Call us to arrange a viewing time.
We can transfer any of the following video formats:
- VHS C
- Betamax (PAL)
- Video 8
- Digital 8
- Mini DV (HDV is considered a pro format)
- Mini DVD – Finalized or not (subject to data recovery fee in the case of un-finalized DVD’s)
- NTSC > PAL > NTSC – If required, no additional charge for standards conversion.
Please read our Data Backup page for information on how to ensure your valuable data is backed up. We have a limit of liability with respect to data loss.
We do not charge labour charges for cassette repair or cleaning if we are converting your tapes. Moldy tapes are no problem, we will clean and treat the tapes prior to the conversion process. The only instance where a charge will apply is if the cassette casings need replacement. We will quote accordingly. Visit our tape and cassette repair page for more information.
Read this post on our tape cleaning process.
Mini DVD: In most cases we can recover files from Mini DVD’s whether they are finalized or not. In the case of un-finalized Mini DVD’s there is a data recovery fee applicable, we will assess your discs and advise accordingly.
Another option? Click here to go to our video to DVD page
Do you have smartphone video clips that you want converted? Click here to go to our smartphone video page.
Do you have old cameras or video equipment? Talk to us about trading your old equipment for credits on your video transfer. Any equipment, any state any age will be considered.
Call us on 09 320 3586 if you need any additional information.
All prices in NZ$