If you have a lot of home videos on VHS, VHS-C, or Hi-8 camcorder tapes, you probably would like to make sure they are preserved. At the same time, as technology advances, those VHS tapes are probably not going to last forever. As a result, you may be looking for a way to convert them into a format that will last for posterity. That is for converting your home videos to DVDs can be helpful because they become digital and do not degrade. Unfortunately, disks are going away. The new format is the Flash Drive or Jump Drive that plays on your TV as well as your computer. If you are thinking about having your home videos converted into a digital format, then it is important for you to understand how this process works. Take a look at some of the helpful information that we have put together below!
Can I Have my VHS Tapes Converted to DVD Format?
If you are thinking about having your VHS tapes converted to a DVD format, there are several options at your disposal. One of the easiest options would be to get a DVD recorder that does this for you. You stick your VHS cassette in one slot while your blank DVD goes in another slot. After this, the machine will take the footage from your VHS cassette and convert it to a digital MPG2 format. Be sure to Finalize the DVD so that it can be played on other DVD players. Even though this may be the fastest option, it will not provide you with the best result. The quality of the DVD footage remains Standard Definition while today’s TVs are High Definition and 4K. Also, the recording device itself is becoming hard to find and expensive.
Another option might involve using your computer to convert your VHS, VHS-C or Hi-8 cassette to a DVD format. The major advantage of using a computer to do this is that you will be able to edit the footage on your computer. For example, you may be able to store your files as separate clips, allowing you to rearrange the footage, edit the quality, and make sure that it looks the way you want it to. You will need a VCR preferably with S-Video output to USB converter with S-Video input. An RCA cable will also work but S-Video is better. Then, you are going to install the software for the converter. Be sure your computer has the minimum requirement as stated by the manufacturer. Then, plug your VCR into the adapter and the adapter into a USB port on the computer. If your computer does not have the necessary drivers to convert the footage for you, you can download them from the manufacturer’s web site. Remember that a VCR is an older device, which means that your computer might not recognize it. Again, in the end you will have Standard Definition video not High Definition.
Finally, another option at your disposal is to use a professional service. If you are thinking about purchasing the equipment you need to convert your VHS, VHS-C, Hi-8, Betamax, MiniDV cassettes or MiniDVDs to today’s digital formats in High Definition, it may not be worth the investment to do this. In contrast, there are specialists who do this constantly, have the best equipment, and will be able to provide you with the best result. You simply need to find the right service.
Where Can I Go to Do This?
There are plenty of places that you can go to have professionals convert your VHS cassette to a digital format. At the same time, you want to make sure that the person you are hiring does a good job. After all, your home videos are irreplaceable precious memories. For example, a lot of big-box retail stores have a central processing site where they send your order. Other large operations do not provide a personal experience – read the reviews. They are not going to provide your memories with the personal touch, care, and attention they deserve – read our reviews.
That is where we can help. Since 1987, we at ARS Video have an unparalleled level of experience when it comes to converting VHS cassettes to DVD and now Flash Drives with High Definition files. Some of the main advantages that you are going to enjoy if you decide to partner with us include:
Personalized Care: We take the time to listen to the needs of all of our clients before we get started. We want to make sure that we understand exactly what your whole memories include, any special handling and instructions, and how you want it to be shared with your family. Furthermore, we understand that the original footage is incredibly important to you. Therefore, we will treat them as if they were our own and return them to you when we have completed your order.
Quality Results: In addition, we also make sure that we deliver quality results to you. Your Standard Definition VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Hi-8, and MiniDV video tapes will be Upscaled to High Definition for today’s TVs and computers. We know that you want to be able to watch the footage regularly when we are finished with it. Furthermore, we also know that you want the quality to be improved. We will work with you every step of the way to try to make it happen.
Transparency: We will time out your tapes and call you with an estimate for your approval including quantity discounts before we start to process your order. We will call if we have any questions and when the transfer is complete. We want you to understand exactly what is going on and when you are going to get your material back.
Price: Finally, we know that you have a budget for a project like this. We will be upfront and honest with you when it comes to the cost and we will make sure that you get your money’s worth out of this process. We are fair.
These are just a few of the many benefits that you will enjoy if you decide to partner with us. At ARS Video, we always place the needs of our clients first. Contact us today to learn more about our video conversion services!
How Much Does It Cost to Have Tapes Converted?
Of course, we understand that you want to know exactly how much it is going to cost to have your VHS cassettes as well as any other video tapes converted to DVD or Flash Drive. Remember, the files on a Flash Drive are High Definition and the DVD is not.
The basic price is $19 per hour of recorded material. There is a half hour minimum for each tape. You will not be charged for blank tapes and we will not transfer TV or Hollywood movies. There are quantity discounts available for orders over 10 hours and 25 hours. If the tapes are damaged or moldy we can usually save them.
If you do not have a way to view your material, let us review it and call you with an estimate.