Many VHS owners wonder if they are able to convert the Disney VHS tapes that they own to a DVD or MP4 format for easier storage or viewing ability. There are certain difficulties that arise around this, from legalities surrounding copyright protections, to physical deterrents that are placed within the VHS tape itself.
Regarding the legality of converting Disney VHS tapes, this can be quite tricky. Individual tape owners can typically only convert a Disney tape to DVD or MP4 format if they legally own that tape, the movie is out of production and not available for purchase in any alternative form, and they will not be distributed in any method. This is a very rare set of conditions, and as a result most of the time the truth is that the conversion of these tapes is most often legally prohibited.
Here at ARS Video, we are often asked if we can convert Disney tapes, and the ultimate answer is no, unfortunately, we cannot, due to these copyright restrictions. We are more than capable of converting any home-recorded videos that you may own, whether on VHS, 8MM, or any other camcorder tape. So, if you have any home-recorded videos that you need converted, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
What is Macrovision Copy Protection?
One of the reasons why you may have issues converting a Disney VHS cassette to a DVD is that there is something called Macrovision copy protection on the videotape. This is a major barrier that needs to be overcome without damaging the tape in the process.
Macrovision copy protection is the most common type of video protection in the world. When a tape is played on the video player, there is a signal that goes from the player to the television. Macrovision is used to insert pulses or spikes into the signal which may not be seen by the individual watching the tape. On the other hand, if a tape is actually copied to another file, then the spikes might render the film unwatchable.
Even though Macrovision will not actually stop you from obtaining a copy of the video, it may make the content unwatchable. This was inserted on VHS cassettes to prevent people from illegally pirating VHS tapes when this video format was popular. On the other hand, if you are simply trying to convert a VHS to a DVD, this may seem like an unnecessary barrier.
What is PAL Video?
PAL (Phase Alternating Line) was developed in Germany and is the analog TV color system used in Europe and compatible with European VHS and DVD players. Here in the US, we use NTSC (National Television Standards Committee.) These two formats are not compatible with each other so if you have a PAL tape or DVD, you need to have it converted to NTSC before you can use it in a player purchased in the US. If a relative form Europe sends you a VHS or DVD, chances are you won’t be able to view them on your players here. ARS Video has the equipment to make the necessary format conversion so you can enjoy them.
When purchasing Disney VHS or DVDs online, make sure that you are buying them in NTSC format. If you purchase them in PAL (of which there are many) you will not be able to view them on your players.
Get Professional Help with Your VHS Tape Conversions
If you are looking for help with your personal VHS cassette conversions, then we are here to help you. We are ARS Video, and we have an unparalleled level of experience when it comes to converting tapes to more modern video formats, such as a MP4 video files. We are going to work with you closely to make sure that we protect your memories and personal videos as we complete this process. Additionally, we will keep you updated every step of the way and will provide you with the original material back. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you convert your own personal tapes, please give us a call today! We would be happy to help you!