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What Is High Def ?2020-09-21T00:42:54-04:00

High Def (HD)  – 1920×1080 – refers to the size of the image which is 1920 pixels in length and 1080 pixels in height to accommodate today’s televisions.  Prior to 2007 all camcorders captured video in Standard Def (SD) – 720 x 480.  We have the technology to transfer SD to HD which allows for the viewing of the video as a larger image.  HD files will play on today’s 4K/UHD TVs.

high definition size depiction
What if I’ve already had my film transferred?2021-08-12T14:34:05-04:00

Usually we prefer using the original because it will transfer at a higher quality with our high tech equipment.  If you still have the original 8/16/35mm film we recommend that you send us both versions. Once we review them, we’ll call you to discuss your options.

Can you fix damaged/broken film/videotape?2021-08-12T13:59:54-04:00

We can repair/splice most video and film. We can also transfer moldy video tapes.  We can’t however process material that is damaged beyond repair due to poor storage.

What format do you transfer my film/video into?2021-08-12T14:36:19-04:00

We create High Def MP4 files delivered on a flash drive. For the expert who wants to edit the raw film footage, we can provide AVI files.  DVD and BluRay discs are also available.

Should I transfer my material to DVD or flash drive?2021-08-12T14:37:09-04:00

The simple answer is flash drive.  Why?

DVD discs are going away and are not High Def.  We provide all film transfers in High Def on a flash drive which can be used on your PC as well as today’s TVs via USB ports.

We can still make DVDs.

Can you convert foreign or PAL tapes?2021-08-12T14:02:09-04:00

Yes we can convert PAL VHS and DVD.

How can I tell how many hours of tape I have?2021-08-12T14:38:59-04:00

You can find this information on our Video page.  This will be an estimate only.  Once we receive your material, we’ll  time out all your tapes and will call you with an actual time.

How can I tell how many feet of film are on my reels?2021-08-12T14:38:23-04:00

For reel sizes, corresponding film length in feet and viewing time for full reels see the table on our film page.

Can you capture original audio that’s on film?2021-08-12T14:34:43-04:00

Yes, we have the technology to capture original audio from S-8/16mm film

What formats can be converted?2022-12-27T14:40:52-05:00
  • Videotapes: VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Betacam, Betacam SP, Betacam SX, MPEG IMX. Digital Betacam, Umatic, DVCAM, DVCPRO, Hi-8, D-8, Reg8, Micro MV, MiniDV, Mini DVD, SD Card, Cell phone videos.  Conversion from PAL available in most formats.
  • Film: 8mm, Super-8mm, 16 mm & 35mm as well as Magi-cartridge.  Original sound on S-8/16/35mm can be transferred.
  • Photos/Slides: Up to 8” x 10” print (photos & documents), negatives & 35mm slides
  • Audio: Audio and Micro Cassettes, 78, 33 & 45 records

What is the best way to digitize?2021-08-12T14:05:38-04:00

Today’s technology gives you a lot of options when it comes to where to preserve your memories captured on old technology. Discs are going away.  We recommend converting everything to High Def (HD)  – 1920×1080 – which makes the image 1920 pixels in length and 1080 pixels in height to accommodate today’s televisions.  Prior to 2007, all camcorders captured video in Standard Def (SD) – 720 x 480.  We have the technology to transfer SD to HD which allows for the viewing of the video as a larger image on your TV and computer from a flash drive or external hard drive via USB ports.  You can also upload these files to your favorite platform such YouTube.  For those preferring discs, we can still make DVD or BluRay discs.

In similar fashion, audio files can be played using the same equipment as well as in your car.  CDs are also available.

The thing to remember is that if you want to preserve and be able to view all those old videos and movies collecting dust somewhere in your house, now is the time to do it – before the old technology media deteriorates to the point where they can no longer be transferred.  Any of the above options will not only allow you to view them today but to also preserve them for the future.

Call us if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to discuss the best options for you.

How do I pay?2020-08-16T14:05:29-04:00

Shipped Orders:

When your order is complete, we’ll e-mail you an invoice.  Payment can be made by phone.  You can pay with Visa/MasterCard/Discover/AmEx

In Store Orders:

WE DO NOT TAKE ANY PAYMENTS UP-FRONT. You pay when you pick up your completed order. You can pay with cash/check/Visa/MasterCard/Discover/AmEx

How does shipping work?2021-08-12T14:25:58-04:00

If you prefer to ship your material to us instead of bringing it in, we recommend that you use a service that offers tracking.  Once we receive it, we will call to confirm and go over your order with you.

In returning your order to you, we use delivery services with tracking – FedEx, UPS and/or Priority Mail by USPS.

Where do I send my order?2022-02-20T20:28:20-05:00

Ship your order to:

ARS Video Inc.
161 Northwest Ave.
Tallmadge OH 44278

What happens to the original material I send you?2021-08-12T14:37:51-04:00

We return all your original material when the order is completed.

How long does it take?2021-08-12T14:28:59-04:00

Under normal circumstances, it takes 2-4 weeks for an order to be processed. This may vary due to production volume and size of your order. We will advise you if your order is expected to take more than 4 weeks to complete.

How does it work?2020-08-16T14:09:21-04:00

You can either bring your materials to us or ship them.   Either way, we will give you an estimate before we process your order, including any quantity discounts that may apply.  When done, you can pick it up in person or pay by phone and have us ship it back to you.

We know how valuable your memories are.  Your materials are processed on location and are returned to you.

Is there any material you will not convert?2021-08-12T14:36:54-04:00

ARS Video will not convert adult material.

What is your policy regarding copyrighted material?2022-12-27T14:08:27-05:00

ARS Video does not make copies of copyrighted material.  We can however, provide a format conversion with written permission from the holder of the copyright, if the material is not available for purchase. We recommend that you check the internet for availability before you decide to have them converted. Also, there are copyrighted VHS videos with macrovision and DVD tapes with blocking feature that are not transferable.

How does your pricing work?2021-08-12T14:17:29-04:00

Our pricing is simple and fair with no hidden costs. When it comes to video/camcorder tape transfers, we don’t believe in charging you for TV or blank tapes. Our pricing is based on total hours of tape you have recorded AND includes a flash drive.  If you have 10 hours or more, you get a 10% discount.  For order of 25 hours or more, the discount is 25%.

For 8/16/35 mm film, our per foot pricing includes a flash drive, cleaning and splicing and appropriate background music.  We will not transfer and you will NOT pay for film that is all white or all black. A 20% discount will apply to order of 3,000 ft or more.

For photos and slides, quantity discounts are at 250 and 500 pieces.

Go to our pricing page to get an estimate.  Once we review your order, we will provide you with a precise amount for your approval.

Quantity discounts may not be combined with any other promotional discounts.

“Apples to apples” you get more value with ARS Video.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 844-353-2255

Where are orders processed?2021-08-12T14:19:21-04:00

All the work is done at our Tallmadge, Ohio location.

Is there a location where I can drop off/pick up my order?2023-06-27T12:09:55-04:00

If you live in the Akron or Northeast Ohio area, you can drop off your tapes, film and photos/slides at our Tallmadge location – 161 Northwest Avenue, Suite 101 – Tallmadge, Ohio 44278. Otherwise, send us your order from anywhere in the country and trust us to take very good care of it.

Why digitize?2020-08-16T14:50:59-04:00

The average life span of your video tapes is 15-20 years. Now is the time to convert all those videos you shot in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Film on reel (8/16/35mm) lasts longer depending on how they are stored. Water and humidity are its worst enemies. Slides and photos fade overtime.

Converting your old technology to digital format allows you to preserve your memories before they are lost forever. You owe it to your loved ones to preserve and pass on your history.

Why ARS Video?2020-08-16T14:53:26-04:00

As a family business we at ARS Video know all too well the value of your memories. They are irreplaceable. We have been preserving and helping you share your memories far longer than most of our competitors – since 1987. We treat your material as if our own. Excellent customer service and a quality end product have always been our priority. We have a team of well-trained technicians and stay on top of cutting edge technology. Furthermore, our pricing structure is simple and fair with no hidden costs.

While we run our operations as a high tech company, when it comes to our customers we operate as a family business.

From our family to yours, our commitment is full satisfaction.

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