mini dv film for conversion

If you have memories recorded on video stored in your home, you may want to take measures to protect these irreplaceable memories. Your home videos make the best gift, memories, they deserve to be protected for posterity. There are multiple formats for these old videos, and you may have something called a MiniDV. This was a popular video format a while back, but it is time to invest in a miniDV conversion service that can help you take care of these videos. If you are looking for a video transfer service that upscales your video to High Definition, it would be our pleasure to help you. Learn more about how mini-DV conversion works below!

What Is a Mini DV Format?

Digital Video Cassettes (DVC) were a popular Digital Video (DV) format during the late 1990s. Rather than lower quality analog recording, it recorded digitally on a ¼’’ magnetic tape. The tapes cam in four sizes, with smallest called MiniDV. By the mid-2000s, this was one of the most popular options available for home recordings and hobbyists. They occupied a time slot in recording history after VHS and Hi-8 videos, but before file-based digital camcorders became popular. All the tape-based videos have a limited life, as humidity gets into the tape causing “Sticky Shed Syndrome.” Once this happens, the recordings are lost. While they retain their images well, you need to protect them by moving them to a High Definition digital file format.

Why Should You Convert Your Mini DV to a Digital File Format?

There are several reasons why you need to take your old videos, including mini-DV recordings, and convert them to a digital format. First, they are more than likely taking up a bunch of space in your home, and you may enjoy reclaiming the storage space. Second, they can deteriorate quickly, running the risk of you losing the footage forever. Finally, you will likely want to upgrade them for today’s High Def TVs and computers when share them with family members. That way, you can get the most out of the home recordings and memories. For these reasons, you should let us convert your videos into a digital format for you.

How Does The Conversion Process Work?

Our technicians are going to go through your miniDV video tape by hand to inspect them for damage and determine how much video is on the tape.

We then add up the hours (30 minute minimum per tape) and determine your quantity discount – 10% off if you have 10-24 hours and 25% off if you have 25+ hours.

You are contacted with the price for your approval before we begin.

The conversion process is done with high end professional equipment. To get technical the video signal is run via SDI through equipment that upscales it to 1920 x 1080P 29.97 MP4 files for TVs and 1920 x 1080P 59.94 MOV for editors. The 4×3 aspect ratio is maintained with pillars.  The transfers are being used by NASA, USAF and documentaries on Netflix to brag a bit.

The files are named based on the tape label, put onto a USB Flash Drive (included in the price), and backed up here in case you need a copy in the future. When you put the Flash Drive into your TV or PC you will see a list of each MiniDV tape. You can navigate to the one you want to watch, and press enter to play it.

The files are internet friendly and can be uploaded to YouTube, Google Drive or your Cloud service for streaming.  You can also make your own copies.

You will be contacted when we have completed the transfer for final payment. All your original tapes and the USB Flash Drive with all the video files will be shipped to you. We can still make DVDs and Blu-Ray discs if someone would prefer those.

Why Trust Us To Convert Your Videos For You?

There are a few reasons why you should trust us to convert your mini-DV format for you. First, we are a 36+ year old family business and we answer our phones. Second, we provide the best quality for a fair price. Finally, we stand behind our work, check out our reviews.

We are a national company that receives video tapes and film from all across the country, if you ship an order, please include your contact information and we will call or text you as soon as it arrives. Also, make sure there is tracking on the package as there has not been anything lost with tracking or drop off you tapes at our Tallmadge, Ohio office!

Contact ARS Video Today for the Best Mini DV to Digital Conversion Service!

If you are looking for the best miniDV conversion services available, then rely on us to help you. At ARS Video, we always place the needs of our clients first, and we will do the same for you. When we are done, you will have a phenomenal digital copy of your video footage along with the original mini-DV. Contact us today to speak to a member of our team!