VHS to DVD Vancouver

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We convert, transfer and digitize all the media types listed below. Media types listed under Destination Media Types are our recommendation for data accessibility, durability and editing, as the case may be.

Source Media Types

VHS

VHS Tapes are what most of our customers bring us for conversion to digital format.  While most of the tapes we receive for transfer are in pretty good condition, more and more we are seeing poor quality tapes come in.  This is why you may want to consider getting your VHS tapes transferred, sooner rather than later.

VHS-C

VHS-C tapes are the same technology as VHS, just in a smaller case.  These are about one quarter of the size of a regular VHS tape.  VHS-C tapes were used to record in VHS camcorders, and could be played back by using an adapter that would fit into a regular VCR.

S-VHS

S-VHS, or Super-VHS was a technology that used the same size and type of tapes as VHS, but with better resolution, or a clearer picture.  If you have S-VHS tapes, don't worry, we have S-VHS machines to play them back so that the extra quality over VHS will not be lost.

Video8

Video8 tapes are smaller than even VHS-C tapes, and are newer technology.  The tapes are about 2 inches by 3 inches, and usually have an inverted "8" inside a square.  Video8 have video quality comparable to VHS and VHS-C, but superior audio.  They were also popularized because they were smaller than their VHS-C counterparts, and so were the cameras.

Hi8

The Hi8 format used the same cassette as Video8, but with a higher quality tape.  Just as Video8 was a smaller VHS, Hi8 was introduced to compete with S-VHS.  These tapes have a very nice quality picture and sound, but are still analog tapes, and should be transferred to digital media.

Digital8

Digital8 video uses the same tapes again as Video8 and Hi8, but gets a much better quality signal by running the tape at twice the speed of a Hi8 tape.  Video8 and MiniDV are effectively the same video format (DV) recorded on different tapes.  The video and sound quality on these tapes is as good as DVD, but of course it is much easier to access video stored on a DVD than on a Digital8 tape.

MiniDV

MiniDV tapes are high-quality digital video (DV) tapes, and are appropriate for archiving video from any of the sources listed above.  The problem with these tapes is that the players for them are not nearly as common as DVDs, and that's why many of our customers want them converted to DVDs.  We are able to transfer MiniDV tapes formatted in PAL or NTSC.

Computer Files

There are several different formats for video on computers -- too many to list here.  But generally, if you have a computer file that you would like to put on video media, we can do it.  Not only are we video experts, but we are also computer experts.  Give us a call if you have questions about computer video files.

DVCAM

DVCAM is a professional version of DV which Sony introduced in 1996.  This format features audio lock, to prevent audio synchronization drift and runs tape 50% faster to achieve more accurate editing capabilities.  We are able to transfer DVACM tapes formatted in PAL or NTSC.

Destination Media Types

DVD

DVD should be your destination media for convenient and accessible storage.  These discs will store your video in digital format, and will be easy for everyone to enjoy watching on their home theatre system, computer, or other standard DVD player.

MiniDV

If you wish to archive your video in a high-quality digital media, MiniDV is our recommendation.

Computer Files

Computer files are a good transfer destination media if you intend to edit your digital video using iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, or any other video editing software.