We’ve recently seen a marked increase videotape to DVD conversions here at Video Artisan. Whilst the bulk of this has been in converting VHS videotapes to DVD, we’ve also been converting all manner of family memories stored in photographs, slides, cine film and every other videotape and camcorder hard drive or memory card format.
Many were predicting the demise of DVD which was tipped to be overtaken by BluRay or Cloud storage but good old DVD has managed to keep a firm hold on its position as the playback medium of choice – whether that’s via a set-top box or a computer. Nearly all older videotape formats and home movies are recorded in standard definition, so there is little advantage in converting to a high definition format (such as BluRay).
Whilst DVD is still the most appropriate and convenient format to have your family archives copied over to, we also keep our eye on where things are moving to in the future. Online or Cloud storage is expanding fast and it can be a very smart way to share your memories with family and friends through social media platforms or through privately shared online storage solutions.
To meet this demand Video Artisan offer a conversion service to common video file formats such as MP4 (which is ideal for uploading to YouTube) or picture file formats such as JPG. Whilst DVD is a great playback format, some customers want to edit their films further once converted so we offer delivery in a wide range of editable digital formats which are ideal for either PC or Mac editing programs.
Growing demand for videotape to DVD
VHS tapes were first released in the late 70s and remained as the main consumer videotape format for over 20-years until DVD was introduced in the late 90s. At their peak there were more than 200 million VHS players being sold each year and many, many millions more VHS tapes were manufactured and used for off-air recording as well as for recording home movies. And despite many variations of the format being introduced (Super-VHS / SVHS-ET / VHS-C / W-VHS / Digital-S / D9), the last standalone VHS player was sold by JVC in 2008.
Whilst videotape is now considered to be obsolete, there have been many more tape formats, both analogue and digital, that have been used to record family films and home recordings. The more popular of these include Video 8, Hi8, DVC, MiniDV, MicroMV, Digital 8 and HDV. The result is billions of hours of home movies and family films that are gradually becoming harder for people to see as the players become faulty or discarded. Having a videotape to DVD conversion is therefore a really great way to bring those memories back to life.
Tips on how to store your old videotapes
Here are a few tips on how to keep your old videotapes in the best possible condition. Videotapes do deteriorate over time, so getting them converted is the best possible way to keep your memories safe and make them much easier watch and share.
- Keep them in their box – as this will help prevent dust and moisture getting to the tape.
- Store in dry conditions. Moisture can cause the oxide particles to separate from the tape.
- Keep away from magnets. The recording process is based on the magnetisation of metal particles on the tape – so avoid storing near speakers or other appliances with strong magnets.
- Avoid storage in places with varying temperatures.
- Store the tapes upright to avoid the tape slipping on the reels.
- Rewind tapes fully before storing.
- Do not handle the tape it’s self.
Videotape to DVD Turnaround
We normally turnaround videotape to DVD conversions within a week – but often much quicker. This does depend on the volume of work as all videotape to DVD conversions have to be carried out in real time. Our studios are based in Loughton, Essex – but we service all parts of London, Essex and Hertfordshire.
Please contact us for details on pricing and discounts for bulk videotape to DVD conversions – call 020 3602 3356.