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Different types of tape

Why are there so many different types of tape?

I wont try and answer that question but here is a rundown of most of the tape formats. By the way we can transfer all these formats to DVD or computer files except the U-Matic tapes and the Video2000.

3/4″ U-Matic
1971
Developed by Sony, A professional video tape format. -It was among the first video formats to contain the videotape inside a cassette, as opposed to the various open-reel formats of the time.

Betamax
1975
Developed by Sony. Although generally considered the superior quality tape, Betamax lost the format war to VHS in the 80s.

VHS
1976
Developed by JVC and introduced in 1976. -During the late part of the 1970s and the early 1980s, the home video industry was involved in the VHS vs. Betamax war, which VHS would eventually win.

Video 2000
1979
Developed by Phillips as a consumer VCR system to rival VHS and Betamax. Even though it had several innovative features it wasn’t successful.

VHS-C
1982
Compact VHS. The format is based on the same videotape as is used in VHS, and can be played back in a standard VHS VCR with an adapter.

Betacam 
1982
Developed by Sony. The format replaced the three-quarter inch U-Matic format, which Sony had introduced in 1971

Video8, Hi8, Digital8
Developed through the 80s and 90s
These were the most popular consumer camcorder tapes through the 90s due to small form factor and higher quality than that of the VHS.

MiniDV
1998
A  joint effort of leading producers of video camera recorders.
Recorded in digital (DV) same as Digital8 -Tapes could hold 1hr SP, 90min EP

MicroMV
2001
MicroMV was a videotape format introduced in 2001 by Sony.
The smallest of all video tape formats, 70% smaller than a MiniDV cassette

MiniDVD
While not a tape these recordable DVD 8 cm discs are commonly used in DVD-based camcorders. Depending on variant, these discs can offer up to 5.2 GB of storage space.

Video to Computer files

Video to computer files is just one of the services offered at VideoDVDTransfer. We normally convert to mp4 format which is a digital video file format which is pretty universal in that it will play on virtually any device. We will then supply on a USB stick.

While we normally convert to mp4 we can produce almost any format you require bearing in mind that some formats will create HUGE files

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Conversion to computer files has many benefits over conversion to DVD.

mp4 can display higher quality images than DVD although it does depend on the quality of the source tape.

mp4 files supplied on a memory stick are easy to view especially if you have a modern TV with USB sockets. mp4 files will also play back on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and even some DVD and BluRay players

You can also easily copy your mp4 files onto your computer or another USB stick to share with friends or upload to YouTube.

mp4 files can also be copied to a computer for editing. You only need very basic editing software to edit mp4 files. Most PC or Macs come with basic edit software built in.

The cost of transferring tapes to mp4 files is about the same as for transferring to DVD plus the cost of any USB sticks we supply (8gb). You are welcome to supply your own sticks or USB drives if you wish.

If you are interested in conversion of your tapes to mp4 files get in touch www.videodvdtransfer.co.uk/#contact

Damaged Tapes?

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Do you have any tapes that look like this?

Why not let us transfer your videos to DVD and you’ll never have to worry about this happening again.

If you play a video tape in a VCR that is not working correctly or has a dirty tape path, you may find your tape ends up like this.  We fix all types of video tapes, from re-splicing broken and crumpled tapes to sometimes replacing the whole shell.  

This is one of the problems that can happen when you transfer videos to DVD using an old or cheap VCR. You may experience tracking problems due to a worn out tape or VCR.  Our transfer machines can help remove tracking errors although is the tape has damage that may not be the case.  

Video to DVD transfer turnaround time

At videodvdtransfer.co.uk turnaround time is normally just a couple of days. Sometimes, if you have a really important tape, we can transfer a tape to DVD the same day! Please ask first though.

All transfers are done in real time so if you have a lot of tapes it can take a bit longer.  We have four copy stations so can run four jobs at a time. All tapes are transferred at our premises, we don’t send them away.

Please ask about discounts for bulk videotape to DVD conversions.

Why transfer your videos to DVD?

At videodvdtransfer.co.uk we are often asked if videotapes will deteriorate over time. I always say “Probably”.

Tapes rely on good, dry storage and good quality tape. The more you play them the more likely you are to notice white flecks in the picture. This is the tape breaking down.

I have noticed that the older the tape the more reliable they seem. This may be due to better prodcution processes in the early days and cutting corners to make the tapes cheaper later on. I remember paying about £12 a tape when I first bought a video recorder.

So whatever type of tape you have, whether its a full size VHS tape or one of the tapes from your camcorder it would be a good idea to get them transferred as soon as possible if you want to save those cherished recordings.

Have a look at our website at videodvdtransfer.co.uk for details of our services.

Video to DVD Transfer Service

Having acquired the domain name www.videodvdtransfer.co.uk a few months ago I thought it was about time I set about putting some content on the site. Well it is now all done and the website is live at www.videodvdtransfer.co.uk

As it’s name suggests the site is just for video to DVD transfer. It is a responsive site so should be ok to view on desktop computers as well as tablets and smartphones.

Video to DVD transfer has become quite a large part of VideoPoint’s business over the last year and shows no sign of dropping off. With hundreds of customers already, video to DVD transfer is set to become a major part of the business.

Check out the website at www.videodvdtransfer.co.uk and if you have any tapes you want converted (who doesn’t?) please get in touch.

VideoDVDTransfer first blog post!

 

Welcome to my first blog post.

I’ve been doing this video thing for over 20 years full time and 6 years part time before that. I’ve had my office since 1996 on the Medway City Estate in Rochester providing a comprehensive range of video services to the general public and businesses.

I expect you’ve landed here after clicking a link on my website but if you haven’t you can take a look at my websites using the links above or on the right.

Brett Allen