After ten years images start to fade off mylar videotapes and the sound quality also begins to degrade. The same is the case with film whose colors fade and grow brittle over time. Most of us have videotapes, audio cassettes, super 8 films, record albums and maybe even broadcast videotapes lying around that probably should have been transferred decades ago. The good news is if these recordings have been kept in a respectable climate control environment the decay may not be too bad.
For most of us our treasured videotapes have outlived the lifespan of the VHS Deck we use to view it on. So the questions become, “Can my VHS wedding tape be converted to DVD?” or “How can I transfer my wedding video to my computer?” For the not so technical person it would mean buying a device, hooking up the numerous wires into the right ports and then installing software that has an endless array of options of what quality level, bitrate, aspect ratio, audio properties and so on and so on.
If you are a person that is a little bit technically challenged this is definitely something you do not want to do unless you enjoy wasting time and being frustrated.
So “How do I get my wedding videos transferred to DVD or onto my computer?”
The answer is to bring those videotapes to a trusted video production company like Creative Visual Productions located in West Deptford, NJ. Creative Visual Productions has 25 years experience converting over eighty different video, audio, film and computer formats to more commonly used digital formats.
Converting Your Wedding Video TO DVD or Wedding Videotape Transfer to Computer
Frequently asked questions about transferring my wedding tape to digital:
Absolutely. Creative Visual Productions can transfer over eighty formats to DVD. So if you have a VHS videotape, VHS-C, Hi8, 8mm, Betacam, Betamax, MinDV or any other type of videotape, film or disc it can be converted to DVD.
Absolutely. Creative Visual Productions can take your wedding tape and author it to a computer file such as .mpeg4, .mov, .avi or many other file formats. You will then be able to watch it on your computer, Ipad, tablet or cell phone. You could even then import it into video editing software to add effects or edit out any bad moments.
When you get your wedding video converted to digital it will be at the same quality level or better once the conversion process is completed. During the process the video is sent through a time base corrector (tbc) which can improve the look of the video. If your video is a little dark the tbc can lighten it some, if the colors are a bit off the tbc can reset them to the right color hue or if you notice the reds bleeding the chroma can be adjusted down . During the process the audio goes through an audio board so that it can either be raised up or turned down so that playback is at the correct levels.
No. The original is also returned to you in the same condition before the video conversion to DVD or the video conversion to a computer file format.
Absolutely. Once the wedding video is transferred to DVD, Creative Visual Productions can easily make as many DVD copies as you need at the exact same quality level.
No. The cost to transfer one two hour wedding video is $40. Additional DVD copies are priced at $11 a disc. Creative Visual Productions also offers quantity discounts starting at five videotapes.
That same wedding videotape transferred to DVD along with four other videotapes will reduce the transfer costs to $30 a tape transfer and $9 for additional DVD copies.
Creative Visual Productions usually turns around small videotape conversion projects in 48 to 72 hours. For projects of 20 to 30 videotapes delivery time is usually about 2 weeks. Creative Visual Productions can also deliver same day conversion and duplication on smaller projects for an additional 30% expedited cost.
TIPS ON KEEPING YOUR VIDEOTAPES IN THE BEST CONDITION:
- Never put a videotape on or near a magnet – It can erase the footage right off of the tape.
- Keep videotapes away from television sets and other appliances that can demagnetize the tape.
- Always keep your videotapes in a climate controlled area that is low with humidity.
- Always rewind and fast-forward your videotape at least once a year.
- Always leave your videotapes standing upright preferably on a bookshelf when not in use
- Try to record things in SP mode – EP or LP recordings tend to degrade much faster.
- Avoid dust and smoke at all costs.
- When taking tapes from a cold to warm place – wait two hours until they reach room temperature before playing them.
- Malfunctioning machines are the biggest cause of tape catastrophe. Test the machine using a tape that will not be missed. If a tape is damaged, do not reinsert it in the videotape recorder; the tape may damage the machine.
Creative Visual Productions a division of Creative Video does all the video conversion work in house at our West Deptford, NJ studio. Your tapes never leave our facility. Our pricing is based on length of videotape and the quantity of tapes you are having transferred to digital. CVP also offers mail-in service to serve customers around the country. For computer file transfers we can move the files onto an external hard drive, a USB stick, have you download them from our client FTP server or email them to you through WeTransfer. Creative Visual Productions also provides duplication services so you can get backup copies and additional copies for friends and family members.
Creative Visual Productions is a full service South Jersey studio covering all your multimedia needs since 1993. Leveraging their extensive backgrounds in advertising, design, video, tv, and web development, Creative Visual Productions’ staff is the team that can bring your vision to life. Our services include video production, website design and development, social media strategy, video transfers, Search Engine Optimization, e-commerce solutions, DVD duplication, graphic design, and brand creation. Our Content Outreach Program and Vidbi Video Business Card are new products that deliver timely interactive video content to websites, blogs, email signature lines and social media sites engaging visitors, potential customers, and clients. These platforms offer a turnkey search engine optimization system to get high search rankings on popular sites like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. As a certified Google Partner, CVP is the trusted source in the Philadelphia area for Google Adwords, Pay Per Click, and Google Analytics management. CVP now has two product offerings that can get clients on the first page of Google search instantaneously. CVP has affordable services for any marketing budget. Our extensive video transfer service includes over ninety file and formats we can handle. Everything from broadcast videotapes to consumer home videos, cassettes, records and film converted to DVD and digital files. Professional quality with quick turnaround that saves you time and money. Let us create a campaign to broadcast your message to the masses. Schedule your free consultation today call 856-848-0046.