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VHS tapes were great in their day and were responsible for capturing many memorable family moments. That spellbinding moment when your child took their first steps, a special anniversary, or simply candid moments that capture the joys of life with friends and family make up a lifetime of memories. Don’t let these memories fade or be lost completely when our video transfer services can give them new life on DVD and digital formats.
Whether your original format is Hi8, Mini DV, VHS, BetaMax, or Mini DVD we can transfer your movies to a more modern format that will protect your memories for many years to come. Using state-of-the-art professional digital imaging equipment, your memories will be expertly transferred to DVD, Blu-Ray or digital file ready to watch immediately on a variety of devices.
The ever-popular Video Home System (VHS) tape survived over three decades after being originally introduced in the 1970s. VHS and it’s compact sibling, VHS-C outlasted both Video2000 and Betamax. In 2016, production of new VCRs ceased due to low demand.
To compete with VHS and Betamax, the Video8 camera was launched in 1985 and it supported 8mm videocassettes. Video8 was later succeeded by Hi8 in 1989 and Digital8 in 1999. All 8mm tapes are no larger than 2.5 inches tall x 4 inches wide.
Betamax made its way west in the late 1970s, where it waged war with VHS in the great format war. Beta tapes are slightly smaller in length compared to VHS, measuring 6 inches wide by roughly 4 inches tall.
Betacam SP was first introduced in 1986 and was discontinued in 2001. Betacam SP came in two sizes; the S-size which recorded up to 30 mins and the L-size cassette that went up to 90 mins. As a cheaper digital alternative, the Betacam SX was introduced in 1996, but discontinued in 2007. All of the equipment was compatible with Betacam SP, even the different cassettes sizes.
First introduced in 1995, MiniDV or S-size tapes were the smallest of four digital video cassette sizes. The 120-minute capacity tapes allowed camcorder manufacturers to produce smaller video cameras.
MiniDVDs were popular during the turn of the century due to their small (8cm diameter) size and ability to fit directly inside a camcorder. MiniDVDs were used as alternatives to MiniDV tapes.
Umatic ¾ was first introduced to the market in 1971. It contains the ¾-inch wide videotape inside the cassette, which turn in opposite directions during playback, fast forward and rewind.
Helical Scan EIAJ 1/2″
Helical Scan EIAJ ½” was introduced as the first industry-wide standard video format in 1961. Most tapes are 7-5 inches in diameter with a ½-inch width and can record 30-60 minute video footage. Helical Scan EIAJ ½” was discontinued in 1970.
First introduced in 1996, DVCAM was similar to MiniDV but 50% faster. DVCams use a tape that’s ¼-inch wide. There are two different tape sizes; the smaller one which can hold up to 40 minutes and the large size that can hold up to 184 minutes.
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Video Tape Repair
Due to their fragile construction, video tapes can be susceptible to damage and deteriorate in as little as 10 years. At the very least, they can become distorted and difficult to watch. The good news is that our video tape repair services can not only fix damaged tape, but our experts can also protect your special memories further by transferring your videos to DVD or digital file format.
There is nothing like reliving happy memories with others, especially if they were memories you shared together. If you have a special moment on film or video tape, why not send it to us for duplication? We can create as many copies as you need and transfer your memories onto the digital format of your choice to give as gifts or simply keep as spare copies.
Sharing precious memories with friends and families overseas can be tricky. Different countries use different video formats and this could mean the tape or film you share may not be compatible. The good news is we can perform international conversion to NTSC, PAL and SECAM so that your loved ones can take a trip down memory lane with you.