Transfer your HDV videos to DVD now before you lose any more of those irreplaceable images that have already been fading from your video tapes. We transfer your videos right here, in-house. We handle every video transfer and conversion personally, from the moment we take possession of your video tapes until you pick them up, and your videos are NEVER sent to a mass-transfer factory for processing. We know how irreplaceable y our home videos are so we treat them like our very own.
There is some confusion regarding the transfer of an HDV tape to DVD. While it is possible, it's not necessarily the best choice as there will be some loss of picture quality since DVDs are designed to accommodate standard definition video only. HDV recordings may have either 1440 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 resolution. Standard definition (for DVD) is only 720 x 480, so HDV videos would have to be "down-converted" to standard definition in order to be put onto a DVD that can be played on a DVD player.
Blu ray discs can hold more than 5.5 times that of a DVD and are better suited for recording high-definition video. Blu ray discs can ONLY be played on blu ray players and computers that have a blu ray drive and appropriate software, while regular DVDs will play on either a DVD player or blu ray player. Both blu ray players and the discs will accommodate the high-def resolution of HDV.
Even though you may be able to put high-def video on a regular DVD, you wouldn't be able to get as much video on the disc as you can on a blu ray disc and you still need a blu ray player in order to play the disc. So there's really no benefit to using a standard DVD for HDV or high-def video.
Which disc should you choose, blu ray or DVD?
A blu ray disc will maintain the high resolution of your HDV tape, but you need a blu ray player in order to play it. And that means should you decide to take your blu ray disc to someone else's place, they will have to have a blu ray player as well. Putting your HDV video on DVD means sacrificing some picture resolution, but you'll be able to play it anywhere where there is a DVD player or a blu ray player.
Gold 100-year Archival DVDs
If you decide to go with a DVD, consider putting it on a Gold Archival DVD, they are the only DVDs manufactured to last at least 100 years. Read more about the Gold Archival DVDs here.
Digitizing your HDV video to a flash or hard drive
We can digitize your videos to AVI, MOV or MP4 files and put them on a flash or hard drive for you. With the digital files you'll be able to edit your videos with the appropriate editing software. You can also use the files to upload your video to the web if you decide to. Keep in mind that most traditional "spinning platter" hard drives have an average useful lifespan of around 3-6 years before they're likely to crash and lose all of your videos. So consider using Gold Archival DVDs as a backup.
How do I determine how much video I have?
HDV video tapes
How much video will a Blu-ray or DVD hold?
A Blu-ray disc can hold up to 2 hours of high-definition video. A DVD can hold up to 2 hours of standard-definition video. If you had two 60-minute Mini DV tapes, they would both fit onto 1 blu-ray or DVD disc. We only charge for the actual amount of video that we transfer and not by how much the tape can hold.
Difference between Mini DV and HDV tapes
Mini DV and HDV tapes look very similar. What they both have in common is that the tape shell in exactly the same size and even the tape looks the same. In fact, most people probably couldn't tell them apart. HDV tapes are intended for recording high definition video (1440 x 1080), where as Mini DV is used for standard definition video (720 x 480). We can transfer HDV to DVD, but HDV should be transferred to a blu-ray disc in order to maintain the high definition quality. The other thing they have in common is they can only maintain the original record picture quality for about 7-10 years before the image begins to decay. And since the camcorders are getting harder to buy, it's now time to have them converted to DVD or a digital file.
Why is it so important to transfer your video tapes now and not wait any longer?
If you've been to
any consumer electronics store recently you may have noticed that most of the camcorders
for sale are using memory cards and/or internal hard drives to record and store video information.
HDV camcorders have become scarce. The
HDV format shares an important element with the Mini DV video format
in that you pretty much had to have a HDV camera in order to play these tapes
back on your television. After
these cameras are discontinued, well have a similar limited transfer time
window as the Mini DV format except that there were a few more people that used the
HDV tapes than Mini DV.
You can have your HDV videos transferred to a Blu ray, standard DVD or a Gold Archival DVD. Transfers to Gold DVD include a standard DVD copy FREE.
Blu ray - $ 18/disc (does not include any standard DVDs)
Additional Gold DVD copies - $15/disc 3 Gold Copies of same disc - $40
(each gold DVD comes with a standard DVD copy FREE)
Additional Standard DVD copy - $ 9/disc 3 copies of same disc - $18 5 copies of same disc - $25
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