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Transfer VHS-C to DVD

Transfer your VHS-C 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 VHS-C tapes right here, in-house.

  It's getting more difficult to find a VHS-C camcorder that still works these days, if you can find one at all.  They discontinued making them years ago when they switched over to digital cameras.  Do you still have one?  The good news is once your family memories have been converted from your VHS-C tapes to DVD or digital files they will no longer suffer from picture decay.  The bad news is the longer you wait to convert them, the worse the image quality will get.  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 valuable  and irreplaceable your home videos are so we treat them like our very own.

 

VHS video tape

VHS tapes are larger than the VHS-C tapes and do not require an adaptor to play them in a conventional vcr.  More on VHS to DVD transfers here.

 

VHS-C video tape

Released in the 1980s, VHS-C provided VHS quality of recording in a smaller cassette cartridge.  As camcorders were becoming smaller, the VHS-C format presented a great opportunity for putting VHS technology into a small palm-sized camcorder (sometimes referred to as a Palmcorder).

VHS-C to DVD

VHS-C & Super- VHS-C Video Tape

 

VHS-C Adapter

VHS-C Adapter

The smaller shell meant that the record time would be much less than a standard VHS tape.  A TC-30 tape, for example, could only hold up to 30 minutes of video (if recorded in SP) or up to 90 minutes in EP mode.  While some may see this as a drawback, it was more than offset by the convenience of being able to put the tape into an adaptor that would fit into any VHS VCR and play the tape without having to connect the camcorder to a TV set.

Super VHS-C video tape

In 1987, JVC developed the Super-VHS version of the VHS-C video tape referred to as Super VHS-C, bringing higher resolution video recording to the camcorder market.  This video tape could also use the VHS-C adapter to played in a Super-VHS VCR.

   

VHS-C video tape near the end of its life-cycle

VHS-C tapes should be stored vertically, out of direct sunlight, in a dry, cool, dust-free environment. As with any magnetic tape media, they will eventually deteriorate and lose their recorded contents over time, resulting in a buildup of image noise and dropouts. Tapes more than 8 years old may start to show signs of degradation.  Some of the videos weve transferred have faded to a point where the colors were dull or the image looks washed out.

Amongst other problems, they can become sticky, jamming playback units, or become brittle and snap. Such problems will normally require professional attention.  We've had a few tapes brought in to us where the tape was sticking to itself so much that it would shred itself as we attempted to unravel it from the hub.  While we can repair tapes, there's not a lot that can be done in these extreme cases.  Unfortunately, in most situations like this the information on the tape will be lost.  We give our best effort to convert all of your video tapes.

The reasons for that video tape recordings break down over time can be varied from the quality of the tape used to how the tapes were stored over the years.  For example, video tapes that were placed on or near a stereo speaker or close to a magnetic source could have fallen victim to accidental erasure as the magnetic field can rearrange the metal particles on the tape, disrupting the information that was recorded.  In fact, the use of magnetic fields is precisely how the information was recorded onto the videotapes in the first place.  While DVDs are not infallible, they are not subject to the same types of deterioration described above.  And Gold Archival DVDs will last even longer.

With the lifespan of VHC video tapes being so short, we can't stress enough the importance of transferring your videos to DVD as soon as possible while the tapes are still transferable.  Right now is the best your tapes will look for as long as you have them.  We can help you save your memories by putting them on Gold Archival DVDs or digitize your video to PC & Mac computer files and put them on flash or external hard drives before they fade or deteriorate any more.

Why is it so important to transfer your video tapes now and not wait any longer?

Weve been transferring VHS-C, Super-VHS and VHS video tapes to DVD for our customers for over 10 years now and weve been noticing some problems we think you should be aware of.  If you have any important home videos that have not been transferred to DVD or computer files yet, you may want to get them out and check them now.

 

Weve noticed some video tapes that have a white powder-like substance on the tape itself.  This is usually mold and a sign that the tape may be damaged.  If you look through the little window on the top of the tape shell and happen to notice any white substance on the tape, its time to get your video transferred to DVD or digital file right away.  In some cases we'll get a tape that sticks to itself and when you try to separate it, the tape rips.  When this happens there's no way that we can transfer it.

 

Storage of video tapes in areas that are too hot or too cold can affect the actual tape itself, in some case by warping it, making it difficult for a VCR to play back the images precisely as they were originally recorded.  Some climates can be particularly hard on video tape.  Areas near bodies of saltwater like the ocean are higher risk zones due to the salt in the moisture in the air from the sea spray that converts the water to a form of aerosol-like mist that dissolves into the moist air.  Climates that are high in humidity or hot temperature areas can also be hard on tape.   Even excessively dry climates may cause the tape to dry out and become brittle faster.

 

VHS VCRs disappearing, VHS-C camcorders phased out

Not only are most VHS and Super-VHS video tapes near the end of their lifespan, but the camcorder and video players that will play the tapes are disappearing.  JVC made their last VHS only VCR in 2008 and the VHS-C camcorders were phased out years ago with the transition to digital video.

Many of our clients no longer even have a VHS VCR anymore.  In addition, information recorded on VHS tapes have been deteriorating rapidly.  In fact, we had a customer recently who brought in a VHS tape where the magnetic material had already began to literally fall off the tape.  You could see little brown slivers inside the shell.  Sadly all of the contents of this tape were lost for good.  It's become critically important to get your videotapes transferred to DVD now before they lose all of their irreplaceable contents forever.  Tests have shown that images recorded on videotape can noticeably deteriorate beginning as soon as just 8 years after they were originally recorded.  We've confirmed this on some of the video tapes that we've used in the past.  Of the thousands of tapes we've received from customers for transfer to DVD, we've noticed that VHS tapes seem to be among the most vulnerable.

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Saving your video with Digital Masters and Gold Archival DVDs

Most video transfer companies offer conversion from video to DVD only.  That's great but what if your disc happens to get scratched or damaged?  Look at the surface of some of your discs now; how do they look?  We offer 3 ways to save the memories from your home videos that just are not available from most places.

Gold 100-year Archival DVDs

Only the true Gold Archival DVDs are manufactured to last at least 100 years.  Read more about the Gold Archival DVDs here.

Digitizing to flash & external hard drives

We can digitize your videos to AVI, MOV or MP4 files and put them on a flash or hard drive for you.  They'll be ready to edit when you are.

 

How do I determine how much video I have?

VHS-C and Super VHS-C video tapes

Somewhere on the tape there should be a number like 30 or 20 or sometimes even 40.  They may have the letters "TC" in front of them.  This number will indicate how much video the tape can hold in minutes, if recorded in SP mode.  If they were recorded in EP or SLP mode, then the tape could hold 3 times the number that appears on the tape.  (i.e. 30 means 30 minutes or 90 minutes depending on the record mode.)

VHS-C transfer

Look for a 20, 30 or 40 printed somewhere on the tape

How much video will a DVD hold?

A DVD can hold up to 2 hours of video.  If you have four 30-minute VHS-C tapes (recorded in SP) and they are completely full, all of them would onto 1 DVD and would only cost $30 to transfer to standard DVD. (That's less than all of our competitors!)  30-minute VHS-C tapes recorded in EP or SLP can have up to 90 minutes of video.  We only charge for the actual amount of video that we transfer and not by how much the tape can hold.

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Pricing info

Video to Standard DVD <30 minutes <60 minutes <120 minutes
1-10 tapes $9/tape $14/tape $18/tape
11-30 tapes $8/tape $13/tape $17/tape
30+ tapes $7/tape $12/tape $15/tape

Additional Standard DVD copy - $ 8/disc     3 copies of same disc - $18    5 copies of same disc - $25

 

Video to Gold Archival DVD <30 minutes <60 minutes <120 minutes
1-10 tapes $13/tape $19/tape $26/tape
11-30 tapes $12/tape $17/tape $25/tape
30+ tapes $11/tape $16/tape $23/tape

Additional Gold DVD copies - $15/disc     3 Gold Copies of same disc - $40   5 Gold copies of same disc - $65

            (each gold DVD comes with a standard DVD copy FREE)

All video transfer orders under $30 subject to a minimum order charge of $30.
California residents will be charged sales tax of 7.75% on all orders, as per California law.

 

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