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We will be closed Thursday, December 21st through Tuesday, January 2nd.

We will reopen Wednesday, January 3rd at 11:00am

 

9265 Dowdy Dr
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92126
 
Mon-Thur: 10-6
Fri: 10-5
Sat/Sun: Closed

Transfer VHS to DVD

We transfer VHS Videos to DVD and hard drive faster and at a lower price than most transfer service providers. And we transfer your videos right here, in-house.  

Save your family's favorite moments on our 100-year Gold Archival DVDs, one of the longest lasting media options available. 

  We handle every VHS video to DVD transfer and conversion personally, as if they were our very own, from the moment we take possession of your videos until you pick them up, and your tapes are NEVER sent to a mass-transfer factory for conversion.  We provide a FREE evaluation of your video tapes to determine their condition and we'll help you figure out how much video you have.

We provide one of the fastest transfer services available!

  It seems everything is going digital these days, nobody watches VHS video tapes anymore.  VHS VCRs are becoming more scarce.  Do you still have one?  The good news is once your family memories have been converted from VHS 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

In the late 1970s, the Video Home System (VHS) arrived in the United States.  The VHS video recording technology developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC) premiered in the US not too long after Sony's Betamax video cassette recorders (VCRs) and started what became know as the "videotape format wars" between Betamax and VHS.  While providing a similar video resolution (240 lines), VHS tapes would allow up to 2 hours of record time in Standard Play (SP) recording mode, whereas the Betamax tape was limited to 1 hour.  If the VCR was set in Long Play (LP) recording mode, the same tape could record up to 4 hours of video and up to 6 hours in EP (Extended Play) or SLP (Super Long Play) modes.

Super-VHS video tape

Years later, the Super VHS format was introduced offering 400 lines of picture resolution.  Since the size of the Super-VHS video tape was the same as the VHS cartridge, it was easier for the Super-VHS VCRs to be able to play a VHS video tape as well as the Super-VHS tape, making them "backwards compatible".

VHS & Super VHS tapes look very much the same.  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.  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.

VHS to DVD transfer

VHS & Super VHS video tape

VHS-C video tape

VHS-C tapes are smaller than a standard VHS tape and required an adaptor to play them in a conventional vcr.  More on VHS-C to DVD transfers here.

VHS video tape near the end of its life-cycle

VHS 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 VHS 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, Super-VHS and VHS-C 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 Tape Recycling

Once you've transferred your VHS tapes to DVDs, what do you do with them?  Many have opted to keep them as backups in case something should happen to any of their DVDs, such as a disc getting scratched, damaged or even lost.  Some may choose to throw them away.  We have located a couple of places that will recycle them.

GreenDisk will recycle old VHS and Beta tapes. They will also recycle audio cassette tapes, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs, Blu-ray, 3.5 and 5.25 floppy disks, zip and jazz disks.  They can also be reached by calling  800-305-DISK.

Alternative Community Training (ACT) recycles VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs.  ACT helps people with disabilities and donations to this organization are tax-deductible.  What a great way to be good to the environment by recycling, get a tax deduction AND help people with disabilities; everybody wins!

 

VHS VCRs are disappearing

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.

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 and Super-VHS video tapes

VHS and Super-VHS video tapes can hold up to 2 hours of video if they were recorded in the SP mode; 4 hours if recorded in LP mode or up to 6 hours if recorded in the EP or SLP mode.  We only charge for the actual amount of video that we transfer and not by how much the tape can hold.

Super VHS to DVD

VHS & Super VHS video tape

How much video will a DVD hold?

A DVD can hold up to 2 hours of video.  In SP mode VHS tapes hold up to 2 hours of video; in EP or SLP - 6 hours of video.  We charge based on the length of the recorded material on the tape.

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)

For pricing of PAL VHS to DVD transfers check our PAL video to NTSC transfer page

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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