It seems everything is going digital these days, nobody watches VHS video tapes anymore. Do you even still have a VCR? The good news is once your family memories have been transferred from 8mm, VHS-C and VHS tapes to DVD you'll be able to watch them anytime you want. The longer you wait, the more you'll lose of the picture quality, and eventually their condition will be so bad that they can't be converted at all and the memories lost forever.
We provide one of the fastest transfer services available!
CONSUMER ALERT: Did you know that most video transfer companies charge per tape regardless of how long the tape is?
You should only have to pay for the actual amount of video that you have transferred, so we charge based on video length instead. For example, let's say you have 5 tapes with an average of 20 minutes of video per tape. That's less than 2 hours of video and should easily fit onto a single DVD. Most transfer services will charge from $45 - $100. Even Costco would charge $53.97 for this transfer. Our price would be just $35! It may not seem like much, but it can sure add up if you have a lot of video tapes.
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We transfer these video tape & disc formats
Click on the corresponding format that matches your video for more information. PAL conversion also available.
We also transfer from camcorders, flash drives, memory cards Power Point and more
If you don't see you format listed here, give us a call.
What is the difference between Video to DVD Transfer, Video Format Conversion and Digitizing Video?
Digitizing Video refers to converting an analog or video tape (i.e. VHS, MiniDV, Video 8, VHS-C, etc.) into a digital computer file (i.e. AVI, MOV, MP4, etc.) using a combination of computer hardware and software that converts from analog to digital.
Reasons for digitizing video:
Storing on a flash drive or hard drive - The file can then be stored on a hard drive, flash drive, mobile device, etc.
Editing on a computer - If you plan to edit your own video you'll need to have it digitized onto a flash or external hard drive.
Upload to YouTube or Facebook - You'll need to make sure the video is in the correct computer file format prior to uploading.
We provide this service if you don't have the necessary equipment or the desire to do it yourself. You can read more about digitizing video on our video conversion page.
Video Format Conversion
Video conversion involves converting a video in some format (a tape, disc or computer file) to a different type of tape, computer file or DVD. This is often required for uploading video to YouTube, etc.
Examples for converting video:
For more information on video conversion or to see a complete list of the formats we can convert continue to our video format conversion page.
Video to DVD Transfer
Video to DVD transfer usually refers to copying a videotape (i.e. VHS, MiniDV, Video 8, VHS-C, etc.) or digital format (i.e. AVI, MOV, MP4, etc.) to a DVD. We can even convert a Power Point presentation to a DVD.
Reasons for transferring video:
Watch on your TV - DVDs are usually the best choice for viewing on a Television. Just put the disc in your DVD player and you're ready to go. They'll also play on Blu ray disc players and most computers as long as you have the appropriate hardware, software and your computer's setting are set correctly. If this is the service you need continue reading.
Here are some of the types of Video to DVD Transfer services we provide:
If you don't see your format here, give us a call. We transfer more video tape formats than most transfer companies.
Your videos are irreplaceable, so why should you choose us?
Sunray Video leads the industry in keeping up with newer technologies for transferring, converting and preserving VHS, 8mm and other video media to DVD and various media formats. We use professional equipment for providing a high-quality transfer at a reasonable price without sacrificing picture quality or damaging precious video tape. Our prices beat most competitors!
We provide the only video conversion service that includes:
Additional services available
Turn-around time is based on amount of video being transferred. Some orders can be done within 1 business day.
How does Sunray compare with other video conversion services?
From time to time I search the web to see what our competitors are saying about their video to DVD transfer process. There are 3 area where I have the most concern. The first is their confusing and misleading pricing structure. Unless you read every section of their websites (and hopefully understand it) you may be hit with additional fees you didn't know about.
Several companies charge by the tape regardless of how long the tape is. For example, let's say they charge $15 per tape and you want 4 tapes on the same DVD. The total cost of that 1 DVD would be $60, and that doesn't even include a backup copy in case your disc gets scratched or damaged. Sunray would only charge $30, quite a savings. I found one company that even charges extra for the DVD. It begs the question, so what are you getting for the cost of the video to DVD transfer if it doesn't include the cost of the DVD?
The 2nd is the quality of the discs they're using. They're now estimating that the average basic DVD may only last between 3 and 15 years, based on the manufacturing process used. Within the next 10 years it will become quite difficult to be able to play your VHS and camcorder tapes (let alone transfer them) as the quantity of working VCRs and videotape players declines. They are very hard to locate now. If your transfer your videos to a DVD that falls apart quickly, the money you spent on transferring becomes wasted and the memories may be lost forever. This is the very reason we strongly recommend using Gold Archival DVDs. Some companies have followed our lead and are now offering a "100 year archival DVD", however they are not using the Gold archival DVDs. One of the reasons that Gold is so valuable in our society today is the properties it contains; mostly that it is not subject to rust, corrode or break down over time. That is what makes it so valuable for producing true long-lasting archival DVDs. The "100 year archival DVDs" offered by most of our competitors do not contain any gold, instead they used a metal composite that is subject to corrosion over time. You can read more about the Gold DVDs below and on our DVD FAQ page.
This brings me to another observation I made. I noticed several companies claiming to be using a 100 year archival disc from Taiyo Yuden. As of this writing I have not been able to locate any information (even on Taiyo Yuden's own website) about any such 100 year DVDs. They're your memories, choose carefully how you wish to preserve them.
And finally, I noticed that very few companies discuss the labeling of their discs. This is a critical part of the process as it can dramatically affect the performance and longevity of playing a disc in your DVD player. I've actually seen a competitor's DVD that had a rectangular label attached to the lower half of the disc. This is a very bad idea because: a) the disc will wobble while it is spinning inside the player making it more difficult for the laser to be able to properly read the disc, which may lead to read errors, b) the label could begin to peel off inside the player and damage the player as well as the disc, and c) labels attached to discs have been known to cause the disc to become unreadable in as few as 3 years from the day they're applied to the disc, making the disc useless. It's worth checking out how the company labels their discs. You can read more about DVD labeling issues on our DVD FAQ page.
In the pages on our website (listed below), I've compiled years of research to provide you with the most comprehensive information on everything you should know about vhs, 8mm, mini dv and vcr tape to DVD transfers. I've included a lot of missing and misleading information I've uncovered from competitors' websites including:
Did you know that Sunray Video rents VHS vcrs and 8mm / Hi8 / Digital8 video players?
Not sure what's on your home videos? If you're in the San Diego area, stop by and pick up a video player. We rent VHS VCRs and 8mm / Hi8 / Digital 8 video players so you can look through all of your home videos and camcorder tapes to decide what to keep. Give us a call to reserve one today! See what other equipment we have for rent
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