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Converting DVD to MP4, AVI and Digital, Converting MP4 to AVI, MOV and DVD

Including DVD to MP4, AVI, Digital, MOV, usb flash drive. MP4 to AVI, MOV, MP3, DVD and Blu ray - San Diego

DVD and MP4 conversion service

In case you’ve been wondering if it’s possible to convert a DVD to MP4, AVI or another type of digital file; the answer is yes. After being converted to a digital file the DVD video can then be put on a usb flash drive or external hard drive. In order to extract the video from a DVD it will either have to be ripped using ripping software or digitized via a video capture device.

Some people are concerned that DVDs may soon be obsolete so they want to have their discs converted before that happens. As long as there are blu ray players available you should still be able to play your DVDs. For those opting to move away from using disc players, it may be a good idea to convert the DVDs now.

We convert DVD to MP4, AVI, and MOV digital files for use on usb flash drives and external hard drives for editing or uploading to the web.

We also convert MP4 to AVI, MOV, MP3, DVD and blu ray.

For videos from other countries we can transfer from PAL DVD to NTSC DVD, MP4, digital, AVI, usb and MOV.

What makes our DVD to MP4, AVI, Digital and MP4 to AVI, MOV, DVD conversion service better?

Digital conversion to MP4, AVI and MOV

Sunray was one of the first companies to provide DVD to digital conversion service. After converting your video to MP4, AVI or MOV files, they can be put onto a USB flash drive or external hard drive for your convenience.

AVI and MOV files offer the best quality. MP4 files are more compact as they are compressed to 1/10 the size of AVI or MOV. AVI and MOV are also better for editing purposes should you decide to do that.

Many places only offer MP4 versions of your videos. We offer AVI, MOV and MP4 formats for your convenience.

All DVD transfers performed in our studio – Faster Service

We never send our clients’ DVDs overseas or to any other transfer factory. All DVD transfer orders are done right here in our San Diego studio. This enables us to provide a better quality transfer and faster turnaround than most other companies. Most orders are completed in less than 2 weeks, many within a few days!

Pricing based on actual length of the video

Most transfer services will charge you the same price per disc, whether your video is 2 hours or 5 minutes. You’ll save with our flexible pricing that is based on the actual length of each disc. Bring in all of your videos and save even more with our volume packages.

Volume level adjustment option

In cases where the sound is too quiet on the disc, we can raise the volume during the transfer if you choose that option. Most video transfer companies just leave the volume as it is.

First to transfer MP4 to true Archival Gold DVDs

Your videos cannot be replaced and it’s important to preserve them as long as possible. That’s the reason we became one of the first companies to transfer MP4 to Gold Archival DVDs. Their 100 year lifespan makes it one of the longest lasting media options available for saving your videos.


These are just a few of the reasons people choose Sunray Video for transferring their videos. We’ve listed more reasons below. Very few video transfer services can match the variety, quality and fast service we provide. Our reviews say it all.

Bring in your videos today to get your FREE estimate! Or give us a call 858-578-4786

Don’t take our word for it, see what our clients had to say.

Very Knowledgeable

We had Sunray Video digitally convert our collection of family Video tapes (from 1986-mid-90s) to AVI. My family and I were concerned that the old tapes would no longer read, but we were so pleasantly surprised with the quality. I spoke directly with Kirk on several occasions before and during the process. He was very knowledgeable and flexible working with us. We first sent him 5 of our 10 tapes to check them for quality, before sending the rest. What a relief to have finally converted these old gems, full of memories!

Rachel HB

Thank You for Your Fine Work

My daughter had you prepare a video for our 50th wedding anniversary. I'm writing to thank you for your fine work. There wasn't a dry eye in the house! Everyone really enjoyed it and it will be cherished for the rest of our lives.

Warren P.

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Which format is the best for transferring a DVD?

To answer this we must first determine what you plan to do with your video. Do you plan to watch it on TV only, watch it on a computer or do you plan to edit the video? The following options and descriptions may help with your decision.

Not everyone has a disc player these days, so we have been receiving requests to convert DVD to digital files such as MP4, MOV and AVI. We were one of the first companies to offer this option.

DVD to Digital File Conversion (DVD to usb)

If you don’t own a DVD or Blu ray player and plan to watch your video on a computer only or you want to have the video edited, converting your DVD to a digital file may be a better choice. Your video can then be put onto a usb flash or hard drive.

Converting DVD to AVI or MOV (vob to avi or mov)

If you want the best quality digital file, then we recommend converting your DVD to AVI or MOV format. If you want to edit your videos then either of these should work. Both formats are not compressed like MP4 and can be recognized by most video editing programs. AVI is a native file format for PCs and MOV is native for MACs. 1 hour of video in AVI or MOV will take 13GB of drive space.

Converting DVD to MP4

If you want to upload your videos to the web or share them with others (without editing) you may want to have them digitized to an MP4 file.  This will keep the file size smaller as this is the most compressed file format.  It us commonly used by YouTube.  Many of the modern TVs have a USB port that will accommodate a flash drive and can play MP4 files. 1 hour of video in MP4 will take 1.3GB of drive space.

Converting DVD to MP3

Converting DVD to mp3 could be considered the same as converting video to audio. If you only want the audio portion from a video then mp3 is an option. If you want to keep the video and the audio then AVI, MOV or MP4 make more sense.

Converting DVD to VHS

We also convert DVD to VHS in case you need that service.


Converting MP4 to DVD vs Blu ray vs CD

On occasion someone may ask about converting MP4 to CD. Often they may be confusing CD with DVD as the discs look very similar. It’s not uncommon mixing up MP4 and Mp3; Mp3 is audio only, MP4 contains both audio and video.

Converting MP4 to CD

CDs are not really designed for video, they only hold up to about 700mb of information which is not a lot. CDs were originally designed for music, audio and data and that’s what they are best used for. If you just want the audio portion from the video then CDs are a good option, but you’ll be limited to about 70 minutes or so. CDs will play on CD, DVD and blu ray players.

Converting MP4 to Blu ray

If the video is in high definition (resolution 720p, 720i or higher) then Blu ray would be a better choice. Blu ray discs were created for high definition video as they hold a lot more data (25GB) than regular DVDs. MP4 files can be used for both high definition and standard definition video.The biggest disadvantage for using Blu ray discs is that they will only play on blu ray players.

Converting MP4 to DVD

If the MP4 video is in standard definition (480i or lower) or you only have a DVD to view it with then a DVD will be the best option.  We recommend putting them on a 24k Gold Archival DVD that will last longer than any other media currently available.

DVDs will play on DVD players, blu ray players and on computers equipped with a DVD drive and appropriate DVD player software.

Learn more about the difference between CD, DVD and Blu ray.

Gold DVDs last longer than a hard drive or flash drive

If you’re thinking about storing your videos on a hard drive, keep in mind that the average lifespan for a traditional-style (spinning platter) hard drive is about 5-7 years before they crash or seize up.  For this reason they are not the best option for long-term archival storage of your videos, so you may want to put them on a Gold Archival DVD instead.

MP4 to Digital File Conversion (MP4 to usb)

MP4 files are already considered digital files and can be played on most computers and newer TVs. Any standard definition MP4 video with resolution of 720 x 480 or lower can be converted to AVI or MOV directly. High definition MP4 videos higher than 480i resolution may need to be down-converted to standard definition before converting to AVI or MOV.

Converting MP4 to AVI or MOV (MP4 to Mov Mac)

Both AVI and MOV formats can be recognized by most video editing programs. AVI is a native file format for PCs and MOV is native for MACs. 1 hour of video in AVI or MOV will take 13GB of drive space.

Converting MP4 to MP3

Converting MP4 to mp3 could be considered the same as converting video to audio. If you only want the audio portion from a video then mp3 is an option. If you want to keep the video and the audio then AVI, MOV or MP4 make more sense.


For additional information available on converting MP4 to DVD vs digital refer to our blog article on choosing a format for converting video to DVD or digital.

If you’re still not sure what format to get, give us a call. We’ll make sure you get what you need.

DVD to MP4, AVI & Digital Pricing and Conversion Optionsmini-DVD to DVD & Digital

We offer 3 options for transferring your DVD discs to digital form:

  1. DVD to MP4, AVI or MOV includes: 1 digital file.
  2. DVD to Archival Gold includes: 1 Archival Gold DVD copy and 1 standard DVD copy.
  3. DVD to Gold DVD & digital file package includes: Put onto 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD copy, 1 standard DVD copy and digitized to AVI or MOV file.

Current turn-around time for DVD to DVD & digital transfers can run from 1 day to a few weeks depending on how much video you have.

<30 minutes<60 minutes<120 minutes
to AVI/MOV/MP4*$20/disc$26/disc$34/disc
to Gold DVD**$10/disc$12/disc$15/disc
to Gold DVD & file*CallCallCall

Volume discounts for orders over 15 discs.

*Price does not include Hard drive or Flash drive.

**Based on being able to duplicate without problems.
All video transfer orders under $40 will be charged a minimum transfer charge of $40.

Additional Services Available

  • Audio (Volume) Level Adjustment: $6/disc
  • Additional Gold DVD copies: $15.00 per disc / Get 3 Gold copies for $42 / 5 for $65
    (Each gold disc comes with a FREE standard dvd copy)
  • Get a 2nd file format for $10/ hour of video

PAL DVD to NTSC Conversion

Videos produced in the United States, Canada and Mexico are usually in a format referred to as NTSC. Videos produced outside of North America may in a foreign video format referred to as PAL. We convert DVD discs from PAL to the NTSC format. We can also transfer NTSC videos to PAL DVDs when you need to send a DVD to another country.

<30 minutes<60 minutes<120 minutes
to Standard DVD$20/disc$26/disc$33/disc
to Gold DVD$24/disc$30/disc$38/disc
to AVI/MOV/MP4*$24/disc$32/disc$42/disc
to Gold DVD & file*$38/disc$48/disc$62/disc


How much does it cost to transfer MP4 to AVI, MOV, MP3, DVD or blu ray?

Most transfer firms charge a flat rate per video regardless of the length, so you pay the same price whether it’s 5 minutes or 2 hours long. We charge different rates based on the length of the actual recorded material, as you’ll see below.

MP4 files can contain videos of varying lengths and different resolutions. A Blu ray disc can hold up to 2 hours of high definition (hi-def) video. A DVD can hold up to 2 hours of standard definition video. High definition MP4 video would need to be down-converted to standard definition to go on a DVD.

Conversion pricing is based on length of the video and on whether you want a Blu ray disc, DVD, Gold Archival DVD or a digital file (MOV or AVI).

MP4 to AVI, MOV, MP3, DVD and Blu ray Pricing & Conversions Options:

We offer 5 options for transferring your MP4 files:

  1. MP4 to DVD includes: 1 standard DVD copy.
  2. MP4 to Archival Gold DVD includes: 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD and 1 standard DVD.
  3. MP4 to Blu ray includes: 1 blu ray disc copy.
  4. MP4 to Digital file only includes: Digitizing to AVI, MOV or Mp3 file/s only. No DVDs in this package.
  5. MP4 to Gold DVD & digital file package includes: Put onto 1 Gold Archival DVD, 1 standard DVD and digitized to AVI, MOV, Mp3 file.
  6. MP4 to Blu ray & digital file package includes: Put onto 1 blu ray copy and digitized to AVI, MOV or Mp3 file.
<30 minutes<60 minutes<120 minutes
to Standard DVD$19/file$28/file$45/file
to Gold DVD$24/file$34/file$53/file
to AVI/MOV/Mp3*$24/file$34/file$53/file
to Gold DVD & file*$24/file$24/file$24/file
to Blu ray disc$32/file$49/file$69/file
to Blu ray & file*$45/file$65/file$80/file

Volume discounts for orders over 15 discs.

*Price does not include Hard drive or Flash drive.
All video transfer orders under $30 will be charged a minimum transfer charge of $30.

Additional Services Available

  • Add chapters to DVD or blu ray disc: $ 5.00 per chapter
  • Additional Blu ray copies: $18.00 per disc / Get 3 copies for $50
  • Additional Gold DVD copies: $15.00 per disc / Get 3 Gold copies for $40
    (Each gold disc comes with a FREE standard dvd copy)
  • Additional Standard DVD copies: $ 8.00 per disc  / Get 3 copies for $18 / Get 5 for $25
How to Order

Step 1: Make sure each disc has its own unique label on it. We will use that label for the chapter title on the DVD or the file name for a digital file. Keep the title short, less than 30 characters.

Step 2: Decide what format you want your videos converted to, DVDs or digital files (MP4, AVI or MOV). If you only want DVDs skip to Step 4.

Step 3: DIGITAL FILEs: What file format do you want them in: AVI, MOV or MP4?  Will you be providing your own external USB hard drive or flash drive or do you want us to add one to the order?  If you’re providing your own, don’t forget to include it with your videos. If you don’t want any DVDs skip to Step 8.

Step 4: DVDs: For transfer to DVDs: If the tapes are less than 2 hours each, do you want us to combine them to fill up each 2 hour DVD? This will conserve space in your media cabinet. Is it okay for us to split any tape over 2 discs if it will not fit?

Step 5: Number the Mini DVD discs in the order you want them to appear on the DVDs (if you have a preference), but do not write on the actual disc itself.

Step 6: Decide how you want your DVDs to be labeled. How do you want it to read? This is just for your benefit so that one day in the future, when you pull out the DVD you’ll know what’s on it. (Example:  Smith Family Videos)

Step 7: Do you want your videos on Gold Archival 100-year DVDs? Will you need any additional DVD copies for anyone else? How many?

Step 8: Do you have any 8mm or 16mm films you need transferred to DVD or digital files? Do you have any photos or slides you need scanned to digital files? This would be a good time to get them together and bring in with your videos.

Step 9: Now you’re ready to bring your videos to Sunray for transfer. Select the option below for dropping them off in person or ordering by mail. If you prefer to ship them to us, we recommend using a courier such as UPS or FedEx for shipping as they have good tracking systems so you’ll know where the package is at all times. 

Order by Mail

Have questions?

Call us at 858-578-4786

Why choose Sunray Video for your DVD to MP4, AVI, digital transfer or MP4 to AVI, MOV, Mp3, DVD transfer?

Before you send your money and irreplaceable memories out to be converted, you’re entitled to know what’s going to happen with them. Most companies say very little about their actual transfer process or how their process compares with others. You shouldn’t have to make such an important decision based solely on price. We think there are some things you should know about our process.

All transfers are performed in our studio
All video transfers are performed in our facility by our staff. We will never send your memories out to another company. This also helps us get your videos back to you faster.

One of the fastest transfer services available
We offer one of the fastest video conversion services available. Most of our transfers take from a few days to a few weeks instead of 3 weeks to 3 months like many other firms.

Professional equipment makes a difference
Converting DVD discs to another digital form using a professional equipment provides a better picture than using consumer-grade hardware or software and better encoding during the process. Discs with scratches or damage on the recordable side of the disc may not transfer properly if at all.  There have been times when our equipment has actually been able to read the information on discs that were too badly damaged to be read by our competitor’s equipment.

Experienced Technicians and Editors
Our technicians have over 16 years of experience in converting video. We can help you determine what format you have and what format will best suit your needs. Our editors have over 23 years experience in editing video and can help you edit your video.

True 100 Year Gold Archival DVD
Do not be fooled by imitation archival DVDs.  So called 100 year discs are not the same as the true Gold Archival DVD.  Gold DVDs will last much longer than standard DVDs.

Transfer rates based on length of video
Our rates are determined by the length of video on each disc.  You won’t be charged the full price for shorter videos like most other transfer companies.

Volume Discounts
We offer discounts based on how many discs you bring in for transfer.

Additional DVD and MP4 Transfer Info

What is an Archival Gold DVD?

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How long do video tapes last?

Do VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Hi-8 and MiniDV video tapes ever go bad? Family vacations, kids blowing out candles and holiday gatherings are among the most cherished family memories captured on video. Sadly, these irreplaceable recordings on the verge of extinction as the tapes...

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