Memories of our childhoods (like your brother throwing a foot-stomping, fists-pounding-the-ground tantrum because he doesn’t want to pull his own sled back up the hill) or our children’s childhoods (like your daughter’s spontaneous ballet solo at her Christmas recital) are locked on these video cassettes. Isn’t it time to make these darling (and hilarious!) moments available to the people you love?
We can transfer any video format to DVD. The ones we’ve mentioned here, as well as one’s we haven’t talked about because they’re just too obscure. Like U-matics, that wayback format from the 1970s. (How fun would it be to see your uncle wearing platform shoes and a plaid leisure suit at your parent’s wedding?)
We have state of the art machines that transfer the footage off of a videotape to a digital format providing the best possible quality transfer. We transfer the videos to archive-quality DVD’s complete with custom printed label and protective case. The transfers do not compress the video in any way, which allows the DVD version to be the best possible quality. Make sure to upgrade at checkout to our optional Thumb Drives! We will convert your video tapes into easy to use MP4 video files, making them a breeze to edit, share, or upload to the cloud!
Of course, the decision is up to you. To help you decide, here is a summary of benefits:
You’ll save the records of your precious memories for future generations before they fade into a completely unrecognizable state.
You can easily share your videos with friends and family; no special, expensive, hard-to-find, old technology required.
You can get rid of stacks and stacks of bulky tapes and dusty boxes that are just taking up space when you replace your old videos with new, more compact DVDs and optional Flash Drives.
Unfortunately, most of these magnetic tape formats are PAST their projected life span of 10-20 years. You can still transfer older tapes, but tracking issues, sound issues, and video image issues will all come into play. While we cannot restore the tapes, our commercial equipment will give us the best possible digital transfer and ensure no future degradation takes place.
VHS & VHS-C
Beta (including Betacam, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, HDCAM & HDCAM SR)
Video8/Hi8/Digital8 (also known as 8mm Video Tape)
NTSC, PAL, or SECAM
Probably one of the most well-known formats. VHS had it’s heyday in the 80s and 90s alongside of turned up Izod collars and big hair. JVC invented the VHS in the 1970’s and it went on to have much success, including spawning other formats like the VHS-C. These wonderful cassettes could hold hours and hours of footage. VHS-C was a format from the 1980s that was a compact version of a VHS video tape (much smaller in size and capacity) and was a favorite of many parents for home movies due to its size and price.
While not as long lasting as film, VHS was a standard for home movies, as well as, commercial movies before the advent of DVDs, BluRays, and digital downloads. Home Camcorders for VHS were essential for parents who wanted to document the precious moments of their children growing up. At any soccer game, you were bound to see a few parents with Camcorders on their shoulder recording all the adorable action for grandparents or other absent family members to see (maybe even to be shown again, years later, at the wedding of their little darling). VHS movies also gave rise to video rental stores where the neighborhood would congregate on Friday and Saturday nights in hopes of snagging one of the few copies of the latest releases. This was a pastime, that in turn, spawned movie collecting. VHS movies were so affordable, why wait in line to rent them when you could own your own copy of a classic like The Princess Bride or Ferris Bueller's Day Off?
If you have any home movies on VHS, now is the time to start transferring them to make sure you have them for future generations.
Beta, not VHS, was actually the first videotape format for home and commercial movies. Although it had gained some ground and put up a good fight for consumer attention, in the end it lost out to the VHS format. It may not sound like it, but back then, this was a big deal. People took sides and and they had their reasons! If you didn’t live through the great VHS vs. Beta battle, the best way to explain is to compare it to Twilight when Bella had to choose between Edward and Jacob. (So Edward would have been the VHS and Jacob was the Beta. Obviously.)
Beta Cam & BetaCamSP are video tape formats that, until very recently, were used by news studios for newscasts and sports broadcasts. Just like the BetaMax, they have held up very well over time. Beta tapes in all their forms have a great lifespan, but they don’t last forever. If you have them, you’ll want to grab a Legacy Kit & get them transferred to digital sooner rather than later!
Also known as Video8, Hi8, & Digital8, these formats gave a beautiful recording and were small in tape size. These formats were popular for home movies even before the great VHS and Beta war. Generally they held about two hours of video. The earliest of these tapes are from the mid 80’s, and perfect candidates for a beautiful digital transfer now.
Mini-DV is one of the newer and most recent formats, they are digital video tapes that were popular near the end of the 90’s and early 2000’s, and gave you a phenomenal picture. The problem with this format is that their lifespans aren’t as long lasting as previous formats, and they often suffer significant image loss. But you still have time, even if your MiniDV’s are from the earliest release. Just don’t wait too long to transfer them!
Micro-MV tapes are almost unheard of. They were smaller than a Digital-8 or Mini-DV Cassettes and very short-lived. If you have any Micro-MV Video Cassettes, have no fear, Legacy Kit is here!
These are referring to analog television standards and color encoding systems used around the world. These different tape formats mean that if you have a tape a family member gave you from France or Brazil, you will not be able to play it on any player or camcorder in America. Some people purchased camcorders while on vacation abroad and have never been able to view the tapes due to these video formats and region codes! Legacy Kit can handily transfer all your random formats from other countries to digital DVDs. Make sure to upgrade at checkout to our optional Thumb Drives! We will convert your video tapes into easy to use MP4 video files, making them a breeze to edit, share, or upload to the cloud!
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