We are at present we are converting 4 x 90 min Hi 8mm video tapes to Apple Pro Res video format.
These tapes are Interviews of the band The Prodigy from the early Nineties.
VHS tape to USB memory stick. Times have changed the demand for transferring you old VHS and camcorder tapes such as Betacam SP, Video 8 and Mini DV tapes is falling.
Why? Video media is now much more Computer and Internet based media.
With the event of HD 1080P video and now Ultra High definition video media platforms that can supply that type of resolution and very much more Internet of computer driven. Disc formats such as Blu Ray seem little outdated in this 4K world.
- Video tape formats we transfer.
- Digital Betacam
- Beta SP
- Mini DV
- Video 8
- Digital 8
- Hi 8
Here at Video Image Productions we can bring new life back to your old video tapes. We digitise camcorder and VHS tapes onto USB MEMORY sticks or hard drives. This enables you to edit the footage yourself or play them back on your tablet or PC and Mac.
We can transfer your files directly to your desktop via our cloud computing service.
Digital video tape transfer.
Video Image Productions are in the process of converting Mini DV tapes of an un edited film shot on Mini DV tapes in 16:9 aspect ratio.
Mini DV tapes captured digital video onto magnetic video tape. Encoding was MPEG 2.
In my opinion the two best Mini DV camcorders were the Sony Z1 and the Panasonic DVX100. Both camcorders had a 3CCD setup for superior colour rendition. The Panasonic could record 24p frames per second for a more filmic look, and had cine gamma settings.
Digital video tape transfer can be Mini DV tapes, Digital 8 tapes or Digital Betacam video. Digital Betacam was the gold standard for standard definition video capture.
Transfer is via firewire to ensure no quality loss of the digital video tapes during transfer.
Capture of the Mini DV tapes is through Final Cut Pro 7. Setting within FCP are set to Pro Res 422 and copied to hard disc.
Final Digital video files for the customer will be copied onto USB memory sticks. It is important that the USB memory sticks are USB 3 and around 95mbs speed. You can use slower cards but it takes a long time to copy the files to your computer with the slower cards. If the files run into the 1TB or above size then you are best of having us transfer them to an external hard drive. We can buy an external drive in for you or you can provide one yourself and send it with the tapes.
We also recommend that the files are copied onto fast AV hard drives for editing. The fastest of these drives are SSD but they are expensive and not really necessary for Standard Definition editing. Two of the best Software packages for video editing are Adobe Premier and Apples Final Cut Pro.
Mini DV or HDV tape transfer.
HDV. High definition video first appeared as a Prosumer format using Mpeg 2 compression onto standard Mini DV tapes.
This video format used Long GOP compression to write High Definition video onto magnetic tape. This was the same tape that Mini DV camcorders and video decks used for Standard definition video. Most of the HDV video tapes had a 60 minute runtime.
Please note that there is no way of telling if your Mini DV tape has been recorded in SD or HD until you put it into a deck or camcorder. A Mini DV camcorder or deck will not be able to play a tape recorded in the HDV format, but an HDV deck will play both formats.
The most widely used HDV camcorder was the 3 CCD Sony Z1. (pictured above Sony FX 1 E ).
HDV video tape transfer.
To preserve the quality of the picture the best way to transfer the HDV video footage is via firewire to a PC or Mac computer.
Video Image Productions capture your HDV footage using Apple Pro Res 4:2:2.
This is an excellent format for video editing or transferring to DVD or HD Youtube Etc. Compared to High Defintion and 4K camcorders now HDV is still a good quality picture even if it is only 1080i.
For more Information please go to Video Image Productions.
VHS video tape.
Back in the day of video tapes there was a few options for the domestic user.
These video tape formats Included the following.
VHS Camcorders. These camcorders were very large due to the fact that they had to take full sized VHS tapes.
These VHS-C tapes were a compact version of the full sized VHS tapes. This made the camcorder much smaller. Runtimes for these tape was 30 minutes and 45 minutes with a long option but at reduced quality.
S-VHS. Was know as a high band video format. This was the same as VHS video tape in that it came in full size tape formats and a compact size know as S-VHS-C. The picture resolution was nearly double of VHS and was simliar in quality the Sony Hi 8 format.
Panasonic and JVC were the manufactures most know for the VHS formats. Making both camcorders and VCR video decks for VHS and S-VHS tape formats.
At Video Image Productions we provide a video tape to DVD and digital video formats service to a professional standard. W
Please note that we also provide a Video 8, Hi 8, DVCAM Beta SP, Digital Betacam tape transfer to digital service.