Itís nearly 30 years since VHS became the standard recording format in the UK. Many millions of home movies have been transferred to tape since then, but how many of them still work?
VHS tapes suffer more than most when it comes to keeping our valuable memories safe. Partly due to the low cost of the tapes and partly due to the incredible number of them that we all still seem to have lying around the house.
As with all magnetic tapes, the information contained on them is liable to degrade in time, unless you stop the rot now your childís first footsteps will dissolve before your eyes.
A simple transfer to DVD starts as little as £20 for 60 minutes of captured film and includes a menu and approximately 20 chapter points. Other companies charge extra for the menu and chapters but they are key to the usability of the DVD. Without them you will have to spend a lot of time trying to locate your favourite bits using the fast forward control thus completely defeating one of the greatest conveniences of DVDs
These are the main types of video cassette on the market which we transfer. See our film types page for more details on VHS cassettes and Betamax tapes.
One of the biggest problems with VHS and Betamax films is the amount of video noise present. This manifests itself as small white flecks on the screen or even as interference. As standard we will try to reduce this effect, the software we use is highly sophisticated at removing video noise and can make a huge difference to the end result, see the two images below by way of demonstration.