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TechHelp Ottawa converts Mini DV video camera tape to DVD or MP4 video file

TechHelp Ottawa Converts Mini-DV Tape To DVD Or MP4 Video Files

OUR RATES ARE UP-FRONT & COMPETITIVE

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We do it the right way at low cost to you, using sate-of-the-art equipment.

CHOOSE ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW:
#1 (transfer to DVD) or #2 (convert to video file)

#1 - MINI-DV VIDEO CAMERA TAPE TO DVD

CHEAPEST & MOST POPULAR

EACH CAMERA TAPE IS TRANSFERRED TO ITS OWN DVD — WITH ONE DVD MENU ITEM* — DISC PLAYS ON ANY NORTH AMERICAN DVD PLAYER

CAMERA TAPE TO DVD

$10.00 PER HOUR OF TAPE

 
• The viewer chooses from one menu item at the beginning of the DVD.

• Since the DVD is imbedded with chapter markers, the "Skip" button on the remote control can be used to navigate forward at equal-intervals of 5 or 10 minutes. "Fast Forward" and "Rewind" buttons can also be used to to navigate through content.

• This method copies the entire VHS tape from beginning to end — blank spots and all — just like the original!

Scroll down to read our Frequently Asked Questions and Tips for Better Service
 


#2 - MINI-DV VIDEO CAMERA TAPE TO VIDEO FILE
TAPE IS CONVERTED TO VIDEO FILE — FOR PLAYING ON COMPUTERS, SMART PHONES OR TABLETS, OR FOR IMPORTING INTO MOVIE EDITING SOFTWARE

MINI-DV CAMERA TAPE TO MP4

$13.00 PER HOUR

 
Capturing tape content and converting it into a video file format compatible with Windows™ OR Mac™ computers is very time consuming. We use the high quality H.264 codec to produce .mp4 (MPEG-4) video files.

Resulting video files are put onto a USB external hard drive or DVD data disk and can be imported into movie editing software. Large video files can be delivered to clients digitally through Dropbox™. Ask us for details.

• Unwanted video clips and/or blank segments can be deleted upon request for $50/hour of labour.
 


• Rates are subject to change without notice.


Frequently Asked Questions

We use the best equipment available to ensure the best quality possible. We caution, however, that most video camera tapes are analogue, producing only a low resolution picture at a 4 X 3 aspect ratio (like with older TVs).

Moreover, the picture quality of video camera tapes is notoriously poor! Quality is adversely affected by tape deterioration, slow recording speed, less than ideal shooting conditions, over and under exposure, tracking problems, dizzying camera movements, etc. The DVD reproduces exactly these imperfections.

NOTE: Some Mini DV tapes produce high definition images with an aspect ratio of 16 X 9 (compatible with new HD widescreen TVs). The quality of even these tapes, however, can be adversely affected by the issues outlined in the above paragraph.
As the old saying goes: "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear." In the same way, digitizing and transferring analogue video camera content to DVD can in no way improve picture quality. What we assure, however, is that the final product will mirror exactly the quality of content contained on the original tapes.

Be sure to check your tapes before delivering them to us because the tape contents will be reproduced exactly — flaws and all! By checking first, you'll know what to expect.
Yes, we can edit your video camera tape content, but additional fees will apply. Please ask us in advance about editing your video tape content.
• Our ttransfer process captures the whole tape in one session, imperfections, blank spots and all, with no editing of content.

• Because it is extremely labour intensive, an additional fee of $5 per hour of tape must be applied for creating video files. Video files can be played on computers or used in movie editing software such as Windows Movie Maker or Apple's iMovie or Final Cut.
We use only the best equipment such as a state-of-the art high definition Canon ´┐╝Vixia HV30 Digital Camcorder, Sony Hi8 Camcorder, Mac computers and advanced movie editing software.
The surface of each DVD is professionally imprinted with a custom-made label using an inkjet printing technique. Each DVD is packaged in a paper sleeve for protection.


Tips For Better Service

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that tapes are accurately labelled and organized. This helps us to properly label the resulting DVDs.
To make things easier for us, and to ensure that your DVD or video files contain the exact content desired, please fast forward each video camera tape to the point where content ends. When we receive your tape, we will set the counter to 000, rewind the tape to the beginning, and then record the tape until it reaches that 000 point again. Otherwise, we will have no idea of the length of your tapes.
It is very helpful when you can indicate to us the length of each tape. This can save you money, as two short tapes (one hour or less each) can be put onto one DVD. Otherwise, each video camera tape is transferred to its own DVD, regardless of length (up to two hours).
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Happy Client


I am a freelance videographer. I chose TechHelp after looking around for a reputable company to convert my video portfolio. I was very impressed with the quality of service and products."
R. Cloutier—Videographer, Orleans

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All prices are in Canadian dollars and include tax. Rates may change without notice.


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