We Digitize 8MM CAMCORDER
& DIGITAL HI8 Tapes
to DVD & MP4
(NTSC & PAL formats)
OUR RATES ARE UP-FRONT & COMPETITIVE
WE PAY THE TAX
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Video digitizing the right way!Click + sign to learn more
At TechHelp Ottawa, we do video digitizing the right way! We use only the best equipment available such as high quality analogue 8mm "Camcorder" and analogue Hi8 cameras capable of playing tapes recorded in the North American NTSC format.
We can also accommodate digital Hi8 tapes that are compatible with both North American NTSC and PAL formats.
We have also invested heavily in state-of-the-art computer software for digitally capturing 8mm or Hi8 content for conversion to MP4 video files. For analogue tapes recorded in the NTSC format, MP4 files are manually cropped to eliminate the squiggly line at the bottom of the picture that is produced by what is called the NTSC video signal — a byproduct of the digitization process.
MP4 files can be edited for audio and video properties. Just ask us.
• If you’re a Mac computer user, plug in the USB stick, use Finder to locate the USB stick, and double-click on the file you want to play. MP4 files open in the QuickTime app.
• If you’re a Windows user, plug in the USB stick, use Windows Explorer to locate the USB stick, and double-click on the file you want to play. MP4 files open in Windows Media Player or any other 3rd party media player that you’ve installed.
You might want to download and install the VLC app which is a good alternative to the above for playing MP4 files on ether Mac or Windows computers. WEBSITE: https://www.videolan.org
When playing these same disks on a DVD player, however, this bottom line—produced by the NTSC video signal—is hidden from view because of over-scanning. Similarly, the electronics of VHS players hides this skewed line through over-scanning.
VHS tapes that are converted to MP4 video files are cropped at the bottom so that this line is not present.
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: Sound restoration techniques can be applied to MP4 video files as well. This is particularly effective in reducing consistent background noise such as fans, air conditioners and hum, and in enhancing voices. Ask us to explain.
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