TechHelp Ottawa
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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Digital Hi8 TAPE
To MOV or MP4 video file
(NO DVD AVAILABLE)
(NTSC & PAL)

$15.00 PER HOUR OF TAPE

Tax included
Discounts for quantity

Price includes cropping on MP4 video files
(See Frequently Asked Questions below)


Regular 8mm to MP4 or DVD

$13.00 PER HOUR OF TAPE

Tax included
Discounts for quantity

Price includes cropping on MP4 video files
(See Frequently Asked Questions below)


Regular 8mm to MP4 and DVD

$15.00 PER HOUR OF TAPE

Tax included
Discounts for quantity

Price includes cropping on MP4 video files
(See Frequently Asked Questions below)

NOTE: If you have 8mm tapes that you think might be blank or contain content that you don't want digitized, we can view your questionable tapes for a handling fee of $3 per tape.


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Video digitizing the right way!

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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.

NOTE: Sound restoration techniques can be applied to video files converted from VHS, 8mm Camcorder and Mini-DV tapes. This is particularly effective in reducing consistent background noise such as fans, air conditioners and hum, and in enhancing voices. Visit this page on our website.


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Frequently Asked Questions

• Most modern TVs have a USB port either on the side or back of the unit. Plug the USB stick into that port and use the Input or Source button on your remote to find the USB. Then it’s a matter of selecting and playing the files. You might want to check the TV manual for more info.

• 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
DVDs that have been transferred from VHS tapes will display a skewed line at the bottom of the screen when you watch the disks on a computer. This happens because, when tapes are transferred to DVD and watched on a computer display, we see the whole picture, including the part at the bottom that was meant to be hidden through a process called over-scanning.

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.
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.
Yes, we can edit your 8mm Camcorder tape content, but additional fees will apply. Please ask us in advance about editing your VHS content.

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.
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.
Upon request, 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. The fee is $7 per DVD.


Tips For Better Service

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that tapes are accurately labelled and organized. This helps us to properly label the resulting DVDs.
If you can, please save us time by rewinding your tapes before delivering them to us.
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).


• Rates are subject to change without notice.


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OTTAWA PHONE
343-887-8715

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