We Digitize 8MM CAMCORDER & DIGITAL HI8 Tapes to DVD or MP4
(NTSC & PAL formats)
TechHelp Ottawa is located near the Via Rail station, Ottawa Train Yards and St. Laurent Shopping Centre east of downtown Ottawa.
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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 Hi8 cameras capable of playing tapes recorded in the North American NTSC format. We can also accommodate digital Hi8 tapes that are recorded in the PAL format.
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.
Most companies that offer video transfer services charge a flat fee by the tape, regardless of length. For example: $29 each for the first 9 tapes. $25 each for the next 10 or more tapes. TechHelp Ottawa charges by the hour of content (see our hourly rates above). This fee structure is especially advantageous to those whose tapes are not full or who aren't sure what's on their tapes.
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
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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