TechHelp Ottawa Transfers & ConvertsSony Betamax™ Video Tapes to DVD
or to Digital MP4 Video Files
(NTSC & PAL Formats)
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OUR RATES ARE UP-FRONT & COMPETITIVE
We use state-of-the art equipment to ensure the highest quality possible.
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EACH BETAMAX TAPE IS TRANSFERRED TO ITS OWN DVD — WITH ONE DVD MENU ITEM* — DISC PLAYS ON ANY NORTH AMERICAN DVD PLAYER
BETAMAX (NTSC & PAL) TO DVD
$10.00 PER HOUR OF TAPE
(minimum fee of $10 if tape is under 1 hour)
• 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 Betamax tape from beginning to end, just like the original!
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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.
Betamax tapes that are converted to MP4 video files are cropped at the bottom.
BETAMAX TAPE IS CONVERTED TO MP4 VIDEO FILE — FOR PLAYING ON COMPUTERS, SMART PHONES OR TABLETS, OR FOR IMPORTING INTO MOVIE EDITING SOFTWARE
BETAMAX (NTSC & PAL) TO MP4
$13.00 PER HOUR OF TAPE
(minimum fee of $13 if tape is under 1 hour)
Resulting video files are cropped to eliminate unwanted edges and then put onto a USB thumb 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.
• Rates are subject to change without notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Betamax tapes are analogue, however, producing only a standard definition (SD), low resolution picture at a 4 X 3 aspect ratio (like with older TVs).
Moreover, the picture quality of home Betamax tapes can be adversely affected by tape deterioration, slow recording speeds, less than ideal shooting conditions, over and under exposure, tracking problems, the fact that the tape is a dubbed copy of another tape, etc. The DVD reproduces these imperfections exactly. Read more below.
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.
Tips For Better Service
Our clients include:
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions; Government of Canada; Lee Valley Tools; Retired Teachers of Ontario; Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA); Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Ishaka Cultural Group; Sweet Grass Records; Lutheran Church Eastern Synod; Futures Food Products; Rideau Ferry Harbour; Heritage North Museum; Mosaic International; The Ayalik Fund; etc.
All prices are in Canadian dollars and include tax. Rates may change without notice.