We Digitize Betamax™ Tapes to DVD & MP4
(NTSC & PAL formats)
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OUR RATES ARE UP-FRONT & COMPETITIVE
WE PAY THE TAX
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 DVD transfer decks and a studio Betamax unit that is compatible with both North American NTSC and European PAL formats.
We have also invested heavily in state-of-the-art computer software for digitally capturing Betamax content for conversion to MP4 video files. For 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.
BETAMAX TO DVD
(NTSC & PAL)
$10.00 PER HOUR OF TAPE
BETAMAX TO MP4
(NTSC & PAL)
$13.00 PER HOUR OF TAPE
Price includes cropping
Please do not ask us to duplicate or convert commercial movies.
Frequently Asked Questions
• 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 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.
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.
Tips For Better Service
Our clients include:
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions; Government of Canada; Lee Valley Tools; Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE); 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.