We Digitize VHS video tapes to DVD or MP4
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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Our Rates Are Up-Front & Competitive
1) We can rent you a VCR at $20 per day. We will reduce this fee by half if you use our services.
2) We can view your questionable VHS tapes for a handling fee of $3 per tape. We will NOT digitize tapes that contain TV shows or movies, thus saving you money.
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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 VHS to DVD transfer decks.
We have also invested heavily in state-of-the-art computer software for digitally capturing VHS content for conversion to MP4 video files. 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.
Please do not ask us to duplicate or convert commercial VHS movies.
• 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
December, 2012 — Canada's recent Copyright Modernization Act "legitimizes activities that Canadians do every day. For example, it recognizes that Canadians should not be liable for … copying music from CDs to MP3 players, or backing up data if they are doing so for their private use and have not broken a digital lock." Bill C-11 was passed and received Royal Assent on June 29, 2012.
VHS 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 VHS tapes is notoriously bad! Quality 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.
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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