Video Tape Transfer in HD

Video Tape Transfer in HD

Tapes remastered in HD to digital & cloud
£65 per tape (or £55 each for 10+ tapes)

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The Alive Studios Video Transfer Service

We understand how precious your video tapes are, so work tirelessly to turn regular old video tapes into impressive movies. We transfer VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Video8,  Hi8, Mini DV, HDV, Digital 8 and Micro MV tapes. We can work with PAL or NTSC. This is no ordinary transfer. We carry out extensive restoration and repair work and always upscale your videos to HD. On top of the awesome technology, you’re employing your own dedicated editor to work with you.

Our team are all senior editors each having no less than 10 years experience in archive film. They will scrub through your footage, deleting blank areas where the screen goes blue, and editing out unwanted material like floor-filming, and lens-cap filming. They look out for obvious mistakes like TV shows taped over family movies, and so on. Our service always includes removing these obvious bloopers to make your films as tidy and professional as possible.

“Tell me what I’m paying for…”
With our money-back guarantee, you will only pay for tapes we can transfer, so in the unlikely event they are broken beyond repair, you won’t pay a thing.  We also don’t charge for tapes which are blank or have been recorded over with unwanted footage.

We digitally remaster and repair your film through our professional editing decks and Teranex Processing units with extremely high quality de-interlacing and temporal recursive noise reduction. Your transfer will be carried out by a highly experienced editor.

“What kind of problems can you fix?…”
Customers are astonished to find that films that jump to the point of being unwatchable due to tracking problems and stretched, saggy tapes, can become viewable film once more. Worn out and degraded tapes which have washed out colours, orange skin tones, and white fuzzy flecks, are improved. Dark films with poor lighting cause horrible colour-noise issues – we have specialist filters to combat that problem. The technology alone is not enough – combining the amazing Teranex system with a highly skilled editor makes all the difference. If you have a large collection of tapes to transfer, why not sample the service on one tape to see just how much we can do for you – we’re sure you’ll be amazed! Check out the examples for evidence of what’s possible.

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Fantastic in all areas, cannot fault any part of procedure. Absolutely would recommend. What a stress free experience. Not the cheapest but definitely the best.

Service Features​

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Tapes up-scaled to HD

We use the worlds most advanced video converter to transfer all your analogue and digital tapes. Our up-scaling service has sophisticated image sampling, edge detection techniques and multi-direction diagonal filters.

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Supplied on USB stick

Choose MPEG for super easy to use files, that plug into your TV to enjoy on the big screen. Then pop it into your computer to re-order, re-name, and edit. Add your own titles, music etc. to create amazing films. ProRes 422 also available.

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All tapes are cleaned

One of the things that makes our transfer superior to others is the cleaning process we undertake prior to transfer.  Our decks also feature continuous head cleaning even as the tape is being transferred. 

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Colour correction

Video tapes benefits hugely from expert colour correction. We use a variety of methods including colour correction, contrast enhancers and de-noise, which makes the picture smoother and clearer.

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Free 30 day movie hosting

All films we transfer for you are uploaded to our password protected Movie Hosting service, with FREE ACCESS for the first 30 days.

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Free collection and delivery

We are happy to arrange our courier to collect and deliver your tapes from your work or home address. We'll provide you with a convenient one hour time slot by text and/or email.

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Examples of our work

Information on video tape formats

Tapes we can remaster in HD

We can digitally remaster all of there’s tapes from PAL/NTSC or SECAM

BETAMAX AND SUPERBETA TAPES
1975 saw the release of Sony’s Betamax tape, followed in 1985 by the superior SuperBeta.
Tape lengths: L-125 32 min, L-250 43 min, L-500 130 min, L-750 195 min

VHS AND SUPER VHS (SVHS) TAPES
In 1976 JVC gave us The Video Home System (VHS), followed by higher-quality S-VHS in 1987.
Tape lengths: upto 4 Hours SP / 8 Hours LP

VIDEO 2000 (V2000)
1979 saw the less popular Philips Video 2000 tapes which could be recorded on both sides (like an audio cassette)
Tape lengths: upto 4 Hours per side

VHS-C AND SVHS-C TAPES
VHS-C is the compact VHS videocassette format introduced in 1982. The format is based on the same video tape as is used in VHS, and can be played back in a standard VHS player with an adapter.
Tape lengths: 30 or 45 minutes SP

VIDEO 8/Hi8 AND DIGITAL8 TAPES
Video8 (8mm video format) was launched in 1985. This was followed by Hi8, a version with improved picture resolution. Digital8 was introduced in 1999.
Tape lengths: upto 135 minutes in SP

MINIDV AND HDV
DV is a format for storing digital video. It was launched in 1995. HDV launched in 2003 is a format for recording of high-definition video on DV cassette tape.
Tape lengths: upto 60 minutes in SP

MICRO MV
MicroMV is a proprietary videotape format introduced in October 2001 by Sony. This video cassette is physically smaller than a MiniDV. In fact, MicroMV is the smallest videotape format.
Tape lengths: upto 60 minutes

Professional / Broadcast Videotapes

Here at Alive Studios we can handle a wide range of Pro Video tapes formats including Betacam, U-Matic, HDCAM and more. Please see our dedicated ProVideo transfer page.

Superior Quality Equipment

Teranex

We use the worlds most advanced video converter to transfer all your analogue and digital tapes

Finest quality conversion between video standards, frame rates and resolutions. Teranex features proprietary and patented PixelMotion de-interlacing algorithms so you get improved image quality by maintaining vertical resolution. Also includes temporal recursive noise reduction.

With any tape conversion we always use the highest quality professional decks featuring auto video head cleaning, All tapes are also cleaned before transfer.

Digital output formats

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MPEG-4

The most versatile format is the MPEG-4. Works on any computer, phone, tablet or TV. (Mac, PC, Android TV, AppleTV and Amazon Fire TV). We give you one file for each tape, named or numbered as you like. We deliver the files on a USB hard-drive/USB Stick. You can provide your own, or buy one of ours. from just £12.

ProRes

This is the perfect choice if you wish to edit your tapes on a computer, whether it’s a PC or Mac. ProRes is a high quality, QuickTime file which works with all the major editing programs. We give you one file for each tape on a USB hard-drive/USB Stick. You can provide your own, or buy one of ours. from just £12.

Movie Hosting

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It's Netflix for your home movies

Alive Studios Movie hosting is free for 30 days.

Log in via your computer, or download the free APP to your phone or tablet so you can take your memories with you wherever you go. We also have the Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon and Fire TV APPs making all your home movies available onDemand from the comfort of your living room. It’s as easy as calling up Netflix – only with our service, you are the star of every episode!

Log in online to make changes to the titles of your movies, create multiple user logins for all your friends and family so they can share the experience too. Chat directly with your dedicated editor to ensure your films are created just the way you want them. You get 60 days free, then you can extend for just £22/year.

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  1. Build your order using the ‘Order and quote form’ button below.
  2. Print off the order-form.
  3. Wrap your films securely and place in a box/Jiffy bag with your order-form.
  4. Send at the post office, or use our FREE courier collection service.
  5. Or order by Phone

Or order by Phone

Speak to one of our friendly team at the studio who do everything for you.
Lines are open 9.00am to 5:30pm weekdays, and most Saturdays Tel: 0800 0830561

FREE Collection Service

We are happy to arrange our courier to collect your cine films from your work or home address. We’ll provide you with a convenient one hour time slot by text and/or email. Collection is completely free for any size order. (UK mainland only, Scottish highlands & Islands at extra cost).

FREE Delivery Service

Delivery back to you is completely FREE on ALL orders, no matter how large or small. As with our collection service, we even provide you with a precise one hour delivery window so you don’t have to wait in all day.

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  1. Build your order using the ‘Order and quote form’ button below.
  2. Print off the order-form.
  3. Wrap your films securely and place in a box/Jiffy bag with your order-form.
  4. Send at the post office, or use our FREE courier collection service.
  5. Or order by Phone

Or order by Phone

Speak to one of our friendly team at the studio who do everything for you.
Lines are open 9.00am to 5:30pm weekdays, and most Saturdays Tel: 0800 0830561

FREE Collection Service

We are happy to arrange our courier to collect your cine films from your work or home address. We’ll provide you with a convenient one hour time slot by text and/or email. Collection is completely free for any size order. (UK mainland only, Scottish highlands & Islands at extra cost).

FREE Delivery Service

Delivery back to you is completely FREE on ALL orders, no matter how large or small. As with our collection service, we even provide you with a precise one hour delivery window so you don’t have to wait in all day.

Get a quote & build your order

Use the handy “save for later” feature to return anytime