Video Tape Output Comparison

MPEG-4ProRes
Image Size 1920x1080 full HDYesYes
What is the bitrate in HD?10Mbps147Mbps
What size are the files in HD?4.6GB per 1hr56GB per 1hr
What frame rate will I get back?25fps25fps
Can I edit this format on my computer?YesYes
Can I add my own chapter markers?YesYes
Will this work on my Mac?YesYes
Will this work on Windows?YesYes
Will this format play directly on my iPad?YesNo
Synch with AppleTV/iPad/Mobile Phone etc.YesNo
Can I share my movies online with Karishma Cloud ?YesYes

Frequently asked questions

 How do you capture tapes ?
Teranex Processing We use the worlds most advanced converter with extremely high quality de-interlacing. Teranex features proprietary and patented PixelMotion de-interlacing algorithms so you get improved image quality by maintaining vertical resolution. Teranex includes award winning temporal recursive noise reduction.

How do you transfer VHS
Your VHS Tapes are played through a Professional SVHS Deck with advanced IQ mechanism, and 4-channel audio Add up to outstanding performance. The brushless DD motors provide stable tape transport, and tape-to-head contact uses Tapered Twin Projection Cylinder. The mechanism features auto video head cleaning function to maintain high picture quality over long tapes. Smooth, stable tape transport is a major factor in determining final picture quality. The Player is equipped with an 11-bit digital servo that controls tape transport precisely, to maintain optimum image quality by minimising jitter.

How do you transfer Betamax
Your Betamax Tapes are played through a Professional Sony HiFi Super Beta deck. We are very privileged to have 2 of the final Super Beta decks ever made by Sony and they give the best picture possible from your Betamax tapes.

How do you transfer Video8 and Hi8
We have just upgraded our Video8 and Hi8 machines to XR Decks. Video8-XR and Hi8-XR offered a modest 10% improvement in luminance detail over standard Video8 and Hi8. We have also introduced better noise reduction and image stabilization technology giving you the best possible transfer from your tapes.

How do you transfer Digital Tapes like MiniDV and Digital8
All our Digital tapes are done with our  Teranex unit giving you an indistinguishable transfer from the original master and upscaled to HD. We add noise reduction, and colour correction where needed.

How do you up-scale SD to HD ?
We use Teranex hardware and some software tricks to achieve this incredible service. Our upscaling service has sophisticated image sampling, edge detection techniques and multi-direction diagonal filters so “jaggies” are eliminated and you get clean HD looking video which cannot be achieved with the scaling tool on your TV.

Do you clean the tapes before transfer?
Yes we have a tape cleaning machine and all tapes are cleaned before transfer.

Do you do any video restoration ?
Yes, our studios are equipped with restoration hardware and software which allows us to perform colour correction, image enhancement, reconstruction and noise removal, sharpening highlights and softening shadows. Alive Studios can really bring dull footage to life – our goal is to get the video to look like it did originally. Restoration and colour correction is of course dependant on the state of the original videos.

How do I order?
It’s easiest for you to place your order online as the forms prompts you with all the information we will need from you. However, don’t be afraid to phone us to let us help you build your order too.

How do I get the videos to you?
You can send the order yourself using the Post Office, but most people prefer to let us collect the box. Collection is FREE on all orders.

How long does it take?
This is a tricky question. We receive orders from a single tape to a room-full, so we’d need to know what you’re sending to give a lead-time. We find we are in high demand and always have several weeks of work already scheduled in, so if your order is needed in a hurry, just phone and tell us what you need 🙂