It is possible to have up to an hour and a half put onto a single DVD disc but we never recommend any more than this. Any tapes that may last up to 2 or 3 hours in playing time are best split onto two discs to help ensure a final quality copy with minimum compression.
We offer a FULL digital transfer service that is much better for storage and conversion to a standard DVD.
A DVD can hold up to 4.7 GB of data regardless of the playing time of your video, so to keep the video files within 4.7GB they can get compressed (the same as converting a CD to an MP3 file – information gets thrown away. The file size of a FULL digital conversion is on average 13GB of information.
The best way to keep the full quality is to store the files on a memory stick or an external hard drive for playback back on your PC laptop or even some never SMART TVs. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even use these files and edit your own films!
We can upscale to HD if required.
This can help with older standard definition type formats that may be needed for YouTube, Facebook and other video hosting sites or even sending to friends and relatives over the internet. Even if your SD footage is uploaded to YouTube of Facebook, it will be converted into a lower quality when uploaded. Upscaling footage from SD to HD will ensure the quality is not compressed anymore than it needs to be. This format is known as HD MP4, which is a better format than SD simply converted to an MP4 file.
We offer extra video services if you wish to have your tape enhanced.
Picture noise reduction can help with “grainy” footage (or videos shot in low light situations such as indoors or birthday parties where candles are being blown out). Even analogue recordings that may have been recorded from an old analogue aerial can suffer from picture “noise” interference. Our enhancement processing will give you a cleaner overall picture and make videos look like even better than before. If you have very shaky footage we can even process the footage to reduce the shake with our 3d camera stabilisation. Once the video has been converted we can advise the best way forward for you. These services are optional extras.