Converting Old Media to a Newer Format
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Transferring data from old computer floppy disk
I just found an old computer floppy disk with some
information that I'd like to access but don't have a disk
reader. I'd like to have it converted to a CD. Does anyone
know if there's a service in town that does this? Thanks so
much! old floppy disk owner
I've converted many 3.5-inch floppy disks for my clients and
would be happy to do so for you. I maintain a machine with
floppy drive so I can convert either Mac or Windows
formatted floppies. If there is only one disk it will only
take a few minutes.
I also maintain conversion software to convert old file
formats to newer ones, such as WordPerfect or AppleWorks to
Word. I can perform batch conversions of large numbers of
docs quickly. I highly recommend converting old files now,
rather than procrastinating until it's impossible. It has
already gotten to the point where most such conversions
require using an old machine/operating system.
If they are 5.25-inch floppies, there are online services
that can convert them for you. Here is one, there are many
You can find past recommendations for my services on BPN:
Becky Waring email@example.com
8 mm to DVD
My parents arrive this Thursday to town and my dad is
bringing with him some 8 mm films that he took when I was a
child. I would love to show them to my husband and daughter!
I would like a recommendation of a place where they can
convert these 8mm films into DVD keeping or improving the
quality of the movies.
Sarber's Camera in Montclair Village did this for me - great
job and reasonably priced... Maggie H
Convert super 8 movies to DVDs
I want to get my parents' super 8 movies transferred to DVDs
and don't know where I can do this. The only relevant
recommendations on the BPN website are almost 10 years old.
Not so super
For my camcorder movies, I bought a converter thing that
attached to the camera and then to my computer. It then
converted the movies to a video file that I then burned to a
DVD. The converter thing cost $100 at the Apple store.
If you can't do that, Costco does video conversions at
prices almost identical to the prices I paid through
Groupon/Living Social to convert my old 8 mm videos to DVD.
I would use them, if I had video conversion work to do in
the future, since the Groupon/LIving Social companies I went
with really didn't do a great job on the conversion. not
gonna use Groupon/Living Social again for video conversion
Please call Debbie Ojeda at Saving Memories, 510-724-5197,
email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Debbie does a beautiful job
converting old video to dvd and at the most reasonable rate
I have found - about $10 each. I needed this done a few
months ago and called around for quotes that ranged from a
minimum of $15 to $30 plus. Debbie wants to provide this
service to people without charging exorbitant prices. She
is located in Pinole, just off highway 80. Please give her a
call. She will do a wonderful job with what you need done.
She also makes wonderful slideshows, putting your photos to
background music of your choice for special occasions such
as birthdays, anniversaries, memorial events, retreats, any
event that culd benefit from such a presentation. I have
seen a lot of slideshows and say without any doubt that
Debbie's are the best - very professional and done with a
personal touch that shows care and concern for the event
Please give her a call. You will be so glad you did!!
Costco photo services converts movies to DVD. They have a
menu driven approach so if you want a specific piece of
background music for example Costco probably isn't what
you're looking for. I dropped off 10 3inch reels last
week, estimate is $50. It's the first time I've used this
service so i can't speak to the quality yet. Anon
Audio Visual Consultants, 3738 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610
510-839-2020 888-913-9657, has given me excellent media
conversion service. AVC's work is professional and the
customer service is, too. A long-time customer
Converting older personal VHS tapes to DVD
We have many hours of home movies from our older camera that
used those smaller vhs tapes. We have a standard VHS size
converter that you put the smaller tape in to play it in a
Please recommend anyone who converts these to DVDs as
economically as possible. Thanks...
We were very happy with Audio Visual Consultants at 3738
Grand Avenue in Oakland. Nikki
Audio Visual Consultants has a store on upper Grand Ave,
north of the Grand Lake Theater. I have used AVC on several
occasions to get tapes transferred to DVDs. Their quality
is professional and their customer service is excellent.
They are open Monday-Friday. Contact:
email@example.com, www.avconsultants.com, 3738 Grand
Avenue, Oakland, 510-839-2020. Pam
You can transfer VHS tapes to DVD yourself! After realizing
how quickly it would add up at 10.00 or so a tape - I went
online and did some research into doing it at home - and
saving money in the long run. I found high ratings for the
Sony DVDirect (VRD-MC6) Recorder. This is one of the best
purchases I have made in a long time. It is super easy to
use - you just plug your VCR into it, put a DVD in the
recorder, and push play. The DVDs have the same quality as
the tapes, from what I can tell. You can also plug video
cameras directly into the recorder, as well as memory cards,
and make DVDs that way. The prices on this machine range
from 159.00 (Costco and Walmart online) to 199.99 (Best
Buy). There are several other recorders out there in the
same price range. Happy transferring! Anon
Has anyone scanned/digitized all their old photos?
We have a huge collection of old slides and a lot of antique
photographs that I've been thinking about digitizing. (And
I don't really want to spend $250 on a scanner so that I can
then spend hours and hours scanning this stuff - we have a
lot of it.)
Has anyone done this? Experiences / recs? I know that some
companies outsource to India, and I'd rather not ship my
precious memories abroad.
knee deep in boxes of photos
we used scancafe.com--really good and responsible.
but....it cost 22 cents or something a photo, or maybe more.
they would either take things out of albums and put them
back or charge less if you took them out yourself. i think
they do it in ca. good luck! anon
You can try calling local reprographics companies. BPXpress
is one I use for printing/scanning, 510-559-8299. also try
photo restoration type places, like A-1 Photo on Univ Ave,
841-1233. there are others listed in yellow pages. they do
sometimes outsource these kinds of tasks so be specific.
Yes, we used digital pickle in SF for ALL of my husband's
childhood photos. Great experience.
http://www.digitalpickle.com/ They also have a drop off in
Walnut Creek, and maybe you can also do it by mail. We
presorted the photos, so that the digital file we got back
had folders for each year. Sending the photos overseas
seemed too weird even though we read good reviews and the
prices were cheaper. Email me if you have additional
questions. Have fun... we are so happy we did this!
GoPhoto.com does all their scanning here in the Bay Area.
My parents are slowly but surely getting 50+ years of slides
and photos scanned, and GoPhoto's been great to work with.
Hi--I know you mentioned fear of shipping out of town--but I
had an outstanding experience with ScanCafe (google them for
contact info). Not only were they substantially less
expensive than local services, but they took on making
digital images of a very unusual format-- about 3 inch
square positive 'slides' taken in India in the 1930's and
40's that most other services refused to touch. And the
quality of the digital images was quite good (considering
the originals were far from perfect...). They handled
everything as promised and sent the originals and digital
files back in the time frame promised. recaptured the
I posted this question a few years ago and got several
suggestions. After researching them, the cheapest one (and
local) was the Ritz Camera store at the Safeway shopping
center at 51st & Broadway.
You get a certain number of photos digitized for one price.
It was a crazy number, maybe 500, and the price reasonable.
There was a second option, which cost more, for a higher
resolution scanning, but honestly, the regular scans seemed
great to us. anne
We use a local lab that whose driver picks up the photos
from our store on Tuesdays. They charge 50-75 cents per scan
and they perform color correction and cropping. Much better
than the cheapie places.
AVC Video Production
3738 Grand, Oakland
Open M-F 9:00 to 5:30 PM
Convert Slides to DVD
I'd like to convert two carousels of slides to a dvd format.
The last information on this in the archives is from 2005,
and I'm wondering if the technology has gotten better or
cheaper since then. Anyone done this lately that can
recommend a service that had good quality and a reasonable
Thanks for the tip!
Slidin' into the 21st century
Check out GoPhoto (http://www.gophoto.com/) - they are super
conscientious and friendly, Bay Area based and co-founded by
a fellow Cal alum. Going Digital
Costco will do this service!
There are products out there that you can use yourself.
Mine is like this...
I have a large quantity of slides (2,000+) that I'd like to
digitize, preferably in a high-resolution format that's
ideal for making prints, too. I'm wondering what the best,
most economical method for doing this is. Use a service?
Buy my own equipment? Is there a cost-efficient service out
there? If I were to purchase my own equipment, what to buy
and where to buy it? Thanks. leila
Check out GoPhoto (www.gophoto.com), which scans and
digitizes photos and slides. Full disclosure: My friend
(and fellow Cal alum) is one of the founders -- but I'd
recommend them regardless. They do all the work right here
in the Bay Area and their prices are reasonable - $0.29/item
to scan slides, negatives and paper photos. I'm helping my
parents digitize their slide archive, and the folks at
GoPhoto have been super nice to work with. Happy To Have
Someone Else Do the Work
I own a business that provides slide digitizing. It is
about 75 cents per slide. We use a lab that picks up on
Tuesdays and they scan in 300 DPI resolution. The driver
picks up from our store and returns the slides on CDs. They
don't send them out.
Another option is to purchase a slide scanner. Make sure
you get one that has an auto-load feature and has enough
memory to work quickly. Otherwise it could take you a long
time to scan each slide. Don't get a standard flatbed
scanner if you want high resolution. You may have to spend
over a thousand dollars to get a good one. Even the $500
Nikon has gotten mixed reviews because some slides get
Avoid the temptation to send your slides out. Even if they
go FedEx, unless you have duplicates, your originals are at
risk. Some of the low cost mail order slide transfer
services outsource to India.
AVC Video Production
3738 Grand, Oakland
Open 9-5:30 M-F
I recently was exploring similar services. I found Montclair
Photo with great reviews. I haven't gotten there yet but
they are an independently owned business, have their own lab
and apparently due great work. Leslie
Old photos -- recs to scan to disc, make prints?
I would like to take all the old family photos and get them put onto
reprint some. The archives offered great recommendations for getting old
converted (thank you!) but nothing on this. Is there a reason that
nobody does this that
I don't understand? I'd prefer to have it done professionally (better
and b/c it's a large number of pics but, of course, like not to pay an
arm and leg.
Scanning old family photos, slides, negatives: consider SCAN CAFE. This is a company
located in India that performs high resolution scanning, onto a CD, for very reasonable
cost. Two phtography friends of mine have used their services several times, and
highly recommend them. The down side is the turn-around time, because your
photos and slides are mailed to India and back -- takes over a month. They provide
the mailing labels, and have arrangements with Fed Ex, or one of the big companies.
And I hear they do a very good job. Their cost is much less than local companies.
Check them out on the internet.
Transferring LP to CD
I have an old LP from my childhood that I want to put on CD.
It has a lot of scratches. I'm thinking there must be a way to
not only record from turntable onto CD, but to eliminate the
scratches. Is it outrageously expensive?
Any recs are appreciated. Thanks.
56 and nostalgic
Our studio uses a technician who picks up from us. He has
scratch and pop removal software and has done remarkable jobs for
our clients. The price is $50 for up to an hour-long LP
transferred to CD. You can drop it off during our open hours.
Then when you pick it up, you can listen to the CD before paying.
If you don't like the quality of the CD there will be no charge.
AVC Video Production
3738 Grand, Oakland www.avconsultants.com
I bought a gizmo that transfers tapes and LPs to your computer,
from which you can burn CDs. It cost $60. I can't remember the
name, but I bought it at Sam's, which is like Costco, and
electronics companies should sell it, too. It's a small device
with a long cord that you attach to your stereo and your
computer. The only catch is that you have to do it manually and
wait for the album to play in order for it to record. Therefore,
it takes a long time to transfer an entire collection. It has
controls for eliminating pops and scratches and works really well
if you have the patience to do it.
VHS to DVD Transfer
I have about 20 VHS tapes I would love to have transferred to
DVDs. Most shops charge $20-$30 per tape. Is there anyone out
there that will do this for less? I'm happy to provide the
disks myself. Thanks so much!
I think that the Audio Visual Consultants on Grand Ave in
Oakland will work out an hourly price with you (don't know if
that would work out to be more or less than the $20-30/tape),
but it is probably worth asking them. We have had great
response and work from them.
Do you know the lengths of your tapes? We frequently can combine
two or more tapes onto a single 120-minute DVD for $29 plus a $10
combining fee, rather than having to charge $29 per each tape.
Today we completed a job where we combined five VHS tapes to one
DVD and saved the client lots of money. We charge $10 per
combining fee, and his total was $69 rather than nearly $150 if
they were on separate discs.
Why don't you bring in your tapes to our store, and we can figure
out the least costly way to transfer them for you? At no added
charge we can boost the audio or brightness and correct colors.
And we use industrial-grade discs that have an inkjet surface
that we can print labels onto.
We are open weekdays only 9-5:30. We are across from Safeway on
Stu Sweetow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Audio Visual Consultants
Video Production, DVDs, Editing
Visit Our Storefront Studio
3738 Grand Ave, Oakland 94610
Transfer mini-vhs MP tapes to DVD
I would like our family movies to enter the digital age and have our
mini-vhs MP tapes transferred to DVD. Can anyone recommend a service that
would be reliable and reasonably priced in Oakland/Berkeley or SF?
Try Audio Visual Consultants on Grand Avenue in Oakland . A few months
ago, I walked into AVC on Grand Avenue (near Lakeshore area) and was
treated kindly by everyone there. They not only transferred the videos to
DVDs, but they did it quickly, for a reasonable price, labeled them all
perfectly and called me when they were ready (earlier than expected!).
This was SO worth outsourcing (I'd tried to do it myself and lost a
weekend). I'd go there again for any transfers to DVD. All my mother's
home videos from the 30s and 40s are all preserved on DVD, and we couldn't
Audio Visual Consultants
3738 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
LP to CD converters
I bought one of these devices for $60 at Sam's Club, and I used it
for recording tapes to my computer. If I wanted, I could then
transfer them to CDs. The sound quality seems fine. I haven't used
it for LPs yet, but it is capable of transferring them, too. I
don't know about it magnifying extraneous sounds on LP, but it
seems to work well for cassette tapes. One warning, this is a very
labor-intensive job. You really need to be around to start and stop
the process of recording, then you can break the recording unto
individual songs (or make sure the device automatically broke them
at the correct places)and label them with names. Note: the device
I'm talking about connects your computer with your player. I'm not
remembering the name of it right now. Something like Xitel. It's a
tiny device with a lot of cord to reach between stereo and
Look at CostCo's website ....search for ''turntable'' and you'll
see an LP to CD converter from ION for under $100....they deliver.
I just bought mine but haven't had the time yet to use it, so I
can't say anything about its quality.......
Convert old videos to DVD
I've got heaps of old videos that I would love to convert to DVDs but am not sure how
to proceed. Are there places I can get this done? Or, since I have a large number of
them, would it make more sense to buy a VCR/DVD combo that might allow me to make my
own copies. Since I'm a bit (a lot!) technology phobic any guidance would be welcome.
While helping my clients get organized we always run into piles of tapes and
old reels of film. I always recommend this site www.imemories.com. They do a
fantastic job and its user friendly.
The Organizer Guy
After purchasing a well-reviewed VCR/DVD combo that records DVDs for the same
purpose you wanted (transferring old VHS tapes onto DVD), I set out to take
care of business. I ended up finding myself in the middle of a frustrating
project. Not only did the DVD burns not always format correctly, but it seemed
if I did too much transferring from VHS to DVD, the DVD player (not recorder!)
would start malfunctioning so I couldn't even enjoy my well-earned Netflix at
the end of a day.
I finally got wise and outsourced. What a relief. AV Consultants on Grand
Avenue in Oakland will do it for you--we are working with Stuart Sweetow there.
He was so responsive when I asked him about it (and even offered to help me
troubleshoot my project) that I sent my husband down there right away with all
my mother's old home videos (VHS) so I could surprise her with a new family DVD
collection for her upcoming birthday. I'll be interested to hear if anyone's
had any luck with some of the other combo DVD recorders. It's a purchase I
regret, and I'm so happy to have handed it over to a pro who will turn it
around in no time at all! 510-839-2020 at 3738 Grand Avenue (not far from the
Grand Lake Theater) http://www.avconsultants.com/
Best of luck,
VHS & MiniDV transfer service to DVD?
Can anyone recommend an affordable service that can transfer mini DV cassettes and my
old VHS tapes (including the 20 week ultrasound of my son) to DVD? I'm trying to join
the 21st century and get rid of a pile of this stuff without losing the memories or
spending a fortune. I'm not up for buying the software and doing it myself so I wonder
if there's any service in the East Bay/Bay Area that does a good job affordably? Thanks
so much for the recommendations.
Try Costco...They do a great job and for $20 each (2 hrs.). It takes
about a 3-wk turnaround.
Try Costco. We just had some 8 mm film transferred to CD and I believe
they do VHS tapes and other formats to DVD as well. Good quality and much
cheaper than anything else I could find at the time. If you aren't a
member, you'd have to find a friend who is or buy a membership which may
be worth it if you have a lot to transfer by the amount you'd save going
There is a shop on Grand Ave that does just what you're looking for. Stu
Sweetow at Audio Visual Consultants (AVC) will take your old tapes and
combine them onto one DVD. They have top notch equipment and do a very
thorough job. Find him at 3738 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: 510-839-2020 Fax: 510-839-6464
hope this helps
Try Audio Visual Consultants on Grand Avenue in Oakland. A few months ago,
I walked into AVC on Grand Avenue and was treated kindly by everyone
there. They not only transferred the videos to DVDs, but they did it
quickly, for a reasonable price, labeled them all perfectly and called me
when they were ready (earlier than expected!). This was SO worth
outsourcing (I'd tried to do it myself and lost a weekend). I'd go there
again for VHS and mini-DV transfers.
Audio Visual Consultants
3738 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
8mm - 16mm - slides to dvd transfer
Looking to transfer super8mm, 16mm reels and slides to dvd
format. Can anyone recommend a reputable Bay Area company that
digitalpickle.com - they are in SF. I used them to transfer 8mm
video to DVD and they were fast, professional and the resulting
DVDs are great! Very reasonably priced, too.
I am having an old old 16mm family home movie converted by the
Video Transfer Center in San Francisco. They were recommended by
several people, including one of the archivists at the Pacific Film
Archive, and though I haven't gotten back my DVD yet, I enjoyed
talking to them, and would say they definitely seem to know what
they're doing. Their website is videotransfercenter.com. They were
close to the highway on South Van Ness. (I don't know if they do
in the same boat
Talk to Stu Sweetow at Audio Visual Consultants in Oakland. ph
510-839-2020, or email@example.com
Transferring a Vinyl Record to a CD
Has anyone had a vinyl record transferred to a cd and had a
good experience? I want to transfer a vinyl 33 inch LP to a
cd. However, I don't have the equipment or know how to do it
in a way that preserves the sound quality. Any recommendations
of people who do this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
My husband is a musician, producer, and audio engineer and
here are a couple of sites he mentioned that do it:
My husband has been transferring vinyl to CDs at home. He
has a USB turntable, but says any turntable will work, as
long as it has an input connector. The turntable he has
came with EZ Audio Converter, which was free. However he
greatly prefers CD Spin Doctor. It is expensive, but worth
it. It is simple to use, and takes the pops/crackles out of
the record as it records if you want it too. I have heard
the results and they are great.
partner to a music fanatic
Transferring 8 mm film to DVD
My dad came across our old home videos and I'd like to transfer
them to DVD. Has anyone done this? Any recommendations in the
We got DVDs - one for each of the four ''kids'' - from our 1950s 8mm
movies from Stu Sweetow at AVC on Broadway in Oakland.
It was a big project. It took 3 DVDs to hold the whole set of films.
And, we love the results.
Film to DVD transfer
I am looking for a reputable place to have my old student films (shot
on super 8 and 16MM film) transfered to DVD. I had a film ruined once
by a place in LA that did a shlock job, so I'm pretty cautious now.
Anyone had any experience with a local transfer place they liked?
I would suggest Video Transfer in San Francisco on South Van Ness(?)...
very knowledgeable and great service.
I recently unearthed a pile of my old LPs in the basement (hello again Bay City
Rollers!). I'm going to unload most of the LPs, but a couple of them from my
early childhood are not currently available on CD. I would love to hear them
again and have my kids be able to hear them too, but we don't have a turntable
anymore. Is there any local business that will record my LPs to CD? Is it even
not a lawyer, it is generally considered legal to make copies of LPs for your own
Check this out. You can evidently do it youself with an Album CD Burner (Restoration
Hardware Catalog). Part # 3605.0553 if you want to do your own search on their website
And, yes, it's legal, just as you could make a tape for your personal use.
Technically, I don't think you should then sell the LP, but ... who's gonna know if you
My advice -- don't get rid of any of your LPs. If you have the space, hang onto them!
I inherited my parents' LPs and have added my own, to have a large and varied vinyl
collection that I cherish. If you must, however, there are many software programs that
help you convert your vinyl to MP3s -- just google ''vinyl to MP3'' for a start. If
you want to skip figuring out how to wire analog to digital, you can also buy a record
player that plugs into your computer and converts directly to MP3s -- check out the
Hammacher Schlemmer LP to MP3 record player http://www.hammacher.com/. I don't know of
any stores that provide this service, as it's one thing to convert your own personal
collection -- but may be considered illegal to convert other people's collections.
Do you know about DOWN HOME RECORDS? They are on SanPablo Avenue just past Whole
Foods in ElCerrito. They have a parking lot. Those folks know EVERYTHING or will
find out for you and it's OK to bring kids in
That is always my first place to ask.
We lost our old camcorder. It was an older model that works
with small video tapes. After recording your footage, you then
use the camera itself to transfer the mini tape onto a regualr
size VCR video tape.
Well, since we lost (it was stolen) the camcorder, we now have
several mini tapes with precious footage of our kids that we
want to have transfered onto regular sized video tapes, or
actually now we would prefer them transfered to DVD's.
Where could I go to have this done? Any idea of how much it
might cost me?
not a movie maker
See if http://www.homemovie.com/ can help you - I sent them some
full-size VHS tapes and they digitized them for $5 a pop. You
have to download them and burn them onto your own DVDs, but it
sure beats $20+ per tape for the fancy conversion services.
They do super 8 and other weird formats, so may do mini-VHS,
too. Their customer service (via email) was good, too.
I've checked the archives but can't seem to find a
recommendation for a place that will transfer our Sony Mini DV
Video Cassettes to DVDs. There are some old recommendations
from '02 about transferring Super 8s to VHS but given the new
technology I'd love a recommendation of a business who can help
me with this (preferrably in Oakland or Berkeley if possible).
Swimming in tapes
Krishna Copy in Berkeley does an excellent job
I'm sure A-1 Photo on University can do it for you.
We have a lot of family videos--VHS and mostly 8 mm--that we would like to have
transferred to DVDs. Nothing fancy, no music, no restoration necessary. Any
recommendations for someone who can help us with this. We know we could get the
machine and do it ourselves but we don't have the time.
want to watch!
I can't remember the name of the place (sorry!) but it's on Grand Ave in
north Oakland, right across the street from the Safeway on Grand Ave.
(about 4 blocks south of where Oakland Ave crosses Grand Ave.), and a
few doors down from the Copy Plus shop, past the Uhuru furniture
place. Their awning has the word ''video'' in it, and their windows
advertise their services for making wedding videos. They Xfer anything
to anything. They're reasonable, it's a nice local small business and
they're friendly, competent and professional. I had a lot of DVDs and
VHS's made from digital video ''movies'' I had made for my kids' college
sports recruiters. They do titles, too, on the tapes----they can do it all.
Needed help and got it
My mother-in-law recently had all her old super-8 movies (taken
from the 1960s on) transferred to three DVDs at A-1 Photo in
Berkeley (on University). We got a copy and they came out
great. Not sure what she paid but she definitely thinks it was
worth it. They handle all media and can put anything on DVDs.
Here's a link: http://www.a1photolab.com/
Stu Sweetow of Audio Visual Consultant can do this kind of work
well. AVC is across the street from Safeway on Grand Avenue in
Oakland and has been in business over 20 years.
3738 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Open Mon - Fri 9:00 to 5:30
Transfer VHS home movies to DVD
Our home movies - mostly from the 50's (YIKES) - were transferred
many years ago to VHS. We now would like to transfer them all
from the VHS to DVD (I don't think there is any audio in these -
silent era, you know). Is there a person or business in Berkeley
that will do a good job with this?
The East Bay Media Center on Addison in Berkeley could do the
transfer for you.
Digital Pickle in sf transferred some High 8's to DVD for me
and did a great job at a reasonable price and in a short amount
of time. They have a website - google 'em.
Hello - I have a few years worth of Video camera recorder tapes
that I would like to convert to DVD at an affordable price. I
found one source but it was quite pricey. Does anyone have
Denevi in Castro Valley had the best price I could find. They specialize in wholesale
(i.e., they do work for places like Walmart and Longs) but they will take retail
I recommend Stuart Sweetow, owner of Audio Visual Consultants,
to convert your tapes to DVD. His prices are reasonable and he
has been in business in Oakland for over 20 years. He is a true
professional and a pleasure to work with. Here is his contact
information: AVC, 3738 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA (510) 839-2020,
Costco sells a VHS-- DVD recorder for about $200.00. If you
have a number of tapes, it might be cheaper to buy that then
have someone do it for you.....
I was faced with the same problem. I had 35 analog hi-8 tapes.
So I bought a new SONY digital-8 camera for cheap ($300 at
Frye's) and a new Dell desktop (that we needed anyway) with a
DVD-writer, and video editing software for under $100. For the
amount of money it would have cost me to pay to have those
tapes converted, I instead put that money toward the
hardware/software to do it myself. And I can keep on making my
own videos/DVDs. It does take time, but it's very worth it.
Try Rick MacIvor. I have used him to transfer old movies to
dvd. His prices are reasonable and he does a great job.
My sister was helping our mom go through some boxes when they
uncovered a stack of reel-to-reel tapes. Mom says, 'oh, one of
those is of my wedding.' !!! We have no reel-to-reel tape
player, and sis and I would love to get these things copied to
some durable media we could actually listen to...where can I
have that done? And what does it cost? The tapes are currently
in Orange County, so Southern California recommendations are
welcome -- or I could bring them home next time I visit and have
it done here.
I am probably going to send some of our 8mm and VHS their way.
Call Stu at Audio Visual Consultants. They convert old tapes to
CDs and have been in business over 20 years. They have a store
on upper Grand Ave, north of the Grand Lake theater, but they
are closed on weekends. Phone 510-839-2020. Address: 3738
Grand Ave., Oakland.
Transferring videos to DVD
Any recommendations for transferring videos to DVD? Only one
recommendation in the archive, and that was from 2002. Wondering if
there is more info now.
A friend of mine owns a service that converts videos to DVD's.
Here is his information:
Conversion of videotapes to DVDs starting at $29 at AVC Audio
They have a storefront studio at 3738 Grand Ave in Oakland and
are open M-F, 9 to 5:30.
They do the work in house, use top quality discs and check each
disc to verify that they are recorded properly.
They take VHS tapes and camcorder tapes. They won't copy
copyrighted material unless you own the copyright.
They also make additional copies of DVDs for about $5.00 to
$15.00 depending on quantity.
Audio Visual Consultants
Video Production, Editing, DVDs
3738 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
We had quite a lot of this we wanted to do, and found the copy shop prices awfully
expensive. Two weeks ago, we discussed this with our wonderful Macintosh
consultant, Bruce McLaughlin, and then bought a DataVideo DAC 100 for about
Bruce and I tried it out last week and it worked like a charm. Play VHS videos into
the DAC, and they end up digital on the hard drive for downloading to a DVD or
iMovie, etc. Even works with Windows. Bruce is, as we speak, mulling over whether
to offer this service to clients, either with the DAC I bought or he buys his own.
So this is a matter in transition -- but in the co-housing frame of mind, it really
seems silly to me for a bunch of people each to own a device, whether lawnmower
or washing machine or DAC-100 that they use only a few hours a week.
If you have a lot of videos and you are slightly technically
inclined, you could buy a standalone DVD recorder and do it
yourself. Costco and Sears have them for as little as $150,
although units with a built-in VCR will be significantly more costly.
Heritage Audio/Visual in Albany can do this for you. Please see:
www.HeritageAV.com for details.
I'm looking for a company that can take old photos and slides
and create a DVD that's set to music. Any ideas? Price range?
Marin Filmworks in San Rafael (www.marinfilmworks.com) offers
this service at a reasonable price. I would trust them to handle
your old photos and slides with care. I use them for all my
photo jobs and they are a professional lab with great customer
service (the owners work the front desk!) Good Luck!
Contact Rick MacIvor of Digital Duck: rick AT digitalduck.net
He does wedding video work as well.
I'd like to recommend my brother-in-law's new photo montage business. He does
excellent quality work, at reasonable prices. I have seen dvds set to music that
he has done for new babies and for a 90th birthday party, and both were great. He
is also able to take your old photos or slides and do restoration work on them.
Infomation about his company, HandMade Digital Video, and prices are listed later
in this newsletter in response to the request for a photo montage recommendation.
I had a ''tribute video'' created for my dad's 70th birthday back
in November. Karen Alvarez is great and especially good at
transitions from slide/picture to slide/picture. She created a
wonderful video for my family and there were no dry eyes in the
house. Here is her website: http://www.tributevideo.tv/
I highly recommend Tommy Rosen and Kia Miller to put together
your family montage. They are exceptionally creative,
professional and personal.
You can email them at tommy AT freewayentertainment.com
Try Stu Sweetow. I forgot the name of his shop, but he does
tape to DVD conversions very well. 510-839-2020.
Heritage Audio/Visual in Albany can do this for you. Please see:
www.HeritageAV.com for details.
Transferring photos to video
Can anyone recommend someone that can create a video from photographs.
I am looking for someone creative that can create a special video for my
50th wedding anniversary. I want some help with the creative part (adding music
and graphics) and someone who can also do the transfer.
My friend Teri Duff has a company called Family Archive Films that creates
videos and documentaries for families. She has created many videos for
Birthdays and Anniversaries. You can check out her website at
www.passitdown.com. She is very creative and has worked in video for over
12 years. She recently started this home based business so she could
continue to do creative work but also spend more time with her three year
old. You should call her, (510) 336-96600, and make an appointment to go
look at her work. She is quite nice and easy to work with.
We have some old 8mm movie reels(round reel diameter is about
8cm) circa 1970's and hundreds and hundreds of printed photos
that I would like to transfer to digital format on a CD or a DVD.
Any recommendations on where to go, or send off to? I'm also
curious about the quality of such transfers.
I used Denevi in Castro Valley for 8mm transfer on to DVD. They were far less
expensive than anyone else I called. They generally have corporate customers (i.e.
Walgreens), but they do take retail clients. Regarding the quality, it is only as good
as the originals. And compared to today's technology, the quality is very weak. I had
wanted to edit the movies on my iMac, but unfortunately they use a proprietary
formatting that I wasn't able to edit. Bottom line is that I would recommend them
unless you wanted to edit your footage.
Transfer VHS to DVD
Does anyone have a recommendation for a video company in
Berkeley or in Walnut Creek that will transfer video (VCR) to
DVD? I have a few tapes of my son that we seem to keep playing
over and over for relatives. I have other videos that are
seriously worn out, so to preserve my son's childhood, I need to
transfer them to DVD. What is the cost of doing something like
Thank you for all responses.
The process to transfer from vhs to dvd is not simple as the old
technology of recording to vhs. DVD technolgy is still new. I
have a video production company in Berkeley and the cost to
transfer from vhs to dvd is expensive. If your footage was on
the new camera formats (mini dv) you could then (if you own an
apple computer) put the footage on the computer and compress to
a quicktime movie that could then be burned to a dvd. There is
so much more to the process than just this that it would take a
full page to explain the details and complications of burning
your own dvd. You can contact me if you would like a price,or
information on the process of going to dvd format.
This technology is changing very fast and getting easier every
day. I have been in the process of creating DVDs from our 8 mm
camera, VHS and mini DVD. Instead of using a computer I
purchased a DVD recorder (latest starting prices at $450).
Mine is a Panasonic which is about as easy as using a VHS
recorder. Sony also has one out that looks fairly easy to use
(around $800). I have made copies of weddings, births and
parties videos for family members. I got DVD labeling software
to give it a more professional look. There are limited books
on the topic but I read ''Create Your own DVDs''. It is geared
more twoards doing it all on a PC but it gives some basic
background. There is also a recording DVDs for Dummies book
about to be released. It might be more cost effective to do it
yourself if you have a lot of footage and you don't mind
spending the time. To record the raw footage is not terribly
time consuming once you figure it out. The editing takes a lot
Access Video on Gilman in Berkeley does a good job of film
transfer. My advice (unless you have deep pockets) would be to
have them transfer the film onto a consumer format digital
videotape rather than DVD. Then find someone with a Macintosh
and iDVD (or the PC equivalent) who can burn a DVD for you. The
video production houses tend to charge an arm and a leg for DVD
mastering -- which, IMHO, is overkill for many consumer needs.
Can anyone recommend an online photo service (Ofoto, etc.) that
makes slides from digital photo files (.jpeg)? I don't seem to
be aware of any that do. Thanks.
to have a slide (or negative) made from a digital file youcan
call a professional lab like Ziba in Berkely 510-849-0776.
try the slide factory in San Francisco slidefactory.com
christina shook photography
Does anyone know the best way to duplicate audio cassettes that are micro
size? Most places seem set up for the standard size only.
Recommendation Sound Idea/The Duplicator, 405 14th Street, Suite 612 in
downtown Oakland. Their telephone number is 832-5178.
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