Converting VHS Tapes to DVD
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Converting VHS Tapes 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.
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.
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.
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