Do you remember all the birthdays, weddings, holidays and family events that you recorded on your video camera? Maybe your business has corporate training or special events videos. Your tapes may appear to be in good condition, but they may also have started to deteriorate slowly without you knowing it.
Early Camcorder and VHS tapes are old, analog recordings. They are affected by temperature, sunlight, magnetic fields and humidity changes. They begin to deteriorate after about a decade, or even less, depending on how they were stored.
The only alternative is to transfer them to a modern digital video format. Avoid losing precious memories by converting your tapes to DVD discs.
Enjoy seeing your old family videos again on your DVD player, Blu-ray player, PC or PlayStation. GREAT GIFT IDEA!
Order online or call 03 546 4148 or 021 055 3102
What’s included in the price?
• Self playing DVD (Starts playing automatically)
• DVD disc and disc case
• Personalised intro
• Editing out gaps and blank screens
• Basic enhancements where possible
• Personalised cover and label
For more info see How does it work?
1 – 10 video tapes – $32 for each tape
11 – 20 video tapes – $28 for each tape
Contact us for a special price if you have more than 20 video tapes to be transferred to DVDs
NOTE: If your video length is over 4 hours the content will be split between 2 DVD discs – $15 extra per tape
• Return tracked courier post – $7.50
$20 per copy (see ‘what’s included in the price’)
Also create an mp4 video file of each tape and transfer to a USB on the same order:
$15 for each tape transfer to the USB (USB drive not included)
Please note that all moulded tapes must be cleaned before we convert them
Clean mould from video tape (light to medium infection) – $10 per tape
Clean mould from video tape (heavy to severe infection) – $15 per tape
Editing options – details on request
Don’t know what’s on your tape, and you only want family/home video content?
Click here: Only family/home video content
Note – GST not included in prices shown
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A VHS tape heavily infected by mould. A white powdery substance, visible on the tape, will destroy it in time.
A Video8 tape infected by mould. Very difficult to clean but in some cases we may be able to extract some footage.
With an affected VHS tape even the case is eventually damaged and can’t be used to transfer the video.
Inspect your tapes and have them cleaned as soon as possible if you detect signs of mould infection.
What can happen to your video tapes when infected by mould?
Video and audio tape is made from cellulose coated with ferric oxide. It can dry out with age and become brittle. If stored in humid or damp conditions, like in a shed or garage, it will in time be infected by a powdery white fungus known as “mould” and resembles a fine white dust.
Once the tape is infected it will slowly eat into the tape and eventually completely destroy it. Mould will systematically spread from tape to tape and also infect the VCR. This problem is mostly found with VHS tapes, but lately also with Video8 and Hi8 tapes.
Mould infection of VHS, other video tapes and audio cassettes recorded in the 1980s and 1990s is becoming more noticeable lately.
Don’t let this happen to your tapes – inspect them today. If they are moulded you should be thinking of having them cleaned and transferred as soon as possible, before it’s too late.
What can you do?
• Don’t store your tapes in garden sheds, cellars or lofts where temperatures can vary a lot.
• Don’t store your tapes in damp areas or in wet cardboard or wooden boxes.
• Keep your tapes in a dark cupboard and away from direct heat sources.
Inspect your tapes:
• Look for a white powdery dust.
• Don’t try to brush it off or blow it across other tapes.
• Don’t try to play your tapes as it will affect your VCR.
• Wear a face mask and gloves if you want to attempt to open the cassette (not recommended).
• Send your tapes to us – we will inspect them to determine if they can be cleaned. If so, we will then clean and extract as much footage from the tapes as possible.
We classify mould infection in 4 stages:
Slight, Medium and Heavy have produced good to excellent results, whilst Severe ranges from poor to unwatchable.
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Tel: 03 546 4148 | 021 055 3102
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