The most affordable and flexible video transfer service in the UK.
How to request an audio or video transfer
Use the easy order page below or here. Just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.
Though DVDs are still possible in small quantities, virtually all customers take video files on a USB stick or hard disk (depending on running times).
Click on the symbols above for information on the format. Using this form implies acceptance of cookies.
If you don't know what kind of tapes you have, or want to see pictures of them, scroll through this page.
If for any reason you get stuck filling out the form, just email me and I'll help you personally. It's a personal service I offer, not like some of the big video editing houses. I understand that in many cases you will not be able to tell how much material is on the original recordings. In which case we can usually deal with payment later once I've worked on the tapes. Payment is best done by bank transfer, but cheques to video99 are acceptable too. Please read our Terms and Conditions, which form part of the agreement.
Email is my preferred method of comminication, but if you would like to speak to me personally you can telephone Colin during normal hours on: 01752 881652, The best times to call are 10am-2:15pm. You can always email email@example.com and I will usually respond even out of normal hours.
A note about quality and value for money: There are some transfer services on eBay and similar, offering to squeeze 3 or even 4 hours of video onto a DVD for about a fiver. But recorded single layer DVDs can only provide full resolution for up to around 2 to 2.5 hours, so you know they are not providing you with full resolution transfers. Do they use the best equipment, do they use Digital Timebase Correctors for best possible results, do they carefully adjust the colour alignment and other controls to correct imperfections on the tape? No, not at that price, you know they don't. They can also hide other costs, for example one of the "cheap" companies charge £25 to repair a faulty tape, but video99 charges just £5 and sometimes waives that too. Video99 has long lists of very happy customers, see the testimonials, some from famous names, and you can see that we provide the highest possible quality. The "cheap" companies can also let you down because they can't handle any recordings which are unusual formats, foreign TV systems or difficult tapes, and they can make you wait months before returning your tapes if they can't run them! So who provides the best value?
If you want your tapes back after you have the
transfers: Not everyone needs their tapes returned once they
have the DVDs or computer files, but if you do (and we recommend it),
we will need to add postage costs. For a single video tape in the UK,
this is usually £3.55. For larger quantities, and tapes from
outside the UK, I will let you know. Ideally can you ensure you
send the tapes in a package which is sufficiently large and robust for
me to use to send back your original tapes. Usually I will send the
DVDs or video files to you ahead of returning your tapes, then when
you've confirmed you are happy with the transfers, I will return your
tapes. This way I can help you further if necessary - for example you
can now see you want a different part of a tape transferred on its own
or you want extra copies. When you receive your tapes back, you
may notice that the record tabs have been removed or switched to the
safe position. The first thing I do with a tape is make sure that it
cannot be recorded on, so protecting your important recordings.
If you don't want tapes returned, there is a small charge for some
tapes since we pay for a proper disposal service.
** Work taken on for other
businesses can be supplied without video99 branding on DVDs or data
folders, ready for re-branding. However video99 will never secretly outsource work to
another company; if there's something we don't handle (like Cine Film)
then we will try to suggest someone who can help you.
Click below on the tape format you have to read a little about the video tapes and see the some guide prices. If you you're not sure what your tape is, scroll down this page until you see it, or just ask for help. I have possibly the largest selection of video cassette formats available in the UK. All kinds of video cassette and camcorder tapes can be copied at prices which make it well worth leaving it to an expert.
We usually provide DV-AVI files of 13GB per hour from most video formats. These are much higher quality than the compressed files you would get from a cheap video to USB converter gadget, and are much better suited to editing. In the case of minidv, DVCAM and Digital8 tapes, these DV-AVI files are a pure lossless copy from the digital tape contents which even retain the original time/date information which some software can access. Additionally I offer MPEG4 files of about 4GB per hour, ideal for playback on most modern TVs as well as portable devices, the extra cost for these smaller files is very minimal. Some professional studio tapes are available as other video file formats including 10-bit YUV (huge file sizes though).
Most customers today prefer video files to DVDs, some
pricing is shown here for the more popular formats. Video files
are higher quality than DVDs, easier to edit, share and back up, so a
better format for future generations. Assuming at least 10 hours,
the cost to DV-AVI video files would be:
£7 per hour for miniDV (miniDV/DVCAM and Digital8 are a pure digital lossless transfer, retaining the original time/date data, which some video editing software can access)
£8 per hour for Video8/Hi8/Digital8
£9 per hour for VHS, SVHS, Beta or microMV
£10 per hour for V2000 tapes
£10.50 per hour for HDV to lossless full quality High Definition MPEG2 files, consuming around 12GB/hour.
£12.50 per hour for VHSC tapes
The cost is per hour of useful material, blank tapes and blank sections don't count, plus return post. If there are a lot of very short tapes then a minimum charge of around £4 per tape may apply. Less than around 10 hours is 50% more per hour, a single tape usually being £15 minimum. Normally I provide DV-AVI video files which consume 13GB per hour, so a few hours may go onto a USB stick but a lot of tapes require a small USB hard drive. We also stock high quality USB sticks and portable hard disks in stock at competitive prices, avoid buying cheap eBay USB sticks which are all fakes.
Not only do I offer a cheap video transfer
service, it's a personal and helpful service with the highest
possible quality and attention to detail as standard. I'm happy
to help when you don't know which tape an important recording is on, or
you have other special requests.
|Click to read more about...|
|Beta (Betamax)||video99 is the UK Beta specialist, covering rare international variants and PCM digital audio too.|
|VHS / VHS-C SVHS (Super-VHS) / S-VHS-C||All international variants fully covered. Digital Timebase Correctors used for the best results.|
|Video2000 (V2000 / Video Compact Cassette)||video99 has a wealth of experience with the V2000 format.|
|Video 8 Hi8 Digital8||Superb results from these
camcorder tapes, and international variants fully covered, including
PCM digital audio tapes.
|miniDV / HDV / DVCAM||International variants
covered too. Transfer to or from digital tapes. HDV is
supported in 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 1080/50i, 1080/25p and more.
|DVCPRO||It's hard to find transfer
services for DVCPRO and especially the DVCPRO-50 and DVCPRO-HD
variants, in both PAL and NTSC.
covered, and help with micromv editing too.
|Betacam / Betacam SP and Digital
Betacam / BetacamSX, HDCAM
||Excellent results at a much
lower cost than the London based companies, international variants
|Umatic (lo-band, hi-band, U-matic SP)||Possibly the only UK
business to support all international variants of Umatic, as well as
PCM digital audio. Most tapes go via a studio Digital Timebase
Corrector which is specially designed for Umatic use.
|Philips VCR (N1500), VCR-LP (N1700) and SVR||video99 is possibly the only transfer service in the world specialising in all variants of these tapes.|
|The only transfer service in the world offering this exceptionally rare format in both PAL and NTSC.|
|MII format from Panasonic||video99 is almost unique in
the UK, supporting this rare professional format.
||Extracting from unfinalised DVD-RW, DVD-Ram, camcorder mini DVDs, damaged DVDs, Laserdisc and more.|
|Audio Transfers||All kinds of audio tapes; DAT, cassette, open reel, 8-track, DCC, DTRS, ADAT, PCM, dictation machine tapes and more. To audio files or CD.|
|Digital S or D9 from JVC||It's hard to find transfer services for the rare Digital-S / D9 format.|
|Questions and Answers (FAQ)||Also includes help on how to transfer miniDV tapes yourself.|
|Television systems||PAL / NTSC / SECAM explained.|
|News from video99||A little blog about our work.|
Be careful who you trust your precious memories
to. I am a qualified electronic engineer with over 30 years of
video editing and servicing experience. I've been transferring
video tapes since the start of suitable digital recording equipment
almost 20 years ago, and I put that special care and attention into my
work which shows. Yet my prices are as low as the cheapest on the
Internet. I also offer more tape formats than possibly any other
company, in some cases at a third of the cost of the competition.
I use Digital Timebase Correctors to get the very best results, many
transfer services do not have these. I can also do special
services such as taking stills from a video, transferring confidential
or private video material, video files on USB stick or hard disk,
repairing damaged tapes and more, just
Example price: Betamax video including Hifi
stereo sound of 2:30 hours, copied to DVD for £13, an extra copy for
£3.50. Or a single Beta/VHS/minidv/Video8 tape to DV-AVI and
MPEG4 video files from £15. If you can find anyone advertising a
lower price, do tell me! No VAT to add, our turnover is presently
below the VAT threshold and we aim to keep it that way. Most
customers pay by bank transfer / PAYM, but cheque to video99 is fine
too. A change in UK law from January 2018 means that Paypal
cannot usually be accepted any more, sorry.
We can help with other services not listed here, including data recovery from damaged Hard Disk camcorders, data recovery from PC and Mac 3.5" floppy disks and PC format 5.25" floppies, data recovery from accidentally wiped memory cards. Just ask.
We are listed on the independent Freeindex service, you can read and add to reviews
there. Most customers use that method for testimonials now.
We also have a
collection of fascinating testimonials from some famous names, see the famous
names testimonials page.
Please also subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can see
some of the work we do and fantastic equipment we have.
I can transfer all video formats to make up video clips and/or DVDs for performers, camera operators and programme producers, ready to send to potential clients or casting agents or companies such as Spotlight. These will be made up quickly and affordably, to a professional standard, and you can preview the work as it progresses to be sure you are absolutely happy with the results. Just ask if you require this.
If you have any questions, just email me and I'll reply promptly. Also see the video99.co.uk Questions and Answers (FAQ) All material on this web site is copyright ©2005-2020 www.video99.co.uk and www.colin99.co.uk though trade marks remain with the manufacturers.
See my Beta (Betamax) web page. Other sites of mine: My Homepage, The Hillman Avenger car, Pictures of Plymouth, BSB & Squarials, a Virtual Loft full of stuff and my HiFi page which has more information on video and audio equipment. We are listed on: Activplymouth.com the most comprehensive guide for Plymouth on the internet. Please also subscribe to our YouTube channel.
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