Video Conversion Service

VHS to DVD Service

VHS to DVD  Service

Let Pixave convert your old video tapes into DVD movies so you can watch them on your TV, or even better, you can keep them on your computer and watch them through your PC. Our VHS to DVD service converts your video tapes into DVD disks ready to play on any DVD player.

During the process, we convert your tapes into a digital format, known as MPEG2, which is the standard used on DVD discs, we then create a DVD for you, complete with an animated menu that allows you to select your converted digital movies.

If you would like to edit your video on your computer, we can provide the MPEG2 file seperately to your DVD, allowing you to use video editing software to select only the highlights from your VHS tape.

We charge per video tape converted, rather than per hour of video tape, meaning you can work out the cost of converting all your E180 3 hours VHS video cassettes into DVD format without worrying about how many minutes are actually used on the tape.

Our service also works with VHS-C cassettes, which was one of the earlier camcorder formats, that were compatible with most VHS video players with the use of an adaptor.


VHS Conversion Details

  • Standard VHS or VHS-C
  • Priced per tape
  • Any tape upto 3 hours
  • VHS cassettes converted to MPEG2 video files
  • MPEG2 files are then burned as a DVD movie
  • Low compression ratios used
  • High quality digital conversions
  • High quality DVD discs
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MPG is a video standard used for the coding of moving pictures and associated audio, and is named after the Moving Pictures Expert Group and is therefore also known as MPEG. There are various verions of the MPEG standard, MPEG-2 is widely used as the format for digital television pictures and DVD discs. MPEG-3 is widely used for audio compression (hence the .mp3 file name). A later version, known as MPEG-4 (or MP4) is becoming increasingly popular as it produces smaller files than MPEG-2 files (aka MPG) but still has a higher quality.

MOV   is a movie format developed by Apple and can handle movies, audio and still pictures, and is used widely on Apple based computers. .MOV files can be watched on a PC, normally by using the Apple Quicktime software.Unlike MPEG, it can handle a range of picture quality, e.g. HD, SD, and creates movies in very high quality.

DVD is an optical disk format, developed by Sony, Philips, Toshiba and Panasonic in the 90's. DVD's typically hold 4.7GB of data, approximately 2 hours of video. There are however, dual-layer DVD's that hold twice this amount, allowing upto 4 hours on a single disk. DVD's require most movies to be compressed in order to fit onto a disc, e.g. a 2 hour uncompressed movie could easily take up 40GB of data, and the only way to compress the movie down (and keep it the same length!) is to compress the movie, which in reality means that parts of every frame will need to be deleted. This sounds scary, however it's not as bad as it seems, if you imagine a scene such as a local football match, the difference between one frame and the next will be tiny, e.g. the sky and clouds will be the same, and so in theory all you need to record is the first frame, and then the differences from one frame to the next. This means that your choice of software you use to perform the compression is crucial and will make a dramatic difference to your final DVD quality. Pixave use iDVD, provided by Apple, on best quality settings, which produces videos of outstanding quality.

Pixave are happy to provide you with the uncompressed digital movie file if required, it will however by very large, please contact us to discuss.


Prices

How much does it cost?

We'll convert any VHS cassette, including VHS-C into a DVD, fully authored with a professional looking DVD menu for £15.

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How it works

What happens next ?

You can of course contact us or use our online system to get a quote and place an order, then just send your tapes to us. We will take great care of your videos.

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Why convert your tape's ?

Preserve your family history

Want to share your family videos with your children ? Or are you having a wedding, perhaps a big birthday coming up and want to embarrass the lucky person ?

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Sharing your images

Youtube, Vimeo etc

Share your converted tapes with the world through social media such as Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox etc and let the world enjoy!

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