We offer a professional video transfer service based in Newcastle NSW. We convert many different types of tape media in the best quality possible.

Video Tape Transfers

We can transfer most tape & disk formats to digital, such as:
Hi8, Video 8, Digital 8
MiniDV, DV
We copy them off in the best possible quality, to be stored on a flash drive, external hard drive or DVD.

Movie Film Scanning

Super 8 and standard 8mm movie film scanned frame-by-frame to create a full HD video.
Your film is carefully cleaned by hand before scanning.
We can also extract the audio from sound film, to add to the scanned video clip.
The file is colour corrected, stabilised and noise reduction is applied.

Photo Scanning

Dust off those photo albums! We can scan all your photo negatives & photo slides, with a high resolution scanner. Dust and other blemishes are removed via software.
We also clean and transfer your negatives and slides into archival sleeves.

Take A look at a sample

These were shot on Hi-8, using a canon camcorder

A few different types of slide film have deteriorated, leaving them heavily magenta/red looking. This can be fixed by adjusting the separate RGB curves, boosting the colours lacking.

Surprisingly, there is still plenty of colour information in the slide. This was just an adjustment of the separate RGB curves, and a saturation boost.

After the changes, there’s a chance there will be some spots of blue. This is where the film didn’t degrade at the same rate as the rest. It can also be corrected to a certain degree. But has been left in here for the example…

Video Transfer FAQ

How do I get my tapes to you?

You can drop them off at our Newcastle NSW office, post them to us, otherwise we can send you a prepaid postage box.

We offer a contact free drop-off an pickup service to keep everyone safe.

What quality is the transfer?

This is the question that started it all. When we were on the hunt for a service to import our tapes, it was difficult to find answers on the quality. Most offered transfer to DVD, but we didn’t want to compress it down. We offer the full, uncompressed output straight from the player. We can also compress it if you’d like smaller file sizes for sharing, but at least you can have the large sizes too!

The quality is just as it was filmed in. We use professional tape decks and camcorders to import.

How long do you take to transfer?

It depends! Importing video from tapes isn’t as simple as “drag and drop”. You have to play the video in real time as the computer imports it. Most tapes are around 1-2 hours, so it depends on how many you have, and our current bookings

How can I play the videos?

The uncompressed video will be in the form of “DV” video, or Apple ProRes. which can play in Quicktime Player & VLC. It can also be used in video editing programs.

We can convert it to a .mp4, which is less fussy about what it’s played on, and also burn it to a DVD or BluRay

You could put in on a flashdrive to play on the TV, or upload online for easy sharing and backup.

What are the files provided on?

Depending on the size, we can use a flash drive, or if there are a large number of files – we will use a small external hard drive.

We can also upload to cloud storage for simple downloading

What equipment do you use?

VHS, S-VHS and VHS-C are transferred using a high end VCR. We own a Panasonic NV-HS1000 and a JVC HR-S7860EK which both have built in TBC (time base correction) and excellent tape tracking. It’s so important to use a high end VCR to play the tapes in order to get the best transfer. Some just use a $20 VCR.

The signal is converted to the computer via a Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle capture card, and imported in real time as an Apple ProRes file.

8mm video, Hi8, Video8 and Digital 8 tapes are transferred using a high end Sony, using the I.link connection to capture a clean digital signal. High end Sony camcorders have an excellent analogue to digital conversion.

It’s connected to the computer and the files are imported as DV video.