How much do companies charge for VHS->DV conversion?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by 123, May 9, 2006.

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    123 Guest

    How much do companies charge for S-VHS -> DV conversion? I've got some 30 45 min
    S-VHS tapes that need to be copied/converted to digital DV tape or DVD or
    123, May 9, 2006
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    Davey Boy 2 Guest

    Sme questions to help us answer...

    1) Where in the world are you based?

    2) How long is the content on each of the tapes? More than an hour?

    3) Do you own copyright to the material on the VHS tapes?

    4) Are you looking for a straight transfer without any editing?
    Davey Boy 2, May 9, 2006
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    David McCall Guest

    Perhaps more than it would cost to do it yourself, if you
    own a decent S-VHS deck, but it depends on how you
    are going to use it. If you just want a copy then do it yourself,
    but you might want to go out of house if you want the material
    to be cleaned up and adjusted to be as good as it can be.

    If you want to dub to DVD, then a stand alone DVD recorder
    may be just what you need.

    If you want to go to DV and you own a DV camcorder, then
    you could purchase a conversion box that can take in your
    audio and S-video, and convert it into DV that your DV
    camcorder can record. A company called Canopus
    (now owned by Grass Valley Group), makes several models,
    but there are others.
    The cheapest option is to just plug your S-VHS deck into your
    DV camcorder an dub it that way.

    David McCall, May 9, 2006
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    davesvideo Guest

    If he owns a DV camcorder, then most likely all that is needed is to
    connect the S-video and audio and push record. Unless he has a Europesn
    model with record disconnected. Even if he doesn't gave a DV camcorder,
    it would probably cost less to buy one than pay some one to do the

    davesvideo, May 9, 2006
  5. At Digital Video Solutions SHVS to miniDV is $10 at up to 30 minutes, $15.00
    at up to 1 hour and $25.00 at up to 2 hours. Same price for SVHS-C, VHS-C,
    8mm, Hi8. Sane price for any of those formats to one another and to DVD. We
    dub any tape to any other format listed and to DVD all day long.
    Larry Johnson
    Digital Video Solutions
    877-227-6281 Toll Free Sales Assistance
    386-672-1941 Customer Service
    386-672-1907 Technical Support
    386-676-1515 Fax
    Larry Johnson, May 9, 2006
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    davesvideo Guest

    So, do the math. He has 30 45min tapes. $15 x 30 = $450, while a cheap
    DV camcorder is about $300. It is a lot of work for him, bur he has a
    camcoeder when he is done.
    Just curious, how much for 100 pressed copies of a 30 min DVD?

    davesvideo, May 9, 2006
  7. What are you nuts? The post did not say $10 per minute! It said $10 at up to
    30 minutes, so it's anything 1 to 30 minutes is $10, 31 to 60 minutes is $15
    and anything 61 to 120 minutes is $25. We do cross format from any
    consumer/prosumer tape type to any other consumver/prosumer tape type or any
    of those to DVD at the same fees listed above.
    Larry Johnson, May 9, 2006
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    davesvideo Guest

    So, a 45 minute tape would be $15. Right?
    However, on second reading he may have meant that he had some tapes
    that were from 30 to 45 min.long, it isn't clear. I was just pointing
    out that if he has 30 tapes, it would be cheaper to buy a camcorder.

    davesvideo, May 9, 2006
  9. I tell that to my customers all the time. But, they keep all these machines
    cranking 8 hours a day, sometimes longer. Many of the tapes we get are from
    lawyers, courts, investigators and the like. Most are surveillence tapes,
    depositions, etc. where the client doesn't have the time to waste duping
    tape from one format to another. We do a great business just duplicating
    single DVD's at $10 a copy.

    Hell, I love it!
    Larry Johnson, May 9, 2006
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    Mr. Tapeguy Guest

    This will probably vary widely from one facility to another. If you
    are in a city where there are several a few phone calls will give you
    an idea. If quality is important there might be a few questions you
    would ask but in all likelihood the transfer will be a simple composite
    video straight run from a VHS machine into DV and/or DVD. Given the
    limitations of VHS the differences from one dupe house to another may
    be minimal but if you're out in the boonies, your options may be
    limited anyway.

    I wouldn't think most would be charging more than $25 or so each if
    they are straight transfers.

    If you're having to send them out anyway, let me know and we can do it
    for you.


    Sales - Service - Duplication - Transfer - Thermal Disc Printing -
    Systems Integration
    Mr. Tapeguy, May 10, 2006
  11. If you want a good dupe of SVHS to miniDV then DON"T take it to anyone who
    will use either composite or S-Video on the job. Look for a company that has
    direct SVHS to miniDV using a deck such as the JVC HR-DVS2 U or 3U models.
    There is much less chance of loss in the process.

    Call the pro's at Digital Video Solutions
    Larry Johnson
    Digital Video Solutions
    877-227-6281 Toll Free Sales Assistance
    386-672-1941 Customer Service
    386-672-1907 Technical Support
    386-676-1515 Fax
    Larry Johnson, May 10, 2006
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