Feldman's Digital Transfer Services

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By Appointment Only

Phone:
813-685-4343

Location:

12000 N. Nebraska Ave.

Tampa, FL  33612

 

Mini-DV Video Tapes
Converted To DVD
or Hard Drive
"The Best in Tampa Bay, Florida"

In Tampa near St. Petersburg, Clearwater & Lakeland

VHS Video Tape

DV (digital video) was originally designed for recording onto magnetic tape. Tape is enclosed into cassettes of four different sizes: small, medium, large and extra-large. All DV cassettes use tape that is ¼ inch (6.35 mm) wide.

Small cassettes, also known as S-size or MiniDV cassettes, had been intended for amateur use, but have become accepted in professional productions as well. MiniDV cassettes are used for recording baseline DV, DVCAM as well as HDV.

Medium or M-size cassettes are used in professional Panasonic equipment and are often called DVCPRO tapes. Panasonic video recorders that accept medium cassette can play back from and record to medium cassette in different flavors of DVCPRO format; they will also play small cassette containing DV or DVCAM recording, via an adapter.

Large or L-size cassettes are accepted by most standalone DV tape recorders and are used in many shoulder mount camcorders. Despite that this cassette size can be used in both Sony and Panasonic equipment, they are often called DVCAM tapes. Older Sony decks would not play large cassettes with DVCPRO recordings, but newer models can do that.

Extra-large cassettes or XL-size have been designed for use in Panasonic equipment and are sometimes called DVCPRO XL. These cassettes is not widespread, only two models of standalone Panasonic tape recorders can accept them.

Technically, any DV cassette can record any variant of DV video. Nevertheless, manufacturers are often label cassettes with DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 or DVCPRO HD mark and indicate recording time with regards to the label posted. Cassettes labeled as DV indicate recording time of baseline DV; another number can indicate recording time of Long Play DV. Cassettes labeled as DVCPRO have yellow lid and indicate recording time when DVCPRO25 is used; with DVCPRO50 the recording time will be twice shorter, with DVCPRO HD it will be four times shorter. Cassettes labeled as DVCPRO50 have blue lid and indicate recording time when DVCPRO50 is used. Cassettes labeled as DVCPRO HD have red lid and indicate recording time when DVCPRO HD-LP format is used; a second number may be used for DVCPRO HD recording, which will be twice shorter.


NOTE:  For more information about how video tapes and movies degrade over time and how to store your movies check our "How to Store and Care for Video Tapes" by clicking here.

How old are your videotapes? A typical Videotape will last only around 8- 10 years before the oxide covered plastic tape they are recorded on begins to degrade, tear or stretch. The colors fade and sometimes the picture is too snowy to watch. Before that happens to your video tapes, transfer them to DVD. We can transfer all consumer formats including VHS videotape, VHS-C videotape, 8MM videotape, Hi8 videotape, Digital 8 videotape, MiniDV videotape, and yes, even the old Betamax videotape. We can also convert foreign PAL and SECAM to the US standard NTSC and from NTSC to PAL and SECAM.

Many of our clients want to know if they can edit their own home movie once they are transferred to DVD. The answer is two fold! Like a rented movie you can not edit a DVD once it is created. However, for many of our clients we digitize their old video tapes to a "movie format" on a computer hard drive. With this process our clients can add titles, delete bad footage and add movie-like transitions to their home movies. Once completed these movies can be easily converted to the "DVD format" to be enjoyed on a TV or PC.

Our Hillsborough County studio located in Tampa Florida just nine miles north of downtown Tampa converts and transfers video tapes to DVD. We also regularly serve clients from St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding areas in Pinellas County and many cities and towns in Pasco County and Hardee County by converting old film types to DVD and audio tapes to CD. To see photos of the different video formats click here.

      1. VHS to DVD

      2. VHSC, VHS Compact, VHS-C to DVD

      3. 8mm video to DVD

      4. Hi8, HI-8 to DVD

      5. Mini DV to DVD

      6. MiniDV HD to DVD

      7. DVCAM to DVD

      8. Sony MicroMV to DVD

      9. Beta to DVD

      10. Beta Max to DVD

      11. BetaSP to DVD

      12. Mini DVD (8cm dvds) to DVD

      13. PAL to NTSC

      14. NTSC to PAL

      15. SECAM to NTSC

      16. NTSC to SECAM

      17. Umatic, U-Matic, UCA/U-Matic to DVD

      18. Audio Tapes to CD

If you are in the Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater area call for an appointment and bring in your video tapes or movies for us to convert. We are only 9 miles from downtown Tampa, Florida. If you live outside of the Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk county area please call our studio prior to shipping your video and movie treasures to us.

If you would like the best quality DVDs for your old video tapes call our Tampa studio at 813-685-4343 M-F from 10-7. We also convert photos to dvd and slides to DVD.

We promise to convert your memories with the utmost care - the proper way!

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