What is VHS to DVD conversion?
We can turn VHS tapes of old home movies that you want to preserve, or important company documents, or whatever else you have on tape, into high-quality DVDs.
Taped materials get worn down (and sometimes chewed up) by the machines that play them, because the magnetic tape, which is delicate, is held and moved by mechanical arms, which can snag, bend and break the tape. DVDs and other optical discs are not touched by mechanical arms to their surfaces.
The DVDs that Ever Building Films uses are rated for 2 hours of DVD-quality video, or up to 6 hours of VHS-quality video. You may request to have more or less video as desired on your disc. Video of VHS quality cannot be converted in resolution up to DVD quality, however. It can only be preserved in its current state. Once on disc, the video will not degrade, which is the primary reason for conversion!
Note: Any data storage medium can get damaged by dust, scratches or other wear and tear. Make sure you keep your discs in their container when not in use. If damaged, scratch repair and cleaning supplies are available to clean discs. Tapes are not as easy to clean!
I have a combination VHS-DVD player. Can't I do this myself?
Commonly available VHS-DVD machines only allow you to play both formats, not record from one format to the other. VHS-DVD recorders do record from one format to the other, but only record what is on the tape/disc to the other medium. They also cost much more than a few hours of this service. In order to make DVDs of your taped material with extra features, the material has to be formatted through a conversion process like the one we offer. Your content can be enhanced with music and titles, have grainy footage improved or removed, and/or have the video mixed/rearranged.
Still, can't I buy the software and hardware myself?
You can, but in most cases, especially if you only have one or two videos,
it is simpler and cheaper to have the work done by EB Films.
This procedure costs $20.00/hr, plus materials costs.