VHS to DVD and Digital Files

Why Convert Your Old VHS to DVD?

Many people have home movies on VHS or Betamax tapes and other video formats that contain irreplaceable footage of family events, weddings, special occasions, recitals and more wants to convert VHS to DVD. Due to the fact that these magnetic tapes break down over time, it is a good idea to Convert the Videos to a DVD to make sure the video quality and the video itself is preserved.

Convert VHS to a Digital Format

In the past people would “dub” their tapes (copying to another tape) to preserve them, but these copies would also be subject to degradation due to the analog-to-analog copy process and would still break down over time. Thus, it is important to convert old magnetic media to a digital format, as opposed to tape dubbing, so that identical copies can be made indefinitely.

Video Tapes Age & Need Proper Care

Before you want to consider converting, you need to consider that as a magnetic tape ages, some of the chemicals in the tape absorb moisture from the air and make the VHS or Betamax tape “sticky”. The tape will curl and stick to itself as it unspools causing video and audio quality degradation. These problems will make auto-tracking difficult for your video tape player and result in poor quality playback. Worse yet, it can be very damaging for your VCR player.

This gummy residue will stick to the heads of a VCR and the only way to clean it will be to dismantle the VCR or take it to a professional as the tape transport mechanism of a VCR is very complex and standard VCR head cleaners will not remove this gummy build up.

Ensure the Best Digitization Quality for Your VHS Conversion
It is best to rejuvenate the tape before playback to maximize the quality and minimize the potential for damage to your tapes and your VCR. The Two Squares magnetic tape rejuvenation process can significantly improve many older tapes to ensure the best quality digitization possible.

Video Tape & VHS to DVD Conversion Equipment

The design and manufacturing of quality VHS and Betamax decks are a thing of the past. The best quality decks were made in the 80’s and early 90’s and can be hard to come by today. If you happen to have one still in storage, it would likely need some work to make look and sound good enough to enjoy. Magnetic heads need to be properly maintained and drive belts will stretch out on older video decks which cause a variety of issues.

Video Digitization

Using a video capture card for your computer can affect quality as well. Computers have a lot of “electronic noise” from switching circuits and fans that will bleed into your capture that will cause distortion in the video and unwanted noise and hiss in the audio. Even for a non-professional this can be a very noticeable. The best quality comes from properly grounded, external (from the computer) studio grade digital conversion devices. Two Squares uses only studio grade audio and video equipment, and this equipment is also professionally maintained and tuned to ensure the best possible digitization quality.

Video De-interlacing & Time Base Correction

An interlaced video is a video that only contains information for every other line of the video for alternating frames. This means that rather than having 29.97 frames per second of video, you will only have half of the frame (every other line) for ~15 frames per second and the other half of the lines for the other ~15 frames. This concept was introduced many years ago for standard definition TV signals to lower the overall RF bandwidth over the TV air waves. This type of video also worked well with cathode ray tube based TVs. For modern LCD and Plasma TVs, you want non-interlaced video to avoid the interlacing artifacts in half frame video. In an interlaced video, you will see a lot of jagged edges on moving objects. Two Squares video capture process produces only non-interlaced videos even if the original video/tape is interlaced.

Your video can also experience an improvement in quality by taking advantage of a television/video studio tool called a Time Base Corrector. To learn more about this, click HERE.

Supported Video Tape Conversion Formats

Two squares can convert many of the common formats of analog and digital video tapes and disks such as:

Consumer Video Tape Formats

  • VHS (NTSC-North American Standard)
  • VHS (PAL which is used in Europe and many other countries)
  • VHS (SECAM, ME-SECAM which is used in France, the former Soviet countries, and several African countries)
  • Super-VHS
  • Compact VHS (cVHS or VHS-C)
  • Betamax
  • Super Betamax
  • Hi-8

Other Formats

  • Studio Tapes
  • Camcorder formats

Please contact us if there is a format that you not seeing as we are constantly adding, improving and upgrading our equipment.

Converting video tapes and VHS to digital files for  iPod, hard drive, or flash drive

Two Squares can convert the video from your VHS tapes to a set of AVI or MPEG files which can be copied to an iPod, hard drive, or flash drive.

Pricing

Pricing for Our Video Tapes and

VHS to DVD

Conversion Services

  • $18/tape for North American format VHS tapes
    $25/tape International VHS tapes (PAL, SECAM) or Betamax tapes
    converted to AVI/MPEG/etc and copy to your hard drive

    Optional: to have your files put onto disc, add:

    $8 per DVD – DVDs hold up to 2 hours of video

No setup charge | Flat price not dependent on tape length | Tape baking/rejuvenation included | Time base correction included | Scene menus on DVD included

Questions About Pricing?