FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Why choose AV Workshop?

AV Workshop has been in business for over 25 yrs and has never lost a memory or master. Every staff member at AV Workshop has a B.A. Degree in this field. Since we have a storefront in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can walk in and drop your project off with piece of mind that it will not get lost or stolen.

Can I watch these files on my TV?

While it may be possible to watch them by hooking up your computer to the TV, these files are not really meant for viewing on a TV as they are relatively uncompressed and meant for Editing on a computer. However, you can convert these files to mp4 / h264 files and view them on a Smart TV by accessing them through from a USB hard drive or bluray player. Furthermore, you can work down to a DVD from these high quality files.

Do you supply the Hard Drive or me?

We can use your external hard drive as long as there is enough room and it an external USB hard drive formatted NTFS (Windows)or HFS+ (MAC). We cannot put these large files on a drive that is formatted FAT32. Also, we can sell you an external hard drive. We typically sell Seagate GoFlex USB 3.0 1TeraByte Drives for about $100.

Can you convert a PAL videotape?

Yes we can. PAL conversion to NTSC (the american TV standard) costs an extra $10.

How many video tapes fit onto a Hard Drive?

Approx 80 hours of video will fit on a 1 TB drive in the AVI or Quick Time file format.

Can I edit my DVD?

While it may be possible to rip the .vob files from the DVD and edit them, we strongly advise against it because DVDs are compressed and the workflow of editing video from DVDs is less than ideal. If you would like to edit your videos, we recommend having us transfer your video tapes to AVI or QuickTime which has a similar pricing structure. For more info on Editing from a DVD continue reading…

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How many tapes fit on 1 DVD?

We can compile multiple tapes onto 1 DVD at no extra charge. However, while we can fit up to 2hrs of video in good quality on 1 DVD, 1 hour of video on 1 DVD results in higher quality as the bitrate is 8mbps. In order to fit a 2hr tape onto a DVD we have to reduce the bitrate (quality) to 4mbps. Therefore, while it may be more convenient to have multiple tapes on a single DVD the quality will suffer over 1 hour. As a result, we recommend keeping your tape to DVD conversions separate – 1 tape per disc to allow for the maximum quality possible.

Do you charge per tape?

Yes we charge per tape as long as the tape is under 2hrs.

What if my tape is over 2hrs?

If your tape is over 2hrs we will have to transfer it to a second DVD which you will be charged for. It is rare that tapes run over 2hrs.

What if my tapes are short? Is it the same price?

We charge per tape up to 2hrs (per tape). Therefore, if you brought in 2 tapes 1st tape 5min and 2nd tape 2hrs, they would be the same price for each tape.

What if my tape is empty?

We do not charge you if your tape is blank.

What type of media do you use?.

We use the highest grade DVD-R stock from Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim. This is the very best media available and is the most costly. On our silver and gold video to DVD transfer, we use the Taiyo Uden watershield DVDs which are rated at 100 years data integrity and are water and scratch resistant.

Can I edit my DVD?

While it may be possible to rip the .vob files from the DVD and edit them, we strongly advise against it because DVDs are compressed and the workflow of editing video from DVDs is less than ideal. If you would like to edit your videos, we recommend having us transfer your video tapes to AVI or QuickTime which has a similar pricing structure. For more info on Editing from a DVD continue reading…

Can you convert a PAL videotape?

Yes we can. PAL conversion to NTSC (the american TV standard) costs an extra $10..

What types of files do you recommend for editing on my MAC or PC?

We create Quicktime Files for the MAC and AVI files for Windows computers. The quality / resolution / compression is the same. Essentially, these are just different wrappers that the operating systems prefer. These files are perfect for editing in iMovie, Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, Movie Maker, etc…

Do you Ship work out or do it in house?

Unlike most camera shops and big box stores (like Costco), we do NOT ship anything out. All work is done in house right here in the SF Bay Area. You can rest easy knowing your memories will be treated with care locally!

How long does it take?

Depending on the size of the order and amount of work currently in the shop, you will be given and estimated turn time. Most jobs are done within 2 days to 2 weeks, however, larger jobs may take 3-4 weeks.

Do you offer RUSH services?

Yes we can RUSH your project. Rush fees are typically 30% – 50% depending on timeframe.

Can I ship my project to you?

Absolutely! We have created an online store so you can order online. Orders over $300 get FREE round trip shipping.

Can I edit my DVD?

While it may be possible to rip the .vob files from the DVD and edit them, we strongly advise against it because DVDs are compressed and the workflow of editing video from DVDs is less than ideal. If you would like to edit your videos, we recommend having us transfer your video tapes to AVI or QuickTime which has a similar pricing structure. For more info on Editing from a DVD continue reading…

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What type of equipment do you use to transfer film?

We scan film frame by frame in HD using the Sniper HD Pro telecine scanning system. For more info on our film transfer equipment watch this video…

Can you transfer Super 8 film with sound?

Yes we can. Sound film cost and extra .10 per foot. Your sound film will be in sync and enhanced with level optimization and noise reduction!

How many reels fit on one DVD or Bluray?

Super 8 and regular 8 film runs at approx 15-18 fps. Thus, approx 1600 equals 2 hours of video. As a result, we can fit approx 1600′ of regular 8 or Super 8 film on one DVD or Bluray – approx 32 small 50′ reels. We can fit approx 3000′ of 16mm onto one DVD or Bluray.

Do I get my film back?

Yes, you will get your films back cleaned, lubricated and assembled onto larger reels if they were the small 50′ reels.

I don't know what is on these films - do you rent film viewers or projectors?

No sorry. However, if you want to have them all transferred and but just do not know the order you want them in for the final DVD or Bluray, we have a solution. We can transfer the films and build you a reference DVD where each reel would be a separate chapter / scene on the DVD. This will allow you to preview the films and make a new order for us to re-create the DVD. Reference DVDs are an extra $100 for up to 2hrs of film approx 1600′ of regular 8 and super 8 and 3000′ of 16mm. The cost covers the reference DVD and the new final DVD which will have your films in the correct order.

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