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Online Orders Welcome!

Storefront Service (New Hours): Mon thru Fri 10-5:30pm / Sat 10am-1pm (must wear a mask)

AV Workshop is Open! We are accepting orders (with slightly longer turn times). Please check out the various ways you can order our services by clicking the link below and please Stay Healthy!

Welcome to Audio Video Workshop!

WE DIGITIZE!

Film – Video – Audio – Photos – Slides & more…

Why choose AV Workshop?
AV Workshop has been in business for over 30 yrs and has never lost a client’s master or keepsake. 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 in person.

Do you ship work out like most other shops or do it there?
We do all work in house. Unlike small camera stores and big box stores like Costco, we perform all work right here in our Redwood City Lab. You can rest easy knowing your project will never leave our shop.

How long does it take?
Depending on the type of work / media you have, it will take between 1 day and 4 weeks. However, most jobs are turned within 1-2 weeks.

Can I ship my project to you?
Absolutely, you can order through our online store. You will receive instructions on how and where to ship your project. Orders over $175 qualify for FREE (Round Trip) shipping. For orders below $175, order through our shopping cart and ship it to our address. There is a return shipping fee of $12. You will be notified both when we receive your order and when it ships out. Furthermore, we keep a digital copy of your project backed up on our server for a couple wks after it ships out.

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Film Transfer

We scan 8mm, 16mm and Super 8 Film in High Definition to Bluray, HD Digital mp4 File and DVD.

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Video Transfer

We can Convert any Video tape to DVD and Digital File including VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, MiniDV and Beta.

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Image Scanning

We scan slides, negatives and photos to JPEG or TIFF in high resolution with professional scanners.

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Audio Transfer

We convert Audio Cassettes, Reel to Reel Audio tape and Records / LPs to CD or Digital files (mp3, WAVE and AIFF).

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Our Specialties

Not only do we Transfer Film and Convert Video tapes but we shoot and edit video as well. We are your one-stop video shop!

NEVER OUTSOURCED

All work is done in house right here in our Redwood City Lab.

STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT

We have the latest HD film scanning technology and use broadcast quality video equipment!

LOCAL EXPERTS

All staff members have a bachelor’s degree in video, film and audio.

FRIENDLY SUPPORT

We speak real English, not jargon. Our knowledgeable staff will always treat you like family.

SHOP NEWS

3/4″ U-matic and VHS Tapes Converted to HD mp4 Files

AV Workshop recently converted an archive of 3/4″ U-matic tapes and S-VHS Masters to Digital Files for a popular Santa Cruz skateboard company. This media collection documented the prominent surfing and skateboarding community in Santa Cruz throughout the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

AV started by running the tapes through our high-end professional grade tape decks. We used each tape only once as a playback source and captured the footage directly into our editing suite. Once the tapes were captured, we enhanced the audio by raising the gain to about -6 db and applying noise reduction.

After this process, we rendered the movies to HD mp4 Files using the H.264 Codec (the max bitrate) and increased the resolution to 1280 x 720 60p. This smooths the motion of the videos and creates sharp detail without jagged edges.

Finally, we dragged the new HD mp4 Files onto a single USB Hard Drive. Now, the movies can be shared, played, edited, and uploaded almost anywhere (Windows, Smart TVs, MAC, etc…)!
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1500 Audio Cassette Tapes Transferred and Enhanced to Digital

A local Big Sur Educational Institute recently asked AV to help convert and enhance 1500 audio cassette tapes. Their vast collection of audio recordings documented their guest speakers throughout the last 50 years.

AV Workshop began digitizing the audio tapes by running them through high quality stereo cables from our Sony audio cassette decks into Sony Sound Forge. Any tapes that needed repairs were handled separately where we replaced felts and made tape splices where needed. After the tapes were captured, AV balanced the audio by applying level optimization and trimmed the beginning and end of each audio file to remove any extra static or dead-air.

AV then output the audio recordings as uncompressed WAVE files at 44 kHz / 16 bit for a professional quality file. Finally, the educational institute received back their original tapes as well as their new enhanced digital audio files!
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3/4″ U-matic Tapes and S-VHS Masters Preserved to Digital

1500 Audio Cassette Tapes Transferred to Digital WAVE Files

100 Year Old Home Movies Converted to Digital

AV Workshop recently transferred 16mm film from the 1920s to HD mp4.

AV began by organizing, cleaning, and carefully repairing the cherished film. The home movies were then scanned in-house with our RetroScan Universal 2K Mach 1 Film Scanner. Every single film frame was scanned directly at 2048 x 1536, which is approx 3K resolution!

Once the home movies were captured, we matched the exact frame rate of the original film and imported them into Adobe Premiere Pro for enhancement. We trimmed out any unwanted footage (blank reels, etc), balanced color, and corrected brightness / contrast. After we adjusted the films scene-by-scene, we then exported the new digital home movies in HD 1920 x 1080p. As a result, the films were restored, preserved, and looked their absolute best! Con’t Reading…

12,000 Photos Scanned / Preserved to Digital

AV Workshop recently scanned 12,000 photos for a customer. Every photo was cleaned by hand with a microfiber cloth, scanned at 300 dpi, enhanced in Photoshop, and organized by date.

Every photo was enhanced in Photoshop to improve color and exposure. Every section and box was labeled in order by date / provided info and put on a USB Flash Drive. This USB Flash Drive can be plugged into any computer (MAC / PC) or Smart TV.

As a result, the customer’s precious family photo archive is now preserved and accessible for generations to come! Con’t Reading…

Film Transfer to Digital mp4

1920s 16mm Film Transferred to Digital

Photo Scanning Service Bay Area

10,000 Photos Scanned, Enhanced, Organized to USB Flash Drive

National Scientific Research Agency’s MiniDV Archive Converted to HD mp4

A national scientific research agency recently entrusted AV Workshop with the task of digitally archiving over a hundred hours of local deep dive ocean MiniDV tapes. The research agency not only wanted to archive and preserve this content for the future, but they also wanted the best possible quality so they could analyze the Northern California seafloor. AV Workshop’s Video to mp4 File Transfer with HD Upres was the perfect solution.

Every MiniDV tape became a separate mp4 file and was labelled by number. As a result, the videos are now in order by date / number and all reside on 1 USB Hard Drive. Con’t Reading…

100 Hours of Vintage Racing Videos Digitally Preserved

AV Workshop recently transferred 100 hours of Vintage Racing VHS tapes to DVD.

AV Workshop ran the precious recordings through our freshly updated video transfer equipment. Both AV machine rooms have recently been updated and are setup with a large number of high-end JVC S-VHS VCRs. These decks are the best playback source for VHS tapes, especially VHS tapes recorded in EP. High end JVC S-VHS decks have a built in TBC and Video Stabilization filter to stabilize a weak and unstable video.
Once the videotapes were digitized, we applied Level Optimization and Noise reduction to the audio. Each video was then edited to remove unwanted TV snow, and irrelevant content from the beginning and end. Thus, every DVD is just racing! Con’t Reading…

100 Hours of the Norcal Seafloor Archived to HD mp4 files

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Vintage Racing Videos Restored and Converted to DVD

AV Workshop has provided Video Services since 1981

We have been very fortunate to work with some of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious companies! However, no job is too big or small for AV Workshop.

What can we do for you?

Our Location

AV Workshop is conveniently located on Woodside Rd. in Redwood City of the San Francisco Bay Area

We accept walk-ins as well as shipments. All online orders over $175 qualify for FREE round trip shipping! To learn more Click Here.

You can get an Estimate or Order online by clicking on any service page above.

Note: If you prefer to speak with someone in person, call us during store hours at 650-369-4366

New Store Hours:

Mon. thru Fri. 10am - 5:30pm  / Saturday 10am - 1pm

Storefront / Front porch transaction using 6ft distance (Must wear a mask)