We Convert Video to Digital File for MAC / PC – South San Francisco, CA
Audio Video Workshop can convert your VHS and videotapes to uncompressed digital files. These files are the very best file types for editing and playing on your computer! We transfer video to Quicktime (.mov) files for the MAC, and for Windows, we convert video to AVI files. AV Workshop is located right here in the San Francisco Bay Area and offers video transfer services for residents of South San Francisco, CA.
Uncompressed Quicktime and AVI files offer the highest quality and compatibility available. You can provide your own storage device such as an external USB hard drive or we can sell you one. By having your VHS and video tapes digitized (digitalized as some would say) to a hard drive, you can simply connect to your computer via a USB cable and start playing or editing. As a result, you don’t have to buy expensive equipment or spend long hours digitizing video tapes. By having AV Workshop convert your VHS and videos to a hard drive you will have the highest digital quality available as well as the most compatible video files for your editing applications such as iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere, etc…
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Video to Digital File
$29 per tape
1 Tape (up to 2Hrs) transferred to Digital
– Edit or Watch on Computer (MAC or PC)
– Highest Quality / Most Compatible File type
- Buy 10-19 at $26.75 each
- Buy 20 or more at $24.65 each
HOW IT WORKS:
- You can Order Online or Walk-in to our store
- If Ordering Online – Enter the amount of tapes you have
- Select whether you have a MAC or PC
- Select if you need a Drive or will be providing your own
- Decide if you want to add playable DVDs to your order (1/2 price $10 each)
- Add to Cart / Check out
- Ship your tapes to AV Workshop
- We will number each tape and digitize them into files
- The files will be named Tape 01, Tape 02, etc…
- We inform you that your project is ready or ship you your new Digital Files on a USB Flash Drive or Hard Drive, and original tapes
- You plug the drive into your computer and enjoy your videos all over again!
- These files can easily be edited on a MAC or PC with iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere, etc…
*If ordering DVDs as well, please attach a sticky note to each tape for label info or just include a note – label info: same as tape
How we Convert Video to Digital – South San Francisco
Since we use pro video equipment and have a wide range of machines, our video conversion quality is far better when compared to other companies as well as if you tried to do it yourself. Furthermore, we stabilize your video signal by running it through a TBC (time base corrector) utilizing S-Video lines which separates the luminance from chrominance (light from color). As a result, the edging of the detail in your video will be as clear as possible. Once the video digitized into our systems, we strengthen the audio levels and apply digital noise reduction so your videos will look and sound better than ever and will be there for generations to come!
We can convert VHS-C, Hi8, D8, 8mm, Betamax, DV, mini DV, DVCAM, 3/4″ Umatic SP, Betacam SP, HD, HDV and VHS!
Our Video to Hard Drive Transfer Process – South San Francisco
- Professional Commercial Grade Tape Decks equipment used
- Video Stabilized with TBC (Time Base Corrector) corrects wavy or jittery video signals
- Luminance (Light) & Chrominance (Color) separated during Transfer Process – Results in Sharper Detail
- Audio Level Optimization & Noise Reduction applied to audio
- QuickTime / AVI – Highest Quality / Most Compatible Files for MAC & PC Editing Aps
What filetypes do you recommend for editing on my MAC or PC? We recommend and create Quicktime (.mov) Files for the MAC and AVI files for PC computers. The quality / resolution / compression is identical between AVI and Quicktime as they both utilize the DV Codec. These are just different wrappers that the operating systems prefer. Quicktime and AVI files are the industry standard for editing in iMovie, Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, Movie Maker, etc…
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 large uncompressed files meant for Editing on a computer. Although, you can compress these files into mp4 / h.264 files and view them on a Smart TV. If you would rather have us convert your videos and VHS to mp4 (h.264 codec) Click Here
Do you supply the Hard Drive or me? You can supply your own drive as long as there is enough room on it and it is an external USB hard drive formatted NTFS (Windows) or HFS+ (MAC). However, we cannot put these large files on a drive that is formatted FAT32. If you would like, we can sell you an external hard drive and format it properly so you don’t have to fuss with it 🙂 We typically stock a variety of Flash drives and external Hard Drives.
Can you convert a foreign PAL video tape? 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.
How much space do I need on my flash drive or external hard drive for my videos? For AVI or Quicktime files, 1 hour will be about 12 GB and 2 hours will be 24 GB. Please be conscious of the amount of space you have on your hard drive.
South San Francisco, CA Info:
South San Francisco lies north of San Bruno and San Francisco International Airport in a small valley south of Daly City, Colma, Brisbane, and San Bruno Mountain, east of Pacifica and the hills of the Coast Range, and west of the waters of San Francisco Bay. Locals often refer to the town as South City, in much the same way that San Francisco is called “The City.” Despite its name, South San Francisco does not border San Francisco, with Brisbane being between them. The area which is now South San Francisco was originally part of Rancho Buri Buri, a large Mexican land grant dating to 1827. By the 1920s the city was “the smokestack capital of the Peninsula.” South San Francisco proudly called itself “The Industrial City”, a motto immortalized in 1923 by a huge sign on a hillside overlooking the city. Industry remained the city’s main economic focus through the 1950s. At the end of the war the city’s focus shifted away from “smokestack industries” toward light industry, warehousing, and residential development. The major manufacturers closed, and new development was focused on office parks, housing, high-rise hotels, and yacht harbors. The biotechnology giant Genentech opened in 1976, leading to South San Francisco’s new identity as “the birthplace of biotechnology”.