(Convert Video to QUICKTIME for MAC – Video to AVI for PC)

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Audio Video Workshop can digitize your videotapes to high quality uncompressed digital computer files so you can edit them the way you want on your computer! For the MAC, we covert video to Quick Time files and for the PC we convert video to AVI Files.

Uncompressed Quick Time and AVI files yield the best possible quality and compatibility available. We can provide these digital video files to you on an external USB hard drive that you simply connect to your computer via a USB cable and start editing. Thus, you don’t have to worry about buying expensive playback equipment or the long tedious hours it takes for digitize video tapes. By having us transfer your videos to a hard drive you will have the highest digital quality available as well as the most convenient / compatible video files for your editing software such as iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere, etc…

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Video to Digital File

 $39 per tape 

1 Tape (up to 2Hrs) transferred to Digital
– Edit or Watch on Computer (MAC or PC)
– Highest Quality / Uncompressed

  • Buy 10-24 at $37.05 each
  • Buy 25-49 at $35.10 each
  • Buy 50-99 at $33.15 each
  • Buy 100 or more at $31.20 each
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please note: HDV, Betacam SP, DVCAM, & DVCPro tapes are an extra $10 per tape

Also, we can create mp4 instead (h.264 codec 15mb/s) CLICK HERE for .mp4 Transfers


  1. You can Walk-in to our Store or Order Online
  2. If Ordering Online – Enter the amount of tapes you have
  3. Select whether you have a MAC or PC
  4. Select if you need a Drive or will be providing your own
  5. Decide if you want to add playable DVDs to your order (1/2 price $10 each)
  6. Add to Cart / Check out
  7. 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 Premeire, 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

Video Explaining – The Benefits of Video to Hard Drive

Since we use professional video equipment and have numerous machines, our video transfer quality is superior to other companies as well as if you tried to do it yourself. In addition, 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). Thus, the edges of the detail in your video will be as crisp as possible. Once the video is captured into our systems, we maximize the audio levels and apply digital noise reduction so your videotapes will look and sound better than ever and will be there for generations to come!

We can transfer / 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:

  • 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


Can I Edit from a DVD? Most people think that since a DVD is digital, they will be able to edit their footage directly off the DVD from within a video editing application like iMovie or Adobe Premiere. While this may be possible with certain DVD ripping utilities, we strongly advise against it. The reason is that video on DVD is compressed to begin with; therefore, if you edit already compressed footage and then author a new DVD from the already compressed footage you will end up with a highly re-compressed image that will be noticeably different than your original video tape.

The end result will be a  pixelated de-saturated soft image.Moreover, DVDs are closed discs that contain .vob files inside a video TS folder. They are not a single file that you can work with. If you simply drag the files off the disc (like most other companies recommend), you will have audio gaps where the clips line up and the audio might even become out of sync the further you get down the timeline within your video editor.

Thus, we recommend that you have us create uncompressed digital computer files such as quick times and AVI files.  By using quicktimes and AVI files, you could edit and re-export the footage to as many AVI or quicktime files as you want without any loss of quality. Quicktimes and AVI files are not only higher in quality; they are the most compatible file type to work with in your editing application. Meaning, you will be able to work with the video in real-time without having to transcode the video beforehand.


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…

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 meantfor 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 stock a variety of Flash drives and external Hard Drives.

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.

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.

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 above.

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

Store Hours:

Mon. thru Fri. 12 – 6pm  / Saturday 12 – 4pm

No appointment needed.

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