Before we start !!
Our tape conversion engineer has more than 20
years experience working with video systems, he has previously worked with many
police forces and prison services on CCTV video correction and enhancement
engineering, he has also worked on digital video storage and enhancement
engineering at the National Gallery London, to name just a few.
He started his career as a test, calibrate and
build engineer for G2 systems, the video specialist who design and sell the very
expensive time-base correction units we use for all video conversions to produce
high end stable video results.
we are very experienced in this field unlike many others online.
Experience is everything !!
You only want to do this once so why not get
it done professionally first time with Mr Scan. Beware of others who us cheap
domestic equipment and charge very low prices that are too good to be true as
often they are and may damage your precious tapes forever.
At Mr Scan we use a state of the art time-base
correcting system to obtain the best quality conversion of your old video tapes
One of our 3 G2 System MSTC timebase correction
units giving our video conversions a stable broadcast quality sync pulse, colour
correct and true black levels.
Video Formats Converted to DVD
VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS, Betamax, BetaCAM SP & Digital, Hi8,
Video 8, DV, MiniDV, Mini DVD, Digital-8
We also repair/join ripped and damaged tapes
We convert most types of camcorder tapes and
Current tapes we can convert:
|Micro MV Digital Camcorder
|Betacam SP Small
|Betacam SP Large
|Betacam Digital Small
|Betacam Digital Large
Sorry we do not convert Reel to Reel Cinefilm
PAL, Secam or NTSC (Foreign) videos
converted to PAL (UK) .
Each DVD comes with a menu
Note: Our internet
download service is not available for video conversions just image scanning.
Use our free
'Just disc' return service
Unsure of what is on your tapes ? - Just
send them to us and we can invoice you after we have converted them to DVD
What's the advantages of DVD over tapes?
- DVD's are more durable than tapes
- Video quality will not degrade over the years
- No rewinding or fast forwarding
- They take up less space
- DVDs will look exactly the same as the original tape
- DVDs are the new standard, tape players are fading out
Other Output formats
We can also convert your video
cassette to other formats such as:
AVI, XBOX,Playstation, Ipod, MP4 Divx or DV
These output formats can be ordered in addition to
our standard video conversion and charged per converted DVD. - Just click add to
basket below and let us know which format you want.
Equipment used in our studio for video
Time-base correction units : G2 Systems MSTC-Component
Video players - Sony and Sanyo Beta
Dedicated rack mount Hi8/video 8 Professional
video players player
Sony Betacam SP Digital VCR - Sony DVW-A510P
Panasonic DV and mini DVD player
Vicon video switch unit
Panasonic and LG DVD recorders
Audio: Pioneer DJ
CDJ2000 - NEXUS -
Media Players and 900 Mixer
Numark audio mixer
Sony Micro MV Digital Tape Players
Tape Conversion information:
Most standard home videos are less than 120
minutes of video and fit on a single DVD.
Compatibility: As with all video
conversion companies we use writable DVDs to supply the video footage.
For footage of up to 2 hours in length we use single layer DVD+/-R discs,
for video footage over 2 hours we use DVD+R DL (Dual layer) discs. So
to put it in simple terms you just need to be sure your DVD player can play
recordable discs, 95% will be fine with any type of disc however there are a
few players on the market that won't. Please check in your DVD player user
manual, your DVD player will need to be compatible with recordable
DVD+/-R DL discs - If in doubt Google the model number.
We are not responsible for incompatibility issues,
we test all our discs before
shipping, we will try to
assist where we can.
Dual layer discs - As above if your DVD
player is not compatible with Dual Layer (DL) discs then we can put your
footage on two separate standard DVDs, we will need to know this before our
conversion service, we charge £6.50 to convert it to two separate discs
after your order has been completed.
Multiple tapes (up to 120 minutes) will be put
on single disc unless specifically requested on separate discs, each tape
will have its own menu link, this will cut down on having to swap discs
around on your DVD player and have all your films in one place. If you
don't want this option, just ask !
Tapes are started from the beginning and
continued until the footage changes to tape static. This static may be for
up to 30 minutes of additional recording of static to make sure that we get
all the footage required. If however you know that your tape has some
required footage towards the end of the tape please let us know where to
find the required footage.
If your tape contains standard TV broadcast
(i.e. recorded from TV) then we will copy it to DVD up to 2 hours or where
we see a suitable cut off point in the recording, if you require all or if there
is a special part of this broadcast you require for example if you were a
contestant on 'The Weakest Link' then please let us know, if it is just
a part required we need to know roughly where it is on the tape.
Conversions are un-edited, there are as is on
your original tape. Editing facilities are available upon request.
Obviously with older tapes, sometimes the video
footage has degraded, if the video plays on our players we will convert all
possible video footage for you. If it does not play then we will return the
Please note as with all video conversions, you
only get out what you put in, so if your original tapes are in a bad
condition then this will be reflected in your DVD conversion, it is
impossible to produce modern day HD video footage from old tapes.
Any tape or film sent to us which is not on the
above list of conversions we will return with a shipping and handling fee
If you have a number of tapes and require a set
order please clearly number each tape, we can go by titles such as "Daniel
age 3 or Daniel age3 Xmas" we need clear numbering.
Format conversion - Sometimes when
converting formats such as NTSC to PAL you may see some video tearing at the
top or bottom of the picture, this is totally normal and a process of the
Mini DV tapes recorded in LP - When a
tape was recorded in LP mode it can cause slight glitching in video
playback, LP mode allows for more footage on the tape by foregoing some of
the error checking normally done. There are frequently issues with play back
of LP tapes on any camera except the camera used for recording. Even using
the same model of camera as the original may not be enough to get clean
playback. If you know your DV tapes were recorded in LP mode you may wish to
talk to us about supplying your original camcorder - this only applies to
Mini DV tapes.
If you require us to carry out any video
editing, such as add music, remove certain video footage then this can
be done in our editing studio at a cost of £45 per hour of our
engineers time. Quotations available upon request.