Charles Batteau Video Services

Media Conversion

Do you have family movies or recordings on VHS tape or cassettes? What about old pictures or those 35mm slides you took years ago? We will transfer those recordings to DVD, CD or a USB drive. (Sorry, we cannot transfer copyrighted recordings like LP records, commercial movies or studio photographs.)

Note that the colors in slides, especially Ektachrome® or other manufacturers’ equivalents, will deteriorate over time and have a pronounced red shift. Kodachrome® slides and color prints will fade over time, but colors tend to remain true. EVEN VHS TAPES will degrade (fade) over time—see the examples below. We will correct any color shift or fading to the best of our abilities; however, some changes may not be correctable. For slides, we can also, to some extent, remove scratches and other surface imperfections. This is a standard part of print/slide conversions; however, because of the extra work involved (importing, editing, rendering and exporting the video), it is an extra cost item for video conversions.

For VHS tape conversion, we can convert the tapes as they are or we can apply basic editing to them. Options include adding chapters, color correction, shake reduction (not elimination), etc. You tell us what you want. Hourly editing charges will apply.

Editing improves the quality of videos, but it about triples the time required to produce the final result. (You have to read the video into the editor, then enhance it, then export it to the DVD/USB drive file.) Depending on the editing requested, the editing may take even more time. That is why editing is an extra cost item and is charged by the hour.

You can use the form, below, to send the media to us. After conversion, we will send you an invoice and, upon payment, ship the old and the new media to you.

Rates:

Conversion of VHS tape to DVD
(non-copyrighted material only)
$25 per VHS tape
($20 each for extra DVDs)
Editing of converted movie
(titles, color correction, image stabilization, etc.)
$50/hr
Scanning of slides or prints to CD.
Includes basic editing.
$25 per 12 slides $25 per 25 prints
Convert/scan to USB drive in lieu of CD/DVD+ $25
Extra CD / DVD$15
ShippingUSPS rate (about $3 for one VHS tape
using Media Mail rate)

Example of Slides Converted to Digital

The image on the left is an un-retouched slide; the image on the right is straightened, has some dust/scratches removed, and had the contrast and brightness enhanced.

Examples of VHS Videos Converted to Digital

Below are excerpts from a couple of videos which were copied from VHS tapes to DVD. Note that current high-definition television is either 1080×1920 pixels or 720×1240 pixels, “standard definition” television was 480×640 pixels. VHS resolution is even less, coming in at 333×480 pixels. So a VHS tape will have, at best, less than 1/2 the resolution of a modern video. Videos shot on a consumer-grade camcorder generally fare worse. Standard definition videos shot with a digital camcorder should live up to the full resolution of 480×640 pixels.

This first example is a video of a high school concert shot using multiple professional VHS cameras and, most likely, a dedicated audio recorder connected to the school’s sound board.

Note that even videos can suffer from fading – the signal used for the colors and brightness do tend to fade. Simple editing can restore these colors: below is the same video edited to increase contrast, brightness and saturation:



This next example is a video shot using a single consumer-grade VHS camera and the microphone built into the camera. Note that the language in this particular video is Portuguese, so don’t expect to understand it (unless, well, you know…).

Again, the video has suffered from fading – so I increased contrast and saturation and tweaked the color balance just a little. I attempted to do image stabilization, but the result degraded the video too much, so I took that out.

Media Conversion Request Form

 

Email us this form to request a firm quote or include it with your photos/slides/VHS tapes.