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How long does it take to transfer a VHS tape to DVD?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

A very common question we get is, how long does it take to transfer a VHS tape to DVD?  Since transfers are done in real-time it depends on how long the footage is on the VHS tape.  30 minutes of footage would take 30 minutes,  2 hours would take 2 hours,  and so on.  Unlike Audio Cassette Duplication, there is no high-speed conversion.

At CC Video Duplication the typical turnaround for a VHS to DVD transfers is 2 to 5 business days depending on how many hours of tape you have.  We also offer a 10% discount on volume transfers of 10 VHS tapes or more.  To see our prices on VHS  to DVD Transfers please go and click the Video to DVD link.

Top 10 Photography and Videography Mistakes

Monday, April 16th, 2012
  1.  A Cluttered Picture:  Don’t try to get everything in the scene.  What was it that made you want to take the picture in the first place?  Focus on that and eliminate any extraneous clutter that will draw a person’s eye away from the subject you want most prevalent.
  2. Get Closer:  Most new photographers or videographers for that matter want to play it safe and stay too far back.  Have the subject fill the screen unless it is important to have the background for use in showing scale. (more…)

Video in the Digital Age

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

In 2008, we saw the end of an era in home video, JVC announced that they were no longer making standalone VCR units.  The VCR which used to be the standard in home entertainment in the 70s, 80s and early 90s is done.

If you’ve still got a stack of VHS tapes, don’t worry. Since this was such a popular format of the time, there will still be players available second-hand and through resources like eBay for many years to come. If you have old VHS tapes, please store them in a cool place that is free of humidity that can cause mold.  Yes folks, we have seen tapes stuck together because of heat.  We have also seen mold growing on tapes.  If it gets that far, there is nothing that can be done to save them. (more…)

Take Holiday Memories From Your Video Camera and Share Them!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The holidays are over.  Great memories were had and many of those memories where captured on video.  You might have gotten a brand new video camera and used it to capture the family opening gifts.  Now you have all of those memories in your camera, what are you going to do with them?  You probably want to share the memories with family members.  You can do a couple of things.  You can take your video and download it into your computer and make YouTube clips or you can convert your videos into DVDs. 

If you want to put your videos on YouTube, you can create a free account.  Click the “Create An Account” button and fill out the requested information.  Once your account is created, you can upload movies to your account.  Hit the “Upload” button at the top of the screen.  Hit the “Select Files From Your Computer” button.  Navigate to where your movie is on the computer and hit “Open”.  The movie will start to upload. 

If you are going to make a DVD, you will need a program which can convert movies into DVDs.  There are several on the market and they all work differently so, we can’t go into specifics on that aspect.

DVDs make a great “after-holiday” gift.  CC Video Duplication, located in Melbourne, Florida has been converting different video formats into DVDs for years.  We can convert your hard drive camera, memory card camera or any other format into a DVD and make multiple copies for you to share with family and friends.  CC Video Duplication has always done their work in their office.  Your memories are never mailed off to a third party and thereby risking your video getting lost in the mail.

To see our prices on conversions, please click the Video to DVD link.

What Is The Difference Between Magnetic and Optical Media?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

First of all what is Magnetic Media and what is Optical Media.  Magnetic media is video tape and audio tapes.  Data is encoded on plastic
tape and covered with a magnetic coating. Magnetic media is run along a tape path with video or audio heads that read the encoded media.  Dust and debris can land on the tape path or heads and scratch the tape.  The other danger with Magnetic Media is that it can catch on the machine guides and get crunched in the machine.  Therefore, the more a tape is played, the more it wears out.

Optical Media, which include Blu-ray, DVD and CDs, do not wear out over time because the information is read by a laser and does not come in contact with the disc itself.  You can play a DVD hundreds of times and it will not look any worse than the first time you played it.

Optical Media, however, can be damaged.  Keep your discs in a cool environment.  Also make sure not to handle a disc improperly.  Hold the disc on the sides, so you don’t touch the area where the information is burned or pressed.  If you do get fingerprints or other contaminants
on your disc, try cleaning it with a disc cleaning solution that can be purchased at several electronic stores.

Another problem people have with playing their Optical Media is a dirty laser head on the player itself. To solve this problem, you can purchase a disc head cleaner from a brand name electronic store.  This cleaner looks like a disc, but it has several small brushes where the media would normally be burned.  This cleaning disc brushes off any dust or other debris that might affect the playablity of your disc.

If you need your VHS tapes converted to DVD or your Audio tapes to be converted to CD, let CC Video Duplication help you.  For more information, click on the Video to DVD link.

 

Converting Memories to DVD

Friday, August 12th, 2011

The summer is coming to an end.  Many have gone on vacation and have taken great video memories of their vacation.  Now that summer is over you may want to share those videos.  CC Video Duplication can convert video from your hard drive camera or memory card camera into a DVD and make copies so you can share them with family and friends.  Remember if you do have a camera with a hard drive, never delete your videos off your hard drive until you have moved all the files to your computer’s hard drive or an external hard drive.  The same goes for memory card cameras.

Also with the end of summer begins the start of a new school year and one thing comes to mind, the start of high school sports.  If you have a son or daughter who is in sports it’s time to grab the video camera to capture the memories.  Many students can convert their skills in sports into a paid ticket to college.  CC Video Duplication can turn your video into a College Recruitment Video.  Remember to use a good camera and a tripod.  Focus on your son or daughter.  Make an edit list of the best shots to use for the recruitment video.

Now get out there and shoot like a pro.

To see our prices on conversions please click the Video to DVD link.

How long does it take to transfer a VHS tape to DVD?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

 A very common question we get is, how long does it take to transfer a VHS tape to DVD?  Since transfers are done in real-time it depends on how long the footage is on the VHS tape.  30 minutes of footage would take 30 minutes,  2 hours would take 2 hours,  and so on.  Unlike Audio Cassette Duplication, there is no high-speed conversion.

At CC Video Duplication the typical turnaround for a VHS transfer is 3 to 5 business days.  We also offer a 10% discount on volume transfers of 10 VHS tapes or more.  To see our prices on VHS Transfers please click the Video to DVD link.

Converting Foreign Videos to the American Format

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

In the past people have called us and said that they bought a video camera during their vacation in Europe and now they cannot watch their video memories once they came home or that they bought a DVD in Europe or Ebay and cannot play it.   The reason is video format. America, Canada, Mexico and Japan use a system called NTSC. Europe uses a system called PAL.   The French developed and use SECAM.  Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East use MESCAM.  Each system is incompatible with each other due to the frame rate at which they were recorded.

When DVDs were developed Hollywood requested that DVD’s make a Region Code so they could control the distribution of DVDs. If you look on the back of a DVD case you will see in the fine print the words “region” followed by a number between 1 and 6. The six regions are:

1. The United States, Canada, US territories and Bermuda

2. Europe (except Russia, Ukraine & Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, French Overseas Territories, Japan, and Greenland

3. Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau

4. Mexico, Central and South America, The Caribbean Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania

5. Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Africa, Central and South Asia, Mongolia, and North Korea

6. China and Hong Kong

There is a Region 0 and it is used for worldwide playability. If you do not have a multi-region DVD player or have a VHS tape from another country you will not be able to watch the video. The DVD or VHS must be converted to the American format.

The staff at CC Video Duplication converts european videos quickly and at low prices.  Click on European Videos to DVD link to find out how

How much can I put on a DVD? By a DVD Duplicator in Central Florida

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Many people ask us how many minutes can I put on a DVD when I convert my video tapes to DVD?  When we convert video to DVD we like to recommend that people not go over 2 hours on their DVDs.  One hour is the best quality, but most people have 2 hour VHS tapes.  If you go over 2 hours, the picture quality starts to get a little digital looking.

To understand this better, let me take you back to the VHS days.  When you got a VHS tape you could either get 2 hours in SP, 4 hours in LP, or 6 hours in EP.  SP referred to “Standard Play”, LP referred to “Long Play”, and EP referred to “Extended Play”.  The good thing about the different speeds was that you got more video on the tape.  However, like everything in the world, there is always a trade off.  With EP especially, the quality of the video goes down so much, that the saving on the cost of the tape was not worth it.  Nothing saddened us more than when someone would video tape their wedding in EP to save tape.   That is why we don’t do conversions for any longer than 2 hours per DVD.  The quality of the conversion goes way down after the 2 hour mode and since we want to do a quality product for our customers, we stay within the 2 hour time limit.

If you are archiving  your footage, the best speed is XP which is the one hour mode.  If something is really important to you like a wedding, a graduation or some other special event, you may want to consider using the XP or one hour mode.  This is the best possible quality for a VHS to DVD conversion.

Transfer Hard Drive Camera Files to DVD

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

When buying a video camera, consumers have many choices.  The old standbys like MiniDV, Digital 8mm, and even DVD cameras are out-dated but available.  Today’s modern consumer cameras come in two styles, Flash Memory and Hard Drive.

CC Video Duplication has been seeing more Hard Drive cameras by customers looking to convert to DVD what they have shot and stored on the camera’s hard drive.  Hard Drive cameras can hold hours of footage.  Customers frequently ask us, “What do I do with footage on the hard drive after we convert it to DVD?”  Don’t delete your footage until you have saved your files!  Deleting will wipe the hard drive and your footage is gone for good.  Save the files to your home computer’s hard drive.  By saving the files to a hard drive you now have a backup in case the DVD is lost or damaged.  Second, many people have the capability to play videos from their home computer straight to their HD televisions.  Third, if your camera is HD, later on you may want your files on a Blue Ray disc instead of DVD.

New video cameras with hard drives are far smaller, have better optics, and many now are available in High Definition.  Hard Drive cameras come in various storage sizes.  Hard Drive sizes range from 30 GB (Gigabyte) up to 120 GB.  A 30 GB drive can hold about 6 to 7 hours of good quality footage and in a lower quality setting around 12 to 14 hours.  As with any camera a hard drive camera is fragile.  If the camera’s hard drive is in use when dropped the camera maybe seriously damaged and the entire camera will have to be replaced.  Currently there are no replacement hard drives for cameras.  If you do buy a hard drive camera make sure it is a brand name such as: Panasonic, Sony, JVC, or Canon.

Overall Hard Drive Cameras are great for travelers, families on vacation, and people who need to record events without stopping to change tapes.