Video and Camcorder FAQs

What are DVDs?

DVD has the same physical format of a CD with a data density approx 8 times ( 4.7 GB ) of a CD. DVD video ( we usually just call it DVD ) has become the standard format for videos on a DVD. Videos are digitized and compressed into MPEG-2 data stream ( MPG file ), at a variable bit rate ( 9.8Mbit/s max. for video + audio, sampling at 48kHz ). The MPG file is then output to a special format on a DVD along with other control files so that it is compatible with most set top DVD players

How many camcorder tapes can you fit onto one dvd?
To maintain quality, we tend to transfer one camcorder or video tape tape onto its own dvd. This also results in a simpler transfer where the tape can always be matched to the dvd at a later date. Its also advisable since many camcorder tapes are long play and last longer

Does it matter if my tapes are recorded in long play?
No. we don't charge more and simply absorb any additional costs into our business overall. Our machines can handle all formats.

Do you alter the originals?
No, your original material will be returned to you unmodified.

What’s the quality of a DVD like?
The video quality of a DVD , is better than a Super VHS tape. A single sided, single layered DVD could have more than 2 hours of high quality video although if you're looking for absolute quality, then we recommend a maximum of 1 hour per DVD.

What possible DVD compatibility issues are?
If you already have a DVD player, then in the vast majority of cases, the DVD which we'll create for you will be compatible. However, It's always worth checking beforehand with your manufacturer. We are not responsible for problems due to incompatibility of your DVD player with our media.

What's the Quality like?
Our studio uses quality digital transfer machines specifically qesigned to digitally transfer your material.

During transfers, we can even digitally remaster and repair your film as it transfers it to DVD.

This benefits you by dramatically improving both the visual and audio quality of the resulting material.

This is important with older tapes that have suffered over time in respect of a slight fading for example.

Correction of Video Errors Associated with Worn Out and Older Stretched Tapes:
When we transfer your material, should you wish, adjustments can be made to reduce a number of errors which are commonplace to older stretched tapes.

Examples include but are no limited to:

Picture Jittering
Colour or Tint Errors
Colour Bursts

As well as stabilising your video, we might also improve quality using brightness, sharpness & contrast adjustment controls.

These important alterations can make an enormous difference to the end result.

Proven DV Codec Technology:
This is the DV codec chip providing the industry's best picture quality preservation during analog-to-DV and DV-to-analog conversion.

Clean, Stabilise and Enhance Analog Video:
We employ advanced 3D Y/C separation and 3D noise reduction functions for enhancing analog video quality.
Poor analog source video is filtered prior to DV conversion to provide better quality video.

Advanced Image Enhancement Features:
- 2D/3D Y/C separation – Separates the Y/C (S-Video) signal to RGB using chronological information between signals (applicable for NTSC only)

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