Convert Micro MV Recordings to MPEG 4
Send in your Micro MV cassette tapes and leave the rest to Supaphoto. On completion, you’ll receive them back whatever format suits you. You can choose between Supaphoto’s Cloud download service, a simple to use memory stick or a DVD in a lovely presentation case.
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1. Package Them Up
Just package up your material and send it to us. We can also optionally arrange for collection. Tracking gives peace of mind.
2. We’ll Lovingly Digitalise Them
We love what we do. We’ve carefully digitalised millions of memories over 20 years. You’ll get regular updates too.
3. View, Share & Enjoy
Once preserved, you can access them via our easy cloud download service. A simple memory stick or a lovely DVD. Just to view and listen or even have fun editing them!
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Convert Micro MV recordings to MPEG 4 with Supaphoto
When asked about our most prized possessions, most of us choose to mention sentimental objects or memorabilia. This is no surprise, as memories are some of the most precious gifts one can give or receive. Here at Supaphoto we specialise in bringing your precious memories back to life. This way, you don’t have to worry about them degrading, getting lost or damaged.
Micro MV is a Sony patented video format which was released into the market in 2001. It is the smallest video format available, at 70% smaller than MiniDV tapes. It belongs to the magnetic cassette tape media family and can hold 60 minutes of video – as a dv format.
Magnetic tape is composed of two essential layers. Firstly, it contains a thin layer of magnetic pigments mixed with a binder. This is supported by the second layer, which is a thicker film backing. The top layer, which contains the pigments, is the layer responsible for recording and storing video signals.
Unfortunately, despite the widespread use of magnetic tape media, this media family can degrade in many ways. For example, a common issue with MicroMV camcorders and other magnetic camcorder models that aren’t stored properly is binder degradation. This issue causes the binder to become soft and unlubricated. You will often hear media conversion experts and professionals referring to this as sticky tape or sticky shed.
Another issue which can occur with micromv formats is demagnetisation. In simple terms, sony micromv tapes can easily be damaged by external magnetic fields, like airport security checks and handheld magnets. New tapes have a level of resistance to external magnetic damage, but unfortunately this resistance decreases with age. Unfortunately, this can be worsened by binder degradation too.
These issues make it even more important to keep your tapes in a sealed and dry environment. But most importantly, these are reasons to convert your micromv video tapes sooner, rather than later.
Editing Micro MV Tapes
Micro MV formats don’t use the same codec as the widely known mini DV and DV video formats. Instead they use mbit/s MPEG-2 compression, which is the same compression which is used for DVDs. For this reason, Micro MV recorded video files can’t be edited directly using mainstream DV editing software. Examples of this software would be Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere.
Instead, Sony provided a Windows PCs only video editing software. However, later versions of Ulead video studio also caught on and provided editing options for Micro MV camcorders. All of these options, however, were comple to use and often required knowledge that wasn’t available to the general population.
At Supaphoto we aim to convert your videotape formats to a simple MPEG 4 (or MP4 as it is widely known). This allows you to use a wide range of modern editing software which is available on both MAC and PC. Modern editing software is a lot more intuitive. And if it isn’t easy to use enough, we are happy to provide video editing guidance.
Furthermore, as you can see by reading our customer reviews on Google, we are also highly endorsed video editing providers. So if you don’t fancy the editing fun, you can leave it all to us!
Our team of professionals will care for your memories as if they were our own. Get in touch with us for information, or simply for a friendly chat. We will be happy to help.
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The Risks to Old Film
Did you know that lofts and garages are some of the worst places to store your old tapes? This is because the magnetic tape inside Betacam cassettes is susceptible to damage from mold. Add to this the fact that increased air moisture and temperature changes can also lead to tape damage. This can only be fixed through costly and uncertain tape repair.
We believe that the best answer to this is to produce digital copies of your old footage to prevent possible loss or damage. This way you can have a ‘master’ copy in your original format alongside a digital transfer that can be played with most modern recording technologies.
A New Dawn Breaks The Beginning of VHS to Digital Conversion Services
One day, not that long ago, somebody had the very bright idea of inventing a round disc – purple on one side. That was the day that the lighter, easier to store, sturdier and longer lasting DVD format was invented. You suddenly found yourself referring to your recordings as your ‘old VHS tapes’ and for a while clung onto your video cassette player under the television. But the days of this format were numbered. Gone were the days of constantly having the clean dirty tape heads and seeing your precious recordings being chewed up.
Transfer your VHS to Digital Today
So where does this leave you today? Well, your film may be slowly deteriorating but there’s no need to worry since in most cases we can recover it all, allowing you to see those lovely smiles again and safeguarding it all for future generations using our video converter services.
Your family history is deteriorating as we speak, but chances are you can get all or most of it back forever by simply transferring those memories to digital via a high-quality video converter service.
You may have many questions. Where do I get my video tapes converted? How to convert VCR tapes to digital. You’ll have more besides. Let us help you.
Our dedicated teams can safely transfer your VHS to MP4. They are easy to download and share via our Supaphoto cloud service. We can even place them on a memory stick or DVD to suit. Everyone has a USB port on their computer these days!
Through our transfer service, we can convert your analog media safely. We can either provide your digitized copies in digital format, as digital files, or on a DVD disk. We will, of course, return your original tapes in great condition. In fact, we will return them cleaner than they were when we received them!
We don’t charge a fortune to do it, by the way! And we’ll treat your material with the utmost care along the way.
So don’t put off the project of reviving your precious memories any more. Give yourself and your family a priceless gift that everyone will remember forever.
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