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Our S-VHS to Digital Service

We love converting VHS-S tapes. Just send it all in to the Supaphoto team and you can be sure that we’ll take care of your precious recordings. You’ll soon get your converted material back in shiny new formats of your choice – for example a digital file via Supaphoto’s Cloud download service, a simple to use memory stick or an easy-play DVD in a fabulous looking presentation case.

Preserving the Past for the Future

The gift no-one will forget

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!

Your Memories Preserved Forever - Ready for you to Share and Enjoy

Choose the best format for you and your loved ones

Super Safe USB Drive
Easy Supaphoto Cloud Download
Beautiful DVD

SVHS Conversions

What is S-VHS Technology?

 

S-VHS (Super-VHS) tapes are a rare find these days. The short lived successor to the original VHS video tapes never really found its place in the history of video recording and is now largely forgotten. If you have these old cassettes then you’re in possession of a real piece of VHS history. Our SVHS to digital transfer service is intended to restore and protect these tapes so that they can be enjoyed for years to come.

Most of us have heard of regular VHS cassette tapes. It’s even likely that we’ve still got a few of them hanging around somewhere. VHS tapes were a generation defining technology that launched the home cinema experience across the 1980s and 1990s.

Despite their name, this success story doesn’t carry over to S-VHS tapes. Although they were intended as the next best thing offering better picture quality than the original VHS format, its higher cost meant the S-VHS  never caught on.

The format was first launched in Japan in 1987 by the Victor Company. Other companies quickly followed suit with Panasonic, Toshiba, and Hitachi all developing their own S-VHS players the same year. The idea behind the S-VHS was to offer customers high quality video recordings by increasing the luminescence bandwidth. This increased the number of picture lines on recorder video from the 240 achieved by regular VHS cassettes to 420.

These changes had the drawback of increasing the cost of VHS cassettes and players. Add to this the small number of films released onto S-VHS meant that the format failed to draw significant customer attention.

S-VHS to DVD Conversion Service

One of the major limitations of the S-VHS format was the fact that they couldn’t be played on regular VHS recorders. This makes it very difficult to find the correct equipment that will allow you to play old S-VHS tapes.

With our digital tape transfer process we can take your old S-VHS tapes and convert them into digital files that can be viewed on most modern media players. The team at our photo lab have over 10 years of experience converting VHS to DVD and other digital formats.

Our process begins with a careful pre-conversion study of your old films. At this stage we will determine the condition of the film and undertake a light cleaning to remove any accumulated dirt.

Once this is complete, we will process your film by taking frame-by-frame high definition scans of the original tape.

Finally, we will hand your footage over to our in-house editing team who will undertake a sympathetic digital restoration of the original footage. This stage involves minor colour correction to restore as much of the original video quality as possible.

When we’re finished you will then have a ‘master’ copy of your original S-VHS tapes alongside a set of digital files containing the transferred footage.

Video Decay

Did you know that the format lifespan of VHS tapes is about 70 years? That might sound like a lot but it would require the tapes to be held within climate controlled archival storage to limit atmospheric damage. As video tape becomes older it becomes more susceptible to damage and decay. The tape inside old VHS tapes begins to lose its flexibility and becomes more likely to tear when played. Video film tape also attracts mould growth that can permanently damage the recorded footage.

Although the attic or garage might seem like a convenient place to store your old tapes, these places further increase the possibility of tape decay. This is because the unstable temperature and increased air moisture can damage the structural stability of the internal tape.

This also applies to many older VHS recorders. As these machines age the moving parts inside them are likely to have become damaged or misaligned. This means that playing a tape on your old VCR player today isn’t the same thing as it was in the 80s or 90s. There is a much higher chance that damage to either the machine or cassette will lead to the tape becoming caught inside the machine.

At Supaphoto, we believe that the best answer to this is to make digital transfers of your old S-VHS tapes. This way, you will be able to keep the original S-VHS tapes and gain the peace of mind knowing that their recordings are safe from future damage or loss.

S-VHS to Digital

Once we have converted your S-VHS to digital we then offer a number of storage methods for you to choose from. Popular Choices include:

S-VHS to DVD or Blue Ray: We will burn your converted digital files onto a DVD or Blue Ray disk that is compatible with most modern media players.

S-VHS to External Hard Drive of USB Stick: We will transfer your converted digital files onto an external storage device. This can then be connected to most modern TVs, PCs and Mac computers.

S-VHS to Cloud Storage: We will transfer your converted digital files onto a cloud storage platform accessible via a private key. This way you can access your files anywhere in the world and no longer have to worry about physical loss or damage.

Whatever you tape to dvd needs, our friendly team will help you find the best options for you.

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